RUOK – Tools To Help
R U OK? is a harm prevention charity that encourages people to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives.
The mission being to inspire and empower people to meaningfully connect with those in their world and lend support when they are struggling with life.
Thursday 9 September 2021 was R U OK?Day calling on everyone to check in with the people in their world and ask if they’re really OK, not just today but every day.
In the current era, this is truly the best time ever for mental health in that the willingness and openness to make an approach and offer support is becoming more greatly accepted.
We all have access to education materials from qualified sources in building a level of confidence to take the conversations deeper.
In many cases, an initial source of contact is based upon the relationships and connections that have developed from a sporting club environment whether it be social, competitive, casual, high performance or elite.
If you’re feeling anxious or worried during this time, you’re not alone. Anxiety is normal, and in some cases it can be helpful. Feeling anxious in certain situations can help us avoid danger, it’s how we’ve evolved to keep ourselves safe. Even if you are not typically an anxious person, it’s common to feel some anxiety during periods of change or uncertainty.
For guidance in the form of either self-help or supporting someone else, here are some practical ways that you can keep feelings of anxiety at bay from Black Dog Institute if things are becoming overwhelming.
1. Channel your anxious energy into action: get informed, plan and prepare.
2. Limit or avoid unhelpful media and misinformation.
3. Cut down or stop the behaviours that are fuelling your anxiety.
4. Stay focused on the here and now, taking each day step by step.
5. Be aware of negative thoughts and don’t give them too much power.
6. Look after your body.
7. Stay connected with others.
8. Help other people, be kind and compassionate.
9. Take a breath.
10. If you’re feeling like you’re not coping, get professional