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Let's Talk Team Updates
Spring is in the air and possibly in your step as the weather warms up and we start to emerge from the hibernation period that so often accompanies winter.
Spring brings with it the possibility for change and for new beginnings. Let’s Talk Psychology Practice has experienced some exciting new changes over the past month. Our team of psychologists has grown and we have warmly welcomed Kristina LeMarne and Georgina Farrell to the Let’s Talk Team. Kristina brings with her an expertise and passion for working with adolescents and young adults and Georgina is experienced in adult mental health and lifestyle concerns.
Our NEW baby massage group, The First Touch Program, is proving to be hugely successful. Given the demand for the program, groups will run continuously throughout the year. Participants have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with their babies in which they can grow their reflective and mindfulness skills, learn about the ways in which their baby communicates with them, and learn a unique sequence of massage strokes. All of this supports the relationship between caregiver and baby! Read more about The First Touch Program under 'Group Therapies' by following the 'Services' tab.
Self Compassion and New Beginnings by Kristina LeMarne (Psychologist/Clinical Psychologist Registrar)
Everyone struggles with the way they feel sometimes. It can be immensely difficult to sit with discomfort and distress, particularly in the form of extreme anxiety or extreme sadness, regardless of whether those feelings fit the situation or are the product of unhelpful thinking.
However, the more we reject our feelings, and the more we beat ourselves up for feeling the way we feel (which people often do!), the more pain we often feel. For example, feeling anxious, upset or angry about feeling anxious or upset or angry often results in more suffering as compared to non-judgmentally acknowledging the feeling of anger, upset, or worry.
The image of a beach ball comes to mind. The more you try to force a beachball underwater, the harder it pops back up. In the same way, the more we reject and force away our feelings, the harder they are to cope with.
As we come into spring, the season of ‘new beginnings’, it might be worth sitting and reflecting on how you feel about different feelings. Do you have self-compassion and validate your personal experience for being what it is? Or do you criticise yourself and ‘judge’ the way you feel? Perhaps spring can be a time of new beginnings where you practice self-compassion and acceptance of feelings!
Managing The HSC: Tips For Students By Lauren Winney (Psychologist/ Clinical Psychologist Registrar)
The HSC is undoubtedly a stressful time for most year 12’s out there. It can be difficult to keep it all in perspective and take care of yourself amidst all the deadlines and pressure. For some people, it can feel overwhelming and anxiety provoking… For others, it can be hard to stay motivated, and procrastination can take over. Here are some general tips to help you manage the academic demands of the HSC as well as maintaining your own wellbeing:
- Break tasks down into smaller chunks for your study sessions. If we break tasks down into smaller chunks, they seem more achievable. As a result, we feel less overwhelmed and are often more productive. Before you sit down to study, work out what tasks need to be prioritised. Then break down each task into sections/goals. For example, rather than setting a goal of ‘study for English’, break this down into 3 smaller goals such as ‘find 10 quotes’, ‘identify techniques in the quotes’, and ‘memorize and re-write quotes’.
- Consistently reward yourself along the way. Rewarding yourself after each study session will help increase your motivation to continue studying later on. There is a physiological response that occurs in your brain when you are rewarded for something – this reaction not only makes you feel good, but also increases the likelihood you will do that same thing again. So make sure you reward yourself with something pleasurable, relaxing or exciting after each study session – e.g. treating yourself to your favourite food, having a relaxing bath or massage, seeing friends, watching a favourite TV show, or playing with a pet.
- Keep a balance between study and other activities. This can be easier said than done, but it is worth it for your psychological and physical wellbeing! Even if the majority of your time is spent studying, it is important to schedule in other activities such as socialising, exercising, and doing other activities you enjoy. This will help you to de-stress, and give your brain the breaks it needs to recharge.
- Ask for help if you are struggling. Whether you are having trouble studying, or just feeling overwhelmed by it all, it is important to reach out and ask for help when you need it. We all need the support of others at different times in our lives, and the HSC might be one of those times for you. Talk to a trusted friend, family member, teacher, or health professional about your concerns.
2nd October - International Day of Non-Violence 2017
10th October - World Mental Health Day and National Mental Health Week 2017
12-18th November - Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week 2017