Be self-aware and check in and notice how you are feeling every day. Be careful not to become too obsessional about it, but make a note of what and how you’re feeling, that way you can measure any low days and share with your health professional

Confide in someone you trust about how you’re feeling, it really can help in relieving some of the burden

Seek out like-minded people and support groups, there are lots available such as PANDAS Foundation and your health visitor will hopefully be able to suggest a local support group if you need it

Don’t suffer in silence. How are you are feeling is very personal to you but nobody chooses to have postnatal depression. Accept that you need extra help and support, and take any pressure, guilt and blame off yourself

Get out and about. A huge part of postnatal depression is to hibernate, but it is proven to improve your mental health by getting outdoors, and getting fresh air and some exercise each day

Take time for yourself. Ask for friends or family to help look after the baby for a short while whilst you do something just for you. The complete break will give you a chance to rest and recharge

Don’t measure yourself against anybody else. Just because you have a baby it doesn’t necessarily mean you should be or will be full of the joys of spring, but reassure yourself that with help, support and time you will get through the bout of depression and sunnier times will come

Take time to bond with your baby. Skin to skin, having a bath together, or just lying on the bed together and having some uninterrupted one-to-one time can really help to boost those feel-good hormones

Talk to your health visitor and doctor and ask what support is available for you, there are plenty of things that you might like to try such as therapy, relaxation techniques, or even medication if necessary

Take your time. Postnatal depression can sneak up on a new parent quite unexpectedly, and it can either leave as swiftly as it came or perhaps linger a little longer. Be kind to yourself and don’t rush getting better.

Article by mind coach, counsellor and author Anna Williamson

About The Author

Counsellor, NLP Practitioner

Anna is a counsellor, NLP practitioner, member of the national council of psychotherapists (NCP) and performance coach and she is qualified in this field at the highest level - 5. Anna currently uses these skills as a regular expert on ITV show This Morning reaching out to families and children covering issues surrounding family relationships, problems children face growing up and ways to keep a healthy mind, body and soul. Anna began her television career in children's TV, but has since gone on to host travel guides, competition features and the latest celebrity gossip on ITVs GMTV, Daybreak and The Lorraine show. Recently she joined the new ITV O'Brien show and is also a regular agony aunt on Big brothers Bit on the Side looking at relationships in the house, analysing body language, tone of voice and of course who will find love in the house. With regards to print Anna has written columns as an agony aunt for Top Sante (reaching the mums) and Girl Talk (reaching the little ones) and Digital Spy (reaching the celebrity enthused reader). Anna is as an official celebrity ambassador for the mental health charity, Mind. She now talks openly about her own battle with severe anxiety and panic attacks and has hosted several events and debates surrounding this topic. Anna is also a Child Line counsellor and celebrity ambassador for the Princes Trust.

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