Tips for Learning How to Relax

Tips for Learning How to Relax

While we all know that it is important to include time for relaxation in our busy lives – it’s not always easy to work out HOW!

Luckily, psychologist Tegan Gonczar from M1 Psychology in Loganholme offers plenty of tips in this helpful article “How to Relax” – so you can make relaxation something that you practice, and benefit from, everyday.

Spirituality and Mindfulness

Spirituality and Mindfulness

Sometimes people are fearful of mindfulness practices, wondering just what they are letting themselves in for.

Common questions include:

  • Do I have to be a Buddhist to practice mindfulness?
  • I’m not interested in spirituality, can mindfulness work for me?
  • I’m a Christian, I don’t want to get sucked into the whole eastern religions thing!

The fact is, modern research proves there are overwhelming benefits for body, soul and mind when the principles and practices of mindfulness are embraced. Don’t let fear cause you to miss out!

Clinical Psychologist Dr Alistair Campbell is just one of our therapists, passionate about mindfulness. In his article, “Separating Spirituality and Mindfulness“, he explores this fascinating subject in quite some depth, and whether it is possible to separate spirituality and mindfulness.

Mindful Forgiveness

Mindful Forgiveness

Forgiveness often happens mindlessly in most relationships.

Being late home, not doing the laundry, getting drunk, making fools of themselves at parties – are all mindlessly forgiven. No effort involved normally, just give it a week or two and hey presto forgiven; probably not forgotten though.

Sometimes however there is such a major breach of trust that it is not so easily forgiven.

All of a sudden, forgiveness is being thought about. It changes from mindless forgiveness to more mindful, hard-work, forgiveness.

Mindful forgiveness is something we are not as experienced in, and leads us to ask questions like: “How do I forgive?” and “How do I move on?”.

Here are some thoughts to help you as you ponder the whole concept of forgiveness:

  1. What does forgiveness mean to me?
  2. Who am I forgiving and why?
  3. If I forgive what benefit will there be? What are the detrimental aspects of forgiving?
  4. Have I ever been forgiven? What was that like?
  5. What rule has been broken this time that is so unacceptable to me?

Clinical Psychologist Dr David Wells has written an excellent article about Mindful Forgiveness. Why not take a few moments to read through it now?

The Link Between Diet, Happiness and Serotonin

Sometimes we are in a good mood without even knowing why.

This phenomenon could be linked to an increased Serotonin level in our brains.

Serotonin is most commonly known as the neurotransmitter associated with feelings of contentment and happiness, and has been long associated with mental health.
Brisbane mental health dietitian and nutritionist Ashleigh Hamilton is happy to assist you with increasing your serotonin levels and thus happiness through diet.
Click here to find out more or free call our Mount Gravatt office: 1800 877 924.

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Yoga and Mindfulness

Yoga and Mindfulness

So many of us live our day-to-day lives always looking to what the next moment will bring, or getting caught up in events that have passed.

Our mind runs at a hundred kilometres per minute, and at the end of the day when (if!) we finally check in with ourselves in the present moment, we find ourselves both mentally and physically exhausted.

Our psychological stress affects our physical energy (and vice versa) because our mind and body are part of the same system. They are not separate entities. Because the mind and body are inextricably linked, it creates a two-way street, and activities such as Yoga and Mindfulness utilise this connection to support our wellbeing.