Tips For Coping With Postpartum Depression

My family and friends were not aware of this, but I had Postpartum depression after giving birth to Yani. I would cry for no reason at all. I was thinking though that it might be my hormones acting up.

Having a baby is a time filled with a lot of emotions. You can feel anything from joy to sadness, all in one day. If your feelings of sadness become too severe, you could be experiencing postpartum depression

Symptoms of PPD usually start within a few weeks of having your baby, although they can develop up to six months afterward. They can include mood swings, trouble bonding with your baby, and difficulty thinking. 

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If you are depressed, you’re not alone. The mos effective way to diagnose and treat PPD is to visit your doctor, who can advise the best mix of therapy and medication to help. There are also things you can do at home to help you cope. 

If you have lost your baby, this experience is very different to PPD, and you should seek more specialist support, and find helpful ways to remember your child, like children and baby funeral urns

Exercise When You Can

Exercise can have an antidepressant effect on women with PPD. Walking with your baby in the stroller is an easy way to get some fresh air and get some gentle exercise in. Walking can be a significant way to ease your symptoms of depression. 

If you can’t fit in a long exercise session, you can try just working out for ten minutes a few times on the same day. There are lots of short, simple workouts that you can do without any equipment.

Maintain A Healthy Diet

Healthy eating alone won’t cure depression, but eating nutritious foods can help you to feel better and give your body what it needs. Plan your meals for the week at the weekend and prepare what you can in advance. Whole foods, like chopped carrots or apple slices and peanut butter, are easy on the go. 

Create Time For Yourself

You might feel overwhelmed by juggling caring for your baby, work, household responsibilities, and caring for older children. Ask for help. Accept offers of babysitting. Make sure your partner is pulling their weight. 

Schedule some time for yourself once a week. You might not be able to get out for long, but use this time to decompress. Have a nap, do a yoga class, or go to the movies. 

Make Time To Rest

You will probably have been told to sleep when the baby sleeps. This advice can get annoying to be told after a while, but it is helpful if you can manage it. Women who are able to get more sleep are less likely to experience symptoms of depression. Make time for yourself to rest. Grabbing some naps when your baby is sleeping can help with this. 

In the early days, it’s likely that your baby isn’t sleeping through the night yet. Take naps and go to bed early. If you’re breastfeeding, pump a bottle before bed so your partner can take on some of the night feeds instead of you having to be the one who gets up every time. 

It Might Be Time To Think About Moving Home

It’s time to think about end of year decisions once again. It might be time to start thinking about moving home, and that means making a lot of choices. It’s not the simplest or the smoothest of processes, but that doesn’t mean it’s one that you should avoid. There are a lot of things that you are going to need to do in order to get ready for this if it’s something that needs to be considered. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that you are going to need to do if you’re going to be moving home. Keep reading down below if you would like to find out more.

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Find A Great Real Estate Agent

The first thing that you should do is take a look around to see if you can find a great real estate agent. You can look at this site and see if this would be a good fit for you, or you can search around for somewhere else. The important thing is that you find a company that is going to be on your side, helping you find exactly what you need. You also need to ensure that they are in your price range so that you don’t have to try and stretch your already probably limited budget. 

This isn’t the most difficult thing to do as there are plenty around, but you need to check out reviews and see who has the best track record. You need someone reliable more than anything else, so keep your eye out for this.

Prepare Yourself To Say Goodbye

It can be extremely difficult to say goodbye to the home that you have been in for the past few years. If you feel as though this is going to be the case for you, then you should prepare yourself to say goodbye. You have to come to terms with the fact that you are going to be moving out soon, and this means that you have got to learn to leave the home behind and take the memories with you. After all, while it’s certainly going to be hard, you will always have the memories to see you through.

Decide What You Are Looking For

The final thing that we are going to recommend is that you start thinking about what you would be looking for in a new home. It might be that you need more space, or that you need a garden for your kids to play in. Finding the ideal place to raise a family in is not always going to be simple, but once you set out all your requirements, you can start looking for it.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you need to consider when it comes time to move home. The thing that you have got to remember is that you don’t always want to move, but sometimes it is necessary to do. We wish you the very best of luck, and hope that you manage to find your way through this, getting what you want at the end.

Home Lab Tests from Hi-Precision Diagnostics. Join BLOTTO too!

During my pregnancy, I had to undergo a lot of tests. My doctor ordered tests so that she can assess how I was doing with my pregnancy. As I didn’t want to go to the hospital to have lab tests and blood tests done, I looked for an alternative service provider. After surfing the net, I found out that Hi- Precision Diagnostics does these tests for you.

They have home service! All you have to do is call 8741-7777 and then press 2. For all the blood tests and urinalysis that I needed, I had them all done from home. All their medical technicians / staff who does home visits are vaccinated and use PPE, so everyone is safe at your home.

Another thing that I love about Hi-Precision Diagnostics is that you can get your report / results online. This is a sample of the dashboard that I see.

You can download a copy and send the soft copy results to your doctor.

I really had a great experience using their service, so I highly recommend them to those who need to have medical tests done.

If you want to try out their services, this is the perfect time to avail a CBC and Platelet test. Hi-Precision Diagnostics is running a BLOTTO or a Blood Test Lotto where patients who have availed CBC and Platelet test will have a chance to win P250,000.

It’s so interesting since your Lotto numbers / entry will be from your blood test results! The drawn numbers must match the second number from the left in each chosen parameter regardless of the decimal point of the ticket owner in order to be considered as a winner.

Consolation prize of five (5) P 25,000 each will be given away to five (5) winners who will be selected after the promo ends

The promo period is from November 8, 2021- January 31, 2022.

Check https://www.hi-precision.com.ph/newsroom/Blotto for more details. 

