Below is a list of self-help suggestions that may ease the sting of your symptoms throughout the course of your recovery. Keep in mind that you may not feel well enough to do many of the things listed here. They are, however, reminders, that you continue to hold more power than you think you do, over the way you feel while you are healing.
The most important thing for you to do right now is to follow your healthcare provider’s treatment plan, continue to take your medication if it has been prescribed for you, and keep in touch with those close to you, letting them know how you are feeling. After that, do what you are able, no more and no less. Take small steps, try not to be too hard on yourself and take one day at a time.*
Rest when your baby sleeps.
Let your partner know how you are feeling.
Make your needs a priority. (#speakthesecret)
Let others know what they can do to help.
Avoid strict or rigid schedules.
Give yourself permission to have negative feelings.
Screen phone calls.
Do not expect too much from yourself right now
Allow yourself a moment to laugh.
Avoid overdoing anything.
Be careful asking too many people for advice.
Trust your instincts.
Set limits with your guests.
Avoid people who make you feel bad.
Set boundaries with people you can’t avoid.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
Take a walk.
Set small goals for yourself.
Stay on all medications you have been instructed to take.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Get out of the house.
Don’t feel guilty, it wastes energy.
Expect some good days and some bad days.
Prioritize what needs to be done and what can wait.
Thank your partner for helping you.
Don’t compare yourself to others.
Be very specific about what you need from your partner.
Do not blame yourself.
Delegate household duties.
Limit your time on the Internet.
Spend less time on social media.
Surround yourself with people you love.
Avoid people who make you feel uneasy.
Do the best you can. If it doesn’t feel like enough, it’s enough for now.
Encourage your partner to seek support from friends and outside activities.
Confide in someone you trust.
Remind yourself that all adjustments take time.
*As always, if you are worried about the way you feel, let someone you trust, know what you are thinking or feeling.