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Just Sara A Bouquet for Pearls - share your appreciation for other members
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Every now and then, members share a beautiful Pearl of Wisdom. How often do you think to yourself; "OMG that's great! I wish everyone could see this." Presenting someone with a bunch of flowers is a generous way of acknowledging their insightful word... View more

Every now and then, members share a beautiful Pearl of Wisdom. How often do you think to yourself; "OMG that's great! I wish everyone could see this." Presenting someone with a bunch of flowers is a generous way of acknowledging their insightful words. I hope this thread stays active through members giving out praise regularly to people they feel deserving, and therefore keep generosity of spirit alive within the pages of BeyondBlue Forum. My bunch of Red Roses (my choice) goes to Wishful for the following sentence; 'Personally, I see no reason to be praised in me, but I'm learning that seeing through the eyes of others can be more accurate!!' I so hear you Wishful. Just beautiful... Try to keep your leading comments short to focus on 'their' words. Choose specific flowers (or a gift if you like) to present to them. Sign off respectfully and sincerely. I hope this takes off... Spreading the love...Sara

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TristanA Adhd assessment
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Hi all. Having a bad night tonight. After working hard to get things together required for my adhd assessment I found out I failed the drug test .. Am I stuck not gaining access to the medication that I feel I need to try due to one positive test?

Hi all. Having a bad night tonight. After working hard to get things together required for my adhd assessment I found out I failed the drug test .. Am I stuck not gaining access to the medication that I feel I need to try due to one positive test?

ypla How do you answer 'How's your day?' if you're having a bad day?
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Today I went to my safe place after working from home because I wasn't feeling well. Walked for an hour to reach my safe place which also has a nice gelato shop. I walked in and I immediately saw this beautiful gelato server and she asked how my day ... View more

Today I went to my safe place after working from home because I wasn't feeling well. Walked for an hour to reach my safe place which also has a nice gelato shop. I walked in and I immediately saw this beautiful gelato server and she asked how my day was. Not really knowing how to answer and still trying to make social interaction I said it was fine, I've been walking for exercise. But I wasn't really fine, I didn't talk to anyone all day except this person and I kind of wanted to let her know that I was so glad she asked how my day was but I didn't want to send out negative energy with the status of my mental health. How would you go about this? Should I let her or for that matter anyone know that I feel great when people ask how I'm doing? What will they think of me? Is it creepy? Thank you

Guest_20020238 I just want to appreciate life and be happy
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Hello everyone,This is my first time posting but my depression I think has been there for a very long time. Over the last few years life in general has just been a pressure cooker and I seem to not be coping as well as usual. I have good days and I a... View more

Hello everyone,This is my first time posting but my depression I think has been there for a very long time. Over the last few years life in general has just been a pressure cooker and I seem to not be coping as well as usual. I have good days and I am always happy on the outside when at work or with family. There is always that other side of me though that is just not happy although I talk to myself and wonder why I am not happy as there is not anything in particular that I should be sad about. Some days I cannot cope with what to buy for dinner, or have a shower. I do complete the tasks but I have to work hard to put a smile on my face. Sometimes, actually most times I have a tight knot in my stomach and could cry so easily. I am short tempered with everyone including by beautiful 14 year old son, which really makes we feel guilty. We have the typical problem where he is on the computer too much and school is suffering. My husband takes his side (probably rightly so to a point as he does not understand or recognise I need help as well) and then my husband and I end up rowing. Anyway, normally I deal with the day to day okay, just not at the moment. I am thinking of going away for a few days to be with friends to give me and my boys a break. Not sure if that is the right way to go? I would appreciate some thoughts and help on that one. Thanks for listening. It has taken me a long time to contact BB.

Croix Store Your Happy Memories Here:
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Dear All~ What this place is for: This thread is a tool, a resource, and also I guess a dash of entertainment. I’ve found that when life is grim that sometimes thoughts of past happiness can create a chink of light in the grey overwhelming press of d... View more

Dear All~ What this place is for: This thread is a tool, a resource, and also I guess a dash of entertainment. I’ve found that when life is grim that sometimes thoughts of past happiness can create a chink of light in the grey overwhelming press of down. They can help occupy the mind with lighter reflections. With that in view I invite people to set down a brief passage describing some happy event they look back to with fondness and peace. They - and others too - can then return to it when they feel the need to glean a little warmth. It is not a place for gloomy or dire tales, those can go elsewhere. What to do: Just set out, as simply as you like, your recollection of some past experience that means something good to you, something you enjoyed, something from safe times. It can be, like my story below, anything – from an account of visiting grandparents to simply cooking and eating a melted-cheese sandwich in a favorite kitchen – you get to choose. How to do it: Write. Write enough so someone else can feel the mood, know what happened, find the goodness. (stop at 2,500 characters please!) Grammar, syntax, spelling, punctuation are not compulsory, just write as you can – the only important thing is the content - not literary merit. Short or long - it does not matter. I hope you enjoy, contribute and find a little distraction here when you need it. Croix

blondguy Do You Like Yourself? Your Thoughts are Welcome!
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Hello Everybody and new posters especially:-) I have had anxiety since 1983 and depression from 1997. There is always someone that says 'You have to Love Yourself' before recovery. When people are suffering from anxiety/depression this may be the las... View more

