Allow yourself to solve problems you can handle. For intance, don't take on major decisions that aren't necessary at this time in your life. Only do what you can, and feel good about your efforts. However, some major decisions will be right in your face, so to speak, so I know they can't all be avoided.
If you can delay the decision to move, change jobs, or to have another baby, that helps. it's better to wait until you're less stressed and overwhelmed, and you're thinking more clearly. It often helps my clients (and their partners) to actually choose and circle a date on the calendar a few months out. On this date, they allow themselves to start making decisions about whatever they've been healthfully delaying.
Excerpted from Postpartum Depression for Dummies.
Shoshana S. Bennett, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and founder of Postpartum Assistance for Mothers after her second undiagnosed postpartum illness. In addition to three teaching credentials, she holds a second masters degree in psychology and a doctorate in clinical counseling. Dr. Shosh has been a featured guest on national radio and television shows including ABC's 20/20 and her work has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles around the world.
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