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How to Harness Your Inner Critic (Part Two)

The second part of this blog is not intended to be instructional or definitive. What follows is a series of questions and ideas to help you to learn more about your inner critic. Knowing your inner critic is the first and most crucial step to harnessing it. Unpack those times [...]

By | 2017-03-03T03:57:32+00:00 December 15th, 2015|Anxiety, Depression, Emotions, Mindfulness, Stress and burnout, Wellbeing|

How to Harness Your Inner Critic (Part One)

How did you speak to yourself the last time you had “one of those days”? You know, those days when from the moment you open your eyes you sense that it’s going to be a slog. Simple tasks, like packing your lunch, feel like an ordeal. More complex and demanding [...]

By | 2017-03-03T03:57:32+00:00 October 15th, 2015|Anxiety, Emotions, Mindfulness, Stress and burnout, Wellbeing|

Myths and Misunderstandings About Mindfulness

Myth #1 Mindfulness-based approaches encourage you to never think, plan, contemplate, problem-solve or worry Recently I read an article that criticised mindfulness for encouraging people not to think. The author argued that thinking is important not only an individual level, but also in terms of our society progressing. New ideas, inventions, [...]

By | 2017-03-03T03:57:33+00:00 June 9th, 2015|Anxiety, Depression, Mindfulness, Wellbeing|

How to Get Through a Panic Attack

Recognise the symptoms of panic attacks To manage a panic attack effectively the first and most important step is being able to recognise the symptoms. Knowledge is power. To learn more about the symptoms of panic attacks take a read through our blog What are the Symptoms of Panic Attacks? [...]

What are the Symptoms of a Panic Attack?

Your sitting on a train on your way home from work and suddenly out of the blue you become aware of your heart. It pounds rapidly, reverberating throughout your whole body. Your attention is drawn to a terrifying choking sensation. You can’t seem to get enough air into your lungs. [...]

Tune Up Your Mental Health by Tuning Into Your Relationship with Technology

Are you one of the many Australians who spend more time in front of screens than they do sleeping? Do you habitually whip out your mobile phone while you wait for a friend? When you here the “ping” of a text or email arriving in your inbox do you need [...]

Seven Tips for Overcoming Sleep Problems

#1 Set yourself an electronic curfew at least one hour before you go to bed. Phones and computers produce blue light which disrupts your circadian rhythm (your body’s biological clock). Light of any kind is the enemy of sleep, but in a Harvard University study blue light in particular was [...]

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Generalised Anxiety?

One in seven Australians experience anxiety each year, with generalised anxiety affecting almost 6% of people across their lifetime. As a Clinical Psychologist specialising in anxiety I work regularly with clients experiencing symptoms of generalised anxiety. So what are the signs and symptoms of generalised anxiety? The key symptom of [...]

Getting on Top of Your Work-Life Balance

Over the last decade in some pockets of life there has undoubtedly been a shift towards encouraging people to work towards work-life balance. A “slow movement” where hobbies are encouraged, time-out to do "nothing" is praised and relaxation is a legitimate way to pass the hours. On the other hand [...]

Tips for Taking Care of Yourself this Christmas

The silly season is upon us once again. Surrounded by cheery (and maybe cheesy?!) Christmas carols, shiny decorations and the glossy fantasy of picture perfect family gatherings, you'd be forgiven for wondering if you're the only person finding this time of year tough. You're not alone though. It seems that with [...]