So I’ve just checked and it’s been a fair old while since I’ve posted on here. I’m disappointed because this blog is really important to me but I’ve decided to be kind and forgive myself as the reason is I’ve just had no time to focus on it. I have a newborn who seems to be allergic to sleep and therefore I’m trying to catch up with that in any free time I get! My sleep is really important to my mental well being and therefore it comes first.
So shes currently having nap so I thought I’d go for it and see if I can manage to get to the end of a post.
So newborns and mental health, where to start? This is my second child and so I knew a little of what to expect this time around but it still takes a massive toll on your mental and physical health no matter who you are and so if you’re someone already suffering from a mental health issue then it can really throw you off track.
I’ve found control and structure to be so important in my mental health recovery, things such as: eating well, getting enough sleep, socialising, exercise and routine are so important to incorporate into my daily life and when you have a newborn (and in my case a toddler as well) your self care can really go out of the window. Some things for me have slipped this time around (this blog included) and at times it has been tough. She still wakes up 3/4 times a night (at 7 months!) and an extended period of time with broken sleep can really takes it’s toll on, well, pretty much everything. I am lucky that I have a lot of support from family but even so there have been days where I’ve just had to push myself through with will power.
There is a good side to all the madness though (and this is something I would never have believed prior to having children) and that is that I’m so busy that I don’t have time to dwell on OCD thoughts at all. They come into my head and I honestly don’t think of them again, there just isn’t time. I have never known anything better at grounding me then my children. Yes there are other mental issues I am processing such as my anxiety and worry but I almost feel like they are slightly more ‘normal’, everyone seems to have some sort of worry/anxiety and so I don’t feel quite as abnormal for having them. They’re still completely rubbish but I find other people are able to relate more easily to them and so when you’re chatting about them you don’t get the blank faces where someone is trying to understand why you think you ran over something on the way to meet them and have then completely forgotten about it, stupid intrusive thoughts!
Anyway, I have still been noting a few ideas down over the last few months so hopefully I can manage to write a bit more regularly now. If anyone has any requests for information on coping strategies or OCD topics or pregnancy or post natal related OCD then I am more then happy to share my experiences so just say in the comments.
but for now,
Stay Strong xxx