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Overcoming Baby Blues with Yoga

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Baby BluesBaby blues are experienced by many women, and they usually occur three to 10 days after giving birth. They cause temporary mood instability, but can also develop into postnatal depression if they last for more than two weeks.

If you are looking for a wholesome and stress-free way to beat the baby blues, you can turn to yoga.

Benefits of Yoga as a Baby Blues Buster

It makes sense that yoga is increasingly being used as a form of treatment for baby blues.

Mums Bubs Yoga Yoga provides restorative physical rehabilitation in a gentle manner, and it enables you to slowly increase the intensity of your practice to achieve higher levels of strength, stamina, and physical well-being. As a new mother, you can also use different yoga techniques to relax and reduce the stress that comes with caring for your baby, as well as reset your mind and let go of unnecessary concerns. Another reason why yoga is a suitable therapy for baby blues is because it can be conveniently practiced at home.

How Can Yoga Help You Beat Baby Blues?

Pranayama

Pranayama, or yoga breathing techniques, has been proven to be an effective method for treating depression, because it has a positive impact on the endocrine system. When you feel stressed, you will breathe faster and cause signals to be sent to the adrenals to release stress hormones. If you practice prayanama regularly, you will be able to keep your breathing steady even when you are stressed, resulting in a decrease in the production of stress hormones.

Asana

Asana, or yoga postures, can help you overcome your baby blues by enabling you to experience the benefits of stretching your body and compressing your glands. When you perform asana along with proper breathing, you will feel calm and energized, and gain the ability to withdraw your mind from your senses to experience a deep physical and mental healing.

Yoga Nidra

Additionally, relaxation and meditation methods such as yoga nidra can balance the endocrine system, nervous system, and cortical activity, and therefore, reduce your body’s tendency to react to stress.
If you are currently experiencing the baby blues, you should consider using yoga as a treatment option. It is not only an effective way to treat depression; it can also help you live a healthier and happier life.

*Editor’s note: if you or someone you know is experiencing prolonged or debilitating depression symptoms it is recommended you see your doctor or psychologist for diagnosis and treatment options. We need to be very careful to never claim that yoga alone can fix mental health problems, it should always be part of an integrated treatment plan prescribed by your qualified health professional
 
By Jackie Edwards 

After taking a career sabbatical to become a mother, Jackie now writes full time on topics ranging from health and wellness, right through to news and current affairs. She has, in the past battled problems with anxiety and panic, and in her spare time she volunteers for a number of local charities that support people with mental health issues.

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