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Take Control of Your Work Life Balance

Take Control of Your Work Life Balance

Dr. Happy

How can you get the perfect "work-life balance?" According to HIF blogger and mental health professional, Dr. Happy, "I’ve seen so many people try and fail, that I’ve come to believe the phrase “work life balance” does potentially more harm than good. But there is an alternative which is both more desirable and more achievable. I suggest that rather than aiming for work life balance our goal should be to aim for… life!" So how do we do this? Dr. Happy shares his top 10 tips. 

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Understanding the Difference Between Anxiety and Depression

Understanding the Difference Between Anxiety and Depression

Dr. Happy
What's the difference between anxiety and depression? According to mental health professional, Dr. Happy, "Depression and anxiety are the two most common psychological disorders and if combined, would be the largest contributor to disability in the world. Both cause immeasurable suffering, and impact daily on the lives of hundreds of millions of individuals, families, communities and even organisations. But depression and anxiety are quite different." In his latest article for HIF Dr. Happy explores the difference between them. 
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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. 

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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. 
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Less Common Forms of Eating Disorders

Less Common Forms of Eating Disorders

Dr. Happy
What about the other types of eating disorders or 'disordered eating'? The ones that people don't often hear about and don't realise are also problematic? HIF mental health expert, Dr. Happy responds to a reader's concerns about other types of disordered eating and provides his advice on what to do about it. 
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How to Stop Self-doubt

How to Stop Self-doubt

Dr. Happy
At one point or another, we all question whether or not we are doing enough or doing the right thing. Self-doubt is common; self-doubt is normal; self-doubt might even serve a useful purpose…at certain times and in certain contexts. According to mental health professional, Dr. Happy, "Our goal should not necessarily be to stop self-doubt but rather, to minimise it and/or to use if effectively and constructively. We certainly don’t want doubt to paralyse or to cripple us, but we do want to find ways we can use it to our advantage." So how might we achieve this? Check out Dr. Happy's top 10 tips for turning self-doubt in to self-confidence.
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World Mental Health Day – Do You See What I See?

World Mental Health Day – Do You See What I See?

Dr. Happy
Did you know that one in five Australians will experience an episode of mental illness in any one year? According to mental health professional, Dr. Happy, "Too many people still don’t seek help because they’re afraid of being judged; because of the perceived shame and embarrassment associated with being labelled. With this in mind, Mental Health Australia has adopted a theme that aims to tackle some of this head on – and it’s great. Their “Do you see what I see?” campaign targets the overly negative images of mental ill-health by inviting everyone to view mental illness from a different perspective; the perspective of someone suffering OR the perspective of someone coping and functioning well! In this article, Dr. Happy encourages us all to make an effort to see mental ill-health in a more positive light and also invites us to “Make a (mental health) Promise”. Click through to the article to read his advice. 
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Spotting the Signs of an Eating Disorder

Spotting the Signs of an Eating Disorder

Dr. Happy
Did you know eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia are on the rise in children and adolescents? According to mental health professional, Dr. Happy, "Body dissatisfaction and/or some degree of dieting is extremely common in young women (and increasingly in young men). But not all of these have or will ever have a formal eating disorder so two common and important questions from parents and friends are – how do I know when “normal” becomes “abnormal”? And what do I do if I notice any warning signs?" With this in mind, we chatted to Dr. Happy to get his advice on everything you need to know about eating disorders. Including the red flags to look out for and what to do if you spot any of the symptoms. 
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