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Always feel down

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sarahlouisedxx Fri 13-May-16 11:40:43

Hi all, Im looking for a bit of advice.

The last maybe 6months I've started gradually feeling more and more down and in a foul mood, getting to the point where I really just don't want to wake up in the morning. I'm extremely irritable and snappy and I just can't seem to feel happy no matter what. I feel like I'm constantly feeling stressed and I have very little patience with my little boy anymore and sometimes I just have to go sit in another room to get away from him or I just look forward to bedtime. I feel like our bond is slipping away and I don't know why. I'm not bonding with or pup either and the little time I spend with my partner I'm snappy with him and miserable.

At the minute I feel like it's because a mixture of things, including stress and loneliness and not having chance for any 'me time'

Can anyone suggest how I can start being happy again? I keep distancing myself away from my little boy and I don't feel like doing anything anymore and I just want to be my happy self again and be a good mum. He deserves nothing but the best but I'm not giving him any attention or affection at all and it's killing me. sad

purpleapple1234 Sat 14-May-16 09:29:24

Hi there! I don't have any experience in this area. I have felt like this on a few occasions myself, but it seems to wash off after a while. Sorry, if what I say is ineffectual or naive, but I'd like to give you some support.

Can you trace back when you started feeling like this? Is you little boy being difficult in some way? Are you having problems with work/being at home with him (what is your situation?)? How are things going with his father? Is there a relative who can look after your boy? Anyway you can get some time to yourself to reflect and try to recover? Can you get to the roots of what has caused these feelings?

Do you feel up to trying to get yourself back to where you were? I know that when I am feeling down, the only things I have energy for are working and driving, strangely. Maybe as they distract me from the real things that get me down. I am a teacher have noticed that when I have time on my hands in the holiday I can become very down. Then it is only me and DD as DH works nights - maybe a similar situation to yours? DD is 4 and takes alot of energy that I don't have. I am far happier during term time, no matter how much work I have. This makes me feel really guilty and makes things worse, but I have learnt at the beginning of term time, when I am fresh to put a few techniques in place that help.

I pray - not religious but it helps to acknowledge what I am grateful for and what I need help with. Then I try to do guided meditation (use the headspace app). And finally I think of 3 things made me happy that day. I read this research that said if you, at the end of every day, reflect on 3 things that made you happy with a reason (essential, e.g., not "I am happy to have my son", but "I am happy that my son made me a card at school, which shows how much he loves me") then you were much more content after a month. I try to do those 3 things - pray, mindfulness and happy list - every night. It does help. Also if I could muster the energy, I would do exercise as I believe that is really good for mental health.

Also, I read from the eminent Raj Persaud (from This Morning - about 15 years ago) that you should try to have 5 areas of you life, e.g., family, work, hobby, friends, extended family. Then when one area breaks down, you have the other 4 areas to rely on. Each area giving you an interest, support or way of boasting your self-esteem. This is my problem. I have moved abroad and lack friends, family and money/time for an interest (I did try gardening, but that literally died a death!). Do you have a network to reach out to?

I hope that things work out for you. Only you know if "homemade" tips like this can work, or you need more medical help. flowers

purpleapple1234 Sat 14-May-16 09:31:55

Sorry I forgot to say, that I am sure that you are a great mum. You said that this started 6 months ago, so things sound like they were good before then. Wishing you all the best that you get back there and don't be too hard on yourself - we live in a very pressurised world.

slgsue1979 Sat 14-May-16 11:09:46

I can't tell you when you will start to be happy again as I am in the same sort of place as you. But I have started talking about my feelings with DH, my 15 yr old DD and people who love me and I have seen my GP and though I still feel like absolute crap have moments where I don't feel heavy.
It's not often or for long but those few moments of peace (normally after a good cry and chat) are really welcome. Also I have been told to take a walk for 10 or so minutes as this is meant to help something I am going to try and do. It's just getting motivated iykwim.
My only advice is if you can keep talking and we can hold each other up xxx

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