Mental health awareness week starts every year on the second Monday in May – in 2019 from 13 – 19 May.
In a world that is increasingly opening up to – and understanding those with – mental health issues, it’s no surprise that Mental Health Awareness Week is now a firmer fixture on calendars around the UK and beyond. It’s organised by the Mental Health Foundation, and focuses on a major issue each and every year.
It is a fantastic way to open up, to bring awareness and to help and support those who need it. It can also be a way to become a helper, a supporter, someone who could be a shoulder to cry on.
Having a baby is a big life event, and it’s natural to experience a range of emotions and reactions during and after your pregnancy. But if they start to have a big impact on how you live your life, you might be experiencing a mental health problem.
Around one in five women will experience a mental health problem during pregnancy or in the year after giving birth. This might be a new mental health problem or another episode of a mental health problem you’ve experienced before. These are known as perinatal mental health problems.
I, personally, had experienced mental health issues when I was younger and these were highlighted again after pregnancy and the birth of my Son. Parenting is hard, very hard and it is the most tiring job in the world. It is important to have the support you need around you and to open up about how you are feeling, to your partner, friends or family.
What can you do if you feel low?
*Talk to someone – Your Partner, Your Best friend, Family. Don’t forget the support you can get from your Health Visitor or GP.
*Take some time to relax, don’t worry about the ‘chores’, deep breaths, a cup of tea or meditation. If you are lucky enough to get some time, have a bath. There are some lovely music playlists or podcasts you can listen to.
*Practice Yoga – Short sessions can be so helpful and can help to achieve a mind body connection. It can help to give your thinking mind a rest. Find a local post natal yoga class or Mum and Baby yoga class.
*Involve your baby in relaxation – Baby Massage is a great way to do this. Create your little love bubble around you and do a sequence which you both enjoy. Giving a massage releases oxytocin, producing feelings of bonding and love. This also helps to reduce cortisol (our stress hormone). This will also do the same for baby too.
*Get outdoors and go for a walk, especially on the warmer days. Vitamin D can reduce feelings of low mood and nature is good for the soul.
*Spend time with your friends, go for a walk together, come along to a baby group, or just relax in each others company and talk to each other.
*2019’s Mental Health theme is ‘Body Image’ – Let go of the need for your body to go back to the way it was before. Know that you are beautiful exactly as you are.
Where can I find support?
*Always seek support from your Health Visitor or GP
*Talk to your family, ask for support. Tell them how you feel.
*http://www.pandasfoundation.org.uk/ The Pandas Foundation is a great place for support – You can go on their website. Call 0843 28 98 401
9am – 8pm – 7 days a week Calls cost 5p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.
*I am available for support at any time – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org You can get email support or if you would like a private Baby Massage/Support session within your home or mine get in touch now.
Know that no matter what your a great Mother and a you can do this!!
I am always here for any support you may need.