November 24, 2017

My name is Hailey and I am a negative-self-talk-aholic. I have spent many years of my life believing that if I was strict with myself and critical of the mistakes I made then I’d push myself to improve, I would achieve more and become a ‘success.’ This, however, did not work! You see, being self critical can trigger us to feel more anxious and lead us to making more mistakes.

Have you ever had a negative experience while learning how to do something, where the person teaching you put you down and/or was critical of every mistake you made? What you might have noticed is that you got so nervous and wound up that you then made more mistakes. With each mistake you made and each cri...

November 16, 2017

Do you struggle to say what you mean?

When someone does something that upsets or annoys you do you decide to keep quiet for fear that they’ll get upset or angry at you?

Do you let resentment build up to the point where you just snap, say something you don’t mean and get stuck in an argument you never wanted to have?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you may benefit from my quick and easy to remember assertiveness hack called the WIN technique. It aims to help you to express yourself in the clearest and most respectful way, giving you the best chance of getting your message across without it getting lost in translation.

The WIN technique is a three step process repres...

Are some of your thoughts stuck on repeat? Like a song that you hate replaying over and over again to the point where you think you’re going to go insane? Do you find that you have one thought that leads to another thought, that leads to another thought and before you know it you’re feeling overwhelmed by the belief that something terrible WILL happen and you’ll be left unable to cope? If you’re getting stuck in a worry loop try out this quick and easy exercise below.

  1. Get out a piece of paper and write down one worry in the middle of the page. For example “I’m going to fail.” Sit with that statement for a while and rate how worried it makes you feel out of 10, with 0 being...

Oh no! It’s exams, time to cram in a semester or years’ worth of work into a few key study sessions. “I will never learn it all” I hear you say mid panic while eating an entire packet of oreos. Before you have a total meltdown (again) let’s look at a few tips to help you survive your exams without completely losing the plot.

  1. Pace yourself with the study! – Study in blocks of 20-30 minutes only (unless of course you are doing a practice exam) and then take a 5-10 minute break. While studying for hours on end might seem tempting, it isn’t what is best for your brain and concentration. It is a lot easier to motivate yourself to do 30 minutes of study than it is to do 3 hours....

When trying to get help for your mental health it can be difficult to know which type of professional to see. In a world of Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Counsellors it can be easy to feel utterly confused about who to see for what. Check out my simple and easy explanation of the differences below:

What is the Difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist?

  • A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who can prescribe medications that may assist in treating someone’s depression, anxiety or other mental health issue.

  • Whereas a psychologist delivers more of a talking therapy aimed at giving you evidenced based strategies to cope with your symptoms.

  • Simply put, a psyc...

Gulp, you’ve done it, you’ve finally made that booking to see a psychologist (like you’ve been meaning to do for a while now). Your mind starts racing as you mentally walk yourself through your first session and before you know it you’ve worked yourself into a state imagining how horrible it could be. Before biting your nails to stubs, check out my insider info below on what to expect from your first visit.

1. You May Have to Wait longer for your appointment than you expected to because the psychologist may be running over time. Rest assured that if they’re running overtime it’s likely that you’ll feel unrushed in your appointment with them. The last thing you want is to feel t...

It’s a crisp winter morning, you’re wrapped beneath the warmth of your fluffy winter doona, the sky is still blanketed in darkness but you spring out of bed with the enthusiasm of a sugar fuelled child, you get dressed for your morning exercise regime belting out improvised lyrics of winter wonderland. It’s a new day and you are grateful for this beautiful new beginning….except….you’re not. The winter has seemed to have sucked the life right out of you and taken your motivation with it. You roll over, press the snooze button and when you do finally get out of bed you live your day in slow motion forcing every minute of it. But never fear these five tips may help you lift the d...

March 10, 2017

“Your heart is pumping so loudly you can hear it vibrate in your ears. Sheer terror kicks in as the world feels likes its closing in around you. You gasp as you cling onto every breath, hoping it will not be your last.”

You’d be forgiven if you had mistaken these words for those on a press release for an upcoming horror film but unfortunately, they describe the intensity of a real life panic attack. When the panic sets in, it can feel impossible to calm down, besides where would you even begin?

If this sounds like you or someone you know please click on the video or keep reading for three panic attack hacks aimed at pressing the pause button on the horror film and restoring calm...

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