HOW I AM NATURALLY TREATING MY POSTPARTUM ANXIETY

Good morning babes! Hope everyone has had a great week, and that you are ready to take on Friday! I have been getting a TON of emails and DM’s asking about my postpartum anxiety and how I am treating it. I knew I needed to address it all in one post, because there is a lot that goes into this subject, at least for me! I want to mention first of all that I am not a medical professional and everything I do works best for me personally. That might not be the case for you. We are all so different and the biggest thing is to do what works best for you and your family! I have tried so many things before I got to this point where I finally know what works and what does not for me.

I share a little bit of my backstory on postpartum anxiety and depression here. I also shared in this post the things I did when I first noticed that I was suffering from postpartum anxiety. Our baby is now 15 months, and things have changed in how I address these things. Here iI share mindfulns what I am doing now:

  • Ashwaghanda I take two capsules daily, and if I am feeling off or having a hard day, I take more.
  • Maca I add 1-2 t to a latte or smoothie that I have throughout the day.
  • Collagen You can read more about collagen here. I take 1 serving of it daily, usually in a smoothie or oatmeal.
  • I limit my caffeine more than I used to. I will have 1-2 cups of coffee a day, on a good day. On a day I am feeling stressed or off, I will stick with a cup of matcha. Try swiss water method decafmatcha, or Four Sigmatic mushroom coffee.
  • I track my sleep, and stick to a consistent schedule. I use the “bedtime” feature on my iPhone to keep myself on track to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. I allow myself time to be up before my kids, too so I have time to start my day with mindfulness, exercise, writing, or whatever it is I need that day.
  • Mindfulness has played a huge role, too. I share mindfulness tips on Mondays, either here or on my Instagram. One of my favorite tools has been my Purposeful Planner. It is my space where I log all my to-do lists, keep my life organized, meal plan, brain storm, all that. It’s really been helpful with my anxiety because it’s an easy way for me to keep track of everything and make sure I am giving myself what I need. I start each morning in my planner and it gives me a great start to the day.

So these are the things I am doing now, at 15 months postpartum, and I am feeling really good! I am also going to be trying out hypnotherapy soon too, and will keep you guys updated there.

Thanks so much for reading,

xx, Chels

Self-Care Sunday

You all know how much I love to talk about self-care and self-love, because it is so important and so often forgotten. Self-care can be so simple, yet still have such a huge impact on how you feel each day. Suffering from post partum anxiety and depression has taught me that, and it has deeply been ingrained in me.

I went a really long time not taking care of myself, and always putting myself last. I know this is the case for so many moms, and it really doesn’t work so well. I have learned to work in little things throughout my day and routine to practice self-care that I need. It really is the little things that add up and make a huge impact on us.

One of my favorite self-care steps is exfoliating. It’s so simple, but it makes my skin feel and smell so good and it’s just the little something I need sometimes! I exfoliate 2-3 times a week using Ili Scrub Coffee Scrub. This stuff is made in Hawaii using organic local coffee, organic coconut oil, organic sugar, Hawaiian sea salt, essential oils, and vitamin e. They are pure, and natural which I LOVE, and they smell incredible! I wish I could have you all smell my bags right now, they are so so good. My personal favorite is the coconut cacao coffee scrub. It smells go amazing, and is so great for your skin. Cacao + coconut + exfoliating to me is just brilliant because they all have such great benefits.

Cacao protects against free radicals, is full of magnesium, omega fatty acids, and vitamin c to promote cell repair and blood flow. Coconut is high in protein, super moisturizing, and has anti-inflammatory properties. Exfoliation removes old skin cells, revealing the glowy, newer skin underneath. It also encouraged cell regeneration, causing your cells to turn over quicker.

I love exfoliating in the shower, and when I exfoliate my face, I like to use a mask after because I know my skin is going to absorb it so much better!

Cheers to self-care, the little things, and a Sunday well-spent.

xo, Chels

*This is a sponsored post. However, I would never share anything with my readers that I did not truly believe in, love, and use myself. I would never support a business or brand I did not trust as being green/organic or a product that I did not believe in.

SELF-CARE WITH KOSMATOLOGY PRODUCTS

I love good skin care products, and one of my new favorite new brands is Kosmatology. The first thing I love about them are their ingredients and that they are . Clean, organic, and simple! I love the products, and they all smell INCREDIBLE, yet not overpowering. 

For a little at-home-pampering, I have been using the Kosmatology foot scrub in the bath, following up with the foot balm, and the grapefruit lotion bar. My skin is really dry, and the Utah air is also really dry. The lotion bar is super moisturizing and lasts all day! I am usually having to reapply lotions all throughout the day to avoid feeling dry. I was so impressed by that! I also really love that the foot balm is super-hydrating, as well as soothing. If your feet are tired or sore, this makes them feel better realllllly quickly.

I have also used the scrub on my daughter and the lotion bar on both kids! Amazzzzzing. Amelia loves to be pampered, and said the foot scrub was very relaxing. 😊 if you are looking for a nice way to relax at home, I highly suggest grabbing these for a relaxing bath (perfect for Valentine’s Day!!!).

We also have the Kosmatology foaming hand soap and the hand sanitizer. I am such a germaphobe, but I do not like to use anything with chemicals (especially on my kids!) so I’m always keeping my eyes opened for great soaps and sanitizers. I love the way both of these smell. And neither of them make out hands feel dry at all!!!!!

***This post was sponsored by Kosmatology, all opinions are entirely my own.