mca blog

  • Playing To Your Strengths

    It was such a beautiful day that I decided to finish planting vegies on my patio. As many of you know, I have some physical challenges due to past injuries and suffer chronic pain almost every day. But what I find interesting is how the heavy labour of gardening: shopping for pots, soil and plants, … Continue reading Playing To Your Strengths

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  • How To Better Manage Cravings

    A craving is an absence of something that fills a need in the body. Most of the substances we crave have a particular function in the body or connect with specific receptors in the brain, and as such, the brain thinks we need that substance. Although the basic principal is similar to most things we … Continue reading How To Better Manage Cravings

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  • Would Hypnosis Help Me?

    When we get stuck in an unwanted behaviour, we may know what we need to do about it but just can’t get it going. Perhaps you want to lose some weight or just eat more healthily. You’ve probably read everything you can get your hands on about dieting, portion control, exercise, paleo, five two, low … Continue reading Would Hypnosis Help Me?

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  • Endless Possibilities

    When my first daughter was 5, she was invited to a birthday party at a gym. At one point they decided to play hide and seek. All the children found hiding places and the birthday girl had to find them. One by one she found their hiding spots but when they did a head count … Continue reading Endless Possibilities

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  • 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?

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  • 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 One

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  • 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 Sharp

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  • 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 Cravings

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  • 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?

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  • Sleep

    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 Sleep

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