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Post-Natal depression can strike at any time - it can arrive in a flash, it can creep up on you or it can be there without you even knowing it! It can make you feel sad, alone, unloved, unappreciated and helpless. You may find that family come and go, friends pop round to see you but despite people being around you can still feel lonely.
When this happens, if this sounds even vaguely familiar, there is one small way that might help you get through and prevent slipping deeper into depression. It's nothing medical, it's not tried and tested, there is no guarantee and if it doesn't work you won't get your money back, but it's worth a try and many women do find themselves more able to cope when they have one. It's called a Comfort Box.
A comfort box is different things to different people. It may be an old fabric bag holding a few secret treasures from childhood, it may be a shiny new box with only recently bought items within. Whatever form yours takes, its like a big, warm, comforting hug, in a box! It comforts your inner child and can make you feel happier.
What you need to do:
Find a large box or bag that is big enough to put various items in. When it's calm and peaceful at home have a think about what you would like to go inside your box. What things make you happy, bring you comfort or make you smile? It's these things that can go into your box. And, you need not tell anyone about your box, or where you hide it... it's as secret as you want!
Here are a few ideas of what to include:
- Photos of family that you love
- A scented candle that you can light
- A lavender purse
- Some music that is soothing or familiar
- Some poems (find some on line if you don't have any favourites that spring to mind)
- An old teddy or dolly from your childhood
- A cushion to rest on
- A warm blanket or scarf
Once you have gathered a few things, you simply put your box away until you feel you need it. Then, take out your box when you feel a bit low and have a look through the things in there. Light the candle, look at the photos, read the poems, cuddle the teddy and relax. Hopefully, you'll end up feeling a bit happier and you can store your box away until you might need it again.