I MISSED MY TRAIN STOP AND NOW I'M DEALING WITH AN EMOTIONAL STORM!

Chris McIntyre is a former police officer whose time working for the QPS saw him exposed to significant volatile situations that took a toll on many other serving officers around him. Seeing the kind of Trauma that this exposure caused for others, Chris got out of the Police force before he too ended up becoming a victim of such a stressful environment.

Chris is now a psychologist working alongside many other ex-servicemen and police officers particularly focussing on those living with PTSD. In this episode, we focus heavily on the subject of PTSD and how to spot some of the associated red flags, as well as discussing many techniques, strategies and self-management tools that he and other psychologists like him use to help others work through various situations and scenarios.

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WHAT KOKODA IS ALL ABOUT

For Glen, completing the Kokoda Trail 79 times is not about fueling his ego. It's about the people. Connecting with the people on the experience with Glen became the ultimate goal.

Second to this, mindfulness is the second best thing. Sitting in your thoughts and being detached from the outside world allows you to make decisions on things you probably already have the answer to. Kokoda forces that on you. 

SMALL FIGHT, SMALL FIGHTER

For many, social media is a way to escape a shitty situation in their own lives. Whether that be a bad work situation, relationship or whatever it may be. 

f used well social media an be a good thing, but if you aren't feeling good about yourself, it can have the reverse effect. There are plenty of good people you can follow who can light your fire. If your fire isn't blazing with the people you follow on social media, cut them out now, the Kardashians won't even notice.

ADDICTIVE COMFORT

Change is bloody uncomfortable. The biggest addition in the world is not drugs, alcohol or sex, it's comfort.

In this modern world, we have become so accustom to technology and how easy everything is. Food delivered to your door, online shopping, you don't even have to switch a light on anymore, just ask Siri, Alexa or ole mate Google. 

The best thing you can do to counteract this right now is to get off your arse and go and pick your dinner up from the restaurant that is 400m away.




IT'S NOT MY FAULT!

Everything that happens to you, is your responsibility or you had a responsibility in that happening. By taking responsibility for everything that happens to you, you have control on your outcome. 

Taking ownership is the first step of learning from a situation, looking at your reaction and questioning your decisions is the next.

You can't make the same mistake twice because the second time it is an informed decision as you already know the outcome.



HERE IF YOU NEED!

I don't know what I want? I don't know what my goals are? I don't know what I want to achieve?

Alot of people are not clinically diagnosed with depression or anxiety however can feel sad, depressed or anxious and this can cause them to be what is most commonly described as "being in a rut".

Glen Azar encourages you to just take an action. - within in the next 24hours. Just take a small step to make a change, it doesn't have to be a big one. Just move forward in any positive decisions you make.


WHAT THE F*%$ IS PTSD?

PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

4% of our community will experience PTSD at some point in their life and around 12% of the first responders will deal with PTSD.

The importance around PTSD is knowing that the disorder part of PTSD means that what you are thinking or feeling has effected and diverted your everyday life away from what is normal for you.

It is vital that you do not compare what you are feeling to what others opinion of something traumatic is. Everyone's experience is different.

MINE ISN'T AS BIG AS HIS

Someone going to Afghanistan and engaging in war is not the same as witnessing a car crash. Both are traumatic experiences and how someone deals with them is subject to the way that person feels about it.

You shouldn't compare the stimulus however deal with the emotional response or behaviour that results for you as an individual.

Everyone's experience is different and this should not stop you from feeling a certain way and dealing with it. It's not ok to "rationalise" this away.

SUCK IT UP AND MOVE ON

It is the Australian culture that we as men should just suck it up and move on - however this has resulted in our mental health going down the gurgler.

Don't shy away from the fact that you might not be having a good day - speak with your partner. Offloading struggle to your partner can be incredibly therapeutic and help you work through what you are feeling.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON'T GET THE ANSWER?

For some - like Ed - you need an answer to the problem you are having before you can talk about it with anyone. But what happens if you don't have the answer? You don't talk about it.

What we expect from women is completely different to what we expect of ourselves.

The women in our community don't want the answer, they want to work it through with you so they can create the answers they need for themselves.

Maybe, you should take a leaf out of the Shelia's book, lads! 

MIND: "YOU'RE A LOSER"

Me: "Thanks Mind. Thanks for sharing!"
 
It happens to absolutely everyone - a thought popping into your head. But how do you accept that thought and move on with your life.

Diffuse your thoughts by accepting them and moving on.
Dwelling results in spiralling. 

PSYCHOLOGIST STIGMA

Consider seeing a psychologist simply as a way to upskill. 

These professionals, can provide you with a set of skills to help you manage and deal with your "baggage" so that your day to day life is that little easier - like a trolley at the Supermarket. Why would you carry all your groceries when you can put them in an easy push along cart.

Seeing a psychologist does not mean you are sick. 

WHO RUNS THE WORLD? WOMEN!

Generally behind every successful Male is a strong Female in their life at some point or another.

We as Men need to look, take note of and start to learn from Women and how they deal with their emotions in order to better ourselves and understand how to deal with things. 

We do not need to be the "bread winner" to be successful.

ALL ABOUT CHRIS MCINTYRE

After finishing high school, Ollie moved to Northern India where he taught English within a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery. While here,he was enchanted by and immersed himself into the Tibetan and Indian culture. This is where Ollie developed his passion for Yoga and Meditation practice.

Upon returning to Australia, Ollie started a business economics degree at Melbourne Uni however it wasn't long before his true passion of learning about the human body pulled him back in made the decision to switch degrees to Physiotherapy.




Ollie now is both a practising Physiotherapist and yoga instructor and is still passionate about learning and mindful living.


Instagram: @yogicphysio

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