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Military Life

141 EpisodesProduced by Beck RaynerWebsite

Welcome to the Military Life Podcast- a podcast telling the stories of everyday Australian Military partners.Listen in to hear from others who are living this military life (Defence Life), juggling all the things on the daily, just like you and I. Let's connect and support each other by telling our … read more


121.Let's Discuss PART 2-The Past Weeks Events, A Hurtful Narrative & How to Move Forward Constructively

This week on the Military Life Podcast Let's Discuss PART TWO!

Defence Partners Hayley Boswell from Defence Kidz, Julia Michel from The Home Post and Tania Attley from the Raw Psychologist come on the podcast to discuss the Past Weeks Events, a Damaging and Hurtful Narrative & How to Move Forward Constructively.

We also talk about;


  • Dealing with emotions and not repressing our feelings by avoiding them
  • How we often go into planning mode when an unexpected operation occurs
  • Why the brain hates the unknown and is constantly seeking balance
  • Uncertainty, danger and the worry when your defence member gets the call
  • How planning mode distracts us from our core emotions
  • Why 24/7 media coverage of world events isn’t always a good thing
  • Why building a support network with people you know will have empathy is key
  • Standby mode and coping with the unknown through disconnection
  • Why shutting off is a way of mentally preparing for the defence member to leave
  • Wanting the separation to start so that they can come home already
  • How the ADF community is feeling after what happened in the media last week
  • Setting boundaries with news media and limiting contact
  • When the sentiment out in the community quickly turns to blame
  • Why we tend to experience the stress response flight, fight or freeze
  • Understanding that the brain can tolerate a particular level of stress
  • What happens when you push past that stress level into shutdown
  • Why disconnecting from your partner too many times can have an impact
  • Communication and verbalising what your needs are
  • Setting boundaries with friends and family and being assertive
  • Community outrage and how to process the misdirected anger
  • How the defence spouse community is feeling right now
  • Confirmation bias and how that plays into some of the narratives in the media
  • Being mentally prepared to engage in discussion or advocate in your own way
  • The long-lasting impact the past week could have on the ADF community
  • Why it is important to help the community to make new connections
  • The importance of continuing the conversation and continuing to change the narrative
  • Educating the community about who the ADF are, what they do and the sacrifices defence members and families make

To follow Hayley from Defence Kidz click here

To follow Julia from The Home Post click here

To follow Tania from The Raw Psychologist click here


Ready to join the ML community? Click through the link to get connected xx

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