Keeping a healthy mindset will help our whole wellbeing, from the way we feel (our thoughts and feelings), to how we physically feel (the way our body reacts). It is important to recognise what triggers these feelings, thoughts and physical reactions.
There are many things in our lives that we will experience each day. These things can contribute to feeling like we are under pressure, stressed out, not able to do things like we would like to, have less energy and generally not feeling ourselves.
These experiences may include:
- Relationship issues (relationship breakdown, having a heavy heart, disagreements and stressful events)
- Financial issues (worrying about money, not being able to pay bills or find employment)
- Employment issues (a job that makes you unhappy, or not being employed)
- Caring for everyone else but leaving you without time to care for yourself
- Events (Christmas, family grief, emergency situations)
- Time (not having enough time to do all the things we want, feeling rushed all the time)
- Being disorganised (living in clutter and not organising our daily activities)
Sometimes we may need extra help to feel well and to ensure that we are safe, and that our well-being and our family’s well-being is healthy and what we want for ourselves and our families.
If you are experiencing things that are making you feel like you are not yourself you can:
- Become aware of your breathing, try and take some deep, long breaths
- Think about what is really going on, and ask yourself about it, how it makes you feel and what you could do to help the situation
- Go for a walk or some other safe physical activity
- Sit down for a minute, take some deep breaths and repeat some positive statements to yourself that will help you feel calm and in control
- Find a family member, friend or other supporter and have an outing or sit and talk over a cuppa. Talking over a cuppa can help us look at the situation differently and provide relief
- Being part of a regular group activity (i.e. yarning circle, support group, sporting club)
- Have a place that you can go to that is comfortable and safe and go there to have some timeout, letting someone know where we are going will help us feel safe even if we want to be alone
- If you have feelings that are making you feel unsafe, it is important to remember you are not alone and there is help available.
If you are still feeling like you would like some extra help because you are still not finding dealing with the experience easy you can contact:
- ASIC Money Smart – Indigenous – This link provides information written for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about budget matters, mobile phones, getting help with money matters, Outreach programs and financial support.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – Parents, Carers and Families – Family and Community Services, NSW Government website. This provides downloadable resources for Aboriginal Parents, Carers and Families. ‘Raising them Strong’ Booklets and Cards and other resources are available and specific information regarding NSW Indigenous Communities.
- GROW – Grow is a caring and supportive, community-based organisation that has developed a unique program for improving and maintaining mental wellbeing. In a safe and confidential environment, members come together on a weekly basis to participate in an organised program. The meetings last approximately two hours and are followed by refreshments.
- Mental Health Triage Service – The SA Health Mental Health Triage Service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This Service is the main point of access to mental health services, can provide advice and information on mental health emergency or crisis situation, and is staffed by mental health clinicians. If you feel that you may be in need of mental health support and have never accessed a mental health service before, please contact your GP or phone our mental health triage services on 13 14 65.
- NewAccess – Coaching Program – NewAccess is a beyond blue program that provides free and confidential support to help you tackle day-to-day pressures. A NewAccess coach, specially trained and experienced, will support you in setting practical goals that will get you back on track
- YMCA of South Australia’s recreation database Info-Link – This database contains a huge range of recreational and social opportunities to explore and choose from, including sports, arts, games and personal development activities. We hope this information will inspire people of all backgrounds and abilities to get involved in their community by participating in recreational activities.