Tag: Lockdown

  Addressing Guilt and Shame with Self-Compassion

Many therapy clients experience difficulty managing guilt and/or shame. These painful emotions both involve a self-conscious or self-critical focus. They can worsen other forms of distress, including anxiety and depression. Guilt and shame tend to strongly draw our attention as they point to some threat. Evolution has taught us to pay more attention to painful,… Read more »

  It’s a Time for Compassion

This article describes the stress-relieving power of showing compassion in our relationships. For a more in-depth discussion about these themes, please listen to our podcast episode, Strengthening Self-Compassion. You can listen on the player below or on your favourite podcast player.  For more episodes of our practice podcast, Psych Spiels and Silver Linings, click… Read more »

  Supporting a Sense of Agency

Episode 45 – Supporting a Sense of Agency  Chris and Rowan discuss the idea of encouraging personal agency in a mental health context. How can we gain more personal agency in order to achieve heightened wellbeing? This podcast episode was motivated by a presentation from Martin Seligman, a pioneer in positive psychology. We talk… Read more »

  Agency Helps Us In Tough Times

An article about a main theme from the recent World Congress of the International Positive Psychology Association – the importance of having a sense of agency, especially when facing adversity.

  Mental Health Literacy Eases Panic

This article is about the experience of depersonalisation during a panic attack, a little recognised symptom that affects about 5% of adults each year.

  Lightening the Load

Episode 41 – Lightening the Load  As Melbourne has recently been in a fourth lockdown of the pandemic, we thought we’d cover some ways of coping through times of prolonged stress. We discuss the effects of prolonged stress, as well as some ways that you can assist with managing those effects. This Week’s Links… Read more »

  Dealing with Pandemic Fatigue

This article includes a range of mental health tips for dealing with lockdowns and restrictions associated with Covid-19.

  Risk Assessments Jab at our Biases

This article suggests that Australia’s relatively slow uptake of the vaccine may reflect hesitancy related to common thinking biases in weighing up risk.

  Signs Alert Us For Our Need to Care

This article refers to some of the key tips for mental health and wellbeing including the identification of your individual stress signature. This article contains material from a recent talk given by Chris to the Geelong Young Professionals Network in March 2021.

  Gaining Gratification Through Goals

Episode 31 – Gaining Gratification Through Goals In the first podcast for 2021, Chris and Rowan discuss the topic of goal setting. Many people will have made new year’s resolutions for 2021 and so we discuss some ways to help set goals that are most authentic to us and also some strategies for helping to… Read more »