29-03-2019 01:42 PM
Whether it's travelling to a foreign country or being away from your own bed somewhere else for the night, lets explore how we manage our mental health issues in times where our routine might be different or our comforts aren't the same. @Lauz will be facilitating this group discussion so come along and share your experiences and insights so we can work through some tips, ideas and thoughts around this topic!
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16-04-2019 07:00 PM
Hello and welcome everyone!
For tonight’s discussion, we are talking about travel on any level. It might be travel overseas on a big holiday or it might be staying over for a night somewhere that isn’t your own home for whatever reason. The common thread that we will also investigate is comfort zones and managing fears! Please do keep in mind our guidelines around anonymity. If you are away somewhere, or going away somewhere, please be wary to not mention specific dates in partnership with specific locations or any other specific details that could make you or your location identifiable.
With all that said and done, the way tonight works, is that I will share with you some thoughts and question prompts around this topic - please get involved and share your insights or other questions you have, you never know when your own learnings can be so helpful to another and vice versa, so don't be shy! To get us warmed up and started I'd love to hear what has brought you here tonight and what this topic tonight means to you?
16-04-2019 07:02 PM
16-04-2019 07:07 PM
Hi @Talin - thanks for coming along tonight and welcome!
It can definitely be challenging thinking about being away from our regular supports, it can be helpful to know things like the timeframe you will be away though - we will be investigating how we manage things like this over tonights discussion so stay with us as we just wait and welcome a few more people too! ⭐️
16-04-2019 07:07 PM
I wanted to join the discussion tonight, partly because the Topic Tuesdays keep me feeling connected to this community, and partly because I am anxious any time I go away, even if it's only for a few nights.
16-04-2019 07:10 PM
Yes Topic Tuesdays are great events to keep connected with the community - love to hear that!
I also think its really important that tonight as we discuss this topic, that it doesn't always depend on how long or how far you might be going away for. Anxiety and managing our mental health when outside our comfort zone or even away from our bed is enough to impact us and that is what we will look at managing as well 👍🏼
16-04-2019 07:11 PM
Hi @Shaz51 ! Welcome!
Glad you have come along and hopefully we can all share and get some good ideas in place that can help you and Mr Shaz for the trip!
16-04-2019 07:15 PM
16-04-2019 07:16 PM
I have anxiety and care for someone with anxiety. I’ve planned a holiday for us both and my partner for a week at the end of the year. I struggle to settle at nights and usually can’t stay anywhere without my partner with me.
I’m worried that I am not going to be able to cope with my anxiety and the person I care for all at once. This will be the first time we both holiday together.
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