How To Get A Handle On Postpartum Anxiety

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Dealing with postpartum anxiety

As a mom, you are probably having a hard time sleeping, but that is mainly thanks to your new baby’s sleep schedule. Now while it is normal to have interrupted sleep, what is not normal is suffering from something like insomnia, loss of appetite, or even the ability to think clearly. If you are suffering from these things, chances are you are dealing with postpartum anxiety, which is an ugly beast to deal with!

Here are four steps that you can follow to get a handle on your postpartum anxiety.

Step One: Treating The Symptoms
One of the most important steps is treating the symptoms that you are experiencing. If you are suffering from postpartum anxiety your brain’s chemistry is going to be slightly off, which often means you cannot take proper care of yourself or even your baby. Treating the symptoms of the anxiety disorder is important because it allows the brain to become healthy again. Medications are one way to treat the anxiety disorder, both SSRI and benzodiazepine medications are often used and as an added bonus are safe for breastfeeding moms. Proper nutrition and sleep are also important to restoring the brain’s chemicals back to normal. Breathing and exercising are also important to your brain’s health. During an anxiety attack, breathing is often done in the chest rather than the diaphragm; most therapists can teach you a useful breathing technique that allows your brain to get the oxygen it needs.

Step Two: Understand The Role Your Emotions Play
When suffering from anxiety you need to understand that your emotions play a big role in your anxiety attacks, as well, as how many attacks you end up suffering from. Anxiety lives off of fear; the more afraid you are of anything the worse the attacks end up being. In order to get a handle on your anxiety you have to first get a handle on your emotions. One of the best ways to do this is through cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is where you learn how to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. For example, no more what ifs or I should haves instead replace those with true statements.

Step Three: Find Out What Is Causing It
Many new moms have no idea why they are suffering from anxiety. In fact, they think that everything is going great, so they don’t even have a reason to feel anxious. However, something is telling your brain to panic, which is why you are feeling anxious. Many times the cause of the anxiety is something that happened far back in our past, which is why you might not realize what is causing it. The important thing is to find out what is causing it so you can deal with it face to face.

Step Four: Learning To Tolerate Your Postpartum Anxiety
One thing that you have to learn, as a mom is that there is no way to cure all of your anxiety, as part of being a mom means worrying here and there. As a mom, what you need to understand is that the constant anxious feeling is not normal; you should be able to lead a normal life without anxiety taking over at every turn. What is important is learning how to tolerate your anxiety disorder; you need to learn that everything is going to be fine even though you are having an anxiety attack. What you need to do is acknowledge that you have anxiety, understand why you have it, and then be nice to yourself.

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