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Advice for the Nice: Knowing when to say No to social commitments

In the world we live in today it is the easiest it has ever been to organize events, parties and social outings. Phones, texting, facebook events, doodle and even social media can make it really hard to back out of a social commitment. School, University and working environments often come with the pressure to constantly be as busy as everyone else, juggling 3-4 different commitments at once!

 

This is what we say...

 

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This is what we want to say..



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And the reality just ends up somewhere in the middle.


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We are a generation of chronic over-committers!

 

Being over committed can sometimes lead to unnecessary stress or feelings of guilt when we can’t live up to the expectations of others. So much so that sometimes we forget or are unable to enjoy what we’ve committed to.

 

Not wanting to let other people down or seem selfish is a big reason why we often do things that we don’t want to do – what is the difference between selfishness and self-care?

 

On the other hand, a lot of our commitments can be very rewarding, they can help us develop skills, allow us to give back to the community, strengthen friendships, allow us to express ourselves and can bring joy and happiness. How do we find a balance? If our wellbeing requires us to say no – how do we say it? Is it ever NOT okay to say No?

 

Join us from 8pm AEST on Monday 9th November to talk about why it’s sometimes important to say no to social commitments and the challenges we sometimes face when trying to put ourselves first.

 

 

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Oh hey everybody! Welcome to tonights GR chat!

 

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Happy Monday Everyone! Welcome to tonight's GR session (and my first!) where we will be talking ‘’Advice for the Nice: Knowing when to say no to social commitments! @safari93 and I will facilitating the discussion around finding a balance between doing the things that matter to us and maintaining our wellbeing.

 

If you haven't already done so have a look at our community guidelines before you join in on the discussion. If at any point you feel you need some extra support, take a look at the emergency help resources which can be found in the top right corner of your page.

 

And to start off with our first question is.. (drumroll pleaseee)

 

  1. Is juggling several commitments and responsibilities at once something you have to deal with? Or do you know someone that does?

Re: Advice for the Nice: Knowing when to say No to social commitments

Yes yes and yes. This topic definitely resonates with me!
we are what we repeatedly do - aristotle

Re: Advice for the Nice: Knowing when to say No to social commitments

Btw hey @Stealth_ninja, @safari93 and @Ben-RO!
we are what we repeatedly do - aristotle

Re: Advice for the Nice: Knowing when to say No to social commitments

Hey everyone!! Super pumped to be joining @Stealth_ninja in facilitating tonight's session Smiley Happy

 

Is juggling several commitments and responsibilities at once something you have to deal with? Or do you know someone that does?

 

Omg yes, although since I've finished study for this year it feels like I've gone from 100 to 0 overnight and I'm still coming to terms with that. But I was like that for years, always had to be on the go and have something to do or work on. Plus having friends around you with similar fast-paced lives tends to reinforce that habit

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Heya! I appove of the HP gif! *thumbs up*

 

Is juggling several commitments and responsibilities at once something you have to deal with? Or do you know someone that does?

 

All the time! I actually counted this morning just how many meetings I am supposed to go to a month. The answer is 6. Sometimes I have no idea how I do it.


My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's okay. ツ

Re: Advice for the Nice: Knowing when to say No to social commitments

How do people juggle?

My entire life can be described in one sentence: It didn't go as planned and that's okay. ツ

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Hey @Craycray17, thanks for joining us!!

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Wow, you guys sound like you have a busy schedule like me too. I have two jobs and a range of volunteering jobs I do whilst also trying to get past my last few exams, burn out is a thing haha
we are what we repeatedly do - aristotle