Building the Perfect Day

Hack your routine to make every hour count!  We start every day hoping it’ll be great, maybe even perfect. But then, after snoozing, commuting, sitting in meetings, and grabbing junk food, we realize that, once again, we haven’t exercised, engaged with family and friends, or knocked much of anything off our to-do list. Staying up […]

Building Confidence and Resilience in Children

Resilience is not predetermined trait that children are either born with or their not – resilience can be learnt and fine-tuned by acquiring the appropriate life skills. The good news is, parents can play an active role in helping to build resilience and confidence in their children through honing in on the four main skills […]

12 Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder

Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time—when speaking in public, for instance, or when going through financial difficulty. For some people, however, anxiety becomes so frequent, or so forceful, that it begins to take over their lives. How can you tell if your everyday anxiety has crossed the line into a disorder? It’s […]

Back to the Basics: De-Stressing Today’s Teen

Did you know that anxiety affects about 1 in 8 youth? According to the American Psychological Association’s 2010 Stress in America survey, nearly 1/3 of children reported experiencing physical symptoms that are frequently associated with stress and anxiety. What’s more concerning is that teens are experiencing anxiety levels that mirror or extend beyond the level […]

Eating for Optimal Mental Health

A generation ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find a physician, especially a psychiatrist, who was willing to consider the role diet and nutrition play in mental health. Now we know that what we put into our bodies affects what we get out of them, and that nutrition is just as important for mental health as it is for […]

5 Anxiety-Busting Basics You Need To Know

Anxiety is often a result of stress stemming from major changes like moving or starting a new job. It can make us worry and feel tense, irritable, reactive. It makes relaxing and sleeping harder, which in turn makes it even more difficult to surmount the challenges we’re facing. If we’re lucky, these symptoms will disappear after a […]

The High Dropout Rate of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

What is ERP? Anxiety is a bit like the body’s very own in-built alarm system, as it’s our natural response to situations where we feel either in danger or under threat. This explains why it is quite normal for most people to experience anxiety from time to time when faced with life’s stressors – and […]

Anxiety in Toddlers

Experiencing fear is a normal part of childhood development as children become more aware of their environment and begin to learn more about the world and their part in it. Notably, all small children will experience anxiety to some extent for a range of different reasons, as this is their natural response to situations where […]

Managing the Back to School Blues

With the school holidays winding up and the start of a new school term fast approaching, it can be a deflating time for both parents and their children, knowing their free time spent together is coming to an end. For some children, the thought of going back to school after the holiday period can be […]

Catastrophic Thinking

Catastrophic Thinking Catastrophic thinking can be recognised in individuals who repeatedly overestimate the potential dangers or negative implications of future events to occur (either in themselves or their loved ones). Catastrophic thinkers will often predict the worst case scenarios coming true that others would consider unrealistic and irrational. When these “what if” thoughts enter the […]