Hello Everybody and new posters especially:-) I have had anxiety since 1983 and depression from 1997. There is always someone that says 'You have to Love Yourself' before recovery. When people are suffering from anxiety/depression this may be the last 'advice' they really need. This is only my experience when I am 'advised to love myself' to rebuild my life. I have heard the following from people that cant 'love themselves' which is fair enough as I am a person that cant either. Your thoughts will help me and others learn from your point of view. I can only be 'gentle' to myself to heal...not love. Why should I love myself if I dont in the first place? I am in a dark place, how can I love myself? I dont deserve to love myself I am depressed...How can I love myself? I have mega anxiety attacks..what is there to love about myself? I hate myself and what I stand for...why should I? I love my partner more...I will care about myself 'later' When people have depression/anxiety/denial they dont need to be counseled with ' love yourself'. Thats a huge ask. I dont need to climb Mt Everest by trying to love myself when I cant. It can be an unrealistic and even silly target to achieve having depression I just prefer to be 'gentle' to myself. Same results and way less stress Your thoughts/opinions are more than welcome Thankyou so much Paul

quirkywords Talking to your inner critic, can it be tamed?
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Do you have an inner critic ? Have you ever tried to talk to your inner critic. This is what happened when I tried. In my Be yourself thread people asked about how I interviewed my inner critic. So here it is. This is adapted from a writing exercise ... View more

Do you have an inner critic ? Have you ever tried to talk to your inner critic. This is what happened when I tried. In my Be yourself thread people asked about how I interviewed my inner critic. So here it is. This is adapted from a writing exercise to interview your inner critic about one's writing. As my inner critic has an opinion all aspects of my life I decided to broaden the scope of the interview. Me: I welcome (well I don't really) this opportunity to find out why you always need to have an opinion that is always negative about me and my life. IC: I thought this was going to be a friendly interchange of ideas but there you go with your anger and hostile remarks. I do not see myself as negative but as helping you, because you do need help. I am here to help you why can't you see that? Me: So when I am trying to sleep and you tell me about all my mistakes, embarrassing moments, how does that help me? IC: I thought while you are in bed you would have time to consider some of your past behaviours. This I feel will only help you to improve. Me: If you are so helpful why do I feel so worthless, so sad, so ignorant when you are around? Do you really know how low I can feel when you are constantly telling me all my faults? IC: You make yourself feel that way- I am merely pointing out the truth. It is not my problem that you are so weak. Me: Maybe this was a bad idea you are never going to listen to me or understand me. IC: Have you ever thought that maybe you shouldn't listen to me if I upset you so much. Me How can I ignore you when you are so loud at times. IC: See this is what I mean you are so weak. You have the power to ignore me, to silence me but all you do is whinge and complain. Me: I am ending this interview. Enough is enough. What would you say to your inner critic and what do you want to hear from your inner critic? Maybe you can have a go at interviewing your inner critic. Quirky

BlueShirt6 Feeling My Best Self Through Exercise and Physical Recovery
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Growing up, I was always active. I was playing sports every Friday afternoon through school, and on the weekend was a part of a junior soccer, then rugby league club. I was so attached to these sports, that they basically became my identity. I was lu... View more

Growing up, I was always active. I was playing sports every Friday afternoon through school, and on the weekend was a part of a junior soccer, then rugby league club. I was so attached to these sports, that they basically became my identity. I was lucky as a kid/teenager to have great health and could stay fit, playing every week. But as I got older, exercise became less of a priority in my life - and my body seemed to be okay with that. Now a father of two young children as of late 2021, my kids are beginning to test how well I can keep up. It frightened me to realise that I couldn't run a few metres without breaking into a deep pant. A few minutes of exercise would force me to sit down and focus on catching my breath, or as I say to my kids - take a little break from having too much fun. So earlier this year, I decided to do something about my overall fitness. I joined a gym for the first time in years, and have been a 3 to 4 day regular. Mostly cardio of course, but I have been committing a few sessions across the month to rebuild my strength as well. I know it's a cliche to say, be I feel so incredibly better. Not just physically, but a wake up looking forward to my days as well, including going the gym itself. The kids love that I now take them to new places to play like the park and to the beach. With the increased exercise, the next problem I had was the aches and pains. They weren't awful, but were definitely holding me back from feeling my best. So in the last two weeks, I've been following up my gym session with a sauna. It's an absolute game changer, I feel amazing after every session. I've been doing ice baths too, but I may need to build up a bit of courage before stepping into those! The takeaway from this, is if you're feeling like you're at a point in your life where your physical health, and as a result your mental health is beginning to slip - despite having a happy homelife, do whatever you can to keep away from the couch and instead be active! I'm looking forward to sharing this advice with my kids in the future, but for now, I hope it helps someone else.

