Resources for you to grow
The more information you have, the more empowered you will be to make change. Gain knowledge about habits, the process of change, find your tribe and learn how you can make change happen.
When we are challenged, unwell, or going through difficult times, there is a great benefit in having the support of others. Being part of a support group with the guidance of a wellness coach professional is a great way to gain the benefit of a community of support, overcome feelings of isolation and learn how to move towards wellness.
Meet-up Groups – a great website which connects people who live in the same city & share similar interests where you will find many support groups. Groups here in Melbourne which have a health focus include the Chronic Pain Support Group, Mindful Meditation Group, Positive Psychology Group, Whole food Nutrition and Self-care Group – just to name a few!
It's ok to ask for help
A leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents.
For those experiencing low mood, anxiety. Daily web chat or phone support.
Call 1300 22 4636
24/7 phone and online counselling for children and young people aged 5-25 years.
Call 1800 551 800
Free 24/7 online and phone personal crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Call 13 11 14
Suicide Call Back Line
A 24/7 telephone, online counselling and crisis support for Australians affected by suicide.
Call 1300 659
Provides email, chat and phone counselling for young people aged between 12 and 25 years old.
Call 1800 650 890
Podcasts are a rapidly growing resource and can be found about almost any topic. They are becoming a great way to learn about things in more detail, and they can be a source of knowledge, wellness options and goals. There are many podcasts for meditation, stress management, becoming happier, and understanding yourself better. However, it is worthwhile to ensure you are using a podcast from a trusted source by doing a search on the background and credibility of the podcast host.
Noise disturbances can be a big part of getting stressed or keeping you awake. Try out a white noise app. You will be amazed by how simple it is to block out loud sounds using constant background noise. You can download an app for free onto a smartphone or tablet or put on a white noise video on YouTube.
You can find an abundance of inspiring videos on platforms like Youtube and Vimeo. TED Talks for example, showcase inspiring talks on everything from creativity to time management that can offer new perspectives on your journey to well habits.
Three great books that inspired us:
1. On systems thinking
'Schools That Learn: A Fifth Discipline Field book for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares About Education'
By Peter Senge (2012)
Laughter is a stress remedy. Shift your mood by watching something funny. Connect with someone. They can help you find something to laugh about and take your mind off of worrying. The long- term effects of having a good chuckle every now and then are pretty astounding; it can boost the immune system, relieve pain, and decrease anxiety or depression. What would our lives be without the amazing benefit of humour and laughter?
Challenge! Check out the following videos on YouTube. Watch both and try not to laugh.
7 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR HAPPINESS
1. COMEDY IS KING!
Choose to watch comedy on TV or go out to a comedy show.
2. FRIENDS - OLD & NEW
Hang out with the friends who you laugh with. Spend less time with people who bring you down. Learn how to set boundaries.
3. LAUGHTER ON DEMAND
Join a laughter club (yes they’re a thing).
4. A LIFE LESS SERIOUS
Learn to laugh at yourself – it helps take the pressure off. It may take time if you are not in the habit. Watch comedians who are self-deprecating. Think of others who can laugh at themselves. Take a few small steps and learn to love your quirks and failures. Like all of us, you’re quite funny you know!
5. SMILE AND THE WORLD SMILES WITH YOU
Smile at yourself and at others. See what happens if it becomes your
6. FUNNY STORIES AND JOKES
Find a funny joke or a funny story in your day. Share it with someone. Learn the art of telling jokes and funny stories. It takes practice to make the time to learn.
7. FUNNY MEMORIES
Keep a fun box - a place where you can keep a diary of written stories that have made you laugh - real people and situations. Or keep in there comedy books or cartoons that made you laugh. Check it out when you need to feel better. Laughter can help you gain a better perspective on things.