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How To Recognize The Signs Of Burnout

Written by Katie Lowe (BA, GradDipPosPsych) Life can be exhausting! Balancing a career; study; love and relationships; children and family; up keeping a house; cooking; exercising; maintaining your physical, emotional and mental health; friends and a social life; leisure; and all the other things, can be quite the juggle. ‘Burnout’ is when you reach the point of physical and emotional…

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Tuning Into Feelings

Written By Dr Melissa Keogh, Clinical Psychologist By definition, feelings are emotional states and broadly speaking, encompass sensations such as fear, anger, sadness, joy, surprise, guilt and love. As a psychologist much time is spent assisting clients to recognise, label and sit with feelings. It is the cornerstone of the therapeutic journey and an important aspect of emotional health and…

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Tears, Tantrums and Memory Loss

What is your body trying to tell you? Written by Donna Cameron The world of mental health can be very confusing.  You hear the words anxiety, depression and mania.  You see your friends, colleagues or maybe even yourself, go through times where even getting out of bed is a difficult task.  What does it all mean?  What happens in our…

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Listen to your body

Written by Phillipa Brown A large portion of nurturing mental health entails listening to your body. There are three key areas to focus on that functionally serve to increase resilience and prevent mental health decline. These three key areas are 1. Sleep, 2. Diet, and 3. Exercise. When utilised properly, these functions serve to support good mental health and ability…

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Moving Forward with Mental Health in 2021

Written by Donna Cameron As we all close the door on 2020 and enter the year 2021, there are expectations and hope for a year free of restrictions and regulations.  Unfortunately, this cannot be promised as the COVID-19 word has not yet disappeared.  This is the perfect time to look at what has changed in the world of mental health…

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What’s New In Positive Psychology?

Written by Dr Melissa Keogh, Clinical Psychologist New research in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing by Proyer, Gander, Brauer, & Chick (2020) (https://iaap-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/aphw.12220) investigating the personality trait adult playfulness has found that playfulness can be stimulated by undertaking specific exercises and that increased playfulness positively impacts wellbeing and symptoms of depression in the short term. THE STUDY (Positive…

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Digital Wellness Trends For 2021

Written By Katie Lowe (BA, GradDipPosPsych) For many of us, the ways that we would normally take care of our physical and mental health went out the window in 2020! From gyms and group fitness sessions, wellness retreats and massages – to Friday afternoon drinks – it was all put on hold. For many, this was a difficult transition filled…

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How to be a leader in your community for the betterment of others

Written by Phillipa Brown When you think of who your leaders are in your community, who comes to mind? Is it your local or federal politician, a religious leader, an executive or CEO of the company you work for, or do you think about a parent, friend or neighbour? There is no wrong answer here. All of these people are…

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Overcoming Loneliness

How Volunteering May Help Written by Dr Melissa Keogh, Clinical Psychologist, B.A. (Hons), D.Psych (Clinical) The Australian Loneliness Report conducted in 2018 revealed that 1 in 4 Australians experience problematic levels of loneliness. Which begs the question – what exactly is loneliness? Loneliness Loneliness can be defined as a subjective feeling of social isolation and distress whereby one’s personal need…

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Considering mental health

Written by Brady Walker According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and can make a contribution to her or his community.” The issue of mental health is not new; far from…

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5 Ways to Give Back To Your Community Whilst Improving Your Wellbeing

Written By Katie Lowe (BA, GradDipPosPsych) Anyone that has seen the movie ‘Castaway’ knows that we humans thrive on – even depend on connection. We are social beings that have evolved to subsist within supportive, nurturing communities. We love to feel like we belong, and research actually shows that the biggest single factor for predicting health, wellbeing and longevity -…

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7 Ways to “Stay Connected” without Technology

Learn to Balance Technology and Humanity for an Abundant Life Written by Camille Lucy Technology has been advancing and the younger generations are more heavily involved in its use than perhaps older generations were. Even still, technology has landed in the hands of just about everyone: from wee little babe to Great Grandma (so impressive!). While technology is a superb…

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