I’ve been struggling with postpartum PTSD for a couple of years now. It can be a tough condition to cope with, especially as someone still in the process of adjusting to parenthood. On days when I just feel overwhelmed, it’s hard to remember that things will eventually get better and easier.
My experiences have shown me that learning healthy coping mechanisms is key. For me, that means finding little moments throughout my day when I can take a break and just breathe deeply for a few seconds before diving back into the chaos. That simple act of self-care has made all the difference in how I manage my feelings and keep my anxiety under control.
I also talk to professionals, family or friends about what I’m going through whenever I’m feeling extra bothered. Talking about it helps remind me that there are people who understand and care about what I’m facing as a parent. It also makes me feel like my mental health concerns are validated instead of pushed aside or minimized. Finally, it’s important for me to focus on all the positives – no matter how small – so that I don’t get so caught up in feeling hopeless or powerless against my postpartum struggles.
Although dealing with postpartum PTSD can seem overwhelming at times, I’ve come to accept it as part of my life today and take steps towards ensuring better mental health from both myself and other parents around me.