We are sorry about the waiting time for an appointment. Meanwhile we have included some resources and strategies on this website to help you manage this time better. Self help handouts are also available in the waiting area at the service.

Strategies for:

  • Self Care

  • Establish a daily routine
  • Balance rest and activity
  • Engage in physical activity of some kind (eg. swimming, yoga, walking)
  • Eat well and don’t forget breakfast
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs which can adversely affect mood
  • Learn a relaxation strategy
  • Check out our website for relaxation strategies and audio relaxation guides
  • Managing Distress

  • Reassure yourself that you can tolerate your feelings and then identify any part of your situation that you can change for the better
  • Don’t be afraid of your feelings
  • Don’t be afraid of your emotions
  • Experience feelings as waves that come and go
  • Remember times when you have felt different to now
  • Put off acting on impulse
  • Problem solve: define the problem and weigh up options
  • If you feel that you may hurt yourself ring Lifeline or other emergency contacts (lifeline 13 11 14)
  • Relationships

  • If you feel unable to be alone it’s okay to ask a friend or family member to stay with you
  • Choose to be with people who are positive and care about you
  • You may not be able to support others just now
  • Say no to unwanted demands
  • You may be irritable but try not to push people away who care about you
  • Let someone know you may need support
  • Do not assume that other people can’t cope with you or will not be interested in your wellbeing
  • Building Inner Strength

  • When you are going through a rough time it is easy to focus on the negatives and not value other parts of yourself and your life that are still positive
  • Reassure yourself that you will get through this
  • Accept yourself – do not criticise or blame yourself
  • Do something every day that makes you feel competent or successful, no matter
    how small it may seem (eg. tidying your desk)
  • Notice positive experiences (eg. someone smiling at you)
  • Remember other times when you have solved a problem successfully
  • Do things that make you smile or laugh (eg. watching a funny TV show)
  • Limit viewing of distressing programs