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Here you will find resources, articles, and the latest news on a range of topics in mental health and Psychology that Creating Connection specialise in. Please check back again soon!

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A Fitness Guide To The Mind

Posted on July 22, 2015

Just as we think about physical health, and the importance of exercise and balanced diet to maintain a sense of physical wellness, so too is a fitness approach relevant to the mind to establish and maintain good mental health. Indeed, many of us are deficient in a daily regiment necessary to cultivate mental well-being. In… Read more

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Parenting & Discipline

Posted on November 19, 2014

It’s hard to figure out how to discipline our kids. Many parents I talk to know the kind of discipline they don’t want to use, but they don’t know what to do instead. Instead of being reactive, they want to be responsive to their children’s needs, and develop a clear and consistent strategy for managing… Read more

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Great Expectations

Posted on November 12, 2014

Creating a positive environment for your child in which they can develop and grow is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their offspring. One of the biggest challenges to this, however, may lie in a parent’s own expectations for their children. Whether you’re an outgoing parent who has a shy or introverted… Read more

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Repairing Ruptures in Relationships

Posted on November 10, 2014

We all have a role in creating the quality of our interpersonal relationships, and if you have an argument with a friend, partner, or family member, it can be extremely helpful to reflect on what happened and then attempt to make a repair. Sometimes in a close relationship we do things that create a rupture… Read more

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Attachment & Relationships Across the Lifespan

Posted on September 11, 2014

Our experiences in the formative childhood years have a powerful impact on the people we become, but even after these early years, relationships continue to play a crucial role in our growth and development. Indeed, close relationships support us across the lifespan, and science reveals that developing a greater understanding of how you have responded… Read more

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The Four Qualities of Mindful Acceptance

Posted on August 3, 2014

Mindfulness and acceptance are difficult concepts to grasp, but there is a general consensus about four qualities that go into mindful acceptance. Jon Kabat-Zinn (1994, p.4) captures these essential qualities in his definition of mindfulness: “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” Let’s explore each part. Paying Attention… Read more

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What Acceptance Is And What It Can Do For You

Posted on August 3, 2014

Acceptance literally means, “To take what is offered”. But this doesn’t mean “putting up with it”. Unfortunately, many people seem to think of acceptance this way – that to accept means succumbing to your pain, giving in, doing nothing, or wallowing. However, this is passive acceptance, and is ultimately unhelpful because it keeps you stuck… Read more

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The Difference Between What You Can and Cannot Control

Posted on May 21, 2014

“There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or accept responsibility for changing them.” Denis Waitley Conscious, deliberate, purposeful control works well in the external world, outside your body, where the following rule often applies: if you don’t like it, get rid of it. For example, if you don’t like… Read more

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Ending the Tug-of-War with Anxiety

Posted on February 13, 2014

“Experience has shown that, ironically, it is often our very attempts to solve the problem that, in fact, maintain it. The attempted solutions become the true problem.” – Giorgio Nardone If you struggle with anxiety, it may seem like you’ve been fighting a tug-of-war with a team of anxiety “monsters” pulling at one end of… Read more

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