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Re: [CHAT] Life hacks for coping with tough times

j95, that's a good point...can't have too much pizza Smiley Tongue 

Alright guys, next question! 

What are the areas of life that people seem to struggle with most? Is there a way to make these things easier/less stressful (even if it's just dropping everything for a while and going to watch tv!)?

Re: [CHAT] Life hacks for coping with tough times

For me its uni, dealing with troublesome housemates, family problems and work. With uni i always make sure i ask for help when i need it, it took me a while to learn this. With housemates i always try to be honest and kind. With family i just makes ure i stay in contact as often as possible, they are the most important! And work, well i guess i just keep doing it!

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What are the areas of life that people seem to struggle with most? Is there a way to make these things easier/less stressful (even if it's just dropping everything for a while and going to watch tv!)?

I struggle with time management a lot. I also am really bad at saying no to people, which means that I overload myself with committments and responsibilites, usually for other people and sometimes they are things that I really don't want to do. My psychologist and I have recently been focusing our sessions on assertiveness and I've found it really helpful.

 

I also seem to get over excited and over commit myself to amazing opportunites. I've had to say no to a lot of great volunteering and social justice opportunities this year because I've learnt from last year that being over committed was a big source of my anxiety.

 

I also struggle with social anxiety. This is hard because I am always at meetings and on teleconferences, and attending events so that I can network. I am funny about food and hate it when I have to eat in front of people. I also hate going to tutes and pracs, and rarely ever go to lectures because there are so many people. This is something that I'm struggling with a bit now and need to work on.

 

Again, I talk to various different people. I stay as organised and on top of things as possible. I have lots of baths and listen to music to both pump me up and calm me down. However I do have periods of time where I do just drop everything and binge watch tv. And that's okay too! In moderation...

Re: [CHAT] Life hacks for coping with tough times

I'm not good at asking for help at uni. I really struggle with it actually. What do you do @SJG ? Who do you go to first? 

Re: [CHAT] Life hacks for coping with tough times

Nice one sjg! I'm the same, it took me a while to actually ask for help with uni stuff. Tutors are always happy to help! And so are friends and family. 
Haha work is a bit different - can't really skip it! But taking some time off is great if you can manage it. 

florence, seems like you're getting better at dealing with all of these things! It's cool to see that you're aware of your capabilities. Keep at it Smiley Happy 


Re: [CHAT] Life hacks for coping with tough times

What are the areas of life that people seem to struggle with most? Is there a way to make these things easier/less stressful (even if it's just dropping everything for a while and going to watch tv!)?

 

 

- Uni/TAFE/School

- Relationships (e.g. family and friends)

- Meeting expectations (e.g. of self, parents, teachers etc.)

- Work

- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle (e.g. regular exercise, I struggle with this anyway and can sometimes get stressed that I'm not looking after myself well enough)

 

Ways to manage these could be having realstic expectations of yourself/setting realistic goals (e.g. rather than expecting to go from a C to an A, set short term goals to achieve this [e.g. moving from a C to a B]), planning your time and commitments (e.g. exercise, study, work, social life etc.) to make things more manageable and achievable for you so you don't become overwhelmed, having an open dialogue with family and friends and bringing up issues in a sensitive way straightaway when they happen (e.g. don't stew), asking for help when you're having issues at school/uni/TAFE and/or work, taking a break from things (e.g. watching TV like you said @Magga, going shopping, going to the beach etc.)... There could be loads, but these are the main ones that come to mind for me.

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I used to struggle saying no to people alot too, im much better at it now and it really makes a difference! Im glad you know your limits and stick to them, very smart move, i think i need to learn my own limits!! You sound busy! i admire your persistence

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It's definitely been a long journey @Magga ! It's really only been this year that I've really gotten on top of things. Lots of conversations with mentors/psychologist/KHL counsellor.

 

It feels pretty great to be in a place where I can say all this. The past year 8 have been all over the place and I haven't felt like this. I've learnt a lot about myself and my capacity. I've learnt to do what I need to do to be okay. Having a much more stable mood also feels pretty great Smiley Happy

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I struggle with fitting everything in, work, psych appointments currently twice a week, gigs (also practice, travel etc etc)
This is something I am currently working on - freeing up a day every now and then to do nothing and not let anyone stop me from laying on the couch all day
//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

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I tend to get bored if I'm not busy @SJG . I love volunteering and helping people. And I get to hang out with great groups of people whilst doing it!

 

I have had to learn to schedule in 'me' time though as I'm so busy. Me time often consists of bubble baths, shopping splurges, going out for brunch with friends, painting my nails and playing with my nephew Smiley Happy