This post also appears on the Student Health and Wellbeing Blog that I manage as part of my day job. I sit in the wellbeing and mental health space. This means I spend the bulk of my work time learning about how to enhance one’s wellbeing and mental health and then trying to teach what … Continue reading Balancing acceptance and change
This one goes out to psychologists and other mental health professionals who are actively trying to improve the lives of others. When you think about the people you help, is there an overarching model that you are following? I was trained, both clinically and as a researcher, to base my practice around robust (i.e. evidence-based) … Continue reading What is guiding you when you try to help people?
I’ve given quite a few presentations these last couple of weeks - all to university students (as part of my job). A consistent suggestion I’ve given in those presentations is to document one’s victories as a mild antidote against the common tendency to focus on one’s failings. So I thought I’d try and do that … Continue reading Note your victories
Life seems replete with examples of duality- night/day, life/death, hunger/satiety, husband/wife. Our perceptions also seem to mirror that - right/wrong, smart/stupid, success/failure, love/hate, courage/coward, leave/stay. It can be easy to get trapped by some of these dualities. For example, it can sometimes be conceptually easier to cling to one side of a duality (i.e. think … Continue reading Duality
Next week we release our mental health focused campaign at Flinders called The Good Vibes Experiment. I’ll post on it once it is all up and running. A central feature of the campaign is encouraging people to experiment with adding mental health promoting activities to their everyday life. In the process, we had to think … Continue reading Do we need to sell mental health?
This is a relatively brief update but an important one. Over the last few months I’ve noticed a clarity of purpose emerge in my work. It seems to have been facilitated by a very busy period of work, in which my mind has had to develop some efficiencies and connect projects together in order to … Continue reading Clarification about my goals
If you want to improve your physical health, part of what you do is engage in physical workouts. This might be weight training or running or playing sport or gardening or yoga. Basically something that tests and improves some domain of physical functioning: endurance, cardiovascular health, flexibility, strength, speed etc. Do it regularly and increase … Continue reading Mental Fitness Workouts
That was a busy week! Although admittedly, the bulk of the week was taken up with preparation for a small conference presentation I gave yesterday (Friday 30/1/21). I was speaking to physiotherapy educators, the ones who support and coach students through their clinical placements prior to graduation. The essence of the presentation was how to … Continue reading The benefits of thinking about mental health as a set of interrelated domains
I spoke this week to Dietetics students about to head out on their final year of work placements. The focus of the presentation was looking after themselves. It is common for someone like me (psychologist) or one of my Health, Counselling and Disability Service colleagues to speak to students heading out on placement, because of … Continue reading Stress versus Anxiety
This week just past was my first work week for 2021. I had a very productive week. Some of that can be attributed to the energy I had for getting back into it. I was a bit bored during the holidays and was keen to get back into my projects. But a decent chunk of … Continue reading Time blocking in my first week back at work