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Six Tips for Studying Smarter, Not Harder

Schools back and universities are starting to get into the swing of things too. Even if you have a big year ahead, the pace at this time of year is much slower. Which is why it’s the perfect time to give some thought to setting yourself up with effective study [...]

Introducing Dr Siobhan Ryan, Clinical Psychologist

We're excited to begin the year by welcoming a new team member, Dr Siobhan Ryan, Clinical Psychologist. Siobhan has a strong focus on respect and collaboration. She is compassionate in supporting her clients as they work through difficulties, recognising that the client is the expert in themselves and their situation. [...]

By | January 15th, 2017|Anxiety, Depression, Emotions, Our Team, Relationships, Wellbeing|

Figuring Out What’s “Normal” and When to Seek Help as a New Parent

Being pregnant and giving birth to a child is a huge life transition, for mothers and fathers. There are a mountain of changes to adjust to, some that feel harder than others. Changes to your body, sleep patterns, self identity, relationship with your partner and other loved ones, career, daily [...]

By | November 11th, 2016|Anxiety, Depression, Wellbeing|

How to Get on Top of Stress Before it Morphs into Burnout

What’s the difference between stress and burnout? A certain amount of stress is a healthy and adaptive part of being human If we didn’t feel stress at all we wouldn’t be motivated to do things like visit the doctor to have our skin checked, meet deadlines at work, study for [...]

Ten Tips and Tricks for Increasing Productivity and Improving Time Management

Don't you just love (and crave) the feelings that come with time managed well? Ease, clarity, balance and peace...just reading those words feels restorative! Some days and some weeks though, productivity feels out of reach. Overwhelm takes over and our procrastinating, maybe even self-sabotaging side takes centre stage. If you're looking [...]

Eight Books to Inspire, Motivate and Move You

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte Reviewed by Clare Desira, speaker and coach www.topfivemovement.com Sure, you set small goals every day: Drop off the dry cleaning, make a dentist appointment for the kids, bake biscuits for the office party. But you must also recognise the power of setting goals and [...]

By | January 21st, 2016|Book reviews, Mindfulness, Stress and burnout, Wellbeing|

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 | 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 | 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 | June 9th, 2015|Anxiety, Depression, Mindfulness, Wellbeing|