Postnatal depression is back in the news after singer Adele has told of her battle with postnatal depression following the birth of her son, Angelo. She told Vanity Fair magazine that she felt, at the time, like she had made ‘the worst decision’ of her life.
While she says she now loves her son ‘more than anything’ Adele admits she really struggled adjusting to motherhood.
And she is not the only one. Statistics show that it is a common problem, affecting more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth, says the NHS. It can also affect fathers and partners, although this is less common.
Adele’s partner Simon Konecki advised her to talk to other mothers about her concerns after she admitted that she was ‘obsessed with my child’ and felt very inadequate.
The Vanity Fair interview comes as Adele reaches the end of her 10-month tour to mark her album 25. She admits she still feels uncomfortable spending time away from her son.
“I’m enjoying touring, but at times I feel guilty because I’m doing this massive tour, and even though my son is with me all the time, on certain nights I can’t put him to bed. I never feel guilty when I’m not working,” she adds.
“You’re constantly trying to make up for stuff when you’re a mum. I don’t mind, because of the love I feel for him.”
The NHS says it is important to seek help as soon as possible if you think you might be depressed, as your symptoms could last months or get worse and have a significant impact on you, your baby and your family. With the right support, which can include self-help strategies and therapy, most women make a full recovery.
And the Royal College of Psychiatrists says Postnatal Depression is a depressive illness which has symptoms similar to those in depression at other times. These include low mood and other symptoms lasting at least two weeks.
The National Council for Hypnotherapy says postnatal depression is essentially another form of clinical depression, this time brought on by having a new baby. And this is caused by undue feelings of stress and anxiety.
As a major part of a hypnotherapist’s work is helping the client cope with a variety of stresses and anxieties, the hypnotherapist can assess each individual’s stress and anxiety.
They will identify the root of the anxiety and, after establishing the client’s goal as to how they would like to feel, they will then work together to reach that goal using a range of different techniques. Every therapist may use slightly different techniques, but all will be working towards the same goal.
Hypnotherapy, adds the NCH, can effectively lower the incidences of postnatal depression and in the UK, hypnosis is increasingly being used to reduce the risk of postnatal depression.
It has been shows that hypnotherapy treatment eliminates the negative messages about birth and these messages often come through stories in the media or on television.
Women are conditioned to believe that birth is perilous and fraught with danger and it is this expectation of fear that creates the tension. But hypnotherapy works at the subconscious level, changing instinctive perceptions of birth so that it is seen as a positive experience, making mothers aware of how they can be in control and be free of fear for a different birthing experience.
Hypnobirthing, or hypnotherapy for childbirth, can help overcome fear and anxiety around conception, parenting, the birth and other postnatal events.
Says the NCH: “Hypnobirthing can reduce stress and anxiety (not just for you, but also for your baby), boost your confidence to be a parent and give mothers a feeling of control so the birth experience is the best it can be.
“Hypnosis works at a subconscious level, changing instinctive perceptions of birth so that it is seen as a positive experience, enabling birthing mothers to trust their body. It also makes mothers aware of how they can be in control and manage their environment, keeping it free of threats.”
Article re-posted from 3rd November, 2016 by NCH News
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Begin by feeling into your body lying here.
Feeling the areas of contact at this moment. Where your feet are touching the ground. The legs, your back, the arms, the head.
Noticing your breath, entering and leaving your body.
The intention of the this is to be present with our body without wanting anything at all. Not even relaxation. Of course, it’s nice to relax and its great if it happens, but that is not the goal of the body scan. The goal is to be checking in with each area of the body in a non-judgmental way. We simply feel what is there to feel. No need to stir up sensations by moving the body.
You will notice that there are a number of areas in the body that you might not be able to feel at all. And that is normal and ok. Just check into those areas as if you could feel something.
Starting with the feet, feeling into both feet right now.
Feeling into the areas where your feet are touching the ground or chair.
Maybe feeling your toes – or not. Maybe feeling tingling or temperature.
Now moving the attention to your ankles and lower legs. What is here to feel – if anything at all? Pressure of your calves against the mat? Perhaps the fabric against the skin?
And if you notice that your attention is suddenly somewhere else, just gently returning it to your legs. It’s not a problem at all, the mind likes to wander.
If you find it helpful you can imagine that you are breathing into your lower legs. As if your attention could ride on the breath. Or as if your attention would light up the area like it was a flash light.
