Postpartum baby blues can hit hard, and in those moments when they do, it’s useful to have some helpful strategies at the ready.
Personally it was the fatigue that got to me. Before baby I had a handful of everyday tools to help me deal with mild anxiety and depression – like yoga, cooking a meal beginning to end, chats with loved ones, and journalling. All lovely, effective self-care activities but throw in caring for a new baby, mastering breastfeeding, waking up all hours of the night…the thought of going to a $25 yoga class and then making Julia Child’s beef bourguignon was laughable!
During this time I decided to double-down on easy, quick mindfulness techniques that I could do at home on an everyday basis.
A good friend with two littles of her own had given me a tub of Trader Joe’s lavender salt scrub (oh so scrumptious smelling, btw) at my baby shower, along with some sage advice:
“When you don’t have time or money for hour long massages anymore, this in the shower is the next best thing.”
I am happy to say that she was totally right, and it was metaphorically accurate for the rest of “relaxing while mothering”!
Mindfulness, for me and many others, is a practical way of recharging your battery as a postpartum mama. The struggle during this time can be extra frustrating because there has never been a time where you needed self-care more, and never been a time where you had less time and energy for self-care!
Practicing mindfulness frequently can really help a tired, slightly anxious or depressed postpartum mama.