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romantic_thi3f Eeep! When study is overwhelming! - Tips, ideas and coping strategies
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Hi! Just thought I’d make a post with some tips for study. I know this is something we can all struggle with. These are all suggestions so feel free to take them or leave them! Hope they help! If you only remember one thing, let it be this: You are i... View more

Hi! Just thought I’d make a post with some tips for study. I know this is something we can all struggle with. These are all suggestions so feel free to take them or leave them! Hope they help! If you only remember one thing, let it be this: You are important. Your grades don’t define you. (support) Studying can feel isolating but know you’re not alone! Reach out – and find or make friends that can support you along the way. If you’re having trouble finding some friends, join some local communities or clubs! They have lots at Uni’s and even stuff like open days are great ways to meet new people and find out what’s happening. Study groups can also be a great way to meet people and stay motivated. Also remind yourself why you’re doing this; inspirational wallpapers or quotes can be super inspiring. Remember the saying about the oxygen mask? If you can’t take care of yourself first studying will be harder. You are important. You know the drill - water, food, exercise, sleep. Try to stay calm. Stuff that might be able to help include mindfulness, breathing exercises, colouring in, going for walks, journaling, listening to music… If you’re struggling – reach out. See a therapist. Talk to your student counsellor. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Also lots of Universities and TAFE offer disability services – which includes conditions like Depression and Anxiety. (study) Find the right study space for you. Maybe that’s in your room, or a coffee shop, or the library. Some people find that noise helps; other people not so much. If you like particular kinds of noise, you can find ‘coffee shop’ noise or ‘rain sounds’ to help concentrate. Make a plan. It helps to do it often so it becomes a habit. Anytime you get a due date, write it down. Maybe you could use a diary, planner, bullet journal or an app. I find the 30/30 App helpful - study for a bit and then break for a bit. You can also get add-on’s for your computer to block sites like Facebook if you find them too distracting. Find out what study technique works for you. Do you like cue cards? Mind maps? Colour coding? Does highlighting stuff help you remember? Charts, maps, diagrams? Recorded lectures? Goals! These are so important – not just writing down deadlines but rewarding yourself for meeting them. Even making smaller goals like ‘read two pages from a textbook’ can help. Break it down into bite size pieces, and don’t forget to reward yourself after!

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The Young People space is a sub-forum within the wider Beyond Blue forum community. 1. Its purpose is to provide members aged 25 and under a space to discuss anxiety, depression and other related life issues. If you are aged over 25, please be mindfu... View more

The Young People space is a sub-forum within the wider Beyond Blue forum community. 1. Its purpose is to provide members aged 25 and under a space to discuss anxiety, depression and other related life issues. If you are aged over 25, please be mindful that this forum is a space for younger people to connect and provide peer support for each other. 2. Content from this sub-forum is displayed on both the beyondblue and youthbeyondblue websites. 3. Please bear in mind that some members find content relating to suicide and/or self-harm distressing or triggering. If you would like to post on these topics, please do so in our Suicidal Thoughts and Self Harm section. Please see also our guidelines for making posts on this topic. Posts made here in the Young People sub-forum containing content relating to suicide and/or self-harm will be moved. 4. These forums are moderated, so your posts may not appear straightaway. Information on how our system works can be found here. Being familiar with our community rules can help ensure that your posts appear online as quickly as possible. 5. This is a peer support community, and to get the best out of being here we recommend that you 'give support to receive support'. More on how that works here.

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hm_ Compulsive Behaviours and Stressful Thoughts
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Hi Everybody.Lately, I have been feeling and doing things that are strange compared to how I used to be. I have compulsive behaviours, such as swiping up on my phone to check if I have any tabs open every few seconds, picking at my skin continuously ... View more

Hi Everybody.Lately, I have been feeling and doing things that are strange compared to how I used to be. I have compulsive behaviours, such as swiping up on my phone to check if I have any tabs open every few seconds, picking at my skin continuously and some other behaviours similar to this. In addition to this, I have been feeling a lot of self-doubt about my abilities, obsessing and not forgiving myself for small mistakes. When someone used to make an annoying or mean comment, I would just brush it off. But now, I cry about it and think that everything mean people say about me is true and that I am a fraud, even though these people barely know me. Even little jokes by my family calling me dumb when I do something silly affects me, even though I know they don't mean it and I used to laugh about it before. At first I thought that I am just going through a rough patch, but it is getting worse. These feelings and behaviours reduce my motivation to do anything, which in turn makes me feel lazy and unworthy. I just feel stuck on what to do and where to go from here because I am not really sure what's going on.