white knight BULLYING
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Part of my strategy of "staying well" is to tackle some things differently. Rather than relying on my instincts, that have clearly let me down over the years due to over reaction from my sensitivity, I would ...take a breath and use the advice of my ... View more

Part of my strategy of "staying well" is to tackle some things differently. Rather than relying on my instincts, that have clearly let me down over the years due to over reaction from my sensitivity, I would ...take a breath and use the advice of my psych and good friends on how to respond. I've been a target of bullying for near 10 years now. Forums havent been around long in the scheme of things and if you are an up front person with some vulnerability, the chance a predator will spot you, hone in on you and harrass you is high. My usual reaction to these people was- throw a rock back at them immediately and fume for days, constantly logging in and waiting for another response so I could reply with more rock throwing....after all (I'd think to myself) he needs to be taught a lessen. I'm right here and he is wrong. The best response would have been to ignore the bully....as everyone says...but that was never enough clout for me. This time, two days ago I would put that to the test. A female member of the car club I'm a member of, has had a simmering dislike for me. That's ok, that happens with a few hundred members. I've been aware of it from others telling me and have tried to tread softly on the clubs Facebook page. Out of the blue she posted a nasty comment levelled at me. Now, since I've had a few bullying members and that I havent handled them well, I have a mentor. Yep, 59yo large strong guy with heaps of experience in life...has a lady that I call my "parole officer"....labelled as such by me in a joking manner that she adores. My mentor read the comment and suggested that the bully would be seen as the aggressor. nother member, unaware of the connitations of the bully's intent posted a cartoon that shows Charlie Brown laughing alongside his dog Snoopy, also laughing. So I posted a reply...."is that cartoon of me and my dog". Not only had I ignored the bully's nasty remark I'd caused many members to laugh at my own post thereby swaying attention away from the bully's statement. It worked. Several posts following these comments and all were responding to my comical post. The bully has gone quiet. People didnt give her the attention she craved. She was "out of line". She will lose popularity as time goes by if she continues to hold a grudge. The committee have contacted me individually to acknowledge how well I handled it. Bullying hurts us. We can be really sensitive at times and feel we have our backs to the wall. Dont feed the sharks. Tony WK

white knight Three types of empathy
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It's amazing when your own behaviour comes into question and someone suggests (in this case my wife) that I should discuss that with my psychologist next visit. The picture is that my daughter and husband are about to move into their newly built home... View more

It's amazing when your own behaviour comes into question and someone suggests (in this case my wife) that I should discuss that with my psychologist next visit. The picture is that my daughter and husband are about to move into their newly built home. The house was broken into and about $600 of belongings stolen. When she was telling us this on the phone I began to get upset along with some frustration. After the call ended and my wifes suggestion I googled "empathy for others" and found there was 3 types..... Cognitive, emotional and compassionate. Cognitive empathy- the ability to feel what the other person is feeling. It is a healthy type of empathy Emotional empathy- the ability to share the feelings of another person. It helps you build connections Compassionate empathy- this goes beyond the other two in that you take action for the empathy you feel. This is interesting because my wife said "its our daughters problem, why are you feeling so upset?". Indeed, why was I feeling so deep about an issue that is their issue and easily affordable for them eg we dont have to even consider them financially. Their insurance has a $1000 excess so wasnt wise to claim. The other aspect is "crowding" in that people might mention their problem but if your empathy is beyond normal and you always offer to assist, they could feel like ceasing sharing issues as they dont want the help. One offer is enough, two and they repeat their rejection but three and you have a friend that want to exit quickly. Sensitivity, sorrow, sadness, dysthymia are all things that can make us extreme with our kindness. Best to develop some internal guidelines to reduce that extremity to not put your loved ones off. Have you been extreme in your empathy? TonyWK

Aussiepom123 Emotional numbness
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I’m just going to jump straight in the deep end here. I’ve been feeling a certain way, unable to put my finger on what the word for it would be. Until I did the classic Google search on just feeling a lack of emotion lately due to stress from work. A... View more

I’m just going to jump straight in the deep end here. I’ve been feeling a certain way, unable to put my finger on what the word for it would be. Until I did the classic Google search on just feeling a lack of emotion lately due to stress from work. And bang - emotional numbness. The clear word to describe it. The only feeling I’ve felt is stress - I guess that’s a emotion. Because to be honest I’ve felt like I’m not feeling any emotion lately. It’s impacting my social relationships to a great degree outside of work. My inability to let go of the stress on the weekends and be okay is growing. I have no desire with my partner for love, intimacy or anything. I’m more irritable , more frustrated . Just feel like I cannot shake this phase. I often go through phases of depression or anxiety but this one just won’t budge. I’ve distracted myself with our house Reno’s . And going out for day trips. But nothing budges this lack of emotion and feeling lately. i put a lot of pressure on myself , especially when it comes to intimacy and it’s just not there. I feel like I’m not normal, I feel like a robot, I feel tired of how much work is impacting me. I truly don’t know what the solution is - and work won’t change trust me- I enjoy it but I’m also overloaded and I guess it’s taking its toll a fair bit. any one relate or can help?