Emotions around food and why you should listen to your gut


Does what we eat and when we eat it really affect our mood? A lot of us are concerned with what we put in our mouths with the goal of not gaining extra weight, but it’s important to recognise the emotional effects food has as well. You may find foods such as chips, soft drink … Read more


Meditation: There’s no ‘one-best-way’


Meditation is cleansing for the soul – but you don’t have to sit cross legged in front of a shrine to practice this habit. Some form of meditation is practiced in virtually every community throughout the world. Educators, spiritual leaders, and mental health experts have developed dozens of forms of meditation over 1000s of years. You probably practice … Read more

womens mental health

Women’s Mental Health


Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week is a week dedicated to all women across Australia to make good health a priority. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health saw an opportunity to create this event in 2013 and have promoted this week annually since, in honour of the extraordinary medical practitioner, Dr Jean Hailes. Jean had a far-sighted … Read more


The Importance of Celebrating the Little Successes


Ever heard the saying ‘Success is not a destination, it’s a journey’? When we think about accomplishments, we often focus on how good we feel when we achieve a long-term goal or experience a major breakthrough. These big wins are great—but they are fairly rare. The good news is that even small wins can give … Read more


Why It’s Ok To Not Be Perfect


‘You catch yourself constantly striving for more, but no matter how much you get, you never know if what you desire will help you become your best self or just drive you further down the dissatisfying road of perfectionism’ Dr. Ilene Cohen says, author of When It’s Never About You and Anxious for Answers. The majority of people … Read more

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Working from Home? Why you need to recognise and manage this ‘new look’ work stress


Not only has a pandemic turned our world upside down, those who are still working now face extra pressures. Will I keep my job? Will they be focusing on my performance? I need to work longer and harder! These are all common thoughts in this current climate, we all face them! We also now have to … Read more

Emotional intelligence

Defining Emotional Intelligence and how it can affect Mental Health


If we were to define ‘emotional intelligence’ exactly what would it be? Emotional intelligence (EI) is essentially an individual’s ability to connect their personal experiences with those of others. The term gained popularity in the 1995 book “Emotional Intelligence”, written by author and science journalist Daniel Goleman, and it’s gone on to become an integral … Read more

Fatherhood – Equal part stress and joy. Tips to manage dad’s mental health.


Fatherhood – Equal part stress and joy. Tips to manage dad’s mental health. We all know that bringing a child into the world can be a time of great excitement and joy for any family, but for some it can also be a time of huge transition and change. A new baby brings so many … Read more


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Am I susceptible? 


The evidence is clear – Australians will be exposed to at least one traumatic event in their lives. Traumatic events can come in all shapes and sizes however according to Phoenix Australia, the most common traumatic events people in Australia are exposed to are: the unexpected death of someone close to them; witnessing someone badly injured … Read more


Defining Anxiety – Three simple ways to manage anxiety


The word anxiety seems to be such a fashionable word in current society, yet how many truly understand the definition? We need to move away from fads and look at how we as individuals can create coping techniques to combat anxiety and its symptoms. “More than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious … Read more

Marriage Equality – It’s time we had a talk about this!


We’ve been talking quite a bit about anxiety. Mindreading refers to our tendency to assume what others are thinking. When we engage in mindreading…

Book Review … The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins


A brief review by Australian Clinical Psychologist, Dr Tess Crawley, of Mel Robbins’ book “The 5 Second Rule”. An easy, motivating read