Dealing With Work Stress and Burnout

MINISTRY OF HEALTH VANUATU MENTAL HEALTH NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2019 Not all stress is bad for you. Sometimes stress is exciting, like planning a holiday or a family function, starting a new job or moving into your new home. In these circumstances, your feelings can be a combination of excitement and anticipation mixed with some concernsContinue reading “Dealing With Work Stress and Burnout”

How do we change our stress levels if they are not helping us to function well during the day or sleep well at night?

Stress levels that are both too low and too high can cause problems at different times of the day and in different situations. It is important to first figure out if your stress level is too low, too high or just right for the situation that you are in. The best way to figure outContinue reading “How do we change our stress levels if they are not helping us to function well during the day or sleep well at night?”

Do This: Straightforward Advice for Life From a Successful CEO, and Where This Advice Goes Wrong!

Derek Sivers seems like a pretty cool guy. On his website, he calls himself a musician, producer, circus performer, entrepreneur, TED speaker, and book publisher. He started a company called CDBaby and made millions from this. He then gave the company to charity, resulting in millions of dollars subsequently being used to help up-and-coming musicalContinue reading “Do This: Straightforward Advice for Life From a Successful CEO, and Where This Advice Goes Wrong!”

Our Environment Makes More of a Difference to Our Health and Mental State Than We Realise

It’s been over 9 months now since I moved to Vanuatu to volunteer as a Clinical Psychologist with the Port Vila Central Hospital and the Vanuatu Government’s Ministry of Health. That means that I am over a third of the way through my volunteer experience. The first 1-2 months were challenging and a little overwhelmingContinue reading “Our Environment Makes More of a Difference to Our Health and Mental State Than We Realise”

The Importance of Sleep for Good Mental Health

Ministry of Health Vanuatu May 2019 Mental Health Newsletter The Importance of Sleep for Good Mental Health Sleep difficulties are a feature of nearly every mental health difficulty, including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use issues, bipolar disorder and psychosis or schizophrenia. Take Depression for example. Up to 90% of individuals with Depression have sleep difficulties,Continue reading “The Importance of Sleep for Good Mental Health”

10 Bits of Advice I’d Give My 10-Year-Old Self

When I was ten, I was in grade four at primary school. I was one of the tallest kids in the class, and fairly skinny and uncoordinated. I loved sport and computer games. I enjoyed living where I did in the north-east suburbs of Melbourne and had some good friends that I spent a lotContinue reading “10 Bits of Advice I’d Give My 10-Year-Old Self”

How to Cope in Times of Disaster

Vanuatu Mental Health Newsletter February 2019 Latest Data on Mental Health in Vanuatu In 2018, Vanuatu’s Lifestyle Disease Unit conducted 13 screening sessions for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) across the island of Efate. As part of this screening, all participants were given a Kessler Distress Scale (K10) to assess their level of psychological distress. Of theContinue reading “How to Cope in Times of Disaster”

Which Archetype Are You?

Ever notice how any successful story throughout history tends to have a similar cast of characters? If you haven’t bothered counting, I’ll let you know that most characters will fall into one of 12 principal roles, and this explains why and how we can find favourite stories so relatable. Carl Gustav Jung, a famous psychoanalyst,Continue reading “Which Archetype Are You?”

Do the Little Things We Do Matter?

I love the above quote by Lao Tzu. It really highlights to me that all of the little choices we make in life are important, especially in the long run. Not any one choice, or any particular action, unless it is unusually severe or unforgivable. I’m talking about the little things that we do onContinue reading “Do the Little Things We Do Matter?”

25 Ideas That Could Change Your Life

1. KAIZEN A Japanese term meaning “improvement”. I think of Kaizen as ‘continuous improvement’ or ‘continual change for the better, one small step at a time’, as this is how I first heard of the term. A lot of the successful Japanese manufacturing companies in automobiles and technology have used this exact approach to obtainContinue reading “25 Ideas That Could Change Your Life”