Today we had a smaller group today due to school holidays and other issues. The fact that the number was smaller did not take away from the good work which was done with the continued care and support shown for one another.
We discussed the different ways that we respond to certain situations. An example of this is; I’m driving in my car and am becoming late for an appointment, i then start to feel angry, the traffic lights always seem to be turning red as I approach, This makes me feel really anxious. The thing is, I cannot change the traffic lights, but i do have control of my emotions towards this situation. By learning new techniques I can to respond to situations like this in a healthier manner thus relieving some of the pressure I put on myself.
For the last part of the meeting we welcomed Glenn to discuss further ways for our group to be heard and to help make positive changes to legislations within mental health.
Due to there being a lot of guests and outside group visits lately, we thought it would be good if we used today’s meeting for people to say how things are for them. The positive thing for people attending the group is that they feel safe here and can “drop their mask” and say how they really feel without fear or ridicule from what others may say.
By being able to talk about our fears/worries at groups like this, we realise that actually we are not alone in thinking certain thoughts and that in many ways some of our fears can be natural. It is the way we respond to our fears that can determine how we feel. One of the biggest obstacles in our lives can be how to learn to deal with “acceptance”. If you are of a certain age or have an illness, it’s so beneficial to learn to accept our situations and to do the best with what we have. One of the unhelpful traits we can do is to compare ourselves to others or ourself when we were younger. If we can learn to deal with acceptance, we will become much healthier for it, gaining more self-esteem in the process. If we are of a certain age physically we may not be able to do things we could when we were younger, but we can do is use our life experience to aspire to do new things we could not do earlier in life (It’s never too late to do what you want to do!).
Today was a really thought-provoking and inspiring meeting. A thought process that was discussed and that people could relate to was;
“If i take my own life people will be better off without me”.
People do not necessarily want to die, they just want a way out of the pain they are in.
It was great to welcome Geoffrey back to the group for the first time this year. One of the things we looked at was learned destructive behaviours (which come from negative thoughts) throughout our life. We have the opportunity to turn around how we look at our past thoughts. We can use past experiences to help ourselves and others. We may not have gained this knowledge if we had not been through our own difficult life experiences. This does not take anything away from how challenging our past experiences have been but it can certainly help us see our present situations in a more positive light
We would like to thank Geoffrey again for attending today and inspiring us all!
We will leave you with an inspiring quotes relating to today’s meeting
“Nothing learned is ever wasted”