Becoming a new parent is an amazing experience, however it is also incredibly life-changing and can be stressful.
Taking action to boost your mental health can help you manage the challenges you may experience and improve you and your baby's wellbeing.
Being active helps to boost your mood and cope with problems and stress. You can keep active by:
• Taking the baby out for a walk in the pram
• Heading to the park for some fresh air
• Catching up with friends for a coffee
• Calling a friend for a chat when you’re out on a walk or cuddling your baby on the couch.
Keeping in touch with friends, family
• Connecting with other new parents, be it on or offline
• Finding support networks in your community, such as mothers or fathers groups
• Saying yes when someone offers to help you.
Commitment gives us a sense of meaning and purpose in life which increases life satisfaction and resilience.
• Set yourself small and manageable goals
• Register for a parenting course
• Take your baby to swimming lessons designed for parents with babies!
• Remember - becoming a parent is a big challenge, so make sure to celebrate your achievements!
Other Useful Resources
- Nature Play WA
- Parenting WA Line - 24/7 support and information
- (08) 6279 1200
- 1800 654 432
- (08) 9368 9368
- 1800 111 546
- The Fathering Project
- Find and join a local playgroup
- Community Child Health Program
- Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline: 1800 882 436
- Post and Antenatal Depression Association’s Helpline: 1300 726 306
- Find out where you can get help.