Supporting a Loved One Through the Grieving Process
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by Meg Bonnell
1w ago
Grief is a complex, confusing process that all of us will experience in some way, shape, or form in our lives. Grief can follow many types of loss – the key factor is that the thing that has been lost was very important to the person. This can include loss of a job, moving house, loss of identity, and the death of a pet or loved one, amongst many others. Grief can manifest emotionally (periods of sadness, regret, bittersweet nostalgia etc.), behaviourally (withdrawing from others etc.) and physically (loss of appetite, fatigue, changes to sleep etc.). Many of these symptoms fluctuate, and peop ..read more
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Ancient Wisdom to Cultivate Modern Happiness
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by Harriet Donegan
3w ago
I attended a dinner party last week and was sitting next to someone who spends a lot of time in the world of finance. As a person who has tried and failed – several times – to read the Barefoot Investor and struggles not to spend the totality of my pay-check each fortnight, I recoiled when I heard this is who my companion was going to be for the duration of the evening. After a few drinks and making a great effort to actively listen to them speak about their role in the industry, I asked point blank: “How can I make all the money, surely you must know?” To which he turned to me and s ..read more
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Seven Ways To Navigate Challenging Family Relationships
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by Alice Brennan
1M ago
When you think of your family, this may convey feelings of warmth, support, and comfort. Alternatively, it may incite feelings of frustration, hurt or numbness. You may value and appreciate the connection you share with your family, or you might have complex or challenging relationships with your family. Disagreements and conflict between family members are common and to be expected, although some conflict between family members can be deep-rooted and impact your physical and mental well-being. If this is the case for you, you are not alone. Below are some suggestions of how you can navigate c ..read more
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Lonely but not Alone: The Modern Loneliness Epidemic
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by Harriet Donegan
1M ago
The terms Lonely and Loneliness are large and loaded in today’s world. Both the lonely and the non-lonely struggle to relate to the phenomena because it is uncomfortable and sometimes awkward to consider how otherwise healthy and ‘functional’ adults can feel lonely in today’s world. But the reality is that despite living in an otherwise hyper-connected and ‘switched on’ society, feelings of loneliness are at an all time high, with over one third of Australian adults saying in 2022 they felt lonely at least sometimes during the week. Rates for young people in particular experiencing loneliness ..read more
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Food for the Soul: The Joys of Cooking with Friends
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by Harriet Donegan
2M ago
It is the end of a busy week, and I am having difficulty getting up to my alarm on a Saturday morning. I am due to be picked up in approximately ten minutes by my mother and we plan to drive to the city’s largest market. We are meeting my mother’s best friend and her daughter who I consider family. We have a strict list and schedule for the day ahead. The number one priority, my mother tells me, is to locate The Tomato Man. Once we have achieved this, we can get coffee, pastries, and the other ingredients required to make kasundi (a dish similar to a relish). It was tradition for us to get tog ..read more
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EMDR Therapy: What is it? And Can it Help Me Heal?
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by Harriet Donegan
2M ago
If you’ve heard of it at all, you probably have some misconceptions about EMDR (short for “Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing” therapy). It has a bit of a reputation, probably due to the complex and somewhat unusual nature of the therapy itself. The most popular misconception is that it is a kind of hypnosis that erases unwanted, distressing, or traumatic emotions and memories, and it’s only used for trauma or PTSD. But this isn’t really the case (and there’s good reasons we don’t want to completely erase ‘negative’ emotions such as sadness and anger). In short, EMDR can help you ov ..read more
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How We Measure Who We Are: Understanding Self-Concept
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by Harriet Donegan
3M ago
It was day four of my trip to Stockholm. Standing on the train studying the shine of a woman’s hair draped dramatically down the back of her floor-length mohair coat, it took me until then to pinpoint what I’d been grappling with since I stepped off the plane: Stockholm makes me feel ugly and inadequate. It was my first time in Sweden and, after spending eight months in a traditional one-thousand-person town in Italy’s deep south, it was jarring to return to the reality of our very globalised, very consumer-led, world. I’d apparently forgotten about hip wine bars, salons, spas, and designer br ..read more
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Not Just Another International Women’s Day
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by Harriet Donegan
3M ago
If you see purple, green, and white colours around town today, this is because this day, March 8th, 2024, is the annual International Women’s Day (IWD), and there is a lot for us all to pause and think about. You may receive an email about IWD today from human resources. Maybe you hear IWD mentioned on the radio, or see it written on a chalkboard or a badge pinned to someone’s shirt. You might not think much of it, or may roll your eyes and see it as an arbitrary day. Perhaps you think the gap is closed because you know women who make more money than men, and from what you can see, we live in ..read more
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Facing Reality: 4 Things to Normalise in Relationships
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by Harriet Donegan
3M ago
When you think about it, the premise of the adult intimate relationship is ambitious: two or more individuals join forces and try to figure out how to live in a cohesive and complementary manner. A lot of my friends and family members are in relationships, and every time I inquire about these dynamics, the majority of their replies reference the positives in their relationships and omit the negatives, which are also at play. This response, coupled with the depiction of relationships in popular culture and film, often confuses me about my personal experience and expectations around my intimate ..read more
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The Digital World – Friend or Foe of Human Progress?
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by Harriet Donegan
4M ago
After catching up with everyone after my year abroad, I am getting constant questions. What was it like? Where were you? What did you do? I find it difficult to answer these questions. Too much occurred to summarise it in words.  Instead, I find myself reaching for my phone and showing these people photos I believe  best summarise the 2000-person beachside Italian town I spent the better part of the year. As I watch their face light up, nodding at the phone, an old idiom occurs to me: a picture tells a thousand words. But does it? I am sure the words are there inside me; I am a write ..read more
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