Taking care of business

Today’s post is about taking care of yourself. Whether you have experienced Postnatal Depression (PND) or not it’s still a good idea to take care of yourself. It’s my mantra to follow what the airlines say during their safety talk “I should put my own oxygen mask on first before helping others” as I’m not much good to anyone if I can’t breathe!

Here’s a list of ideas of how to stay healthy:

  1. Go for a walk. Every single day. Especially when you don’t feel like it. Let your endorphins run wild.
  2. Call a friend and talk through your issues.
  3. Make a list of what needs to be done today. If you’re not up for doing-the-washing, cleaning-the-floors, ironing-the-clothes and changing-the-sheets then do it another day. It’s just stuff and it can be deferred. Besides they are tasks that get done and then need to be repeated anyway so take a break!
  4. Make yourself a Bad Day Box. Make a box of things that you love to remind you of good times when you’re feeling down or blue. You could include things like: family photos, a favourite CD,  a book of positive quotes and special trinkets. Bad days come and go. The contents of your Bad Day Box could make bad days go away just a little faster!
  5. Join a support group. I go to a supported playgroup every week. It’s great. I could turn up in my pyjamas and no one would bat an eyelid.
  6. Find a hobby. I taught myself to crochet with the help of two friends and Youtube. Then I won 3rd prize in the St Ives Agricultural Show this year! I love crocheting!

My award winning blanket!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 18:05:03

    Wonderful advise… also love the idea of a bad day box! am going to print this and place it somewhere i will look frequently to remind myself to take care of me 🙂 thanks x

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