Tag: Stress Management

  Fortifying Our Focus in the Age of Distraction

Episode 64 – Fortifying Our Focus in the Age of Distraction  Chris and Rowan discuss the topic of how we can maintain our focus and attention amongst the many distractions in modern life. These include digital media, social media, advertising and others that compete for our attention and want to distract us from our… Read more »

  Flourishing with Flow

Episode 58 – Flourishing with Flow  Chris and Rowan discuss the topic of Flow, drawing from the work of renowned psychologist Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi. The concept of flow can help us to optimise our well-being by identifying the activities that most engage us. This Week’s Links Finding our Sense of Flow – an article on… Read more »

  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 »

  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 »

  Employing the Power of Placebo

Episode 39 – Employing the Power of the Placebo  Chris and Rowan discuss the placebo effect and how we can best use it to benefit our mental health. We also look at what the nocebo effect is and what the implications are for traditional treatments for mental health. This Week’s Links Health services should… Read more »

  Discerning Our Stress Signature

Episode 36 – Discerning Our Stress Signature  Understanding our own individual response to stressful situations is one of the best things we can do for our mental health. In this episode, Chris and Rowan discuss the benefits of being able to recognise when your stress is building up and how you can find your… Read more »

  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.

  The Pitfalls of Perfectionism

Episode 33 – The Pitfalls of Perfectionism Perfectionism, or rigid expectations, is often linked with depression. Chris and Rowan discuss the topic of perfectionism as well as some strategies for managing perfectionistic tendencies. This Week’s Links When Passion Becomes an Obsession Passion is One Thing, Obsession Another Character Strengths Survey Rowan’s new podcast – Individuate… Read more »

  A Recipe of Resources

Episode 30 – A Recipe of Resources With waiting times for appointments with psychologists growing all across Australia, Chris and Rowan discuss some of the other options that are available when we cannot get in to see a psychologist or are waiting for an appointment. This Week’s Links Programs MindSpot – Confidential Services For Australian… Read more »