I have spoken several times about my struggles with anxiety and depression. When we decided to have another baby I made the decision to stop taking any antidepressants or anxiety medication. While some doctors will say that it’s fine, I just wanted to not have any in my system. I still however, struggled and do struggle with anxiety especially. I wanted to share a few of the ways I deal with anxiety during pregnancy for those who may go through it as well!
Ways I Deal With Anxiety During Pregnancy
Yoga/Meditation: The great thing about this is you can do it at home. Honestly, most of the prenatal yoga I have done has been at home. I have done SaraBeth Yoga on YouTube (she has tons of prenatal workouts) and use Headspace for meditation. Both things really calm me down and set me on the right path.
Stress Balls: This was a suggestion from my counselor. I fidget a lot when I am anxious and this has really helped calm me a lot. I got these on Amazon.
Counseling: I started going to counseling again about 2 months ago after a few really tough anxiety weeks. I forgot how helpful it can be to just talk with someone completely unbiased. Since I struggled with PPD/PPA I knew this was a good choice for me.
Walks/Workouts: Anytime I can walk in the fresh air (when it’s not 100 degrees) or just go to the gym or barre class and get a workout in my anxiety literally melts away.
Self-care: For me being able to take time for myself really helps. Sometimes my self-care is simply running errands alone. Or some days it’s a long shower and a face mask. Other days I go get a mani/pedi. Self-care looks different for everyone but whatever it is I am needing that day I do.
Feeling my feelings: My biggest thing is just to recognize and feel my feelings. Anxiety and depression are a part of me and always will be. Feeling my feelings, and recognizing them for what they are is so important. I don’t try to push them down. If I need to cry I cry.
Have you struggled with anxiety or depression? If so what was one thing you did to help?