Are You Living With Chronic Pain?
When you read the title of this week’s blog you may think I’m only referring to physical pain. But what about chronic psychological pain? If you regularly experience anxiety, stress, recurring sleeplessness then you’re living with chronic pain. If you often feel loneliness, grief, sadness then you’re living with chronic pain. If you struggle with … Continue reading Are You Living With Chronic Pain?Readmore
The Challenges of Being a School Leaver … Or Living With One
There’s no question that for many Australian families having a teenager in the final year of their schooling is stressful. As 2017 passes its mid-point it may be timely to consider some simple strategies that students (and their parents) may undertake to relieve or even prevent some of the end of year stress. The final … Continue reading The Challenges of Being a School Leaver … Or Living With OneReadmore
Five Ways To Keep Your Brain Sharp
It’s not news to most of us that as we age we can lose some of our ability to think quickly and clearly. And we don’t have to be elderly to feel this. In fact, this is a normal part of the brain conserving energy: it puts its resources into pathways that are being used … Continue reading Five Ways To Keep Your Brain SharpReadmore
How Not To Give In To Your Cravings
The day’s been a long and tough one. Deadline’s to meet, unhappy clients to appease, staff to motivate. You get home to find the next term’s school bill has arrived together with the electricity bill. Your family/friends feel you don’t pay them enough attention. You’re tired of the weather and you’ve let your regular exercise … Continue reading How Not To Give In To Your CravingsReadmore
Why Seek Out Positive Emotions?
I’m currently making my way across Canada, heading to the 2017 International Congress on Positive Psychology in Montreal. It’s an amazing journey, one that makes me aware so many different positive emotions. Many people think that if they’re not feeling love or happiness, they’re not feeling positive emotions. But studies by Barbara Fredrickson and her … Continue reading Why Seek Out Positive Emotions?Readmore
We all struggle with sleep on occasion. Maybe you have difficulty falling asleep, or maybe you wake up and find it hard to settle again. Perhaps you brain is thinking overtime. Whatever your struggle Mindfulness skills can help bring you out of your mind and back to your body. I hope that this free 9 min … Continue reading SleepReadmore
This past week has been, for me, one with much gratitude, mostly due to friendships. So I became curious about where the word friendship came from. Through our mutual friend Mr Google, I discovered that the word friend comes from the Old English word freond meaning “one attached to another by feelings of affection or … Continue reading FriendshipReadmore
Most people wish for more happiness in their life. Perhaps you’re going through hard times, or you feel filled with negative thoughts and negative emotions, and wish you could feel differently, happier. Fortunately there is now quite a bit of scientific research on happiness. The science of happiness is the study of what are the … Continue reading Becoming HappierReadmore
How To Stop The Monkey Mind
One of the most frequent statements I hear from clients is some version of “I have a monkey mind and I want to teach my brain to stop thinking”. The next question is often “if I learn to meditate will I be able to make my thoughts stop?” Meditation is not some form of mind control, and asking … Continue reading How To Stop The Monkey MindReadmore
Are You Fed-up With Your Negative Thoughts?
This week I’d like to share with you a TED talk from a few years ago: Neuroscientist Dr Rick Hanson talking about how the brain’s structure can be changed by what we think and why we should increase the number of positive thoughts we engage in each day.Readmore