Self-isolation and postnatal depression
Becoming a parent can be the most wonderful thing in the world, but it isn't always. Giving birth to a baby often triggers powerful emotions like euphoria, but also, in some cases, anxiety. For some people, having a baby can result in something we may not expect: depression.
Most new mums experience "baby blues" after having a baby - mood swings, crying, anxiety and sleeping difficulties – but for some, that develops into Postnatal Depression (PND). 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.
Not everyone will need or want professional help, but find the support of family, friends or talking to other parents who have suffered from PND as well, to be enough.
At the moment, when the government is telling us to stay at home and only go out for food, health reasons or work (if we cannot work from home), many of us are feeling very lonely - especially since we are not to see any other people, even friends or family. If you are feeling depressed, you may feel you need your friends and family more than ever and now, when you can't socialise, things may feel very difficult.
Many people who have suffered - or are suffering - from depression, see great benefits of having counselling, which is a talking therapy.
The relationship between a client and a counsellor is different from any other and people often feel it's easier to delve deeper into those often unexplored feelings, with someone who isn't a friend or related, but a professional. A counsellor will listen to you without judging.They can help you explore your feelings, acknowledge and accept them.They can also support you in finding your own ways to cope with your situation.
In these unprecedented times and, even if you never considered counselling before, why not give it a try? At Muma Nurture we are keeping up to date with the latest advice in this rapidly changing situation and still offering our services online.
Please contact Muma Nurture and we’ll arrange for you to talk to one of our qualified counsellors - on the phone or in a video chat. We are here to help!