Psychology

Why we snap at people when we get “hangry”

Eat well and on time to avoid hanger turning you into a grump, say researchers.

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New research shows small lifestyle changes are linked to differences in teen mental health over time

Judging by recent headlines and policy ideas, you might think screen time is the only lifestyle behaviour influencing teen wellbeing.

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Psychologist explains the calming effects of gardening

Gardening can help reduce your stress levels.

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What is ‘breathwork’? And do I need to do it?

From “breathwork recipes” to breathing techniques, many social media and health websites are recommending breathwork to reduce stress.

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Reinvigorate your life: Simple steps to start fresh and find fulfilment

Simple ways to start again and rebuild your life – the way you want it to be.

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Not quite an introvert or an extrovert? Maybe you’re an ambivert

Our personalities are generally thought to consist of five primary factors: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism, with each of us ranking low to high for each.

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Here’s why you may not be getting the benefits you expected from mindfulness

You’ve probably seen the word mindfulness everywhere these days, from the news, to magazines, to social media.

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Why we self-sabotage and how to prevent it

Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. Human behaviour expert Joe Pane delves into the psychological intricacies of self-sabotage and outlines strategies to overcome these patterns.

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Why ‘worry time’ is important for better mental health

Why scheduling ‘worry time’ could be the ultimate stress-buster.

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Stuck in a rut? Top tips to transform your life and rediscover your best self

Try these top tips to get to where you want to be.

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Mediterranean diet can ease symptoms of stress and anxiety, study finds

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet on your health – it’s already recommended to reduce the risks of bowel cancer, heart disease and dementia.

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6 ways to feel better instantly

Life can be frantic, but these simple take-outs will have you feeling great without too much effort. Try them to increase your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

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Lost for words? Art therapy brings benefits for mental health

Creating art for healing purposes dates back tens of thousands of years, to the practices of First Nations people around the world. Art therapy uses creative processes, primarily visual art such as painting, drawing or sculpture, with a view to improving physical health and emotional wellbeing.

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Childhood maltreatment linked to 40% of mental health conditions, study shows

Childhood abuse and neglect cause nearly half of common mental health conditions, a study finds.

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Have smartphones created an ‘anxious generation’? Jonathan Haidt sounds the alarm

The social psychologist Jonathan Haidt’s new book The Anxious Generation delivers an urgent call for action.

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What’s the difference between ADD and ADHD?

Around one in 20 people has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It’s one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in childhood and often continues into adulthood.

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4 ways to reduce anxiety in uncertain times

Human behaviour expert Joe Pane shares four effective strategies to reduce anxiety and navigate uncertainty with confidence.

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Research-backed reasons why gratitude is good for your health

Research shows there are genuine health benefits to being grateful. Here’s how to put it into practice.

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How to switch your mindset from negative to positive

Motivational speaker and author Adam Blum reveals how he overcame his negative mindset and embraced positivity.

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Sydney knife attacks: Strategies for coping when tragedy strikes

It’s a sombre and scary time for Sydney.

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Sydney stabbing: How to talk to children about traumatic events

How do we talk with our children about the recent traumatic events affecting the world when we battle to comprehend the horror ourselves?

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What is ‘Perma’? The five-step wellness approach that really works – and the psychology behind it

The wellness movement appears to have the answers that our burnt-out minds need. However, psychological research and practice suggests that a superficial focus on candles, juice cleanses, and a “good vibes only” approach to life is unlikely to create meaningful changes to your wellbeing.

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How to look after your mental health while packing up Mum or Dad’s home

So Mum or Dad has died, or moved to aged care, and now you’ve got to pack up their house. It’s a huge job and you’re dreading it.

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How can I stop overthinking everything? A clinical psychologist offers solutions

Are patterns of rumination or overthinking affecting your life?

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