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Breaking Barriers: Destigmatising Mental Health Conversations By Susan George

Despite its undeniable importance, discussing mental health often invokes discomfort and apprehension in our society. Why is it that something so fundamental to our existence remains shrouded in stigma and misunderstanding? Conversations surrounding emotional well-being are frequently dismissed or avoided, perpetuating a culture of silence, shame and misunderstanding. These barriers not only impede open dialogue but also deter individuals...

Parenting with Patience: Overcoming the Urge to Yell and Building Healthy Communication By Susan George

Parenting is undoubtedly one of life's most rewarding experiences, but it also presents unique challenges that can test even the most composed individuals. From managing toddler tantrums to navigating the complexities of adolescent rebellion, there are numerous situations that can push parents to their limits, making it tempting to resort to yelling or harsh language. Yelling is a subject...

Unpacking the Link Between Neurodiversity and Executive Functioning By Susan George

What is Neurodiversity?   Neurodiversity refers to variation in how people think, process information, and interact with the world around them. First coined in the late 1990s by sociologist Judy Singer, the term recognises that conditions like autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and more are simply natural differences in neurocognitive functioning. Neurodiversity encompasses the idea that differences in brain functioning are normal and should...

Do You Find The Holiday Season Stressful? Or Perhaps Are Feeling Lonely? By Susan George

Introduction In the midst of the festive season, where joy and togetherness are celebrated, trees adorned with twinkling lights, windows decorated with Christmas ornaments, classic films airing on every channel, and carols echoing through the streets—all these holiday symbols have the power to evoke the most wonderful emotions. However, they can also feel oppressive when we’re finding it difficult to...

Understanding Insomnia and Its Treatment – Why Can’t I Sleep? By Susan George

Night-time sleep disturbances manifest in various ways, with individuals experiencing trouble sleeping in distinct forms. Some struggle with the challenge of initially falling asleep, while others find themselves awakened during the night and unable to return to slumber. Still, there are those who face the issue of frequent awakenings throughout the night. Insomnia, is a persistent challenge involving difficulty falling...

How Do Senior Adults Cope with Loneliness? By Susan George

In a world where unprecedented connectivity allows plans to be made, rearranged, or cancelled within minutes through texting alone, and the ability to converse with loved ones even continents away, occurs simply via “WhatsApp or Messenger”, the irony remains that a significant prevalence of social isolation and loneliness persists among elderly Australians over 65yrs. Is Being Alone the Same as...

How Do Peer Relationships Influence Teenagers During High School? By Susan George

Being a teen in high school, friendships and your mates are seriously important. High school isn't just about classes and textbooks – it's like this buzzing universe of chatting, chilling with your mates, and building those friendships. The connections you build right now can totally mould who you are, sway the decisions you make, and give you that awesome...

How do couples remain together even after infidelity? Rebuilding trust after cheating. By Susan George

Picture this: You find out your partner has been unfaithful, and your world feels like it's crashing down. The pain, anger, and betrayal can be overwhelming, leaving you questioning everything you thought you knew about your relationship. Infidelity is emotionally devastating, with serious negative consequences for both parties involved. It also raises many questions. Should you stay? Will things...

How Do I Know That I Have Social Anxiety Or Am I Just Shy? By Susan George

Do you find yourself anxious about being judged by others? Are you frequently self-conscious in typical social scenarios? Does the thought of meeting new people make you fearful or uneasy? If these emotions have persisted for a minimum of 6 months and are interfering with your ability to perform everyday activities, like engaging with colleagues or classmates, you might...

Discover How Mindfulness Skills Can Transform Your Sleep Quality By Susan George

Are you struggling with falling asleep or staying asleep? Do you find that your mind is constantly racing, making it nearly impossible to get a good night's rest? You are not alone. Research shows that inadequate sleep is a common issue for four out of every ten Australians.  Sleep is incredibly important for our physical and mental health. Yet, sometimes...