I’ve been a single Parent for a year to my 1 year old, and I did initially have support,help from my grandmother but she’s 70 and she’s been hit with pnuemonia, I have no one else but her and she also lives 80 miles away from me, I’ve started to become quite depressed and detached and not leaving the house ECT I have been diagnosed with Postpartum OCD which I’ve had help for but because of the lack of support I spend alot of time in my own head and anyone with OCD will know how awful that is, I feel I’m stuck to my house like a jail cell Cleaning constantly and i dont always have the energy to engage in activities with my child, my OCD centres on mainly things not just cleaning. I also have no friends,family ECT In the area I’m in as I’m not from here although my mother lives up the road but we have a terrible relationship and I have banned access due to her very irresponsible actions and it’s getting to me, I wondered if anyone else feels the same as me or is in a similar position? Any advice would be appreciated.
See if you can think of somewhere you may be able to see another person face to face because being in company of someone else even for a short while is often a welcome break from ocd. I am a single parent who had ocd around 30 years ago and am a grandparent now.
The old saying “a break is as good as a rest” is very true. It can usefully be applied in different ways to get some relief from many difficult and different situations whatever their cause.
Just getting out for any length of time from the four walls of our jails usually provides some respite however brief. We may when we get back consider it did not help but it could be that we don’t realise straightaway it has. A walk to a park or to post a letter or to shops even. You are likely I imagine to see another face whilst out so if or once you feel like speaking to one of those other faces; do try to. Just a “hello” to someone else might be enough to bring a little good back for you. May not work first few times but just being out can bring you some respite and when back home your four walls may be slightly more bearable. Try getting out for a tiny bit if pleasure as soon as you are able and your one year old may enjoy and benefit also from going out for “downtime” in an afternoon maybe.
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