Happy & Healthy Living

My Plan for Happy & Healthy Living / How I'm Dealing with Postpartum Depression

Please note that I am not a medical professional and do not advise anyone to do what I am doing. If you think you are suffering from any kind of depression or mood disorder, please speak to a medical professional. 

  1. Vitamin regime: Omega 3, 6, 9 (take one per day after breakfast); change multivitamin to Stress tabs (take one per day after lunch); take Calcium, Magnesium and Vitamin D (vitamin D found to be more effective than lightbox therapy for patients with Seasonal Affective Disorder) at bedtime with yogurt.
  2. Exercise: I bought a yoga video that I try to do once a week for an hour and take a class once a week. Ideally, I should exercise 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes each time, but twice a week is an improvement from before.
  3. Socialization: join a class or playgroup since scheduling playdates has been challenging; limit time with negative people
  4. Sleep: go to bed earlier, wake up before the kids and work out or do something fun (me-time!)
  5. Nutrition: need to eat more leafy greens, less simple carbs
  6. Kid-free time:
    • Step 1: get a babysitter
    • Step 2: make plans to do something fun and preferrably, active (exercise found to be as effective as medication in treating depression)
    • Step 3: book babysitter on a weekly basis 
DECEMBER 4th UPDATE: 

I have been going to yoga for 5 weeks. I sleep well after the class. The days I practice at home are not as effective as the kids are often in the room disrupting me. I need to do my video in another room.

I was starting to wheeze, a potential side effect of the Omegas, so I stopped taking them a week ago and the wheezing stopped. I will eat more flax seed and fish instead (depressed people shown to be low in Omega 6). The Stresstabs seem to help my energy levels, but no change in mood; I've been on them for 10 days.

I need to make the effort to call people and make plans, or go out when I get invites. Find it so exhausting to go out so I often cancel on people or don't bother calling anyone. I would like to have playdates but the kids' naps are all over the place. Need to go out without the kids in the evening so I don't get cabin fever.

I feel a lot better when I get enough sleep. Unfortunately, my insomnia is quite bad if I don't exercise so even if I go to bed early, I don't sleep much/well. Need to fit more exercise into my routine. Maybe add meditation (I think that's why the yoga is so good as it ends with meditation). We had a late night last night and I have been so crabby all day. Need to try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day.

We finally found a babysitter and used her two weeks in a row, but now she has a family crisis so she won't be able to come for a while. Have to find someone else and book them for every weekend. We would like to get out for a short cross-country ski every weekend together and take turns during the week (hubby can go one night, and I'll go another night). Would be a great way to get exercise outdoors and spend quality time together. We've only had 3 dates without the kids since M was born (almost 2.5 years ago!).

I think I'm on the right track from a planning perspective. How do you motivate yourself to follow through?

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