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Everyday Mindfulness

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...
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Men's Health Week

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...
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What about... you?

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 ...
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Reintegrating into the world after isolation

 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...
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Strategies for Maintaining Mental Health During Isolation

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 ...
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Studying From Home

 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...
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Parenting Through Isolation – 7 Tips for When You're Struggling Too

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...
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Progressive Muscle Relaxation Techniques

 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...
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5 Helpful Strategies for Anxiety

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...
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Train Track Metaphor for Managing Anxiety/Coping with Panic Attacks

 Managing Anxiety/Coping with Panic Attacks using the Identify, Monitor, and Intervene Tool   Download PDF File Here
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Dealing with Performance Anxiety

 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...
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The Court Case

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 ...
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ACT teaches people to embrace all of life’s experiences – the good and the bad – in order to live a rich and meaningful life

 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...
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Sensory Boxes

 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...
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What Does 'Australia Day' Mean For You?

Photo by Alessia Francischiello on Unsplash
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...
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Signs of Domestic Violence

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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Values Card

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 
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Gratitude Jar

​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 
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5 New Year's Resolutions to Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

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
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Christmas Day Community Meals

LETSS Christmas
  Download PDF File Here ​ADELAIDE Christmas Day Community Meals 
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