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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter is the strongest and most effective way of instantly making you or someone else feel better. Although not many people recognise the many mental, social, and physical benefits, that are all brought on by laughing. Using humour daily can really make each day a bit better. Adults are usually so caught up in the […]

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How Mental and Physical Health Impacts your Personal Life

Why is Mental and Physical Health Important? In May we have covered the importance of a person’s mental health on their physical health. We know both mental and physical health impact each other significantly. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare states that people with mental illnesses are more likely to develop physical illnesses. Bad […]

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How Mentally Fit is Your Workplace?

It is highly like that you, or a colleague of yours, have experienced mental ill-health while in the workplace. 1 in 5 Australians experience mental ill-health in any given year. While factors outside of the workplace may contribute to one’s mental illness, it is often presumed to be the main contributor. However, “unhealthy” work environments, […]

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1st Place in Mental Health – Sport & Performance

Mental health can significantly affect physical health and performance in sports and athletes. Stress can interfere with performance through increased muscle tension, and reduce wellness. This increases the risk of injury because of attention and coordination changes, and an impact on self-confidence. Through these indicators, we can see how mental health can impact physical health […]

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Only Mine: What is Possessiveness?

What is Possessiveness in Relationships? Possessiveness is defined by collinsdictionary.com as “having or showing an excessive desire to possess, control, or dominate”. Think of possessiveness as a line with two ends. On one end, we can feel uncomfortable when our partner is out at a bar, being hit on by someone else. On the other […]

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Should Anyone Even Wear the Pants?

Power Imbalance Narratives of charismatic men and women are commonly portrayed within the media which use coercive control and manipulation to get what they want. This portrays an extreme and often unrealistic picture of narcissism and controlling behaviours leading to a power imbalance. However, power imbalances in real relationships are often less extreme but are […]

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Replacing Loneliness with Togetherness

Replacing loneliness with togetherness doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Loneliness is more common than you think, with 1 in 4 Australians reporting they feel lonely according to psychweek.org.au.   What is the Difference between Loneliness and Togetherness?   Loneliness is the desire to have more social contact than you currently have. It is […]

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Social Togetherness

Togetherness is defined as having quality relationships. When someone has surrounded themselves with quality relationships this helps their social, emotional, and physical health thrive. But what happens to your sense of togetherness when impacted by social anxiety and COVID-19? These can have a significant impact on your health and the way you socialise.   Why […]

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Togetherness from a Distance

Did you know that loneliness increases early death at the same rate as smoking 15 cigarettes a day? So, What is Togetherness? Togetherness is the social, emotional, and physical act of having and maintaining quality connections and relationships with others. Our mental health impacts our physical health. Togetherness has never been more important than during […]

‘Stress-mas’: The Stressors of Christmas

Christmas can be a very stressful time for some people for a variety of reasons. Maybe you are finding this year difficult or had a difficult holiday experience previously, this can make you worried and stressed for the coming Christmas. On the other hand, you might enjoy Christmas but just find small aspects of the […]

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The Impacts on Millennial’s Mental Health

What is a Millennial? Millennials are people born between the years 1981 and 1996 during the rise of technology, societal changes and rapidly increasing mental health concerns.  Millennials are usually known as the narcissistic generation or the ‘me generation’ due to the need for instant gratification, their high standards for others, themselves and life. Millennial […]

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Can Stress be GOOD for You?

When faced with some threat in our environment, our autonomic nervous system, one of the major neural pathways in the brain, becomes activated. Activation of this neural circuity triggers our ‘flight or fight’ response. This response is our natural response to danger. Think of a time when you were confronted with a terrifying situation. What […]

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The Place for Mental Fitness

What is Mental Fitness? Have you ever thought about how mentally fit you are? You’ve probably heard of the buzz term “mental toughness”, but have you heard of “mental fitness?” Mental fitness is the ability to live life in a satisfying and sustainable way that enables you to cope with day-to-day challenges. It’s not just […]

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Mental Health for Children

Healthy Families, Healthy Homes Mental health is an integral part of overall wellbeing for children. Like adults, the mental health of children is not static; it is a continuum where one can be in a state of optimal mental health, poor mental health or somewhere in between. At such pivotal and influential ages, there are […]

Women… It’s not selfish to look after yourself!

    selfish /ˈsɛlfɪʃ/ adjective (of a person, action, or motive) lacking consideration for other people; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.   It’s not always easy to put oneself first, particularly when you have other people depending on you. Women active in their different communities, mothers, daughters, wives, and girlfriends have […]

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Self-Care is NOT Selfish

When asked, “What do you really do to take care of yourself?”; many of us struggle to answer this. Instead we are guilty of persisting through a day of work, completing errand after errand, attending to others over ourselves until it gets to the end of the day, leaving ourselves feeling exhausted, drained and depleted. […]

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Helping Someone Who Isn’t OK

Going beyond the conversation of asking if someone is OK, is a difficult step to take. It takes a bundle of courage to simply ask, “are you okay?” However, it takes a stack of bravery to go a step further and genuinely help someone who isn’t okay. Initially when asking if someone is okay, people […]

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Helper vs Rescuer

R U OK? R U OK day (Sept 10), is a terrific day encouraging us all to look out for each other and “check-in” on how we’re traveling regarding our mental health and wellbeing. Obviously 2020 has thrown up unique challenges which at some point have tested us all in very different ways. With a […]