First Organic Baby Wipes in the Philippines

For those who are not moms yet, I just want to share that wet wipes are our best friend when it comes to taking care of our babies and children. We need wet wipes when we change their diapers, when they make a mess when eating, etc. I haven’t really measured how much wet wipes we consume, but I would say think that we use a lot!

In using wet wipes, I’m now a fan of biodegradable wet wipes. We currently use Two Little Ducks wet wipes. But since I’m always in the look out for new brands, recently, I’ve discovered this other brand called Organic Baby Wipes. Organic Baby Wipes is the 1st organic baby wipes in the Philippines.

In 2012, the founders (a couple with a baby) were looking for baby wipes that would meet their standards. They couldn’t find any so they decided to use their chemistry background to create the “perfect wipes” for their baby. After months of experimenting and testing, Organic Baby Wipes was born.

Every wipe is made out of natural ingredients that are free from chemicals like parabens, alcohol and chlorine. It’s biodegradable; this is what made me try it out actually!

As the first organic baby wipe in the market, the founders wanted “organic” products to be accessible to parents. Of course, this is because we want what’s purest, gentlest and safest for our little one.

For those who follow my blog and posts, you’d know that me and my daughters have sensitive skin. These wipes, being organic, is a plus for me. I tried it out with Yani, and the other thing that I loved about it is the smell. Yani smells so clean after using these wipes on her.

If you want to check out these Organic Baby Wipes, it’s available in selected Department stores and groceries nationwide. They also have an online store: http://www.littlegreen.ph.

For those with Lazada and Shoppee accounts, they also have stores there. Just look for @littlegreenbynature ad @organicbabywipes.

What to Shop for at Globe Business Gift Local

Have you started Christmas shopping? I haven’t started shopping, but I’m not worried because it’s so easy to do your shopping nowadays. Everything is online. This Christmas, I plan to shop from the Globe Business Gift Local MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises). I would love to buy from local businesses to help them during these trying times. What I love about these MSMEs of Globe Business Gift Local is that these businesses give back to their own communities. When you buy once, you give twice!

If you’re interested to check out the products of these MSMEs, go to http://glbe.co/giftlocal. I’ll go through some of them here.

GreenLife Coconut Products

Virgin Coconut oil has a lot of health benefits. It is a quick source of energy, has anti-microbial effects, reduces seizures and a lot more. I’m thinking of giving these as a gift to my aunts and uncles, since I know that a lot of them would appreciate getting gifts that would make them healthier.

Greenlife has various products such as export-quality organic coconut vinegar, organic coconut sap aminos, coconut spirit, coconut sugar, coconut flour, organic VCO, and cosmetics. What I like about this business is that they support Quezon province farmers. Check out their products here! Every purchase gives their farming community a better life, thanks to the versatile coconut tree.

HTP Clothing

For my clothes, I usually like the simple and comfortable ones. Especially now that we are mostly at home (plus the fact that I’m breastfeeding), my number one priority is comfort. I just love these clothes from HTP clothing. I also love the founder, Ricca del Rosario’s vision of creating quality yet affordable clothes, and I truly support her mission of helping seamstresses from Bulacan, Quezon Province, Rizal, and Metro Manila. 

I think my sister and cousins will love these timeless tops, pants, bags, slides, and PPEs. They also have hassle-free reseller packages that start at ₱1,500 for 10 tees available on e-commerce sites.

Locano

You should always get good blankets! haha! Yup, that’s my personal belief. Sleep for me is very important. I guest it’s because sleep is “me-time” for most of us. To get a good night’s rest, you need the right “tools”. Check out this comfortable Fluffy Abel Blanket. I think this will be the perfect gift for our parents. These Locano’s woven crafts are skillfully pedal-loomed by the artisan women of Vigan and Santa, Ilocos and Bangar, La Union. This Globe Business Gift Local MSME brand is definitely something worth checking! Support their advocacy and shop for these exquisite pieces.

Malagos Chocolate

​​Another brand that I’m looking at for my Christmas shopping is Malagos Chocolate. Recently, I’ve been craving for Tsokolate / Hot chocolate most of the time. I would love and am super excited to try these products.

They also have an interesting story and cause. Malagos Chocolate started with rehabilitating cacao trees in Malagos (thus their brand name), Baguio District, Davao City. Aside from helping farmers, they have won several awards through improving chocolate processing, farms, nurseries, facilities, and factories. Help Malagos continue training and supporting farmers, and shop for their chocolates!

Roots Collective

And last but not the least, Roots Collective. I actually know the founders of Roots Collective and have been impressed by their mission to help local businesses thrive. This is why I’ve been constantly supporting and buying from them. They conduct social enterprise funding, rural community training, and inter-enterprise collaborations. They carry different brands and those participating at Globe Business Gift Local are BalaiKamay, Hineleban Farms,
The Bamboo Company, Chocoloco, Creative Definitions, Gouache, HABI Lifestyle, Happy Helpers, Hiraya Chocolates, Jacinto & Lirio, Magwai, Obrano, The Peanut Butter Junkie, Plantsville Health, Reef Picks, The Spark Project/Spark Books, Theo & Philo Chocolates, and Wholly Grain.

Those are a few of the brands and MSME businesses that you may see at the Globe Business Gift Local Page https://glbe.co/giftlocal. Do check out and support these local businesses.


A live selling event is also set on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. via Globe Business Facebook page to provide Gift Local partner merchants a platform to promote their company and products for the holidays.

This year’s Globe Business campaign Buy Once, Give Twice (when you buy, you make your loved ones happy and you also get to help MSMEs) also helps MSMEs in another way. These businesses can also join Globe Business Academy where they are given access to business insights as well as networking opportunities.

Business owners can visit and sign up at https://mybusinessacademy.ph/sign-up/.

Spread the word and start your holiday shopping na!