If you are suffering with postnatal depression, you are likely feeling very down and unable to shake your feelings of sadness, you may be struggling to enjoy any of the things you used to enjoy. You are probably feeling overwhelmed by having a new baby to look after and may be having difficulty bonding with your baby. You may be low in energy and also struggling to sleep.
These symptoms could all build up over time and you may not realise that you are suffering from post natal depression. Therefore you might just think that you are not coping with the day to day things that other people are which may make you feel worse and can make you reluctant to make social contact and reluctant to tell anyone how you are feeling.
If you are struggling with these symptoms after having a baby then it is important that you reach out for help. Speaking to people about how you feel means that you can start getting the help that you need. Your GP or midwives should quickly be able to offer you options for effective treatment. These options will include medication and talking therapy. They may also give you some advice on self help and lifestyle advice that may improve your mood and your sleep.
Complementary therapies are commonly used to manage stress, anxiety and depression. These therapies are not used instead of traditional medication and talking therapies, but often alongside them, hence the term complementary. You have the option to choose which method or combination of treatments works best for you. There area wide variety of complementary therapies available and there may be ones that you are drawn to more than others, again it is about finding what works for you. At Muma Nurture we offer hypnotherapy, reflexology and massage as well as counselling.
Hypnotherapy uses a naturally occurring, altered state of consciousness, where the client is in a state of heightened inner focus and concentration, to help gain control over unwanted behaviours or to cope better with their emotions. Hypnotherapy can be used to reprogram the subconscious mind through suggestions, and unwanted, unhelpful behaviours or habits can be changed or removed for positive improvements to your lifestyle and emotional well-being.
Reflexology can help to support clients with depression in a number of ways. Allowing yourself the time for a treatment, means allowing yourself a break and a time to switch off, which is hugely beneficial, particularly if you are someone that struggles to switch off during your own time (or of course if you have a demanding baby). The power of touch during a reflexology treatment can lead to the release of oxytocin which lowers stress hormones, reduces blood pressure and induces the ability to sleep. The specific pressure techniques of a reflexology treatment can focus on bringing the body back into balance, whether this be fluctuating hormones, tension held in certain areas of your body or digestive issues. If your body is able to relax and come into a natural balance then it helps it work at a more optimum level, improving the flow of energy and bringing all of the bodies systems into balance, and this in turn gives the body and mind a better ability to heal itself.
Although professional help is essential if you are suffering from depression, you should be able to choose the combination of treatments that best work for you.