COVID-19, isolation and postnatal depression
As the government is telling us to stay at home and only go out for food, health reasons or other essentialities, there are a lot of us feeling very lonely. The added worry about the COVID-19 virus - catching it ourselves or for one of our dear ones to catch it - does not exactly improve our mental health.
Becoming a parent isn't always the most wonderful thing in the world. 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 as unexpected as depression.
Most new mums experience feeling down a few days after having a baby - crying and feeling anxious – but for some of us, 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 also have suffered from PND, to be enough.
If you are feeling depressed, you may feel you need your friends and family more than ever and now, when we are told not to see any other people - even friends and family - we understand that things may feel very difficult.
Many people who have suffered - or are suffering - from depression, see great benefits of having counselling, saying 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.
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, although we can't (wo)man our office, we are still offering our services online.
If you would like to talk to someone unrelated about your depression, please contact Muma Nurture and we’ll arrange for you to talk to one of our qualified counsellors - by phone or video chat.
We are here to help!