Many people enjoy physical and mental health benefits from acknowledging a spiritual dimension in life. This does not just mean being religious. Whereas around 60% of Australians in the 2016 census identified with having a Christian (52%) or non-Christian (8%) faith, many others would no doubt describe themselves as being spiritual but not religious. This… Read more »
This article advocates for a collaborative approach from local health professionals to be able to improve the health services across the board, particularly through focussing on the aspects of health related to mind, body and soul.
One thing that strikes me about the term “mental health” is that we often use it as a euphemism for mental illness. For example, many events around the country in mental health week are geared toward raising awareness about and de-stigmatising mental illness. Whereas these are thoroughly worthwhile goals, there is more to mental health… Read more »
How important is your pet for your well-being? Do you consider your pet to be a part of your family? Would you mention your dog or cat if you were asked to list your most important social supports? Health professionals, including myself, have tended to underestimate the potential importance of pets in people’s lives. The… Read more »
An article reflecting some of the advances in the field of positive psychology in recent times, particularly about the way that the mind-body connection relates to the complex ways in which psychosocial factors can impact on our physical health.
This article looks at the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder and how it can best be avoided during the colder months of the year.
An article emphasising the need to develop our understanding of the mind-body connection, due to an over-reliance on external biological interventions, such as medication.
This article provides an inside perspective on what it is like to receive a grave cancer diagnosis as well as some handy tips and takeaways for going through the harrowing process.
What is the upper limit to the number of hours we might best work each week? This question relates to the issue of burnout, which occurs when the demands on us outstrip our resources. However resilient we are, we all have limits beyond which extra demands can lead to a range of stress-related symptoms. Such symptoms… Read more »
How can we improve health services across the board? A number of local health professionals in Geelong recently met to discuss this issue. The discussion was especially refreshing as we considered alternatives that wouldn’t require further funding or political support. This might be the way of the future given greatly rising health costs. A common… Read more »