Ways to stay mentally healthy

As well as being healthy physically, good mental health is very important in helping you be the best dad you can be for your kids.

  • Build a support network of family and friends, and nurture these relationships.
  • Have a broad range of interests (work, family, sport, hobbies) and spend time on the things you enjoy.
  • Develop skills to help you cope better in stressful situations – e.g. anger management, relaxation techniques or assertiveness.
  • Recognise and accept the things you can’t change.
  • Don’t think you have to do it alone – share issues with an empathetic listener, and ask for help sooner rather than later.

Tips:

Encourage problem-solving skills and open-mindedness

Make a habit of not answering your child’s questions directly – rather, help them to work out the answer for themselves or learn where to go for further information.

Tips:

Make more time for family

While work is a necessity, so is your family. How can you structure your work to make more time for your family?