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Stay In Your Lane - Written By Clinical Psychologist, Francesca Finelli

In a world where we are constantly bombarded with marketing everywhere we turn and sold an illusion of what we must do, places to go, the latest trends to pursue in order to be happier, it’s easy to fall into the comparison trap, leaving us ina state of dissatisfaction, always wanting more and envying other people’s lives. This topic explores the impact of our materialistic society and how some of us can get caught up in striving to “keep up with the jones’s” and find ourselves struggling with low mood, anxiety, jealousy and resentment. Psychological research tells us that striving for external rewards lowers our well-being and being ungrateful and discontent with what we have maintains feelings of negativity across every area of life. We need to make a choice to not become victims of marketing and resentful of others’successes. Instead, staying in our own lanes requires us to get back to basics and guard our hearts by practicing gratitude, learning to be content with our circusmtances and to be genuinely happy for others good fortune and celebrate their wins.

The Journey To Confidence- Written By Clinical Psychologist, Francesca Finelli

This topic discusses the process each person goes through to develop security within themselves over time, learning to be more comfortable in their own shoes. Society tells us to "love ourselves" but what does that actually mean? This idea can create a lot of confusion and difficulty. Psychologically speaking, improving self esteem has a lot to do with self acceptance and self compassion rather than having to meet certain standards with appearance, performance, career success before feeling confident. We all have to take those steps of independence to make a new friend, turn up to the first day of school, try out for teams, ask someone out on a date, apply for jobs, and the list goes on as we grow up. Somewhere along the way, developing healthy self esteem can be compromised, causing us to question our value and worth. 

There are many factors that contribute to low self esteem, mainly stemming from childhood experiences such as poor scholastic performance and sporting ability, bullying especially related to appearance, difficulties fitting in with peers, mistreatment, difficulty meeting high standards of parents and teachers, an absence of positive attention and praise etc. These factors all influence the beliefs we hold about ourselves and are maintained by the mental rules we learned to live by. It seems we can spend our adulthood unlearning the negative things we learned in earlier years as we start to look past our shortcomings and become more comfortable with the way we look, how we interact socially, our performance and abilities etc. I've found that every year older I get, the more comfortable I feel in my own skin and the less I care what others think and the less value I place on external based standards.

Creating New Dreams - Written By Clinical Psychologist, Gemma Roux

All too often we define our own life by the success of our projects, our careers, our businesses, and even our children. When they are thriving, we feel we’ve made it; that we have purpose and worth. When adversity and set-backs come, we may feel panicked, and lose hope and confidence. While these responses are natural in the moment, if we allow them to take hold, it can be difficult to pick ourselves up and move forward with new endeavours. We may retreat and shrink back from opportunities, becoming fixated on what we have lost, and fearful about taking future risks. Our society’s tendency to glorify success and perfection can contribute to apprehension about failure. The world, viewed through the lens of news and social media, appears to be dominated by individuals experiencing lives defined by an upwards trajectory of success and popularity. As the public, we usually only learn about these people, their projects and their families once they have made it big. We admire their success, yet rarely witness the failures or struggle that preceded it, or the darkness in the midst of it. This perspective of success is deceiving, as the stories of highly successful individuals are often peppered with adversity and failure. When we are not exposed to these setbacks, we tend to to compare ourselves and our lives to their highlight reel of achievements. This in turn can make it hard for us to validate the mistakes we make and problems we experience. We may second-guess ourselves and question our abilities when we experience a setback; not realizing that adversity is common, and often a prerequisite for success. These misconceptions of success and failure, and our brain’s tendency to trigger anxiety and fear when we are under pressure, can lead us to shy away from challenges, and to feel overwhelmed and give up prematurely when we encounter a setback.

Self Compassion - Written By Karra Eloff

Interestingly we are very good at showing compassion to our friends and family, and even strangers when things in their life don’t go to plan and yet, when it’s our life that is bumpy, we often don’t extend ourselves the same understanding and kind support. When we’re anxious, sad, angry or lonely, most of us turn up our destructive inner chatter, our inner voice, to try to fight difficult emotions that come with hard times. For many of us, it’s hard to think of a time when we were struggling and soothed ourselves by saying, ‘it’s ok, you’re allowed to be worried or sad’. 

 

This topic explores the power in cultivating self-compassion. After learning in this topic, what self-compassion is, when you might need it and practical steps to master it, you and your family can transform your relationship with difficult emotions and become more comfortable with imperfection and pain. It really is that powerful! 

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