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Me time

When life gets hectic, what do you do? Push through and keep going like a machine, or retreat and pretend the craziness isn't happening? It's so easy to opt for one of the extremes when we're reacting to the chaos of life - but there is a middle ground! 

 

Learning to look after ourselves and give ourselves time out or breaks when we need them can make a huge difference in how we manage our lives. When we're stressed out and there's a million things going on, taking a step back can feel like the least practical thing ever - like putting holes in a bucket to stop it over flowing -  but those ten minutes to chill out can make things so much easier to deal with. 

 

Join us on Monday at 8pm AEST for our Getting Real sesh all about looking after YOU. We'll be chatting all about overcoming that barrier that says we need to push through, strategies for looking after ourselves, and how best to work regular chill out breaks into our lives. Whether you're a stress head or a pro at keeping things in balance - come join the convo!

 

If you're interested, check out this (http://au.reachout.com/Me-time) story before the session about a guy who realised the importance of taking time out for himself.

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Heyyy guys!

Welcome to another Getting Real sesh! Tonight we are discussing everything to do with allowing ourselves to have "time out" when things are overwhelming. Have you had a read of the story on the RO website? http://au.reachout.com/Me-time ?

Tonight, the wonderful Gail and myself (MM) will be cofaciliating and we look forward to a great discussion! Hopefully we ALL learn some tips on how to relax during stressful times!

Just a couple of "housekeeping" reminders. If you are feeling overwhelmed and need to chat to someone immediately, please remember that (http://www.kidshelpline.com.au) Kids Help Line (1800 551 800; http://www.kidshelpline.com.au) and Life Line (13 11 14; http://www.lifeline.org.au) are available 24/7 on the phones. As well as eHeadspace (http://www.eheadspace.org) online. Smiley Happy Also please take notes of the guidelines (http://forums.au.reachout.com/t5/Welcome-and-Announcements/Forum-amp-Commenting-Guidelines/m-p/16#U1... of the forums.

We look forward to a great chat!

To start us off tonight…

When there's a million things happening in your life, what do you do? Push on like a machine? retreat and pretend it isn't happening, or somewhere in between?

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Hey guys! Looking forward to tonight's conversation Smiley Happy


When there's a million things happening in your life, what do you do? Push on like a machine? Retreat and pretend it isn't happening, or somewhere in between?


I tend to do my best to push through, but it's often at the expense of things like sleep and exercise... Which usually ends in me getting exhausted and overwhelmed, and curling in a ball in bed with my cat... 

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Hey guys, happy Monday.

 

I think i am a push-on-through sort of guy myself. I cope with choas quite well. It is when there isn't so much happening and things are a little quiet that I find it hard to cope and sometimes get a bit depressed. I guess that is a long way of saying I can find it hard to relax! 

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Hey everyone Smiley Happy

 

When there's a million things happening in your life, what do you do? Push on like a machine? retreat and pretend it isn't happening, or somewhere in between?


I think I'm the opposite in that I fall more into the 'retreat and pretend it isn't happening' category, haha. I tend to get overwhelmed pretty easily and generally end up avoiding everything to try and escape that feeling...

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Hey Benny and lokifish,

Thanks for joining in! Smiley Happy

I totally understand finding it hard to relax, Benny. I'm the same. I always have a million things going on at once and when I have nothing, I am a bit lost!

loki - I think that's a very common way to act but ultimately things catch up to you eventually which can be super hard to deal with!

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I always push on through, but when i get to the other side I take a nice long break and don't let anything get in the way of some relaxing me time Smiley Happy

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Hi all!

When there's a million things happening in your life, what do you do? Push on like a machine? retreat and pretend it isn't happening, or somewhere in between?

I think I do both at different times, depends what is going on. I think I probably just try and push through more often now (which I am doing at the moment actually), but retreating and pretending things aren't happening used to be my favourite strategy!

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@mischiefmanaged wrote:

When there's a million things happening in your life, what do you do? Push on like a machine? retreat and pretend it isn't happening, or somewhere in between?


 

I do a bit of both, depending on what kind of stuff I'm trying to deal with. But eventually I do get overwhelmed and that's when I find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning and put off doing everything! But I generally do try to push through - emotionally it can be draining though!

 

 

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Seems like you have a great way to cope, Rosie! Smiley Happy

Welcome dd... it's sometimes much "easier" to pretend and retreat hey?