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Post of The Month (August)

Meggles is our Post of The Month winner voted by the community for the following post:

"my recent post and a comment from another user has made me realise that self care is so important.

I wanted to start a thread in the Health and Wellbeing section of the boards about self care.

Self care is provided by you, for you

I know a lot of us are struggling at the moment with different aspects of our own lives, and sometimes we get so lost in these we forget to take time for ourselves. This tread is, a Reminder to you to take time out for yourself during the difficult times.

down in the comments I would really love for people to share ideas and tips about self- care. to remind ourselves and others in the community.

My way of self care when i recognise ( or someone recognises i have neglected myself) is:

Take a walk and admire whats around me ( take as long as needed)
treat myself to a bath with a bathbomb and bubbles ( bubbles are important)
make a hot drink and just sit down with a film.

Please feel free to share your ideas!

The Mix have a guide to self-care which you can find here."
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Using the Mute Function in Chat

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  • Using the Mute Function in Chat

    In chat, users can choose to 'mute' one another (this is also referred to as 'blocking').

    Here's some info on the mute function and how to use it:

    How can I mute someone in chat?

    Click on a person's name in the list on the right. A menu will appear. Click 'Mute' and you're done.

    What happens when I mute someone in chat?

    When you mute someone in chat, you will no longer be able to see what they are saying. You will still be able to see that they are in chat, but it will be as though they aren't saying anything.

    Muting lasts for the duration of the chat you are in, unless you choose to unmute the chat member again. No one in chat (including moderators) will be able to see who you have muted.

    Comments made by other chat members in response to the person you have muted will still show up in your chat. Moderators will encourage chat members not to comment on disagreements which involve someone being muted.

    What happens when another chat member mutes me?

    If another chat member mutes you, your chat will not be disrupted. You will still be able to see everyone's messages, including the person who has muted you.

    You will not be alerted to the fact that you have been muted by another chat member in any way.

    Why do we have a mute function in chat?

    Chat is a very diverse place with lots of people needing to access support at any one time. It is inevitable that occasionally tensions will rise and disagreements between members will happen.

    In the guidelines which chat members are requested to follow when accessing chat, we put emphasis on making sure that chat can be a positive experience for everyone involved.

    We encourage chat members to use the mute function as a way of making sure chat can continue without disruption.

    Why do moderators encourage people to use the mute function?

    From time to time in chat, you may see moderators (or sometimes other chat members) advising members to use the mute function when they can see a disagreement may be getting out of hand. This is because moderators need to focus on the greater good of the chat.

    If a disagreement escalates, then it becomes difficult for other chat members to avoid being affected by it. If members can get around this problem by muting each other, then chat can continue smoothly for everyone.

    Isn't it rude to mute someone in chat?

    It's never easy to make the decision to mute someone in chat. We may worry that we're being unkind or feel that we don't have the right to mute someone's comments. However, muting another chat member can be a good way of looking after yourself without sending a direct message to the other person.

    I've been muted and I don't think I did anything wrong! Isn't this unfair?

    It can feel hurtful when we suspect someone else has muted us, especially if we don't feel we've done anything wrong.

    It's important to remember that while we have control over the things we say and do, we don't have control over the way other people respond to us.

    If someone has chosen to mute you, it's OK to feel frustrated, but it's not your job to figure out why they've done it. Let them deal with things in their own time and focus on more positive conversations with other users.

    Can I mute a moderator?

    Nope! Moderators need to be able to talk to everyone in chat at all times. If you need to speak to someone about something which has happened in a chat session, you can private message The Mix account on the discussion boards and someone will get back to.

    Tips for using the mute function in chat

    - Don't broadcast the fact that you've used the mute function. Remember, the muted person can still see what you say in chat and may react badly, causing chat to become disrupted for others.

    - Likewise, if you suspect that someone has muted you in chat, try not to comment on it. Everyone in chat has the right to use the mute function as they see fit. We encourage members to do this so that chat can keep running smoothly.

    - Don't feel bad about muting. Muting can provide you with much-needed breathing space.

    - If you know that one chat member has chosen to mute another, don't engage with any further comments about it. Repeating comments made by someone who has been muted will still show up for everyone else and cause more difficulties.
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