September 22, 2015

Five Tips to Improve Self-Esteem.

We all have thoughts and feelings about ourselves and how we fit into the world – this is called self-esteem. People may notice a healthy self-esteem when life is going well for them, and sometimes a lower self-esteem when life has become difficult for a prolonged period, or even after a tough situation. Our self-esteem can take a plunge following a range of difficult experiences, including; being teased, being too self-critical, having overly critical parents, relationship breakups, any type of abuse, or even just lacking particular success over some time (and many more reasons). Having a healthy self-esteem is not just about seeing the good things about ourselves. It is important to be balanced and realistic about ourselves, but also accepting and forgiving of ourselves. It […]
September 11, 2015

Choices and Doing What Matters

Do you ever experience life as if it is just happening to you or as though you are ‘going through the motions’ without a sense of meaning or purpose? Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an approach to therapy that supports clarifying what is truly important to you, motivating behaviour that improves your life whilst learning how to accept what is out of your personal control and deal with the difficulty and pain that is an inevitable part of human life. ‘The choice point’ is an empowering concept used in ACT to help you make the most of your life by prompting your reflection on choices in the moment, in the here and now and in dealing with challenging situations. In our lives, every day, we […]
September 6, 2015

What’s ACT all About Anyway?

Have you heard about Acceptance and Commitment Therapy? Referred to as ACT (as opposed to the acronym A.C.T), ACT is one of a newer generation of cognitive therapies. The aim of ACT is to experience your definition of meaning and richness in your life while accepting the unwanted or uncomfortable emotions or experiences that go with it. Unlike other therapy models, the overall aim is not symptom reduction, however it is typically true that symptom reduction is a consequence of engaging in ACT. The reason for this is that ACT helps us to step away from the struggle. The struggle to avoid unwanted feelings, sensations, thoughts, symptoms, images, memories and so on is analogous to fighting against quicksand. The harder we try to avoid unwanted experiences, […]
August 31, 2015

Chronic Pain – the Good, the Bad and the Painful

Chronic pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Unlike short-term (acute) pain, chronic pain can last for months or even years and can be present without a clear cause. It is estimated that 20 per cent of Australians live with chronic pain; an invisible illness, which can have a profoundly debilitating and far-reaching effect on the sufferers’ life. Chronic pain can often result in a decline in mental health and quality of life, feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, grief and inadequacy, suicide attempts, a loss of or interruption to employment, financial strain, social isolation and can create tension and conflict in relationships with family and friends. Who can help me cope with my pain? A visit […]
August 17, 2015

Sleep Deprived?

With all the different roles we each tackle every day – from work to parenting, to being a friend or a partner, a household manager/cleaner/cook, to fitting in exercise, and the never-ending list of other random tasks that seem to crop up, sometimes, if not often, it’s our sleep that becomes compromised. It might suffer because time disappears and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to catch a decent 7 or 8 hours a night. But it might also disappear because the stress of the daily grind catches up with us and causes us to lie awake and stare at the ceiling for hours thinking of that endless to-do list; or it might wake us up repeatedly during the night or early in the […]
August 5, 2015

Why is Colouring the Latest Trend for Adults?

You may have noticed a recent trend in bookshops and in the media of adults colouring. Colouring in for adults? Typically it is considered an activity to entertain children! However, it can be just as useful for adults as a way of managing stress and anxiety. Mindfulness Research has shown that colouring invokes a similar response in the brain to that seen when people are engaging in meditation or mindfulness. Mindfulness – the act of cultivating present moment awareness with openness, receptivity, and interest – is a practice widely recognised as a key component of treatment for a range of psychological conditions including depression and anxiety. Benefits of a mindfulness practice include increased attention and concentration, enhanced resilience, improved relationships, reduced influence of thoughts and feelings, […]

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