Tag: COVID-19

  Episode 1 – Finding Flow within Four Walls

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Finding Flow within Four Walls In episode one, Rowan and Chris discuss what the podcast will be about, take a broad look at the character strengths and why they’re particularly useful and look at what opportunities the COVID-19 pandemic may present to us over the coming months. Snippet – What are the Character Strengths? Snippet… Read more »

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As of March 2020, we have shifted our individual and group therapy sessions to exclusively telehealth services.  Before Your Session Regardless of your device, you will need to have access to your emails on that specific device to be able to open the link that’s sent to you by your psychologist. Please note, you do… Read more »

  Helpful Websites in the COVID Era

We have compiled a list of websites related to the COVID-19 outbreak that may help you in a number of different ways. These websites may provide positive relief from the challenges we’re all facing, provide mental health resources to assist with the challenges around staying at home for extended periods of time, or they provide… Read more »

  Positive Responding to Coronavirus

Our personal reactions and responses to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic will not only impact on our wellbeing as individuals, but also on those around us. How might we best respond to the challenge? Initially, it helps to allow ourselves to be vulnerable. It’s natural to have concerns and fears about how we could… Read more »

  Just Give it Time

This article reflects on how our reactions and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic will impact not only on our wellbeing as individuals but also the wellbeing of those around us. Please also see a short video from Chris Mackey on applying positive psychology to respond to the coronavirus.  

  How to Find and Use Your Character Strengths

Television presenter Angie Hilton and clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discuss how to find your character strengths signature as well as some practical ways to apply the results. The character strengths survey can be found at http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths-Survey. This clip was taken from series 2, episode 9 of Australian Television show, Destination Happiness.

  Dealing with Retrenchment

Becoming retrenched is typically one of the most stressful experiences that someone might face in their working life. It is therefore normal for people to experience a range of stress-related reactions around such times. The amount of stress that one feels will be affected by such aspects as how unexpected the retrenchment was, the terms… Read more »

  Enhancing Marital Relationships

The question might be asked, “Why marry?”. As Kierkegaard said about marriage, “If you do it you’ll regret it, if you don’t do it you’ll regret it.” But the British Office of National Statistics in 2007 reported that married couples live longer, that younger married men have half the mortality rate of unmarried men, that married… Read more »

  How to Worry Less

Statistics suggest that approximately one in five adults suffers from an anxiety-based condition of which a prominent feature is some form of worry. Approximately twice that number of people would worry on a regular basis. Therefore, worry is one of the most common forms of psychological distress. Some level of worry may be normal and… Read more »

  Dealing with Panic

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Panic attacks are not such a problem. That may seem a ridiculous statement when panic reactions can be so exceedingly uncomfortable and disruptive. However, it is commonly not panic symptoms themselves which are the most unsettling aspect of panic attacks. The main problem is panic about the panic. A key goal of dealing with panic… Read more »