However you decide to manage your workload, please understand that working long hours without regular breaks is not sustainable. We can address this by working fewer hours in a day or fewer days in a week. Or we can merely get up from the desk and walk around a bit more when you notice that your productivity and energy levels are dropping. Getting outside for lunch and away from screens can also help.
The problem of just using fear for motivation is that it triggers our fight-or-flight response. It increases our cortisol levels if we trigger this response too often, so in the long run it isn’t so great for our mental and physical health.
Well, that was chaotic. I was volunteering as a Clinical Psychologist on the Australian Volunteer Program for the past 18 months in Port Vila, Vanuatu. It was meant to be a two-year role, but unfortunately due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Australian Government suspended the entire volunteer program worldwide and we were forced to comeContinue reading “How Can We Improve Our Sleep During Uncertain Times?”
If your ideal sleep times based on your circadian rhythms are different to your usual sleep times based on your current work schedule and lifestyle, there are specific things that you can do to change it.
Although it may be difficult to sleep well with all that is going on around the world at the moment, good sleep is still possible. This article goes into one of the three things that you really need to sleep well on a regular basis.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now being told that the most helpful thing we can do is stay at home and remain physically distant from others. Unless you are in an essential profession, this could be a time to slow down. To check in with those that you care most about. To chat for longer and to connect emotionally. To reflect on your life and rediscover what really matters to you. To hope and dream and plan for a better future. And to try things that you otherwise may not have had the chance or the time to do.
This is the second part of a two part series exploring a checklist that professional athletes can go through to ensure that they are performing at their best. Part One covered the mental aspects that are important to consider while training for an upcoming competition and preparing yourself right before an event. If you haven’tContinue reading “The Pro Athlete’s Checklist for Optimal Performance: Part Two”
My last sports psychology article covered 21 strategies that you can apply to improve your sporting performance. If you struggle to cope with adversity, remain free from worry, tend not to peak under pressure, get offended by what your coaches say to you, or struggle to focus as much as you would like to, IContinue reading “The Professional Athlete’s Checklist for Optimal Mental Performance: Part One”
My Sleep Research Being part of an innovative sleep research team was what led me to do my Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Monash University. Professor Shantha Rajaratnam is a world-leading expert in Chronobiology and has received major grants for his research. His results have been published in excellent journals, and I knew that I wantedContinue reading “My 8 Easy Guidelines for Improved Sleep”
What is a Paradox? According to the Oxford dictionary, a paradox is a noun that has two meanings: 1. A seemingly absurd or contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated may prove to be well founded or true. 2. A person or thing that combines contradictory features or qualities. I love paradoxes because they areContinue reading “20 Fascinating Paradoxes About Life”