How do you know if the way you worry about your health is a problem? It is good to be conscious of your health and wellbeing. But it is almost impossible not to be aware of messages about growing public health concerns. A little bit of worry might encourage you get checked out, or make healthier life choices. And we’ve all spent a little bit of time down the Dr Google rabbit hole. However, some people find that they worry so much about their health, it becomes overwhelming and disruptive to their lives. This may be health anxiety, a common reason people might come to see a psychologist.Read More
Connect to Thrive this Psychology Week, 11-17 November 2018. Connection is the antidote to loneliness, which is becoming a significant health concern due to its impacts on physical health, mental health, and life expectancy. Learn more about loneliness and what we can do about it. And in the spirit of connecting, please share! This is not a problem to keep to yourself.Read More
Know that it is OK not to feel OK. Know that it is OK to get help even if you feel what you are dealing with isn’t “bad enough.”
We all feel not OK sometimes, and when we do, those feelings can begin to impact our work, our study, and our relationships (including the one with ourselves!). It is important to seek help, even if you believe your problems aren’t weighty enough. There isn’t a magical threshold you have to meet before you can start therapy. If you are having a hard time and you are struggling to be the you you’d like to be, reach out, be vulnerable and find someone who can help.Read More
The path to greater global harmony starts with achieving more harmony on an individual level; and the simplest form of this is friendship. Nathalie Crawford explains some simple ways to make the most of your friendships for this year’s International Day of Friendship, celebrated on July 30.Read More
For one of our feature interviews with a Birch psychologist, our wonderful admin support, Megan, shares her curiosity about areas of mental health and psychology.
For this World Cancer Day on Sunday February 4, Megan asks Kate Willcox some of the things she has been wondering about cancer and its emotional impact...Read More
At Christmas we often push ourselves to our absolute limit. How are you being kind to yourself this Christmas? Adding the word ‘self’ to compassion does not make it an entirely new concept! You already know how.Read More
It’s Psychology Week in Australia from 6-12 November, and for this week we are focusing on creating Ways to Thrive.
Seligman’s PERMA model breaks wellbeing down into five key areas that, with a little love and attention, can improve your health, happiness and satisfaction with life.Read More
Mental health and wellbeing are incredibly important parts of recovery from physical illness. But navigating the medical system can be fraught with difficulties. If you have experienced chronic or serious illness, then managing your healthcare can feel like a full time job. And what it feels like to be a part of this system, as a patient, is often overlooked.Read More
Poor sleep can be a symptom of many of the most common mental health disorders. Being stressed, too busy, or not taking good enough care of ourselves can all influence the quality of sleep we’re getting. As life gets busier for most people, maintaining good sleep habits becomes more important.Read More
There are great benefits to having a pet in your family. For some time, the health benefits of animals have been promoted for reducing stress and increasing social and physical activity. But more and more research backs up what those of us with dogs already know - that our dogs can understand us, know how to cheer us up, and give us unconditional love.
The moment that you learn of your own, or a loved one’s, cancer diagnosis is life-changing. The physical challenges of many cancer treatments are immense, however it is the psychological impact that is often less understood, or recognised by others.Read More
There are many events in life that can be experienced as traumatic. These don’t have to be what we might typically think of – such as war, an accident or natural disaster. Sometimes it is a threat to your health, sense of safety, sense of identity, or your understanding of how the world works, that can lead to what we describe as a trauma response.Read More