November 23, 2015

The Five Languages of Love

Learn to speak your partner’s love language I often hear couples say that even though they try to show their partners they care for them, they are often frustrated when accused of not making enough effort. It seems that their way of showing love is either unappreciated or unrecognized by their partner. It is almost like trying to speak with each other in another language. At times, couples stop trying and end up disconnecting from each other. So you could be trying very hard but your kindness and caring may be missing the mark. According to Chapman (2002), most of us have one primary language in which we express our affection or approval to other people. The love language is also the language we long to […]
October 23, 2015

The Power of Self Compassion.

Ever since the transfusion of Eastern Knowledge and wisdom into the West there has been a shift to how we view previously taken for granted ideas or beliefs. Self-compassion is a powerful belief and practice with specific steps that can offer those who are inclined, interested or ready to experience themselves in a much more nurturing light. Self-compassion is not to be confused with self-esteem. Self-compassion teaches us how to give with loving kindness, firstly to ourselves and in so doing we have more space and energy to give to others. Self-esteem however can have the tendency to use language that is comparison oriented such as: ‘I must have a ‘low self-esteem’ if I can’t do that…they must have a ‘higher or better self-esteem’? This language […]
October 20, 2015

Improving your Well-being through Gratitude

What are the things that you are most grateful for in your life? Who are the people that you most appreciate? What are the activities that bring you the most relaxation? How do you choose to spend your time when you want to feel joy? What are the places that bring you a sense of calm? The answers to these questions probably come to you fairly easily. That is because our minds and hearts are good at knowing and feeling what is truly important. This is what makes most people think that maintaining a grateful attitude is easy – but as anyone who has ever been stressed, busy or caught up in the challenges of life can tell you – it is very easy to lose […]
October 15, 2015

7 Tips to Keeping your Risk-Taking Teen Safe

The period of adolescence can be a daunting one for parents of teenagers to navigate. This period can already begin just after 11 years of age. But it is at about 12 years of age that a major increase of neurons and synapses in the frontal cortex of a teenager begins. For most adults the frontal cortex is responsible for emotional regulation and complex reasoning, however this has not yet been properly developed for the adolescent. Before the rational brain can fully develop there is a period of pruning of synapses between the ages of 12-18 years resulting in a loss of 50% of grey matter from the frontal cortex. In contrast, the Amygdala is the part of the brain stimulated the most when adolescents respond […]
September 27, 2015

5 Stress-Buster Tips for Teens

It is well known that we all experience stress from time to time and across our lives. We all experience stress in many different ways. For instance, some like to scream, or get angry and punch the wall but this doesn’t solve much. It can also cause more stress. However, other ways that we can deal with stress includes talking to a friend or family member whom we trust. The following steps below are also ways you can deal with stress and get on the road to feeling better: 1. Seek out support when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed an important step is to reach out to those who care about you. This can include a friend, family member, trusted adult, school counselor, psychologist, doctor, […]
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 […]

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