Ways to Wellbeing
YourTime is here to help you track your mental wellbeing. By regularly checking your mood, you’ll quickly notice changes, and be able to access help if you need. As all of the YourTime education functions are not yet released on the App, we’ve added some helpful ideas and links here, which you can access whenever you need.
Have a look at https://5waystowellbeing.org.au for 5 simple and effective ways to improve your psychological and emotional health.
Here are some suggestions from that list:
Think about the people in your life that you could connect with. Building relationships and friendships will give you more support and strength. Although this may look a little different now during COVID-19, don’t give up! Find other ways to keep connecting.
Send a text to someone to let them know you’re thinking of them
Call a friend and have a chat, maybe even do a video call
Have a coffee on the couch with your partner
If your baby’s already born, sit or lay with them and do a puzzle together or read them a book
2. Be Active
Exercise is great for your mood and energy levels. It doesn’t have to take long, just some gentle stretches, or a brisk walk in the fresh air.
Put your baby in the pram and go for a walk
Try to touch your toes
Take your shoes off and go outside connecting with the ground beneath you
Release your neck muscles by sitting up tall and stretching your head over to one shoulder and then the other
Play some good music and move about
3. Keep Learning
Make some time to try something new or rediscover a past interest.
Read a book
Research something you’ve always wondered about
Try a new exercise you haven’t done before
Sign up for an online course
Learn about the developmental stages of a baby
Watch a documentary
4. Be Aware
Take some time out to just sit and listen; what can you hear? What can you see? How do you feel? Stopping and taking a moment to become aware of the present can help make you feel less stressed and more calm. You might like to do some slow, controlled breathing. Or just take a bit of time to look at your baby, look into their eyes, study their face, their body, their arms, their legs, their little toes. Let yourself feel the emotion of love wash over you.
Notice something pretty around you
Find one thing to focus on for a few minutes
Say out loud three things you’re grateful for
Look in the mirror and say three affirmations about yourself
Notice your breath becoming steady and calm
Breath in for four, hold your breath for two, then exhale for four and pause for two; repeat
Think about who inspires you and why
Notice your baby and what they’re doing now
What have you enjoyed so far about being pregnant/ a mum?
Find where you’re holding tension in your body and release
5. Help Others
Doing something for someone else can bring joy and reinforces a sense of belonging and purpose. This can be as simple as an extra smile or a kind word or comment. You could also think of ways you could help a friend or someone in your community.
Say thank you to someone who has helped you
Send a friend an encouraging text
Tell a mother you know what a great job she is doing
Send a friend something in the mail
Make a card for someone
Make a positive comment on someone’s post on social media
It’s ok to get help!
Despite trying these suggestions, if your mood consistently tracks low, consider getting support from your GP, the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Assessment Unit (08 8161 7530), Beyond Blue (1300 224 636) or Life Line (131 114).