DevHarp Always arguing with parents.
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Towards the end of 2021 my mental health was at the lowest point it has been in my entire life, filled with intrusive thoughts such as suicidal thoughts and major feelings of worthlessness etc. These were brought on by many factors including lots of ... View more

Towards the end of 2021 my mental health was at the lowest point it has been in my entire life, filled with intrusive thoughts such as suicidal thoughts and major feelings of worthlessness etc. These were brought on by many factors including lots of arguments with my parents I decided to see a professional about these feelings for the first time and it really helped. Recently, I have noticed similar occurring. Although im now 17, the dynamics between my parents and I have not changed. Coming home from school every day is miserable as I prepare to be shouted at some time in the evening by usually my dad. Neither my mum nor dad knew how I felt back at the end of 2021 as I went by myself to see a professional (school counsellor.) I'm worried that I will go down the same path and end up feeling the same way as I did back then and im scared. It's the same thing every evening though, it starts of as a small conflict and somehow ends up into a shouting match. I'll admit that some of the conflicts is completely my fault but in the heat of the moment I can't seem to control myself. I want to talk to my parents about how I feel but I don't know how. I also want to talk to a school counsellor again but don't know how (the last one was booked by a teacher I felt comfortable talking to.) I know my parents love me and give me amazing opportunities but it's hard to see that sometimes when I'm always in conflict with them.

this_aint_it_chief Self esteem and Acne
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I have quite low self esteem, that tends to fluctuate a lot. I'm in year 10, and everything is just so much pressure. I have a high forehead, my skin is oily in some patches and dry in others, but worst of all I have acne. It's at a mild/moderate lev... View more

I have quite low self esteem, that tends to fluctuate a lot. I'm in year 10, and everything is just so much pressure. I have a high forehead, my skin is oily in some patches and dry in others, but worst of all I have acne. It's at a mild/moderate level, but I have quite a few marks left on my skin from acne. My gaurdian said that I can go see a dermatologist in a month if it hasn't cleared up, but idk if I can wait that long. Even though people tell me my acne isn't bad, it's one of the worst in my year level at school, and as I've had it for 4 years now, it's made my self esteem terrible to a point where I've cried about it each day for nearly the past week. On top of that benzoyl peroxide doesn't work, my skin is waayy to sensitive for that. I just need to get this all out, and ask you guys how I can possibly cope for another month, potentially longer, without feeling ugly every time I look in the mirror. IDK if this is all irrational, but I hate looking in mirrors now because I can't deal with seeing my face and knowing how bad I look...

LonleyAngel Opions on what i feel
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Hi all, its been around a year scince i last posted and i was just woandering if i caould get saome feedback and your thoughs on how i am at the moment. For context, i have just started year 10 and am truning 15.In the past six months or so i've been... View more

Hi all, its been around a year scince i last posted and i was just woandering if i caould get saome feedback and your thoughs on how i am at the moment. For context, i have just started year 10 and am truning 15.In the past six months or so i've been confused, i think about my identity, sometimes i wish the ones i love would lose their lives wether thats througha n acident just however it can, I'm not really sure if this is why , but i think i want this because i want to understand myself better but also give me an excuse to get out of going to school.I also sometime want bad things to happen to myself for what i think is the same reason as above but also because i think i want to understand others experiences because a lot of if not all of my friennds have suffered with mental helath or family issiues, but i havendt.. to be honest i'm not entierly sure about much, most of the time i'll think about stuff like this or about my mental state and then compelety forget 5 mintues later an d not botherd, I'm stuck and i don't know how to descibe how i feel . Also on a side note i often wish i was in another world, one like the manga and anime i watch and read, i'll often listen to music and imagine i'm someone else in another world, and my charecter has always been through a ton of tramua. I'm also kind of wish i was imortal and unageing so i wound't have to die or age that much. i hope this all makes sense to someone.

noobeeeeee I really don't want to go on my camp which is 1month long
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So i have to go to a camp later this year for a whole month with my really annoying grade. It is compulsory but i really dont want to go. The reasons i dont want to go include: I hate being surrounded by heaps of people, my grade is really annoying a... View more

So i have to go to a camp later this year for a whole month with my really annoying grade. It is compulsory but i really dont want to go. The reasons i dont want to go include: I hate being surrounded by heaps of people, my grade is really annoying and i have anger issues which can be affected, i personally have other commitments on at the same time, i dont want people to know that i have medical problems, i also have really bad anxiety. My parents are saying i have to go and since the camp is compulsory i dont know how to get out of it

Zayalowe Parents Divorce.
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My parents are together. They only got married a few years ago, but recently they have been nonstop arguing and yelling at each other. I thought it was just normal fights couples have, but recently I overheard them saying that they can’t be bothered ... View more

