Suffering Postpartum Depression? Announcing Daily Hope

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postpartum depressionI am so excited to launch a new feature here at Postpartum Progress. It’s called Daily Hope. This service is specifically for those of you who are currently suffering from postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, postpartum OCD, antenatal depression or related illnesses.

I know that many of you don’t have access to support groups or the best specialists. You may not have people around you that understand postpartum depression. Need some extra hope each day from people who DO get it? Someone to shine a light towards the end of the tunnel? That’s Daily Hope! Sign up at the link below, and starting on Monday, January 17th, you will receive an email each day with some inspiration and encouragement for getting through perinatal mood & anxiety disorders (PMADs).

The messages will come from me, as well as leading authors and bloggers on PMADs, including:

So! To sign up for Postpartum Progress Daily Hope, click here.

Have a friend that you think could use this, or a patient? Be sure to let them know!! If you join, you can opt out (unsubscribe) at any time, and you are not required to give your last name.

Oh, and for you survivors and clinicians out there, if you’d like to join the people listed above and share your own favorite quote or other item of inspiration, send it to me at stonecallis [at] msn [dot] com, and your item may be included in a future Daily Hope email. Be sure to include a link to your blog or website in what you send to me, so that I’ll be able to link back to you if you’d like. (One caveat: Don’t send me a tidbit where you are trying to sell something, with the exception of course of your book. If you do, there’s no chance that it will be included in Daily Hope emails.)

I’m looking forward to providing some daily inspiration for everyone out there who is suffering at this very minute.

Daily Hope and Postpartum Progress the Blog are services of Postpartum Progress Inc. the Nonprofit, which is working to vastly improve the support and services available to women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, primarily through the use of technology.

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The 21-Day Self-Care Challenge: Day 13

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LIVING Self-Care

Back for the 21-day self-care challenge? Aren’t you proud?!

Like most women, you’re an expert multi-tasker, priding yourself on answering the phone, stirring the stew, juggling the baby, and writing a check–all at once. But we’re fooling ourselves about multi-tasking’s effectiveness. Research shows that efficiency increases when we really tune into the process.

Experiment with this by practicing mindfulness, the antidote to tuned-out multi-tasking. Pick a treat that you really relish; perhaps chocolate or the freshest piece of fruit. Sniff the aroma. Feel your mouth salivate. Touch the tiniest bit to your tongue. Is it sweet, salty, cold, juicy? Hold the first bite in your mouth for a moment. Swirl it around, note the feeling as your teeth begin to chew. Continue to consume the treat slowly, zeroed in on every sensation.

Practice this mantra: “Live in the moment, do what matters most, forget the rest.”

Copyright © 2010 by Ann Dunnewold and Diane Sanford, authors of Life Will Never Be The Same: The Real Mom's Postpartum Survival Guide.

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The 21-Day Self-Care Challenge: Day 11

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LIVING Self-Care

Half way through the 21-day self-care challenge!

Few things in life are more important than valuing ourselves. Yet maybe you heard messages when you were a child, such as “be humble. Nice girls don’t brag. Don’t be full of yourself. “ If you tune into your personal resources, you will have the inner belief and fortitude to handle the hurdles life inevitably brings.

Most women, even if they feel competent and strong, balk at the idea of actually recording their strengths in black and white. Today, challenge that early childhood programming by writing at least five things you love about yourself. Keep a note card nearby if the traits you want to claim don’t immediately come to mind. Tuck the card into your wallet or tape it on your mirror. Review it daily.

Today’s mantra: “I love me, with all my strengths and human faults.”

Copyright © 2010 by Ann Dunnewold and Diane Sanford, authors of Life Will Never Be The Same: The Real Mom's Postpartum Survival Guide.

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The 21-Day Self-Care Challenge: Day 7

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LIVING Self-Care

Another day of the 21 day self-care challenge under your belt! Another ten minutes invested in yourself to handle the demands of your world.

Today, capitalize on the way women are socialized to “tend and befriend” under stress. Think about a close friend in your life. Who is the girlfriend (or family member) who is always there for you? The one who really listens to you? Call her today. Set aside at least fifteen minutes, and talk about you. Not just how are the kids, or the job, or the relationship. What’s really going on with you lately? Sure, you can share the update on her, too. But make sure and take your turn.

Practice this mantra for today: “When I let my friends support me, it brings us closer.”

Copyright © 2010 by Ann Dunnewold and Diane Sanford, authors of Life Will Never Be The Same: The Real Mom’s Postpartum Survival Guide.

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