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New Year’s Resolutions for Perinatal Mood Disorders

posted Dec 30, 2014, 1:43 PM by AndrewandSarah Witzel

  1. Make your mental health a top priority. With work, family, and household obligations, it can be very hard to focus on your own health. If you wait for time leftover after everything else, your recovery won’t happen as quickly or thoroughly as it could. I personally am in the maintenance phase of my recovery, but that also takes time and effort. I need to make sure that I take adequate time for prayer, rest, etc.

  2. Exercise. Not to lose weight. Not to lower blood pressure, build bone strength, prevent diabetes. Exercise to enhance your mental health. It has been proven to be effective in treating depression and other mental health conditions. This is all the motivation I need! I already exercise, but this year I want to do more yoga and strength training, and do aerobic exercise more often as well.

  3. Increase your social support. Even if you are already attending a support group, or seeing friends regularly, try thinking of ways to expand or strengthen your network. I know I could work on talking to friends on the phone more rather than connecting  primarily through texting or facebook.