Tag Archives: staying well

6 tips to reduce school anxiety


Mr 6 is off to start a new year of school tomorrow.  There is a myriad of articles and blog posts to help parents reduce anxiety for their kids starting school.  However there doesn’t seem to a whole lot of tips for the parents.

It’s a pretty big deal when our babies head off to big school.  I thought with Mr 6 having been at daycare that I wouldn’t be emotional about him starting school.  How wrong I was. read more

Life Insurance and Mental Health

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*The following post is brought to you by Life Insurance Comparison.*

Many people fear that having a mental health condition will mean that they are automatically turned down for life insurance cover. Unlike health insurance, life insurance is not community rated. This means that insurers can charge different premiums according to factors. These factors include medical history, age, gender and lifestyle. How can this relate to mental health conditions, in particular? read more

5 ways to boost your mental health

boosting mental health mindfullness

How to build a happier and healthier thought process with mindfulness.

According to Beyond Blue, it’s estimated that 45% of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. From depression to anxiety, to feelings of worthlessness, self-harm and suicide; chances are you or someone close to you has been affected by mental health at one stage. read more

I’ve already got plans

*The following post discusses self harm.  If you are feeling unsafe please let someone know.  If you are in immediate danger please go to your nearest Emergency Department.*

Over the last 13 years I have struggled on and off with thoughts of self harm of varying degrees.  These thoughts have ranged from fleeting images to seemingly relentless onslaughts.  For a lot of years I separated those thoughts from my body, choosing to see them as an entity I was too weak to resist. read more

Mindfulness: More than meditation


When I was first told about mindfulness I thought it was kind of wanky.  I also have the attention span of a small child so I spent most of the time trying to focus and getting frustrated that I was thinking about everything but what I *should* have been.  That was my first mistake.I don’t know if my aversion to mindfulness was a result of it being explained poorly, my aversion to anything that relied on attempting to wrangle my mind or a mixture of both, but I did know that I was hesitant to give it more than a half arsed go.  I felt uncomfortable closing my eyes in a session, and my need to doing something perfect meant that I constantly felt that I was failing.  I thought that the quiet, breath orientated meditation was the only way to practice mindfulness.  That was my second mistake. read more