Stress management techniques can make all the difference

Stress management techniques can make all the difference

With the Bureau of Statistics revealing 75% of Australians experience stress related health effects, it is clear that stress has become a part of the modern human experience. Of those polled 51% said they were not seeking help to address their stress and the most common coping mechanism for stress according to 86% of Australians was watching TV. With stress having substantial adverse physical and mental health affects, such as increase in hypertension, heart disease, anxiety and depression creating healthy stress management techniques can make all the difference.  

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How Traditional Chinese Medicine can support your mental health

How Traditional Chinese Medicine can support your mental health

It is estimated that one in five Australians – roughly five million people – have suffered from mental health issues over the past year. Mental illnesses are far more than feeling sad or stressed, as they can have debilitating effects on our cognition and emotional balance, but conventional medications often have distressing side effects. These factors have lead to the popularity of holistic therapies such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), but are they effective?

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Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and mental health

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and mental health

A common view of depression and anxiety is that they are purely biological, caused by a chemical imbalance. However, psychological trauma can play a key role in their development. Often, we must help patients heal trauma, so they can heal from depression. One intervention proving to be very effective in these situations is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

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How chronic illness effects mental health

How chronic illness effects mental health

Being under the load of a chronic health issue is emotionally and psychologically stressful in the extreme. It creates a lot of uncertainty and fear about how we will cope. Our brains have been designed over millions of years to identify and ward off threats, but it really struggles to identify between external threats to our well being and those that come from within (worry). This deep concern about the impacts of a chronic health issue is an internal threat that needs to be managed a different way, not with the fight, flight or freeze response. The body and mind are stressed enough. It doesn’t need our defence system switching on to fight an invisible foe.

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