Self-esteem and Postnatal depression

Self-esteem is how we feel and what we think, about ourselves.

If our self-esteem is healthy, we generally feel positive about ourselves and life in general. If we have low self-esteem, we tend to have a more negative outlook on life and can often feel overwhelmed more easily by even the smallest obstacles, than others with a healthier outlook.

Our fundamental opinion of ourselves is formed in childhood, when our teachers, friends, siblings, parents, and, these days, social media, send us positive and negative messages that we subconsciously swallow whole.

For some reason, the message that we are not good enough is the one that stays with us.

Stress and difficult life events, such as Postnatal Depression - PND - will most likely have a negative effect on self-esteem.

According to the NHS website, 1 in 10 women experience PND within a year of giving birth and it can also affect fathers and partners.

Seeing all the seemingly perfect, happy new mums around us with their seemingly perfect, happy babies, can be difficult, especially if we don’t feel the euphoria others seem to feel about the new baby. If, for instance, our baby isn’t sleeping well, cries a lot, or if we can’t get along with breast-feeding, we may feel inadequate, not good enough, as mothers, women, wives, partners... It isn’t hard to understand how feeling like a failure could bring on low self-esteem.

Here at Muma Nurture, we offer support through counselling, hypnotherapy, reflexology and other holistic therapies.

If you are feeling depressed or struggling with your self-esteem, hypnotherapy can be a very effective therapy; working on the subconscious to change negative thinking and encourage more positive thoughts, it can boost your confidence and self-esteem.

Reflexology is a nurturing and supportive treatment that helps bring your body systems back into a state of balance. Offering sometimes much needed time to yourself, reflexology will also help balance your hormones and increase your feelings of calm and well-being.

Counselling is a talking therapy where the counsellor acts as an empathic facilitator, often empowering the client by listening and acknowledging their whole experience, without passing judgment.

Please don't hesitate to contact us to find out how our professional therapists could help you.

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