BY: Janine Mitchell
Change consultant / Support and advice
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So last week, I had a wobble. A couple of things happened, which shall we say, took me off kilter. I won’t go into the in’s and outs, but I didn’t feel too great for a day or two.
Should you find yourself in a similar position, either now and again, or more often than you would like, I want to help you in moving forward.
Firstly, should I have been feeling that way? The answer is yes. We feel and experience certain emotions throughout the course of a day. Sometimes they are good, sometimes not so good. When we are not feeling so great, we can made a decision to search for whatever coping strategy we think might work for us. We can search for a negative one, or a positive one. The negative one (usually just a short term ‘fix) might be to reach for a ton of alcohol, sugar, drugs or whatever else we might use as a coping strategy that we are familiar with.
Secondly, it is okay to understand and acknowledge that you are feeling a certain way for a reason. Actually accepting how we feel can be so much more empowering then attempting to hide or bury it in any way (which is often what we prefer to do) Why? – because we often don’t like to acknowledge when we are actually feeling pretty crap one way or another. We would rather not look at or address what’s going on, and instead use one of the poor coping mechanisms as identified above, or a trillion other ones I haven’t listed.
So what can you do differently? You can use an option available to you that will support you and allow you to move forward.
For me, it was have a chat with two people. Not just any old people. But people who are in my ‘tribe’. People I know who I can count on, to talk through matters and who will help me identify and work through the best course of action. Those who I know have got my back and accept me, support me and have 100% belief in me. In addition, they don’t judge me in any way and I can be my authentic self.
I can’t reiterate enough that it is so important to speak to someone.
Don’t bottle things up.
Don’t hope that they will go away.
Don’t see it as a weakness to talk to someone. It is actually okay. It will help you to move forward, and it will allow you to feel a ton lighter in the process. Many of us at a young age were given messages that it shows some sign of weakness to admit there is something you want support with, or to talk to others about this. In my view, it is far from a weakness, it is actually a strength! I can’t reiterate and bang on about this point enough.
In the process, don’t be afraid to let go of those people in your life that don’t show a genuine and authentic interest in you, for whatever reason. It’s okay to ditch the deadwood and focus on the ones who are there for you. These don’t necessarily need to be lifelong friends. They could be people you have known for a short while, or those who you network or do business/ work with. You will know deep down who the right ones are, learn to trust your intuition.
Most of all, be you. There is only one of you, everyone else is taken. It is okay to have a wobble. It’s how you manage it that is the important part.
I will review key pointers.
Moving forward –
- Work out who your tribe is. Thos who support and believe in you. Remove those who don’t. Life is too short, surround yourself with the right people for you.
- Talk to someone, its okay. It’s better than bottling it up, and they will provide some advise, support and guidance.
- Avoid the poor coping strategies and work out what your positive ways forward are instead.
- Acknowledge and accept that its okay to feel the way you do. It will pass, and you will work out a solution to a bigger and better outcome.
- Take some time out. Go for a walk, meet a friend for a coffee. Switch off, do something that relaxes you and takes your mind off things.
Until next time, stay being awesome, there is only one you after all.
Janine works with organisations and corporate clients. She also has a private practice where she see’s clients on an individual basis. She utilises bespoke programmes to work with you in helping you achieve your desired goals and outcomes.
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BY: Janine Mitchell
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I was privileged and honoured to have been part of a conference held in Birmingham this weekend called Removing the Shame and Guilt.
This event was for those who have experienced any form of domestic abuse. The event allowed survivors to come together in an super safe and supportive environment. I am proud to repot I was on the expert panel and I also delivered two confidence workshops.
With the conference in mind and raising awareness of domestic abuse, I wanted to discuss the following areas.
- To raise awareness of the different types of abusive behaviours and why we struggle to identify these.
- That is is okay to talk about abuse.
- The importance of being open and talking through this stuff.
- What can be done differently and what can be put in place if you think you are being abused or know someone that is.
I will take each in turn.
What are the different forms of abuse?
Abuse can present itself in a number of ways. It can include physical, psychological, emotional, verbal, financial and sexual abuse. It can form manipulating, controlling and intimidating behaviour. If you feel elements of control or coercion on any level, I would suggest this is a form of domestic abuse.
Why is it usually so hard to spot? Often in these types of situations, it can be the familiar or the known. Something you may have been used to for a long time. Therefore its often hard to identify it as abuse. Secondly, the abuser can be extremely clever at allowing you to believe or understand that this is somehow your fault, or that the problem is external to the abuser. I.e. something in their external environment. For example, blaming lack of money, job problems, friends or family being an issue. This is not the case. It is easier to blame everything outside of the situation. In fact the problem is with the abuser, don’t confuse if to be outside of him or her.
It’s okay to talk about abuse.
It is commonly very difficult to understand or accept that you are in an abusive relationship. This is due to feelings of familiarity or ‘normal’ behaviour. If you identify with any of the above, it is highly likely you are the victim of an abusive relationship.
The advise I would give is talk to someone about how you are feeling and what is going on for you. Often abusers can allow you to think that you are somehow to blame, leaving you feeling guilty and shameful. I would urge you to speak to someone. It might be a close friend, colleague or family member, it could be your GP, or it could be someone in an organisation locally. Whatever feels right for you. Remember, you will not be judged. You will be supported. Opening up and speaking is the first step to recovery and moving out of this.
What can be put in place if you are in an abusive relationship or know someone that is?
Once again, it is about talking and being able to open up. I accept it can be hard to do so initially and its like walking into the unknown. You can do it, stay strong and know that there is support there.
If you feel unsafe to do so within your current environment or anywhere near it, then consider a neutral place where you can meet someone for a coffee to chat. Speak to a friend or colleague for support. Between you find out locally what services are available in your area. There is help out there.
Then figure out a strategy. Have you thought about how you might leave this relationship? What needs to be put in place? Does an emergency bag need to be prepped? Have you given yourself a date or a time limit? – It can often be easier to stay in the relationship in the hope that things might change or that they might improve. Setting a time schedule for yourself can be one of the most powerful things to do. It gives you a clear guide of when you plan to leave. If you don’t get to this however, don’t beat yourself up. Leaving an abusive relationship can often be the most high risk time, so ensure there are safety measures in place with a view to steps you are taking.
This is NOT your fault, there is a life outside of this.
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