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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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Why you should work on your mental health

Last weekend a friend of mine told me she used to volunteer on the personal crisis phones at Lifeline. She stopped because she got sick of the same people with the same issues calling all the time. “They just wanted to complain and have someone give them sympathy for their poor choices,” she said. “They weren’t interested in changing at …

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Our stress stories (and your questions answered)

This week I want to summarise our stress stories, as they’ve been told in surveys and comments over this month. But first a very big THANK YOU to everyone for taking the time to answer my questions and give me insight into how we experience and cope with stress. It’s one thing to hunt out statistics online; it’s quite another …

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Stress relief and management for ordinary people

We’ve spent this month thinking about stress. So many of us are looking for stress relief, it’s an important component of our positive mental health. To date we’ve considered who’s stressed out and some basic things you should know, as well as asked whether our great expectations may be making us more stressed than necessary. Today let’s look at stress …

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Great Expectations? Are your goals adding to your stress?

We’re in the middle of a month focused on stress over at Head Set Go! and also here on our blog. Not because we’re enamoured of the stuff, but because it’s a sizeable issue for many of us. This week I want to invite you to consider if you have too great expectations of your life, and whether that’s adding …

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Five things you should know about stress

How often in the ‘Hello, how are you?’ parts of your everyday conversations does the word “stressed” come up? If you’re anything like me, the answer is: often! For many of us, stress is a regular, and mostly unwelcome, companion. So today we’re going to talk about five things you should know about stress. Not to make you feel worse, …

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Stressed out? You’re not alone

You know the feeling of being stressed out? Tense. Frustrated. Exhausted. You’re not alone. According to a Medibank survey released in December last year, 4.9 million of us Aussies fell into that category. According to the most recent Australian Psychological Society data, 35% of us have significant levels of distress, 26% of us above normal levels of anxiety and 26% …

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September is (Un)Stress month

This month we start a new way of focusing our blog posts. We’re going to consider one topic each month and cover it across all our sites. For September we’re looking at stress. Or – more particularly for the sake of our positive mental health – how to Un.stress. After all, who never gets stressed?  Hope you’ll join us. Sharon …

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Why you need a positive attitude

The last time I wrote about attitudes I’d just been to an international tennis tournament. Two low ranking players had taken on two champions. Their mindset, or attitudes grabbed my attention. I loved their determination to win if they could, and how they struggled until they refocused whenever they were beaten. I admired how they didn’t give up. They utilized the …

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The how and why of a good night’s sleep

Most of us have positive associations with sleep. We tell one another, “Good night,” and “Sweet dreams” as we stumble off for our beauty sleep. We say we “slept like a baby,” when we wake refreshed and we hate ‘nightmares’ because they ruin things. Yet many kids fight sleep like crazy, and some of us grownups are no better! ‘Burning …

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Staying sane in a crazy busy time

Most of us live in a context where our life’s always full. It’s rare to find ourselves relaxed and calm with nothing on our plates. But sometimes the stress hits overload and life becomes crazy busy. Unexpected or unplanned events such a sickness or death in the family – or a house move or work project – can push tension …