My parents are together. They only got married a few years ago, but recently they have been nonstop arguing and yelling at each other. I thought it was just normal fights couples have, but recently I overheard them saying that they can’t be bothered to do couples therapy, I don’t think they will stay together and it’s scary. Most of the time it feels like I cause many of the fights. My sister moved away. She was my only relief from them and now she’s gone and I’m stuck. I can’t go anywhere else. I don’t have friends to stay with. I don’t have any close family or relatives and I don’t know what to do. I can’t focus on school anymore. It feels like I’m always sad but I don’t have the guts to talk to anyone. I don’t want to ask my parents for help because they will just treat it as another waste of money. I don’t know what to do. I live far out of town. I can’t go anywhere. Sorry if I am repeating myself. It feels like whenever I’m at home I’m never happy. It doesn’t even feel like a family anymore and there’s nothing I can do. I feel like everyone’s moving forward and I’m stuck behind. I am scared of what will happen if my parents can’t stay together.

icecreamspider One of my friends is really reckless and it’s upsetting to me
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I have a friend who likes to be reckless. They deal with a lot of mental health issues so on group chats they often say and describe doing things that are really dangerous including violent ways of harming themselves. It ranges from out of nowhere id... View more

I have a friend who likes to be reckless. They deal with a lot of mental health issues so on group chats they often say and describe doing things that are really dangerous including violent ways of harming themselves. It ranges from out of nowhere ideas like buying a tattoo gun to contemplating suicide and it’s really really uncomfortable. Recently they made an extremely reckless move, they’re 16 and at 3am they messaged our gc letting us know that they were meeting an online friend who they’ve never met previously, and then didn’t reply for over an hour and a half. They said i was overreacting when i got upset at them. I’ve talked to them since then about it and they’ve stopped saying stuff that makes me uncomfortable, but also seemed annoyed at having to do so. I feel bad because i think it’s a coping mechanism. Despite them stopping though i’m still uncomfortable. i haven’t been able to talk about it anywhere so this is just me venting i guess.

WHaze47 Struggling to form meaningful connections
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Hey everyone, I'm new here, just thought writing it here might help. I'm 19 and I've just finished my first year of uni. Throughout the year and still now, I'm struggling to connect with people. Whenever I try it just feels forced and awkward, especi... View more

Hey everyone, I'm new here, just thought writing it here might help. I'm 19 and I've just finished my first year of uni. Throughout the year and still now, I'm struggling to connect with people. Whenever I try it just feels forced and awkward, especially during small talk. Right after exchanging greetings my head usually just goes blank and when I ask them questions and they do the same I find that either me or both of us give each other short and blunt answers. I have met some people and they seem nice, but I get bored with them right after. They talk about celebrities, shows, and sports which I don't really care much for, and so far I haven't found anything in common with them. Throughout high school I was a people pleaser and because of that I've never really gotten close to anyone to the point where I could be my authentic self, I've just sort of went along with everyone. In the majority of my friendships I was the listener and they were the talker. But now that highschool's over, I'd like to break that cycle and actually meet people who reciprocate my efforts and share the same interests as me. I guess the reason why I haven't gotten to yet is because I don't know who I am. How am I supposed to connect with others when I haven't connected with myself yet, after numbing myself for so long? When uni starts, I'm planning to join clubs, maybe in that way I'll find myself. Any tips or experiences? Would love to hear them

Jess_P2001 Friend Trouble
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I need help as i’m struggling with my best friend. Ever since i have got a bf, she had been rude to me, mean, bossy, controlling etc. Now she has gone to the extent of not speaking to me as i stood up for myself. I do live with her which makes it har... View more

I need help as i’m struggling with my best friend. Ever since i have got a bf, she had been rude to me, mean, bossy, controlling etc. Now she has gone to the extent of not speaking to me as i stood up for myself. I do live with her which makes it harder and it’s taking a toll on my anxiety. I’m not sure if it’s jealousy or not. When i try talk to her about it she gets defensive and tries to turn it back on me like I’m the bad guy. Any tips would be helpful.

Jayquv101 I get bullied at school for being overweight
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DAILY I get called names and fat shaming, I don't see a problem in being an overweight person. I know it's unhealthy but i can't help it I just wanna eat whatever I want as much as I can. Something that is kinda worrying me is I'm struggling to walk. View more

DAILY I get called names and fat shaming, I don't see a problem in being an overweight person. I know it's unhealthy but i can't help it I just wanna eat whatever I want as much as I can. Something that is kinda worrying me is I'm struggling to walk.