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Journaling Helps Prevent Postpartum Depression

It does seem surprising that research shows that journaling every day would help with postpartum depression. People who keep in mind things to be grateful for are less depressed, less suicidal, and have less anxiety.

That doesn’t mean you can’t write about what upsets you during the day. It just means that when you write inyour journal, try to spend some of the time each day writing about the things in your life you are grateful for.

If you are depressed, a journal isn’t going to replace a therapist, but the old saw about an attitude of gratitude has been shown tobe very effective in helping establish and reinforce self-esteem. Good self-esteem helps protect against depression, anxiety, and suicide.

For more information about journaling and how it can help with your self-esteem, please see my podcast.

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