Ep 24: The Messy Middle

Learn about navigating through the tough times in your life as Meg Durham details four practical strategies to help you stay steady through the worst of it. In this deeply insightful episode, Meg shares personal anecdotes regarding challenges she has faced and shares a wealth of valuable information and insight for moving forward positively.

So what’s this episode really about?

  • Learn how to handle challenges and difficulties in life while moving forward in a positive direction.
  • What it means to sit with discomfort so you can process your feelings and take thoughtful action.
  • How to find joy, remain optimistic and look forward to the future even during tough times.

Why you should listen

If you’re feeling a bit lost, stuck, anxious or unhappy, then this episode will provide excellent steps to help you get back on track. In this episode, you’ll learn about four practical strategies to help you navigate through the ‘messy middle’ – those times in your life when you face unexpected challenges or obstacles and aren’t quite sure how to find a way forward. You’ll learn about ‘charging your battery’ through adequate sleep, nutrition, hydration and connection. When facing unwanted challenges, these practical tips will help your mind and body face these challenges, seek support, find perspective, and learn from your experiences for a healthier future.

Actionable Skills

  • When life feels hard, charge your battery (sleep, move, nourish, rest and connect).
  • Be aware of your Automatic Negative Thoughts vs. Performance-Enhancing Thoughts.
  • Access Support (friends, family, GP, psychologist) – it’s imporant to be supported when we’re facing challenges.

You can quote us on that…

“The quality of our thoughts determines the quality of our actions.”

Meg Durham

“If you’re going through some hard times, make sure that you have people to talk to; we are not designed to thrive alone – we are designed to thrive together.”

Meg Durham

 “Rest is vital, particularly when we’re going through tough times – when our brain is scrambling to work out the next move – rest is respite for our brain.”

Meg Durham


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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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