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Helping others when they’re struggling

It’s positive mental health month here at our blog and also in our training at Head.Set.Go! Mostly we talk about things from a personal perspective. But lately we’ve had several questions about helping others when they’re struggling with particular aspects of their mental health, be it friends, family or partners. So let’s consider how and why you might do that. …

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The art of microconnection

Earlier this week I was walking in a place I’m not familiar with when a tall and alternatively dressed male came sauntering round the bend in the opposite direction. Gulping, I suddenly realised I was in a potentially vulnerable situation. However, as he walked past he tipped his cap, grinned and said, “Good morning!” I smiled back and responded in …

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What should we do with labels?

A little while back I found myself in conversation with a Mum I don’t ordinarily chat with. The context meant we had a bit of time, and she ended up mentioning her son had just been diagnosed with ADHD. This was on top of her daughter already having labels of her own. Despite claiming she’d really always known the truth, she …

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The mother in us all

You know, I like to think there’s a bit of mother in us all. Recently as I sat in the hairdressers, two young boys aged perhaps four and two were brought in for a haircut. For the next good while, an entire salon was drawn into the unfolding drama of an uncooperative child. Although I heard his name mentioned quite …

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Why you’re always right

Did you know there’s a reason you think you’re always right? Actually, there’s a couple of them, which we’ll get to in a moment. But there’s also risks inherent in our tendencies to self-bias, which we’ll explore further too. Although we live in a culture where self-bias is encouraged (It’s all about me, isn’t it?!), people have always been egocentric. …

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How to hit your positivity ratio

You may not know about the positivity ratio, let alone how to reach it, but you can be sure it’s affecting you anyway! Today I want to show you some ways to hit your positivity ratio in your own world -after I quickly explain what it is! What is the Positivity Ratio? It’s a concept researched, disputed and then re-proven, …

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How to help your kids ace school

The extra traffic gridlock’s probably reminded you – even if you don’t have your own children – that school’s underway for the year again. And whilst some parents celebrate and many kids weep, relatively few of us are thinking about how to help our kids ace school as we sit in the car, crawling through the drop off zone. That’s …

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5 ways to improve your relationships

It’s Valentine’s Day next week. The marketing machine’s hyped up, telling you to spend big in order to impress the one you love. What if I told you it wasn’t necessary? There are other options? Not that I’m anti red roses and chocolates, but I thought we could consider five ways to improve your relationships (I guess that’s the idea …

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Australia – where do you belong?

The social fabric of Australia’s been under tension lately, with passionate arguments yelled loudly from many sources about how things should be. We live in a highly diverse country, as 2016’s census revealed. We speak 300+ languages in our homes, whilst one in five households live on less than $650 a week (that’s only $34K a year). Three in ten …