Yesterday and today I have felt NUTS, like I'm going to fly up in the sky and shoot out sprays of irritation and anger over all the land. Everything is pissing me off, everything is stressful, there are too many stressful, pissy things happening all at once. I can't even tell if this is a postpartum thing or if life is actually stressful and pissy right now. All I know is that I don't like anybody or anything, and that it seems like it would feel really great to take a whole stack of plates out to the driveway and smash them one after another. Mmmmm, destruction.
Since we scared all the pregnant women with our postpartum discussion a few days ago, it seems only fair that we now share tips on the things that can help to alleviate the problem. Let's try not to laugh a hard, bitter laugh as we try to think of things.
I've mentioned in another post that it helps me to have good food, and to try to do one small task per day. I've also mentioned that I do whatever gets me more sleep. Here are some other things I've tried with some success. And when I say "some success," I assume you know I mean "It may keep me from packing my bag and heading for a hotel hide-out, but it doesn't take that off the list of options." These are just things that sometimes make me feel a little better, not things that "fix" anything or make any kind of huge difference. I assume you also know that I am in no way qualified to give out any kind of medical advice whatsoever, and that if you are feeling truly nuts you need to consult a doctor about it because postpartum stuff can be really serious and bad, right? Good.
1) Coffee, small amounts (too much can make me all jittery and snappish, and I think I have gracious plenty of that already), especially with a selection of flavored creamers to stir into it and a cookie to eat with it. I once read on a web site that 1/4th cup of coffee taken medicinally every hour can be helpful for mild depression.
2) Turning on lots and lots of lights. I read that tip on the same website that mentioned the medicinal coffee. I'd thought it wouldn't help, but it did seem to improve my mood on dark, sad mornings.
3) Taking fish oil capsules. I read a long time ago that a study found fish oil helped with postpartum depression. That could be a total load, but it stayed with me and now if it's not true I don't want to hear about it. There is something to be said for the placebo effect.
4) Nice smells. A pretty shower gel, a good perfume--but not a scented candle in this state of mind or you'll accidentally burn the house down and then think how sad you'll be.
For the love of god, tell me you have more ideas, because that list is pitiful and the combination of insurance issues and the kids' giddiness is making me feel like scorching the land with my wrath.
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