Now letting go of the lower legs and moving the attention to your knees and thighs, what do you feel, again maybe pressure, temperature, the position of your legs, or nothing at all, numbness counts as a sensation in this practice.
Noticing that thinking about an area or picturing it in your mind’s eye is different from actually feeling it.
Now letting go of the thighs and moving the attention to the lower trunk. The pelvis and the tummy up to the tummy button. Noticing any sensations in this area. Maybe feeling the breath in the tummy or maybe not.
Then letting go and now feeling into the upper trunk … the stomach area… the chest, feeling the sensations of the breath here… with each inhalation and exhalation.
Feeling the spine against the floor, noticing any sensations that are here or the absence of sensations.
From here now moving the attention into your hands. Feeling your hands, you might notice how well you can feel your hands without having to see the, feeling individual fingers/position of hands.
When you are ready, moving the attention to the wrists/forearms. What is here to feel? Touch/ Pressure: Warmth?
Moving attention to your elbows and upper arms. Noticing any sensations here. And if your mind wanders off, just bringing It back to wherever we are. Just starting again.
From here, moving the attention to your shoulders, back of your neck and then your head. Feeling into your jaw, face, mouth nose, cheeks, eyes, forehead, your entire face.
Now opening the awareness to include the entire body again, being alive, breathing.
If you like, imagining to be breathing from the crown of your head all the way down into your toes and up and out again.
Noticing all the sensations of the body and allowing them to be just as they are in this moment.
Allowing some movement back into the body, like wiggling your fingers and toes. Stretching the body. Coming all the way back into the room.Just take a few moments to notice what sensations are present in your body right now observe the thoughts going through your mind and check in with the emotions of this moment.
Starting the Day
Starting your mindfulness right when you wake up requires taking stock of yourself. Hear the sounds outside, notice your breath, look around the room.
Dial your senses into the sensations you encounter as you shower, get dressed, and eat breakfast; all of the things that we do in the morning. Mindfulness incorporates a keen attention to the little details. Make your morning count, be present in it. Don’t think about that meeting at 11 or the presentation this afternoon. Taste the eggs and toast on your plate in front of you at this very moment. You are laying the groundwork for the rest of your day.
Arriving at Work
When you get to the office, don’t get distracted by the inevitable bombardment of information and distractions that are inherent in a workplace environment. Emails, files, voicemails, phone calls, your boss and co-workers, all of them provide continuous, multi-layered stimuli that can affect your mood from one minute to the next. Even the nature of the work that you’re tasked with completing can bring on large amounts of stress quickly.
But try not to get caught up in all of it. Stop periodically. Take a deep breath. Check in with all of your senses. Do some quiet meditations from time to time, it can take the form of a short walk to the break room, sitting upright quietly at your desk for a brief minute, or listening to a calming piece of music in a pair of earphones.
Remaining centered throughout the day will go a long way towards improving your mood and productivity.
Stop and Think First
The fast-paced nature of a successful workplace can threaten to overwhelm anyone into a stressed rhythm. This may cause undue amounts of pressure and force us to react hastily. How you respond to things is a large part of practicing mindfulness in your daily life. Being more conscious of your practice at work will probably take a greater commitment at first, but the more you remain aware of yourself and your surroundings the easier it will come.
Many of us tend to react quickly to stimuli, because we automatically feel that is the required action in certain situations. Instead, take pause and deal with the stimuli around you in measured answers. The same goes for solving difficult challenges and problems that might occur during the day. A crisis is not an excuse for you to stop being mindful, in fact it’s a call for you to focus on your training even harder.
The Little Things
Mindfulness comes at all times and in all things. It’s not only about staying in the present and focusing on your behavior when people or situations become intense, it’s also about noticing the minute details and remaining present in them constantly. The way you respond to stress starts in how you react to the little things.
Take pause and just notice the hum of the computer, the way the coffee tastes as you sip, re-read that email because you may have missed something the first time. Remain attentive in everything that you do. It will make the difference between having a good day at the office and one you’ll want to forget. Try it right now as you’re reading this article. Look around you. What do you see, hear, and feel?
These are the building blocks to becoming more mindful.
Research studies have found that people who practice mindfulness irrespective of whether they had practised meditation before or not reports:Feeling less stressed, anxious and depressed, happier, inspired, satisfied with life.