Category: Well in Your 20s & 30s

Conversations for those in their 20s and 30s

Step Away from the Wine Glass

woman relaxing with tea“A glass of wine will help me relax.” All too often people say this as a way to cope with the stress of everyday life. Phrases like, “It takes the edge off,” and “Just one beer” shouldn’t become your mantra when trying to unwind after a tough day at the office or a long night with the kids. Anxiety and alcohol use are often connected. Many times, people drink to relax and reduce anxiety, and in some instances, chronic alcohol abuse can lead to anxiety.

So what can you do without reaching for the bottle of wine?

Is it Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum depression mom with babySimply-Women-logo The birth of a baby is often a joyous event. However, it can also result in something you, as a new mom, may not expect: depression.

As many as 80 percent of moms experience what’s called the “baby blues” within the first few days to two weeks following delivery. They cry more easily, feel irritable or on an emotional roller coaster, and are fatigued. Fortunately, this is usually a relatively short — and mild — experience that generally lasts a few days and resolves on its own.

But one in seven women will have a more serious condition known as postpartum depression (PPD).