Find­ing emo­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port

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are now some good qual­ity sup­ple­ments de­rived from al­gae. Also, the body can con­vert an­other omega-3 fat known as EPA, found in plants such as flaxseeds and wal­nuts, into DHA (although its ef­fi­ciency at do­ing this seems highly in­di­vid­ual). The fo­cus for the de­pleted mum needs to be on easy, prac­ti­cal meals made from whole, real foods that are nu­tri­ent-dense.

Seek­ing sup­port is also crit­i­cal. If you feel as though you may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing post­na­tal de­ple­tion, let a friend know and seek pro­fes­sional ad­vice – from a psy­chol­o­gist for ex­am­ple. Help is al­ways avail­able.

Restora­tive prac­tices that ac­ti­vate the calm “part” of the ner­vous sys­tem (the PNS) are also a crit­i­cal part of re­cov­ery from

Although pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions may not have out­wardly dis­cussed a mother’s di­rec­tion and pur­pose, it can be in­valu­able to have the sup­port of a wise friend, psy­chol­o­gist, life coach or men­tor. Cre­at­ing a life that in­cludes per­sonal growth may be more im­por­tant to some women than oth­ers. Iden­ti­fy­ing what mat­ters is key, as there can be an avalanche of guilt that makes de­ple­tion worse. The per­son pro­vid­ing sup­port may also be equipped to of­fer ad­vice on fam­ily dy­nam­ics, re­la­tion­ships, in-laws... what­ever the chal­lenges the mother faces. When re­la­tion­ships break down it may not only mean added stress for a new mother, it may also mean her sup­port sys­tem is no longer avail­able.

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