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Mental health and accepting ‘me time’: an Aussie challenge.

If you ask an Australian how they'e going, the usual answer will be an automatic “Good! And you?!”. Of course, we're certainly not the only people who like to keep our answers short and cheery – but we really do seem to deflect and minimise our problems; so not to bother our friends or family.

Aussies love to tell the world that we're larrikins; all easy going and full of fun – but deep down, we're not too different to humans all over the world – we quite like having rules and structure. Mostly, we like to follow the crowd and don't like to stick out too much. We certainly don't like to ask for help either – or often, even admit we have a problem. We generally think that letting others see our emotions is a weakness, and stoicism is the ideal. We want the rest of the world to think we're tough; and maybe that's why we've convinced them all that our cute animals are all wild and dangerous.

It's time to let go of our attachment to the ‘Aussie battler’. The world is a complicated place and to better support each other we need to normalise the idea of asking for help; whether it be in our homes, with our mental health, personal problems or even just the ‘little’ daily tasks.

Reaching out to ask for help is a sign of strength and courage, certainly not one of weakness. Opening up to friends or family can definitely seem overwhelming or daunting at first, but working through our issues through honesty actually has a wonderful tendency of bringing us closer together. If you're feeling stressed and overwhelmed, take a moment to step back and see what are the core stressors – one of the most common is feeling like there's never enough time, and the feeling of being unable to achieve enough – AKA ‘time crunch’.

mtime began after witnessing working parents struggle to juggle work commitments and family life; and seeing firsthand just how much ‘time crunch’ affects everyday Australian families. One of our very first customers openly admitted (through a couple of tears) that she simply didn't know it was okay to ask for help.

Albus Dumbledore once said; “understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery”; and here at mtime, we're all about it! Accepting that we want or need help is a huge step in the direction of better health and wellbeing.

Now, more than ever; we need to support ourselves and one another – and that starts with confidently knowing there is no stigma in asking for help.

To see what stressors mtime can help sweep away with our in–home service, visit services.mtime.com.au

by Stephanie Kinstler - 2020 Jul 31