Managing Stress and Depression
work, money—daily life can be full of nonstop
stress that wears us down. Some events are very stressful,
like a divorce, a disaster, the death of someone you
love or the loss of a job. Even happy events, like the
birth of a baby, can be stressful.
Ignoring the signs of stress or depression can lead
to problems, even serious illness. It is important to
reach out and talk to family or friends. Think about
where your stress comes from and what you can do to
manage it. If you don’t feel better soon or if
you feel you can’t cope, get help from a mental
health professional. You and your loved ones are worth
Tips for Managing Stress
- Think about what stresses you. Make a list.
- Don’t try to change everything at
once. Start with something small.
- Slow down. Breathe slowly. Focus on what’s
- Keep a sense of humor.
- Make some time for yourself every day.
- Avoid getting into debt. Don’t buy
what you cannot pay for.
- Stand up for yourself. Be assertive.
- Exercise to reduce stress.
- For tips on balancing work and family.
Things You Can Do
Where to Find Help
Anita says, “I
felt sad and weepy for weeks after my daughter was born.
When I talked to my doctor and saw a counselor, I learned
that I had post-partum depression. And I got help.”
Many new mothers feel teary,
anxious or upset after the birth of their baby. These
feelings are often called “postpartum blues.”
The blues may last about 2 weeks and are not serious.
Postpartum depression, however,
is serious. Left untreated, it can last for months or
even years and keep you from forming a close bond with
your baby. If you have strong feelings of anxiety or
de-pression, or you’ve felt depressed in the past,
get help right away. There are medications for depression
that are safe to take while you are nursing. Talk to
doctor or call your county Mental Health Department.
Call Postpartum Support International or visit www.postpartum.net.