It is estimated that around three per cent of the Australian population experience social phobia in any one year. Up to 13 per cent of the population may develop social phobia during their lifetime. Men and women are equally affected, though a higher number of men seek treatment.Read More
Most people feel anxious and worried from time to time, especially when faced with stressful situations like taking an exam, speaking in public, playing competitive sport or going for a job interview. This sort of anxiety can make you feel alert and focused, helping you get things done faster or perform at your best.
People with GAD, however, feel anxious and worried most of the time, not just in specific stressful situations, and these worries are intense, persistent and interfere with their normal lives.Read More
Anxiety is defined as the excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational anticipation of future threats. Anxiety differs from fear, which is the emotional response to a real or perceived threat. Although these two states overlap, there is a differenceRead More
Anger is a normal emotion just like getting sad or happy. However, anger can begin to impact our lives negatively when it gets out of control and turns into violence, aggression, bullying and constant arguments.
Research shows that anger can increase people's chance of developing coronary heart disease. It can also lead to stress-related problems, such as insomnia, digestive problems, and headaches.Read More
Positive people don't necessarily have a very different life on the outside to those who are not positive. Usually, they have quite similar lives than most people, the only difference is-what's going on in their brains and how they perceive the world.Read More
Adversity is inevitable, problems, large and small, present themselves to us throughout our whole existence. Regardless of how sharp, clever, or happy we are, we will encounter struggle, challenges, difficulties and at times, heart wrenching moments.
It is how you overcome these adversities that can make all the difference.Read More
Relationships can be a wonderful experience where two people open their hearts out to each other and commit to share their lives together. The right relationship can make you feel joyful, full of love and can assist you to grow into the best version of yourself.
On the other hand, relationships can sometimes be unhealthy, whereby you find there are a lot of arguments, name calling, possessiveness or betrayal.
It's important to differentiate between feeling low or having a depressive disorder in order for you to receive the best possible treatment that is going to be effective for your particular issue.Read More
They say variety is the spice of life. Meaning, we need new experiences, challenges and exciting adventures to keep our lives joyful. Sometimes, we can get bogged up in the routine of our lives, that our life becomes just that- a routine. This can lead to boredom, lack of motivation, isolation and even depression.
“When people are bored,” says one researcher, “they’re disengaged from satisfying activity and more likely to become internally focused in a negative, ruminative cycle.”Read More
Most of us are guilty of complaining in our daily lives, whether it be in our minds about the traffic, or to our friends about work or even the bad customer service we received last night. In fact, research shows that most people complain once every minute throughout a typical conversation.
Complaining is tempting because it feels comforting to us. As good as it may feel, it is actually detrimental on our mental and physical health.
Self-esteem is the degree to which we feel confident, consider ourselves valuable, and respect ourselves, and this greatly affects our well-being. Self-esteem exists on a continuum, from high to low, and low self-esteem is associated with self-doubt, self-criticism, social isolation, suppressed anger, and shame. Low self-esteem is also a symptom of several mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression.Read More
Life is tough. There is no denying that. I believe however we are still able to live a life of joy and happiness and it isn't as hard as winning 20 million dollars in the lotto or moving to an island in Greece and shutting off from the rest of the world. It can happen with no tools, no money and no resources. It can happen now and it starts with you.
I will summarise these eight predictors of joy based on the book and my interpretations.Read More
Anger is a normal human emotion, just like feeling sad or happy. However, if anger is not managed properly and is expressed in harmful ways, or persists over a long period of time, then it can lead to problems in relationships at home and at work and can affect the overall quality of your lifeRead More
40% of the things we worry about never happen, 30% are in the past and can't be helped, 12% involve the affairs of others that are not our business, 10% relate to sickness- real or imagined..
so only 8% of the things we worry about are likely to happen.
How can we overcome these (mostly) invalid thoughts in order to reduce our worrying and anxiety?
When you push to control your chid’s behaviour before managing your own anger, your sending the signal of ‘I’m out of control, you need to change so I can feel better’.
Of course, no parent wants to go from zero to 100, it is for the most part unintentional and like I said, an automatic response. The best way around this is- acknowledging what’s going on, understanding how important it is to get control—and ultimately gaining control of ourselves.
Here are some things I’ve found to be helpful for parents when I work with them.Read More
Life is is challenging, technology is increasing and has enabled us to lead chaotic lifestyles where we are just one click or swipe away from a new distraction. Stress is definitely on the rise and so is depression and anxiety. As a result, there is a desperate need for people to find ways to escape in order maintain mental and emotional stabilityRead More
In our modern society, we are losing touch of feelings of togetherness and unity, so it is no surprise that people are becoming very self-centred. It's easy to get caught up in your own goals, your own happiness and your own problems. Humans are built to connect, we are social creatures, it's in our nature to be compassionate. The problem is that this nature has been buried under things like social media, new technologies, increased populations and segregation.Read More
Adolescence can be an emotional time for most kids. High-schoolers in particular, are under a lot of pressure in regards to exams. Their social world, with social media being so highly used, can also cause pressure. They may be more likely to develop anxiety.Read More
Teenager's (brains) are a work in progress. I see it all too often when adults seem to forget this or are not aware of how their teenager is developing and take many things too personally.
In order for you to engage with your teen more effectively, you have to be able to understand them. Teens will only engage with you if they feel like they have been validated, understood or acknowledged.Read More
Meditation practice started in India more than 3,000 years ago and during recent years it has made it’s way to the Western world. Science has revealed it’s remarkable effects on our mental healthRead More