Self Care Strategies
It is vital that you make some time for yourself, at least for short regular periods. If you have a partner, negotiate that you take turns having a break or ‘time out’ from your busy schedule. If you are a sole parent or not coping as well as you'd like to, see Asking For Help
Some alternative ideas for self care strategies are:
- For more information see Top Ten Tips for Stressed Out Parents
It is important to acknowledge the need for help when a new baby enters your life. It can be difficult to manage the constant demands of a baby and our busy lifestyles when in isolation. It is also vital that where a partner is involved the couple allows time for each other to talk and communicate their thoughts and experiences about being new parents.
There are a number of helplines you can call for support if needed:
- Ngala Parenting Line - Tel. (08) 9368 9368 or 1800 11 546 for country callers
- Health Direct - Tel. 1 800 022 222
- Parenting WA Line - Tel. (08) 6279 1200 or 1800 654 432
- Beyond Blue - Tel. 1 300 224 636
- Raising Children Network - the Australian Parenting Website
- New mums in the early weeks VIDEO – Raising Children Network
- Importance of supporting each other VIDEO – Raising Children Network
- Postnatal depression VIDEO – Raising Children Network
- Breastfeeding challenges VIDEO – Raising Children Network
Ngala Books & DVDs
For families of children aged
0 to 18
if you need further assistance contact the Ngala Parenting Line.
Call 9368 9368 or Country Access 1800 111 546
8am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday or
Request a call from the Ngala Parenting Line online
When: 30 Mar, 9:30am
Birth to 4 months: A 5-week series of workshops for parents with a newborn baby. Each workshop covers a wide range of topics about you and your new baby and provides the opportunity to meet and connect with other new parents in your local area.