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Our mental health as single parents:

Depression is real and dark. It is not just being dramatic. It is not just being overly emotional. It is more than that. 

It is when you wanted to have fun but you just can’t. You feel worthless and tired of everything. 

Depression has no face. Someone who appears to be happy could be carrying the heaviest burden. Someone who appears to be strong could be breaking in pieces.

I know it's hard and shit gets real but know you are not alone! Please reach out for help if you mental health gets out of control!
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Mental health tips that can help:

Here are some great tips that can help a single parent get through life's struggles when you are raising our humans.

1. Paint or do a pintrest project or even writing a poem helps with our mental health issues

2. Exercise, yoga or do some breathing exercises.

3. Dance! Dance while doing housework (I do that all the time! I think that's why houses around me are being put up for sale!) 

4. Sitting in a quiet area helps  with our mental health. 

5. Therapy - find a therapist in your area to talk to and can help with any issues you are having! 

6. Kinetic sand! I swear by it! The flow of the sand helps with my anxiety a lot! 
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Post Partum Depression is real!

The birth of a baby can trigger a jumble of powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect — depression.
Most new moms experience postpartum "baby blues" after childbirth, which commonly include mood swings, crying spells, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Baby blues typically begin within the first two to three days after delivery, and may last for up to two weeks.
But some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. Rarely, an extreme mood disorder called postpartum psychosis also may develop after childbirth.
Postpartum depression isn't a character flaw or a weakness. Sometimes it's simply a complication of giving birth. If you have postpartum depression, prompt treatment can help you manage your symptoms and help you bond with your baby.

Post Partum Depression Symptoms:

Postpartum depression may be mistaken for baby blues at first — but the signs and symptoms are more intense and last longer, and may eventually interfere with your ability to care for your baby and handle other daily tasks. Symptoms usually develop within the first few weeks after giving birth, but may begin earlier ― during pregnancy ― or later — up to a year after birth.
Postpartum depression signs and symptoms may include:
Depressed mood or severe mood swings
Excessive crying
Difficulty bonding with your baby
Withdrawing from family and friends
Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual
Inability to sleep (insomnia) or sleeping too much
Overwhelming fatigue or loss of energy
Reduced interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
Intense irritability and anger
Fear that you're not a good mother
Hopelessness
Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy
Diminished ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions
Restlessness
Severe anxiety and panic attacks
Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide


When to see a doctor:

If you're feeling depressed after your baby's birth, you may be reluctant or embarrassed to admit it. But if you experience any symptoms of postpartum baby blues or postpartum depression, call your doctor and schedule an appointment. If you have symptoms that suggest you may have postpartum psychosis, get help immediately.
It's important to call your doctor as soon as possible if the signs and symptoms of depression have any of these features:
Don't fade after two weeks
Are getting worse
Make it hard for you to care for your baby
Make it hard to complete everyday tasks
Include thoughts of harming yourself or your baby


If at any point you have thoughts of harming yourself or your baby, immediately seek help from your partner or loved ones in taking care of your baby and call 911 or your local emergency assistance number to get help.
Also consider these options if you're having suicidal thoughts:
Seek help from your primary care provider or other health care professional.
Call a mental health professional.
Call a suicide hotline. In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use their webchat on suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat.
Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
Contact a minister, spiritual leader or someone else in your faith community.