Postnatal Anxiety and Depression | NomadiDaddy

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This week, Holly speaks about her difficulties with anxiety and Postnatal Depression following Atlas’ birth.

Among the moments of pure joy, there are also moments of self doubt, guilt and sadness.

Both Anxiety and PND are more common than people realise and it is important to discuss your feelings with someone, regardless of how insignificant they may seem.

Often outdated phrases such as “The Baby Blues” make you feel silly for reaching out, but whether it’s your partner, a friend, the health visitor or via online support, if you are not feeling 100% make sure you let someone know – You are not alone.

We have included some links below which you may find useful in finding support in your area, or check out the mental health pages on the Channel Mum website, where you can even take a quiz to help guide you in the right direction.

Even with support, some days can still be very difficult, but remember “It’s ok, not to be ok” all of the time. Please be kind to yourself and each other, we are all just doing the best we can.

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I haven't ever really spoken about my postnatal depression on here, mainly because I think people will automatically assume I didn't love my baby. For me that was not the case at all, I did love him, instantly, I fell so heavy in love and weight of it all felt too much, I was overwhelmed, because with that love came FEAR, fear that something BAD was going to happen to him, fear that I was not good ENOUGH for him. Connecting with him wasn't the issue, we connected, I just didn't connect with myself, I hated myself, I felt like I was failing him, that I was not capable or even deserving of being a mother. This fear was paralysing and stole so much joy from me. How was I supposed to be all the things I needed to be for him when I wasn't mentally well? I just wanted to disappear so that he could have someone better. Thankfully I got help and started attending support groups and therapy sessions. Looking at him now I realise just how untrue all of those things are, he views me with such different eyes 👁 he adores me. The way that he lights up when he sees me, the love that beams out of him, I must be doing something right. If you've ever felt similar please know you are not alone and that these feelings don't mean you're a bad mother. For me these feelings came from a place of love, I so desperately loved him, I just had to learn how to love myself again. It's important to take time out and focus on you every now and then, @channelmum are running an amazing competition to win x3 £50 vouchers for @lush @bootsuk @primark so you can treat yourself. Video details on how to enter are in my bio ☝🏻Good luck and please PLEASE don't be afraid to reach out and speak to someone if you are struggling, there is so much help available. YOU matter – self care isn't selfish, it's essential • #treatyourself #selfcare #postnataldepression #pnd #anxiety #fear #love #postpartum #depression #mentalhealth #fourthtrimester #motherhood #parenting #itsoknottobeok #youarenotalone #askforhelp #honesty #vunerable #gonnashitmypantsforsharingthis 😬

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