For most of us the holidays are heart warming, fun filled events but the lead up can be stressful. Family dynamics, financial demands, and the sheer volume of extra activity are among the top stressors.
To keep you a little zen as you wade your way through preparations, here are my eight tips for less stress at Christmas.
I’m often asked by fellow parents, blog readers and podcast listeners for book recommendations. I have my favourites but when I need a recommendation for parenting books I look beyond my library and crowd source from my colleagues who specialise in kids and parenting.
Looking for tips on
getting kids to listen?
helping them to thrive?
dealing with tempers, tantrums and big emotions?
discipline without destruction?
or just staying sane while you do the best you can?
Here are six excellent and entertaining books recommended by psychologists for parents.
With nine weeks remaining of this year I’m entering the holiday ambivalence zone. I’m impatient for a break from work and responsibilities. I long for languorous summer days with a novel and no agenda and I’m excited about the possibilities and fresh start that a new year brings (untouched yearly planner anyone?).
There are thousands of apps to choose from in the well being space but not every app is created equal.
This list includes apps that have been developed either by or in consultation with psychologists and other mental health professionals. They are all based on research that is available in peer-reviewed publications.
We can be confident that they do what they say they do and that they will help, not harm.
I frequently employ the expertise of global experts to illustrate a point or two in my presentations via their TED Talks. The 'storytelling's style is fun and engaging and there's nothing like humour to open hearts and minds to new ideas.
Here are three of my favourite positive psychology TED Talks that combine humour with serious scientific ideas; ideas that can transform your life!
Last Saturday, July 7, we celebrated was is globally known as World Chocolate Day in honour of, arguably, the most beloved food concoction of all time. If you ask me, everyday should be World Chocolate Day!
A company from Singapore conducted a two year study in which half of the staff worked from home for four days a week while the other half came into the office five days a week. The results showed an overall increase in productivity equivalent to approximately one workday. It also revealed that work from home employees tend to stay in their jobs longer and they're happier.
Motivating another person is a challenge for every parent, manager, teacher, coach or leader. Where do you go when your considered request is met with apathy? Or worse? How do you motivate the un-motivated?
This week is National Families Week here in Australia and today, May 15, is the International Day of Families. We’re celebrating the vital role that families play in our society and what better way to do so than to share some tips on helping your family to thrive and flourish?
From crushing the entrepreneurial life to your brain during menopause, from teenage tantrums to to boosting your happiness and self belief, our podcast guests - experts in their fields - recommend the books that they wouldn't live without.
“The people who really excel often have an amazing growth mindset. They are incredibly able to deal with the discomfort and pain of failure; to look at it as a learning opportunity and to see how they can grow and thrive and learn from that.”
As a psychologist I was keen to get to the bottom of this and find out what causes procrastination and how we can overcome it. It seems so all-pervasive and troubling to so many people and yet the common wisdom of, ‘Set a goal and a deadline,’ or ‘Just get started’ doesn’t seem to cut it as advice for most of us. So I did some digging into the psychological research and what I learnt utterly changed my perspective on this human foible...What we call procrastination is often not procrastination at all.
Do you ever feel like you're busy for the sake of being busy? I know I do. Here's how I finally overcame that. In this article, I talk about what happens when you're just filled to the brim with ideas but get so overwhelming that you never get around to starting and how I overcame that to finally get started on writing my book.
This year I've expanded the list. We have more psychologists on a greater range of digital platforms. Psychologists are now podcasters, vloggers, bloggers, digital course creators, social media mavens, authors and publishers. Their goal in every endeavour? To help you to overcome everyday challenges, thrive and flourish.