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CONFESSION: I have postpartum anxiety | Episode 229

April 28, 2023

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Welcome to a heartfelt and vulnerable episode of Real Talk with Rachel. Today, I’m opening up and sharing my personal journey with postpartum anxiety. Yes, you read that right. I want to provide an honest account of how I recognized something was wrong, how I sought help, and what strategies have been helping me on this path of healing. Through this episode, I aim to not only share my story but also encourage others who may be facing similar challenges. So, let’s dive in and navigate postpartum anxiety together.

  1. Recognizing Something Was Wrong: Trusting My Instincts

In this segment, I discuss the signs and symptoms that led me to recognize that something was amiss with my mental health. I share my experiences of feeling overwhelmed, having racing thoughts, and experiencing heightened anxiety after childbirth. It’s crucial to trust our instincts and pay attention to our emotional well-being during the postpartum period. I hope that sharing my journey will help others in recognizing their own struggles and seeking the support they need.

  1. Asking for Help: The Power of Reaching Out

Seeking help is a courageous and essential step in the journey of postpartum anxiety. I share my personal experience of reaching out to professionals, such as therapists and doctors, who provided guidance and support. I discuss the importance of creating a support network, leaning on loved ones, and finding a healthcare team that understands and specializes in postpartum mental health. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness but a demonstration of strength and a commitment to your well-being.

  1. Strategies for Healing: What’s Been Helping Me

In this segment, I delve into the strategies and coping mechanisms that have been beneficial in my journey of healing. I discuss the power of self-care, including practices such as exercise, meditation, and prioritizing rest. I also explore the importance of therapy and the impact it has had on my recovery. Every individual’s journey is unique, but by sharing what has worked for me, I hope to inspire others to explore various tools and find what resonates with them.

  1. Encouragement for Others: You’re Not Alone

Above all, I want to offer encouragement and support to those who may be navigating postpartum anxiety or any other mental health challenges. I emphasize that you are not alone in your journey and that seeking help is a brave and necessary step. I share words of hope, reminding listeners that healing is possible and that they have the strength within them to overcome these challenges. Through vulnerability and support, we can find our way to a place of healing and wellness.

In this deeply personal episode of Real Talk with Rachel, I have shared my journey with postpartum anxiety. By discussing how I recognized something was wrong, how I sought help, and the strategies that have been helpful in my healing, I hope to provide insight and encouragement to others who may be facing similar challenges.

Remember, postpartum anxiety is a real and valid experience that many women go through. You are not alone, and there is no shame in seeking support. Reach out to healthcare professionals, therapists, and your support network for guidance and understanding.

Real Talk with Rachel will continue to bring you authentic conversations and address important topics surrounding mental health, personal growth, and overall well-being. Stay tuned for future episodes where we explore the complexities of life with empathy, vulnerability, and a commitment to supporting one another. Remember, you are strong, and healing is possible.


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I am an online encourager based out of Birmingham, AL that's obsessed with my girls and sharing bits and pieces of my life. I wear a lot of hats these days including mama to two boys, military wife, blogger, podcast host and more. You can find me behind the microphone at Real Talk with Rach where we talk about everything from jeans to Jesus, playlists to pop culture, the good and the grief and everything in between. 

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