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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...
Values are things that are important and meaningful to you in life. Its important not to think about what you 'should' value, but to think about what is truly important to YOU in life! A great way to do this, is by using value cards!     Download PDF File Here Image by Helloimmik from Unsplash 
​Starting a Gratitude Jar can be a great way of helping you see the positive things in life! When you are having a bad day it can also be a reminder of the things to be grateful for. Check out the worksheet below on starting your very own Gratitude Jar    Download PDF File Here Image from Unsplash by Milan Popovic 
New Year's Eve is a common time for people to make changes and resolutions to improve their life. If you want to make some positive changes to your wellbeing this year here are 5 resolutions to consider!   Download PDF File Here
  Download PDF File Here ​ADELAIDE Christmas Day Community Meals 
Imagery techniques are commonly used for a variety of reasons including helping people to relax, gain confidence, improve mood, reduce distress, gain insight and reflect, help overcome injury, and get a good amount of sleep. To begin with, try finding a comfortable and safe spot, which helps you feel relaxed. Ensure it is a quiet place and somewher...
The popular stereotype of Christmas Day, where everyone is surrounded by family and friends, sitting at long tables of festive feasts or under the tree opening presents, is a stark contrast to the reality of many of us. For many people the holidays are the most difficult time of the year, and it is not uncommon to feel isolated or lonely during the...
 Christmas can be a time for spending time with family and friends, giving gifts, and indulging in the festive spirit. However, Christmas is not a joyous or happy occasion for everyone and for some people it can be one of the most difficult times of the year. At LETSS, we get it and we want to remind our callers that we will be here all throug...
It can be fun buying gifts for the people we care about at Christmas time, but this can be challenging when you have little or no money to spend. There are many ways that we can give thoughtful gifts on a limited budget, and here are five ideas on how you can give great gifts without spending too much money. 1)Organise a friends and family night. G...
This year's theme is about appropriate male role models for men and boys and changing what it means to be a "real man". Men face a unique challenge with their mental health – the perceived expectations that they be "real men" and conform to traditional masculine norms, being tough, not showing emotion, being a bread winner etc.Men who internalise s...
Supporting your Loved OnesBeing a carer for someone who is on their mental health recovery journey, can be a rewarding yet challenging experience. Below you will find some information on some common misconceptions about depression and some tips on how you can best provide support. For you as a carer For your loved one Tips on how to support You may...
At LETSS, we understand that going through family or relationship difficulties, is tough. However, you do not have to go through this alone! There are a number of brilliant resources out there to help from the comfort of your own home whether you would prefer to chat to a counsellor, get peer support, or use a self-help app! For more information ch...
   

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