Here's the answer: Very Very Hard.
It's not eased either by a societal obsession with the image of High Functioning Motherhood. (HFM aka Huge Freaking Myth).
Many of us have it and "soldier" on regardless, pretending that the body we now have isn't that much different, that a continuous lack of sleep is something we just have to deal with (used as a form of torture anywhere else) and that childbirth itself isn't, for some of us anyway, traumatic!
If you have PND it's so very understandable. Here are some tips:
-Don't let it eat you up, because it truly would love to do that.
-Get out and about, even and especially when you don't feel like it.
-Get your exercize happening, alone preferable, with baby in pram otherwise.
- Accept that social and emotional supports are essential at any time, but right now they are life-changing.
- Stop overworking.
- Read, watch, listen to any of your old favourite books,films or music.
-When baby sleeps, so does mummy. Housework waits. That's the rule.