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How to beat the negativity bias

How to beat the negativity bias

The human mind is a negativity magnet.  It’s not a personal character flaw, it's an evolutionary drive to survive.  For survival you need to be on the look out for danger so your mind constantly scans for what could go wrong.  This negativity bias stems back to when...

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The art of letting go

The art of letting go

One of the most tricky things to learn is letting go. Letting go is a practice I find I have to continually come back to when I feel tense and locked into a fixed outcome.  Society conditions us to be attached to outcomes.  We are taught to tough it out, make things...

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Better relationships using the power of presence

Better relationships using the power of presence

One of the most effective ways to deepen and strength your relationships is through the power of your presence. I am not talking about simply being there in the physical sense, but actually being present.  Undistracted –  completely in the present.  Your sole purpose in that moment is to be with someone fully – to encourage them to be fully seen and heard.  This is a powerful practice of giving and receiving attention and fuelling better connection.  It is the very foundation of warmth and connection between human beings. 

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3 simple ways to manage lock down fatigue

3 simple ways to manage lock down fatigue

Fellow Melbournians, we are collectively fatigued.  I hear it day in and day out in my counselling and coaching practice.  I feel it in my body and mind.  I admire Melbournians immensely as I listen to our attempts to get on with it, re-frame, call on our resilience and empathise with others in the same boat.  Amidst that, many of us have friends and family in other states that are posting in social media feeds all the things we would love to take for granted again. 

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How to make compassion your superpower

How to make compassion your superpower

In seeking to understand my own struggles, and those of my clients, I often recognise suffering in others. I feel a great deal of compassion for that pain and, in the past, I have sought to alleviate the discomfort in ways that may have fostered an avoidance of...

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What to do when you are stuck

What to do when you are stuck

No one likes being stuck. We do anything to avoid it.  We shop, eat, drink, scroll social media, watch YouTube clips, sleep with people we shouldn't, exercise too much, overwork ourselves.  The list goes on.  Take a moment to reflect and you'll soon recognise what you...

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4 empowering questions to transform lock down 2.0

4 empowering questions to transform lock down 2.0

I don’t know of anyone who is delighted by the second lock down.  Perhaps they are out there but most of us are heartily sick of being restricted.  My heart sank when I heard the news. I briefly regressed to my childhood self and there was swearing and foot stomping. ...

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Coping with uncertainty: 3 essential practices

Coping with uncertainty: 3 essential practices

Uncertainty can really throw us.  We like to know what is coming so that we can be confident we can deal with it. Learning the art of coping with uncertainty is a valuable life skill.  If you can manage your thoughts and emotions when things are uncertain you will be...

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Top 5 mind hacks for better sleep

Top 5 mind hacks for better sleep

Many of us know the basics of sleep hygiene.  We know it helps to have a winding down sleep routine - no stimulating activities like deep conversations or intense screen time before bed.  We might have managed our sleeping environment so it is conducive to sleep.  The...

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4 Steps to managing strong emotions

4 Steps to managing strong emotions

One of the most important skills we can learn is self soothing when under stress or in the midst of conflict.  Our fight or flight system works perfectly to keep us safe from actual danger and threats but it is also given to sending us false alarms.  Consider what...

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The secret to managing negative emotions

The secret to managing negative emotions

What I notice in my counselling work is, some of us seem to have developed a misconception we shouldn't acknowledge negative feelings.  But negative feelings don't simply go away because we don't want them to be there.  What reduces our ability to move forward is...

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How to rise above suffering

How to rise above suffering

In seeking to understand my own sense of "broken-ness" I can often recognize that same suffering in others. I feel a great deal of compassion for that pain and, in the past, I have sought to alleviate the discomfort of others (and my own) in ways that have fostered an...

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How your mind is like a puppy

How your mind is like a puppy

Meet Charlie.  Charlie is our 8 month old feisty, little West highland Terrier.  He was built to be active and cannot contain himself when he's allowed to go for a walk.  He pulls and strains on that lead, zig zagging around, sniffing at things, crossing this way and...

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How to move from stress to empowerment

How to move from stress to empowerment

Not all stress is bad.  What??!!!, I hear you say - no way.  It's common knowledge that stress has lots of negative impacts on both physical and mental health.  But wait... Studies have found that the way we perceive stress determines the impact on our health.  Seeing...

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How to get more space for you

How to get more space for you

Life will always be busy.  There is no end to our inbox!  And, no one is going to give you permission to stop.  The only person who can do that is you, but first of all we need to shift perspective.  We can sometimes feel like we are the centre of the universe and it...

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How to be more courageous

How to be more courageous

We tend to think of courage as some grand emotion that we need before we can make a start on something...or end something. But what is more courageous on a far greater scale, is something else. It is the most profound courage of all.  It is the courage borne from...

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Hold on or let go?

Hold on or let go?

A funny thing happened as I fought with myself, tensing in such an awkward position. There I was breathing deeply, left leg outstretched behind me, right foot curled uncomfortably underneath my hip, upper body folded to the floor. Pain shot along the length of a...

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6 steps to addressing inner conflict

6 steps to addressing inner conflict

6 steps to addressing inner conflict Often when we say "I don't know what I want," it is actually untrue.  Often we know in our heart what we want but are too fearful to admit it because of the potential consequences. We get stuck while our mind goes over several...

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