Category Archives: news

Mental Health
Share

There are 12.6 million women in Australia, and they all go through life changes and experiences that are exclusive to women and have an impact on their mental health and wellness. When addressing the mental health and wellbeing of women and girls, we must take into account the effects of those aspects that are particular […]

Discipline
Share

Setting goals provides an opportunity to align our focus, foster new behaviours and establish a strategy for success. Through accomplishing these goals, we are rewarded with personal growth, increased happiness and fulfilment. Whilst we all have different goals and aspirations, it is completely normal to experience bouts of low motivation which can get in the […]

Tips for Dealing with a Narcissistic Person
Share

Causes of Narcissistic Personality Disorder – Part 2 Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a complicated mental health disorder that is characterised by a need for excessive admiration, severe self-involvement, and a lack of empathy. (If you haven’t already, read part 1 here in order to determine what NPD is and what the signs of this […]

Causes of Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Share

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a complicated mental health disorder that is characterised by a need for excessive admiration, severe self-involvement, and a lack of empathy. (If you haven’t already, read part 1 here in order to determine what NPD is and what the signs of this personality include.) Although the specific aetiology of NPD […]

Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Share

Know someone who considers themselves superior to others but snaps at the slightest criticism? Narcissism (also known as narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is characterised as a pattern of self-centered, haughty thinking and acting, a lack of empathy and respect for other people, and an obsessive need for admiration. Others often characterise someone with NPD as […]

Medicare safety net
Share

At Positive Mind Works, we understand that the ongoing cost of health care can have a stressful impact on family members financially. Sadly, ‘cost’ has been identified as one of the top three barriers to accessing mental health support in Australia. For this reason, we want to share a little more about a scheme called […]

Self-Critical Thoughts
Share

From time to time, we all have negative thoughts about ourselves. Negative thoughts have a criticising tone and can make a person feel insecure and inadequate. Some people believe that thinking negatively about themselves can motivate them to work a little bit harder and accomplish their goals. However, the truth is that negative thoughts do […]

Healthy Productivity
Share

Do you ever feel as though you have a lot to do but not enough time to complete it? The term ‘productivity’ refers to your output within a certain amount of time. In essence, it means doing tasks/activities that are important instead of those which are not. However, being busy does not automatically equal productivity. […]

7 types of rest
Share

In today’s fast-paced world, most people would describe themselves as “exhausted”. No matter how many naps we take or changes we make to our sleep routine, we wake up feeling even more run down than before. You may be wondering why this is the case and the answer lies in the types of rest most […]

Feeling overwhelmed
Share

The truth is, feeling overwhelmed is something that happens to us all from time to time. We all experience anxious, or stressful situations occasionally, whether it be related to job, school, social commitments, or just life in general. When you’re experiencing these emotions, it’s crucial that you look after yourself and give yourself grace. We […]

Priortise yourself
Share

Whether we have spent the day working, studying or attending to other life responsibilities, it can be easy to forget to make time for ourselves. We will often place our mental wellbeing on the back burner whilst we navigate through a never-ending pile of tasks regardless of how stressed, anxious and burnt out it may […]

Travel Anxiety
Share

The pandemic has no doubt increased our worries in the majority of travel-related situations and for many, its no longer only fears of getting COVID. Even despite receiving vaccinations, a sizable portion of the travelling public still feel anxious about returning to the outside world. Even pre-pandemic, many people found that travel anxiety was brought […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder
Share

As the days are becoming shorter and the temperatures are dropping, some people may find themselves struggling with the ‘winter blues’. Whilst it is not uncommon to experience low motivation and decreased energy during the colder months, if it is persistent and impeding your ability to function across various areas of your life, it may […]

co-dependency
Share

While it is completely normal to want to care for and support a loved one, it is important that both people in the relationship are mutually capable of making their own decisions and communicating their emotions and needs. Co-dependency can occur when one person, known as the ‘giver’ constantly sacrifices their wants and needs for […]

Men's Mental Health
Share

Every year in the middle of June, the globe celebrates International Men’s Health Week. It’s a chance to emphasise the significance of men’s mental health and to promote and support the well-being and health of men and boys in our communities. Men’s Health Week focuses on men’s mental health and emotional well-being as well as […]

Leisure guilt
Share

We all have our own hobbies and leisure time activities. These could involve reading a book, walking around the block, binging Netflix, or spending quality time with family and friends. Most of us value leisure time as it provides us with an opportunity to unwind and recharge, whether this be from work, study or other […]

Sleep hygiene
Share

Sleep hygiene is a word that refers to the behaviours, rituals, and environmental elements that might help an individual sleep better. Sleep hygiene is a wide term that refers to the foods you consume (or avoid), your exercise routines, your night time ritual, and your sleep surroundings. Effective sleep hygiene often involves avoiding alcohol and […]

support-during-motherhood
Share

The transition into motherhood embodies some of the most monumental physical and psychological changes a woman will ever experience – hence the need for additional support during motherhood. Your body will change, you will likely need to sacrifice your time and social life, and you will need to learn to embrace patience and a new […]

too sensitive
Share

Do you often wonder if you are ‘too sensitive’? Are you constantly noticing subtle changes in your environment that others often miss? Do you find yourself becoming easily overwhelmed by physical stimuli such as noises, strong smells, bright lights or rough textures? Would you consider yourself to be an intuitive and empathetic person? If so, […]

