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Moving into meditation

moving into meditation

By Dominique MulhaneYou have probably heard of mindfulness. You may have even done some mindfulness techniques with your psychologist. An increasing amount of research has shown the value of meditation techniques and the way it activates areas of the brain associated with self-regulation, focused problem-solving, attention, and internal awareness. It has also been shown to increase motor control and performance.Sometimes,...

Helping men help themselves

helping men help themselves

By Francesco Poci June 12, 2020With Men’s Health Week coming up (July 15-21), I’ve been thinking about some of the widely-held misperceptions about the average male’s attitude to health, and how they might be addressed.There is no doubt that in many countries, including Australia, men have poorer overall health outcomes and shorter life expectancy than women. In this country, for...

Adjusting to the new, new normal

By Natalie-Mai Holmes,

adjusting to the new, new normal

Remember how we used to work in offices, factories, retail stores - all the normal places where we performed our duties in the interests of commerce and industry? Then came the New Normal: social isolation and, if we were lucky enough to keep our jobs, working from home. Now comes the New, New Normal, just when we had adjusted to...

The psychology of absences

the psychology of absences

A couple of months ago, one of my classmates in a U3A course on iPhone photography submitted a shot she had taken as part of a class assignment. It was a brilliant image. The photographer, Sari Best, had captured a typical Melbourne weekend ritual: a group men having breakfast with a side order of animated conversation. They were wearing Lycra,...

On (suddenly) being an online psychologist

Edited by Jill Wright,

on (suddenly) being an online psychologist

In early March, as it became increasingly obvious that COVID-19 was going to make face-to-face contact between our clients and our staff problematic, Psychology Melbourne began an increasingly urgent process of change.It was going to be a dramatic shift. We would have to be prepared to move our booking and reception staff and psychologists out of the world of physical...

Resilience and coronavirus

resilience and coronavirus

This post is by Dominique Mulhane.It’s understandable that people are uncertain and anxious about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Our health and in many cases our livelihood are at risk, and so many of the things that we have taken for granted in the past - the structure and routines of our lives - have been snatched away.We may no longer...

Anxiety, Coronavirus and solutions

Edited by Jill Wright,

anxiety, coronavirus and solutions

Increasing fears about the spread of Coronavirus (or COVID-19 as it's now designated), can have a dual effect.  As I discovered this morning, when I went to the local pharmacy to pick up a prescription, in some cases it causes significant anxiety that manifests in different ways. One effect was evident from a casual inspection of the pharmacy shelves: hand...

Reach for help after a season of trauma

By Natalie-Mai Holmes,

reach for help after a season of trauma

As Australia counts the toll from the bushfires that have seared so much of the country this summer, one insidious consequence is likely to evade our attention. The loss of life, destruction of houses, schools, farm buildings, entire streets of shops and business premises are starkly obvious, but those cultural and economic losses are only one part of the story.Most...

Bushfires and mental health

Edited by Jill Wright,

bushfires and mental health

Having lived for many years with a young family in isolated bushland on the NSW South Coast near Cobargo, and with members of my family still living around Bermagui and Eden, even now at a distance from the events I've been deeply affected by the ongoing bushfire emergency. Several friends and acquaintances have lost their homes in this most recent...

Overwhelmed? Here's some coping strategies

overwhelmed? here's some coping strategies

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