The Winter Wellness Boost: The Magic of Dinner Parties for Mental Health and Gut-Brain Axis Harmony

winter wellness

As winter wraps its chilly embrace around us, the days grow shorter and darker. The waning sunlight can take a toll on our mental well-being, leaving many feeling a bit gloomy and less energized. However, there’s a secret to boosting your mood and keeping the winter blues at bay: getting creative in the kitchen and … Read more

The Importance of Friendships and Close Connections for our Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being


By Dijana Barich, Clinically Registered Counsellor at Connect Psych “Every heart sings a song, incomplete until another heart whispers back” – PLATO Just as our bodies require physical nutrients for healthy growth, the human brain demands positive environmental stimuli at all stages of development while also needing to be protected from any negative forms of influences. … Read more

The Psychological Experience of Adapting to Change

The Psychological Experience of Adapting to Change Dr Natalie Flatt Ph.D Co-Founder of Connect Psych Services Change, in general, can be challenging; especially in times when it comes suddenly and unexpectedly. Yes, we have experienced so many spectrums of emotions during this pandemic however, let’s not forget the usual lifespan events we all go through … Read more

Languishing – The 2021 Dominant Emotion.

By Dr Natalie Flatt Ph.D As the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath grumbles on, the pre-covid “normal” lives are feeling like a distant memory. With the constant change of rules and restrictions from, our future is out of balance and many people remain stuck; living in limbo while we hold our breathe that the vaccine … Read more

Unhelpful Thinking Styles and How to Combat Them. New research shows our brain generates over 6000 thousand thoughts each day. When a person experiences an unhelpful emotion (e.g. depression, anxiety and even general feelings of overwhelm), it is usually preceded by a number of unhelpful self-statements and thoughts. Often there is a pattern to such thoughts … Read more

Bringing more calm, contentment and clarity in our every day.

  Dr Natalie Flatt Ph.D. Founder of Connect Psych Services. BSc.,Post.Grad.Dip.Psych.,M.Psych We’ve all had those days; no one is immune to it. Life events occur when we least expect them; some can be positive; some can be negative. It’s how we process TODAY that impacts on how to process TOMORROW. Bringing a little peace and … Read more

Increasing Professional Effectiveness

By Joe Busuttil How to communicate clearly, increasing professional effectiveness:  Every good relationship is built on a strong foundation of trust that can only come from open and honest communication, embracing our strengths and working through challenges together.  The same communication skills are equally applicable to running a successful business. Unless you are a sole … Read more

Tips to Better Employee Self Care in the Workplace

Untreated mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces approximately $10.9 billion per year. PWC Report, (2014). What is self care in the workplace? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), self–care is “what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, and to prevent and deal with illness.” … Do this by educating employees on how to practice self–care both … Read more

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