Being active outside is invigorating! Research has found exercising outdoors improves mood, reduces fatigue, reduces stress and helps us exercise harder and for longer. We encourage you to read this blog by guest author Lee Scotland, and then get out there and feel the sun on your skin, the wind in your hair and enjoy nature, the natural mood booster!Read more
Matt is an immigrant, a proud member of the LGBTQI+ community, and a freshy fledged Australian citizen. In this very personal and incredibly powerful blog, Matt shares his thoughts and reflections on mental health, discrimination and bullying in Australia and abroad. It's a must read.Read more17 June 2021
Have you ever found yourself physically stuck? Frozen? Too lethargic to move, too exhausted to get up off that chair? Or perhaps you’ve found you cannot sit for even a minute, even if you wanted to? Agitated? Body too tense, brain too “wired”? Too stressed or overwhelmed to even think straight. These are common side effects of our 21st Century lifestyle, and it is making us more stressed and sicker as a worldwide community. Read more...Read more16 June 2021
Psychotherapy is not ‘just talking to someone’; psychologists are health professionals. Far from the stereotypical images of lounging on Freud’s couch spilling every and any deep secrets that may come to mind, psychologist sessions generally look quite different now. Consider it structured, evidence-based brain (re-)training. As the saying goes, neurons that fire together, wire together, and our brains learn behavioural patterns over time. Read more....Read more14 June 2021
Many of us know we can feel slow, sluggish and perhaps a bit moody when we are regularly eating unhealthy foods, and we can feel more alert and energetic when we eat well. However, is that just speculation or is it backed by science?Read more13 June 2021
It sounds a bit like the sequel to Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”. Perhaps those French robots were onto something!
There is something to it though. It’s no coincidence that the people you see that are strong and fit, are often the same ones with a content smile on their face (except perhaps during a gruelling event). Exercise has long-been associated with good mental health (1). In fact, people who exercise have over 40% less ‘poor mental health’ days than those that don’t exercise at all (2).
Group fitness classes can be incredibly important for a person’s mental health and wellbeing. Research shows us that people who engage in group fitness classes experience decreased perception of stress levels and improved physical, mental and emotional quality of life. One study suggests that participants in group exercise are 70% more likely to adhere long term to their exercise regime...Read more3 June 2021
For centuries, it has been suggested by some of the greatest thinkers that happiness is found in giving to others. Discover how giving to others, whether it be by volunteering or supporting a good cause, can improve your mental health and quality of life.Read more21 May 2021
Who could have ever predicted 18 months ago there would be times where we would have to physically isolate ourselves from others?
I work in mental health promotion and I spend a lot of my time educating others about the importance of being socially connected.
So, you’ve registered for The Push Up Challenge 2020. Your t-shirt has arrived, you’re pumped about being involved and you’re preparing to take on the challenge of 3,046 push-ups in 21 days all in the name of mental health awareness...Read more2 March 2020