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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How can I help myself?

    How can I help myself get better at being a person who is able to get out of bed and have a smile on my face? I do not have a job and I can't support myself. I've been working on getting a job but it's always wait wait wait. I would like guidance on how I can be a better person?
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  • I have been working in Eltham, Melbourne as a relationship and family counsellor for over twelve years. I draw on current theory and research about … View Profile

    Perhaps the idea that struggling with not being able to find a job is itself the problem. That the fact you are struggling with this means you are not a better person. A more helpful question may be - how can you cope better with the difficult situation you are in at the moment? You may already be doing some of these things, but it will be important to try and keep yourself busy and active (not easy when money is tight and you may have a lot of spare time), or to challenge negative thinking, for example telling yourself "The fact I am struggling doesn't mean I am not a good person"  (to do this skillfully you may benefit from speaking to a counsellor or psychologist - this can be done at low or no cost if you get a Mental Health plan from your GP, or look for counselling through your local community services ). You may try learning Mindfulness skills - information about these is available on the internet and you may find classes local to you where you can learn more. Connecting to other people will also important - check out low or no cost social activities through your local neighbourhood house, for example. 

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