How to cope with pregnancy depression: the good news

There are lots of things you can do to cope.

But here’s the short version.

1.

Get help.

There are a variety of services available to help you cope.

Some are free.

Others cost money.

And then there are things you might not have heard of, like The Pregnancy Resource Centre in Sydney, or a GP referral service.

If you can’t afford to pay for anything, there are also free counselling groups in your city.

2.

Take time to process.

The biggest thing to remember is that you need to take time to think about the emotions that you’re experiencing.

Think about what’s going on in your head.

Do you feel sad?

Or angry?

Or sad and confused?

That’s normal, and you can respond to these emotions by: talking to a friend or relative or someone you trust.

You’ll also want to: take time for yourself, journal, write down everything you do, and be aware of your emotions.

This will help you to learn to recognise your feelings better, and help you deal with them.

3.

Read books.

The more you read, the more you’ll be able to see what’s happening in your mind.

This can help you become more reflective, more compassionate and more empathetic to others.

4.

Exercise.

Being physically active helps you deal in a way that your body cannot.

That’s because your brain can only process so much information at a time.

It doesn’t have enough time to reflect on what’s in your body.

Exercise can help, as long as you do it regularly.

5.

Listen to music.

You can find many great music-related podcasts to listen to while you’re feeling depressed.

For example, if you’re a fan of pop, check out The Depression Podcast.

You may also find podcasts for depression, anxiety and PTSD.

6.

Find support.

A good place to start is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which can be reached from 1-800-273-8255.

There’s also the Suicide Prevention Line at 1-866-488-4444.

You might also check with your local mental health services or the Crisis Line.

7.

Don’t be afraid to seek help.

Donning a mask to help reduce the effects of the anxiety and depression can be a way to be more visible to your doctor.

Also, remember that it’s okay to say you’re depressed if you feel scared or anxious, or if you’ve experienced any of the symptoms listed above.

You don’t need to stop being a person you are, but you can make yourself more aware of what’s actually happening in the world around you, and to help yourself feel more comfortable about yourself.