This is a minor re-write of a post I originally put on my work blog. I live in Australia. Last year I attended a work meeting in which Indigenous student support staff talked about how they went about their jobs. As part of talking about how to create culturally safe learning spaces, they provided an … Continue reading Writing an Acknowledgement of Country
The importance of having (being able to create) a plan B
This year I am learning the importance of having a plan B or maybe the ability to pivot to a plan B. Of course, I am learning this valuable lesson because I didn't have a plan B and my plan A turned to shit. Now that I am emerging out the other side, I thought … Continue reading The importance of having (being able to create) a plan B
I didn’t spread COVID but I did spread wellbeing
I trained, as a psychologist, to assess/diagnose mental ill health and apply evidence-based treatments. The alleviation of suffering was the primary goal. Now in my work however, I operate more at the wellbeing, happiness, wellness end. I try to teach people strategies and techniques for bringing more positive experiences (e.g. gratitude, connection, awe, curiosity, self-acceptance, … Continue reading I didn’t spread COVID but I did spread wellbeing
Zooming out as an emotion regulation strategy
Emotion regulation is at it sounds, the adjustment, control or balancing of our emotional state. There are many examples of what that might look like. If I am feeling sad, I might do something to lift my mood. If I am bit overexcited, I might look to calm myself a little. How we feel in … Continue reading Zooming out as an emotion regulation strategy
What to do with a low mood?
For the posts on my website I like to consider themes I encounter in my work life. A theme from this week was what to do with low moods. It popped up in a couple of trainings as an explicit question. I was asked directly what I do when I am in a low mood. … Continue reading What to do with a low mood?
Trying to notice and respond differently to the sensation of being rushed
Last year I listened to this podcast with meditation teacher Christina Feldman - https://www.tenpercent.com/podcast-episode/christina-feldman-500 I don't remember much of it, but a key concept stuck. Feldman spoke of setting life intentions and discussed one in particular - attending to and tackling the experience of feeling rushed. 2022 was a year where I committed to getting … Continue reading Trying to notice and respond differently to the sensation of being rushed
Self-care = actions you take to improve your outcomes
First posted on the Student Health and Wellbeing Blog (part of my day job) Since starting my role at Flinders in 2017, I have been trying to clarify my mission, that is, what is it I am working to achieve. At present it is about making available to everyone high quality, evidence-based knowledge, tools, skills … Continue reading Self-care = actions you take to improve your outcomes
Taking advantage of additional learning opportunities
This is a repost of a post I wrote for students on the Student Health and Wellbeing Blog. Since starting at Flinders in 2017 I've taken an interest in how people learn. Not so much what people learn (i.e. the content of their degree) but how they go about taking on that information and using … Continue reading Taking advantage of additional learning opportunities
If you were able to program a new version of yourself, what aspects of ‘you’ would you keep?
I need you to go with me on this, cause it is going to get a little bit weird (just a little, I promise). The other night, when I couldn't sleep, I found myself amused at the idea of creating a version of myself that I could build into a computer game (like the SIMS) … Continue reading If you were able to program a new version of yourself, what aspects of ‘you’ would you keep?
Sometimes the thing you most need to learn is the thing you least want to study
I've written previously about keeping a learning journal. As a registered psychologist, I am required to both engage in ongoing learning and document it. That requirement ended up sparking an interest in me that is reflected in a couple of my projects: CPD workbook and Digital CPD record for psychologists. In my formalised CPD (continuing … Continue reading Sometimes the thing you most need to learn is the thing you least want to study