Reddit user mylittledot, a mom who grapples with both postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, shared her husband’s heartwarming way to help her with her battle — a handwritten note that reminds her not just of her worth and best traits but also small things she can do to care for herself, which she can use every time he’s not around to care for her — which quickly went viral.
The user captioned her post, “My husband is such an incredible man. He has exuded nothing but love and support while I battle PPD/PPA. He wrote this for me to look at while he’s at work and can’t be here to help me through my panic attacks. I’m so unbelievably lucky to have him.”
Her husband’s note reads, “Feelin’ Down?” Below that is a list of reminders such as, “You’re loved by your husband and 2 perfect babies,” “You’re interesting, smart, pretty and witty,” and “When [you’re] feeling sad, that feeling will pass even if it doesn’t seem so.”
The list of self-care activities her husband wrote included eating, spending time outdoors, sleeping, taking long and deep breaths, and telling herself that she is human and allowed to feel sad.
Other Reddit users immediately responded to her post, praising the user’s husband for his actions. One wrote, “I just love seeing a partner being a PARTNER.”
“Wow. You really do have a loving, supportive husband during this time. Not everyone is as lucky as you,” another user commented.
This post encouraged other moms to open up about their experiences with PPD and/or PPA and the support they received from their partners. One shared, “My husband was like this after I had my son and was dealing with PPA. I felt so terrible that I was so emotionally unstable. I couldn’t [imagine] being in his shoes and having such a fragile partner, on top of holding down a full time job and helping with a newborn. He loves me so much and knew that I was just going through a very rough patch and needed extra support.”
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The original poster also didn’t hesitate to show her appreciation for her sweet hubby. In the comment section, she wrote, “I don’t know how he can have so much love and compassion in him while dealing with all the negativity from me and seeing me in such a dark place AND while he has to continue to live his own life. He is the sole provider and he’s the most amazing involved dad to our two girls. [Dude’s] basically a superhero.” Swoon!