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Every day, we experience thousands of thoughts per day. We think of our worries, memories, day-dreams, and reminders such as "I need to remember to drop into the shop after work to buy milk" or "I still need to buy Aunty Carol a present". Therefore, although technically we are present in our environment we are not always emotionally present. This c...
This year, June 15th marked the start of Men's health week. This week is so important because the health status of males is typically poorer than that of females – and this goes for physical and mental health. Today I want to specifically focus on men's mental health. Did you know that men are less likely than women to actively engage with mental h...
When the Covid-19 restrictions first rolled through and most workplaces were implementing working from home, one of my friends took it pretty hard. Let's call her Jess. Jess worked in an office that was busy and full of life. She was one of those people who is a social butterfly, the kind of person who usually says hi to everyone and isn't afraid t...
We've all heard about it before, practising gratitude as a tool for increasing overall happiness and satisfaction in our lives. But it sounds a bit too good to be true, doesn't it? Can something as simple as writing down or thinking about the things we're grateful for, really make us happier?The shorter answer; yes. But let me give you a slightly l...
If only my parents / boss / partner / children would stop / start / try / remember…Everyone has some version of an "if only" statement: Something life-changing that seems sort of…out of reach. A stressor that if resolved, would make everything (or at least, a lot of the things) all better. What's yours?Now imagine for a moment, that while you are a...
Are you surrounded by people who need your help? Do you feel unable to say "no", or experience guilt for even thinking about taking time out just for you? I wonder if you ever tell little white lies, in order to make others feel better… maybe to help them believe you're not as tired as you really are.These can all be signs that you care for others ...
 One year ago, if someone told you what the world would look like today, what would your reaction have been? Mine would have been a mix of concern and laughter at the new 2020-is-the-new-2012 disaster conspiracy. And yet… here we are. In this 'new normal'. It's only natural we wonder about our future, as a society: what will the world look lik...
It is a strange and unprecedented time at the moment. People are feeling uncertain, anxious, and confused about what's happening in the world and how to cope – including us at LETSS! As part of our role at LETSS, we try to help people find strategies to manage what they're going through and given our lived experienced background, we also are findin...
 Studying from HomeWith the recent restrictions and most universities opting to move their classes and lectures online, most people are finding themselves studying from at home. Whilst comfortable, working and concentrating from home can be extremely challenging! Not only is there plenty of distractions but also it can be difficult to get used...
Sometimes mental illness can make it difficult to be the parents that we want to be. It can feel impossible to be emotionally available to provide comfort for our kids – especially if there is no one there to support and comfort us.At this time there are a great number of unknowns, and this is a stress that is impacting most people in the community...
 If you have not been recommended this before – you are in for a hopefully delightful surprise. Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) has become a highly recommended technique for all who engage with therapy.Progressive Muscle Relaxation aims to support you to force the body to relax by actually tensing your muscles to begin with. With Progressi...
It is well known that boredom can contribute to feelings of depression, anxiety and loneliness. LETSS peer workers have come up with 5 strategies that may help you to cope should you need to isolate. 1. Maintain a Routine As much as possible, maintain a routine each day. Shower when you usually would, and eat when you usually would. Most ...
1. Mindful BreathingAnxiety can cause you to breathe faster and more shallow than usual. Deliberately slowing your breathing by counting to 3 as you breathe in, holding for 1, and then counting to 3 or 4 as you breathe out can assist you to slow your breathing down and regulate your parasympathetic nervous system. This in turn can slow your heart r...
 Managing Anxiety/Coping with Panic Attacks using the Identify, Monitor, and Intervene Tool   Download PDF File Here
 Hello Fringe Friends!Thought I would make a blog post for those who get some performance anxiety. Having performed since I was a little 3yo, I have learnt that performance anxiety never really goes away. However, there are plenty of skills that I have learnt to get me back to that manageable level of nerves so that it doesn't affect my perfor...
When we are experiencing distressing thoughts, it can cause us to feel scared, upset, frustrated, or even angry. However, just because we experience a distressing thought, it does not always mean that it reflects the reality of the situation and it does not always mean the thought is true. That is why it can be helpful to reflect and find evidence ...
 I was first introduced to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or ACT for short) in a group setting. There were a dozen or so highly anxious individuals (myself included) trying to avoid eye contact with each other and the group facilitator. When the facilitator asked what we knew about ACT, we kept our eyes fixed on the ground and our mouths s...
 Sensory boxes can be relatively simple and inexpensive to make, yet incredibly helpful at times for people who often feel anxious or overwhelmed. It can help by allowing the person to engage with their senses, thus allowing the person to feel more relaxed and more grounded in the present moment.Everyone's sensory box will be different dependi...
What does 'Australia Day' mean for you? A day to reflect on the history of Australia and what it means to be Australian? A day of reflection and mourning?Who cares?! A day off work!An opportunity to connect with family, friends or your community? Reflecting on the vast diversity of cultures and individuals currently calling Australia home, 'Austral...
The signs of domestic violence may not always be as obvious as you may think. That is because domestic violence is not always physical; abuse can also be financial, emotional, verbal, and sexual. Regardless, no one should have to experience abuse in his or her relationship and the first step is often coming to terms that the relationship may be abu...

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