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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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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 …

Peace on Earth, goodwill to all?

It was probably a Christmas carol being played in the background that triggered my thoughts of angels in the Christmas story and the idea of goodwill. What was it they said? ‘Hark the herald angels sing…!” Anyway, after the concept rattled round the edges of my brain for a few days, I decided to go re-read the story and find …

Five reasons to smile

Although we can’t be permanently happy, a lot of us spend far too long with a frown on our faces. It’s not helping you and it’s not doing much for the rest of us either. Today if you’re feeling a bit flat, I’ve got five reasons to smile for you to ponder: It lowers stress In our crazy, fast paced …

Remember to Breathe

Many of us have been suffering from bad weather lately; sometimes from the sky and sometimes from other people. It’s kind of easy to feel depressed when that happens, and dull our living down to avoid the intensity of emotions raised. But then we’re sad without feeling the pain. If that’s you, the best thing to do is take a deep breath …