Parenting Milan

parenting milanBecoming a new parent is an exciting event, but it can also be overwhelming. So much to learn, so many different theories, so many opinions from family and friends. Having the experience in Italy only adds more things to think about. My two daughters were both born here in Italy, so I know first hand the particular challenges that new parents face when far away from their home country. It’s normal for a new mother to panic about everything, because the potential consequences of making a mistake can be frightening. Suddenly you are responsible for another human being who is completely dependent on you and you realize that you don’t have all of the answers. Parenting is something that every person has to learn without prior experience. Everyone starts from the same point and learns along the way what works best and what works least. All of a sudden you need to be an expert in health, behavior, nutrition and so many other areas and you have to trust yourself that you are making the right choices based on the best information. Parenting in Milan is a different experience from what it would be “back home,” so advice from family friends who live elsewhere is often not as relevant here. It’s harder to decide if something is wrong or just different.

Remember, you are not alone! Years of experience from a trained professional are available to help you.

Dealing With Depression and Anxiety in Milan

Dealing with depression and anxiety in Milan, Italy

Millions of expats are learning ways of dealing with depression and anxiety in Milan, Italy. They can be two separate disorders, but you’ll often find that anxiety and depression happen at the same time.

The symptoms of depression are trouble getting out of bed in the morning because you feel that there’s no reason to get up. You feel that life has lost all the joy it once held. Your energy levels will drop and you might not want to engage in any of the activities you used to do.

You might be smiling on the outside but feel emotionless or a deep sadness on the inside. No matter what you do, you cannot seem to get rid of the feelings of sadness. To understand whether the depression was brought on by an episode, or is a chronic condition, you would have to figure out when the depression first began.

Anxiety is experiencing a continual worry that won’t leave no matter how hard you try to control of it. You find yourself ‘waiting for the other shoe to drop’ and almost every situation has a fear linked to it.

Don’t shove your emotions or unresolved issues deep within because this will only make them come back up later. Emotions that aren’t dealt with often show up as depression or in the body as health issues.

Think about it-when you feel stressed, one of the first places you may notice it physically is in your neck and shoulder muscles – that’s where you can feel it outwardly. Now imagine what that stress is doing to the inside of your body!

Dealing with depression and anxiety could take weeks or years depending on where you’re at in your walk with the condition and how long you’ve had it. Sometimes it’s induced by an event that you can’t seem to recover from.

Usually the event is one that traumatizes such as battling a disease or moving away from friends and family. When the cause of the depression or anxiety is located, the best treatment method can then be decided upon.

If you recently experience the loss of someone you loved or you’ve gone through a break up, those are events that can cause both anxiety and depression, however, this type of depression-usually having roots in feelings of grief- usually passes.

There are as many treatment options available as there are causes of anxiety and depression. Some people are able to deal with their condition through using meditation or yoga or by buying self help products. Others find that they need to talk what they’re going through over with a counselor or other mental health professional.

When you’re dealing with anxiety and depression, give yourself the benefit of a support system to help you walk through it. If you don’t have the loving support of family or friends, then join a support group in your area.