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Parents, especially new parents, can find it difficult to know if and when their child is reaching developmental milestones. Parents who haven’t spent a lot of time with other children may have fewer experiences/references against which to compare their own child’s development. Furthermore, comparison can be fraught. As such, parents often rely on the expertise/advice of professionals, such as Early Childhood Educators, who are experienced in working with different children

There is a famous saying by ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu: “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” His advice is, essentially, get out of your own head and live in the moment. Easier said than done, right?
Today, there is such a constant stream of ‘life hacks’ for beating anxiety that it can actually be anxiety-inducing trying to achieve the unattainable level of perfection being presented (with the best of intentions) and figuring out how to implement each of these ‘must-do’s’ in a practical way.

Most of the time, when we’re feeling lonely, sad or bored, we can fill up our day with a long to do list of going to work, shopping, hitting the gym, grabbing a coffee, attending appointments, running errands and so on. During lockdown however, it’s been near impossible for most people to maintain an optimum level of ‘busyness’. Outings, routines and social get togethers have fallen by the wayside. However, if you’re someone who lives alone, or has limited social contact outside your household, that ‘empty’ feeling (which is usually concealed by busyness) may be stronger than ever.

Australian farmers are often referred to as the ‘backbone’ of our nation.  Despite their service to our community, many farmers have actually been doing it very tough themselves - particularly in the past few years. Mental illness and suicide rates are significantly higher in outback and rural Australia, compared to that of the major cities - 66% higher, according to the National Rural Health Alliance.

Unless you’re Superman, you will have experienced some level of physical pain at some point in time.  While some painful conditions can be resolved relatively quickly through rest, medication, injections, natural therapies, physical therapies, massage, lifestyle changes, exercise or even surgery; unfortunately, others are alleviated so easily. Pain that lasts beyond six months (chronic pain) is not natural and can affect anyone’s mental health considerably.

Anger gets a bad rap. It is often associated with aggression, violence or destructive behaviour and perceived as a negative emotion that needs to be swallowed or avoided altogether. This is likely because anger (the emotion) and aggression (the behaviour) are often confused. Yet it is a normal (yes, even healthy) part of the human experience to feel angry sometimes.

We experience the world through our senses and use these senses to communicate. Communication allows us to learn, express ideas, participate in work or social activities and maintain relationships. Effective communication is such an integral and instinctive part of our daily lives that it’s easy to take for granted. However, when someone is unable to communicate effectively, however subtly, this can have a significant impact on their physical, social, emotional, vocational and financial wellbeing. 

There’s a common misconception that Sports Psychology is only for elite athletes. If you’re a beginner, or not a ‘sports person’ at all, then the thought of seeing a Sports Psychologist may seem redundant. While Sports Psychology can be extremely valuable for professional athletes; you might be surprised to learn that its benefits are far-reaching and can actually help to boost anyone’s ‘mental fitness’.

We pre-millennial and ‘elder millennials’ are not always the most tech savvy people on the planet. Sometimes it feels as if our children were handed iPads as they passed ‘go’ through the birth canal. As parents, this can feel both alienating and alarming, especially when we keep hearing that technology is ‘ruining lives’. Can this really be true? 

While the phrase, ‘winter is coming’ may warm the hearts of Game of Thrones fans everywhere, it can also inspire dread in those experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). 
Winter. Blues. Are. A. Thing.
If you’re fine during the warmer months, then suddenly struggling at the onset of winter, you may actually have SAD - and not just be feeling ‘sad’.