Yesterday we featured a post from a mom who got through postpartum depression partially by crocheting. Both here and on our Facebook page we asked you what hobbies you have or things you do that you find help you make it through each day with PPD. A nurse who follows me on Twitter called such things “meaningful occupation” — things you enjoy that keep you occupied and help you through times of stress.

I’m happy to report that several of you responded. We’re listing the responses here so that perhaps it might help those moms with PPD who are looking for some small hobby that could make them feel better, even for a little while.

  1. Deanna says she started volunteering at a local library.
  2. Sarah says she quilted.
  3. Kate spent a lot of time perusing Etsy.
  4. Jen joined a book club. (FYI, we have a book club run by Amber of Beyond Postpartum if you’re interested.)
  5. Melissa walked her dog.
  6. Cristi made jewelry.
  7. Lori blogged.
  8. Kelly did zumba (a fitness class) and baking.
  9. Anne started running.
  10. Sabine rode her bike and made up songs to sing while she was riding to help distract from the intrusive thoughts.
  11. Amber’s church has a knitting and crocheting group that makes things for others in need.
  12. Chelsea scrapbooked.
  13. Megan played rummy.
  14. I know I get a lot of peace from my cat. (Who just disappeared for four days, by the way, but showed up again yesterday thank goodness.) Just having him in my slap sleeping and purring gives me comfort.
  15. I find candles comforting, so whenever I’m stressed I light one.
I hope this list of ideas spurs you on to do something small for yourself as you work your way through PPD. And we welcome continued comments on other ideas you may have as well.