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How to Relax More – Dr. Happy’s Top Tips

How to Relax More – Dr. Happy’s Top Tips

Dr. Happy

I’m so busy. I’m so stressed. I’m so exhausted; sleep deprived; burned out! These are frighteningly common responses, these days, to the simple question “How are you?” According to Dr. Happy, "Stress and anxiety have become so common place and accepted that many of us have forgotten life doesn’t have to be like that. In fact, too many people have come to embrace these states of being, thinking they’re helping us function and perform better. So, what’s the answer? What would it be like to have fewer factors causing stress and anxiety?"  In his latest article for HIF, Dr. Happy shares some simple strategies that will help us to learn how to keep calm and relaxed despite the common stressors in our lives. 

Category:Mental Health
Reasons Why Your Pet is Being Naughty

Reasons Why Your Pet is Being Naughty

Laura V

How can you raise a pet to trust and respect you, without challenging your guidance, pushing your boundaries and occasionally being badly behaved? HIF Pet Care blogger, Laura V told us, "Well, if I must be honest, you can’t. All relationships at some point are faced with interpersonal challenges. Successful relationships however, face these with Consistency, Patience and Respect, or as I like to call it CPR. As a behaviourist, I try to get people to understand that naughtiness is a symptom of underlying issues, which is generally frustration and anxiety. Once we identify the cause of the unwanted quirks, we can help our beloved pets to overcome them." With this in mind, we caught up with Laura to hear how we can implement her CPR approach successfully, to get less naughty and more nice out of our best mates.

Category:Pet Care
Why social media might be destroying your happiness (and what you can do about it)

Why social media might be destroying your happiness (and what you can do about it)

Dr. Happy
Did you know the average Australian spends more than 12 hours each week on Facebook? These numbers prove that social media use is a big part of lots of lives. According to Mental Health expert, Dr. Happy, "Social media can have a negative impact via social comparison. This is when we compare our lives to others and often, judge our own situation less favourably. One of the most common mistakes we typically made is to imagine other people’s “posts” are a true reflection of their lives when the reality is, most people only post the “best” bits. If, therefore, we compare our “bloopers” with other's “highlights” we’re bound to feel underwhelmed." In this article, Dr. Happy invites us to consider his top tips for enjoying social media, while minimising any negative impact it might have. 
Category:Mental Health
Help! My Dog Won’t Stop Barking!

Help! My Dog Won’t Stop Barking!

Laura V
Barking is one of those behaviours that is a dog’s bread and butter of communication. But how do we show our dogs that we are listening to what they have to say, without encouraging them to bark…too much? And, if our dog does bark here and there, is it fair to ask them to stop completely? In her latest article for HIF, animal behaviourist expert, Laura V, explains the reasons why your dog may be barking and how you can manage this. 
Category:Pet Care
Protecting Your Hearing

Protecting Your Hearing

Dr. Sam Hay
Did you know that the rates of hearing loss are on the rise? According to medical expert and HIF blogger, Dr. Sam, "3% of 30 year olds suffer hearing loss, whilst nearly 50% of over 65's suffer the debilitating condition. A lot of hearing loss experienced by Australians results from our loud and noisy modern lives and experts believe that over one third of hearing loss is completely and utterly preventable! All you have to do is protect your ears against repeated loud noise." With this in mind, we caught up with Dr. Sam to get his top ten tips on how to protect your hearing. 
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