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Is It Postnatal Depression or Baby Blues?

Postnatal depression is back in the news Kate Middleton gave birth to her son Prince Louis on April 23rd. For many this is a time of joy and building that wonderful connection to their new baby, however 1 in 4 women experience some form of mental health issue after the birth.

Kate herself, prior to the birth of her son, drew attention to this issue when she said,

“There’s an expectation you’re going to be super happy all the time, and one in four of us aren’t.”

The NHS advises that it is important to seek help as soon as possible if you think you might be depressed. Symptoms can last for months or get worse impacting on the whole family as well as yourself if not addressed. Support for postnatal depression can include self-help, and a range of therapies including hypnotherapy, enabling most women to fully recover.

The symptoms of postnatal depression can include extreme sadness, crying episodes, low energy, sleep issues, eating issues irritability, feeling unable to look after your baby, feeling no sense of bond or indifferent to your baby, problems concentrating, self-blame and guilt, and in some cases thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

Some of these issues may be present for the first 2 weeks after the birth and then disappear as you body returns to normal, and this is known as Baby Blues, however where the symptoms continue, they become more serious this could be Postnatal Depression.

According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Postnatal Depression has symptoms similar to those experiencing depression at other times. And according to the National Council for Hypnotherapy, Postnatal Depression is another form of clinical depression brought on by feelings of stress and anxiety.

Hypnotherapists regularly work with a variety of stresses and anxiety and can help block the negative thought patterns leading to this stress and anxiety, whilst helping you to rewire your brain to feel the way you would like to feel. A range of different techniques can be used to help you make these changes and you can learn fast easy techniques to take away and use yourself. The process of going into a hypnotic trance is so relaxing it can easily help you to reset those stress hormones in your body and bring peace.

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How To Be A Happier Person

Being happy is a state of mind that you can control. There are practical things you can do to be happier and there are also ways of thinking that will make you happier.

The first thing to do is make time for yourself to do what makes you happy. For me it may be painting my nails or salsa dancing. What ever you enjoy fill your life with time for you.

Next make sure you think positively, monitor your own thoughts and if you catch yourself thinking negatively, turn it around.

“It’s Monday I’m so tired, I just don’t want to go to work” STOP “ What can I do today to be happy at work, who can I have a laugh with, who can I make smile”

Think every day of all the things you are grateful for.

Listen to uplifting music.

Exercise – make it something you enjoy, a walk in the countryside works well. Exercise has been shown to be effective in treating depression.

Plan fun things to do this year, sporting events, trips, holidays, places to visit, people to reconnect with.