Rejection
Share

Most people don’t handle rejection well – it hurts our ego and unsettles our sense of belonging. However, there are a few occasions in life where we may face rejection at times – no matter who we are. Whether it’s applying for the perfect job that you’ve always dreamt of or simply just asking a […]

Stress management
Share

Stress is an unpleasant but all-too-common occurrence that we can all relate to. Everyone experiences stress from time to time, whether it’s due to major life decisions, a hectic schedule, relationship issues, health worries, or a variety of other daily pressures and frustrations. Stress levels can also be influenced by events outside of our control, […]

Coping with Uncertainty
Share

While COVID-19 is slowly starting to abate and life seems to be edging back to pre-pandemic times, the world has once again been shaken. No doubt you, like many, feel heartbroken at the current disruption of life in the Ukraine. Or maybe you have been affected by the on-going flooding on the Eastern side of […]

Separation Anxiety in Children
Share

It is normal for young children to feel nervous when they can sense separation from their caregiver, after all it is in their instincts to attach to someone who can provide them warmth, proximity, care and protection. The purpose behind separation anxiety is to seek safety. Without these survival tactics, children will likely land themselves […]

Analysis Paralysis
Share

When making decisions – particularly important ones – it’s normal to take some time to think over your options. But, what if you can’t get the scales to balance when it comes to weighing your options? Instead, you spend so much time deliberating over your options that you end up making no decision at all. […]

Anxiety in Children
Share

We know first-hand how persuasive and determined anxiety can be. If your child is struggling with anxiety, take heart in knowing that it is possible to change the grip that it has on their life. With a little guidance, information and strategies, we can help your child build resilience.

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy
Share

Virtual reality exposure therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for a range of fears, ranging from public speaking, to spiders, to crowded spaces. Virtual reality exposure treatment (VRET) is a technology-based form of exposure therapy. Exposure therapy aims to help you reduce the severity of your stress reactions to circumstances, ideas, or […]

adolescent anxiety
Share

The rise in anxiety amongst adolescents is concerning, with 1 in 3 adolescents reporting some type of anxiety disorder during this developmental period. It is no doubt that the pandemic has contributed significantly to this surge, as teenagers have globally experienced a disruption in their education, forced isolation from their friends and activities they care […]

Mental Health After Self-Isolation
Share

It’s natural to experience conflicting feelings after self-isolation is over – here’s how to deal with them. After contracting COVID-19 or being a close contact, you’ve finally reached the end of your self-isolation period. You might be feeling relieved, ecstatic, and hopeful. However, we recognise that not everyone will feel the same way, and often there are […]

Mental Health in Self-Isolation
Share

If you have tested positive for COVID or are caring for someone who has, there are strategies to manage your mental health while self-isolating from home. While there are factsheets and guides available to help you manage your physical health as a result of COVID-19, what about your mental health and wellbeing? If you or […]

Anxiety around Contracting COVID-19
Share

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Australia and NZ continues to climb, fear, anxiety and dread about contracting or transmitting the virus is taking a toll on people’s emotions. While some anxiety is expected and even beneficial in that it reminds us to be cautious and take measures, it can be counterproductive if these […]

Nutrition and Mood
Share

Whilst mental illness derives from psychological or emotional components, nutrition can also help us improve our mental health. Our bodies, particularly our brains, are depleted of key nutrients required for normal brain chemistry and overall health as a result of our modern-day diets. By optimising our nutrition and addressing digestive issues, we can assist in […]

post-holiday anxiety
Share

The holidays are over, and the new year is here. Feeling motivated and excited to get back to work? Perhaps not! Most people find it difficult to return to work after taking some well-deserved leave, particularly when it comes to the holiday season. The satisfying feeling of not needing to set your alarm clock, being […]

Emotional Inventory
Share

Reviewing how you felt during the year will assist you in moving forward – view it like a report card for your mental wellbeing. Taking some time to reflect on the past – before we plan ahead for the future – is beneficial. No doubt you agree that those who do not learn from history, […]

The Circle of Security
Share

The Circle of Security Parenting Program is an early intervention program which offers an innovative approach to parenting for caregivers of children between four months and six years of age. Rather than focusing on techniques such as sticker charts or strict routines, the Circle of Security provides a roadmap which illustrates your child’s attachment needs. […]

Share

Seeking help can often feel overwhelming, especially knowing who to approach as there is a lot of overlap between various types of mental health professionals. While counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists all share the same underlying goal to work with you to address and overcome your difficulties, there are notable differences which are important to consider […]