It’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of ...
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It’s the overall satisfaction you feel about yourself and your life – which can go up and down depending on what’s happening in your life. Good wellbeing can include:
"Remember, you’re a person as well as a parent. Your needs are important too! Take time out to look after your wellbeing and your whole family will benefit."
– Sky, Parentline Counsellor
Looking after yourself doesn’t need to take up a lot of time or involve big changes. You can:
Reach out for support
Plan time to yourself
Don’t be hard on yourself
Remember that tough phases pass
Build supportive relationships
Do things that you enjoy or find relaxing
Avoid expecting too much of yourself
Take any opportunity to get some rest
Don’t compare yourself to other parents
Socialise – join a parenting support group
Say ‘yes’ when someone offers you support
Ask for help – you don’t have to do it alone
Go for a short walk everyday with your child
Reward yourself and plan things to look forward to
Talk about how you feel with family and friends
Eat regular, healthy meals and exercise regularly
Enjoy time with your child - notice what’s special about them
Value yourself and the job you are doing as a parent
There are times when we all struggle and find it hard to cope. But when bad days become bad weeks, it’s important to seek help - especially if you’re no longer ‘feeling yourself’.
Many parents experience the symptoms of postnatal depression, depression or anxiety.
If you identify with any of the following, seek help as soon as you can from your local doctor or mental health professional:
Parentline is here for you.
Sometimes you just need to talk to someone. Sometimes you need guidance.