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The power of change
Bad habits, be gone! Learn the latest from mental health experts about how to make positive changes that last.
Quiz | Is it worry, anxiety or an anxiety disorder?
A menu for mental health
Making good food choices ensures that essential nutrition is available for our bodies and minds, and is a great start to achieving positive mental health.
So, better food really can help to create a better mood. The Mediterranean way of eating isn’t a diet plan; it’s just about eating a balanced range of wholefoods and enjoying life. Here's what the studies say about the Mediterranean diet:
- Sticking closely to the ‘Med’ way of eating has been shown to increase a person’s ability to cope with stress
- The Med diet is rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients that help to protect brain and nerve cells
- It’s also big on B-group vitamins, which help to produce the brain chemicals that impact mood and mental health
- The Med diet is low in trans fats (commonly found in packaged and fast foods), which have been linked with an increased risk of developing depression
- Gut health is linked to mental health, and the Med diet provides great fuel for healthy gut bacteria.
Lunch on the Mediterranean
Read about the guiding principles and get a bonus Mediterranean-inspired salad recipe. This dish is quick to prepare and can be adapted according to what you have on hand – perfect to pack for a work lunch or when you're having a busy day.
Caroline Anderson, Women's Health Week ambassador, psychologist & former Olympian
“A lot of people think that the best way to motivate themselves to exercise is to be self-critical. However, self-compassion and being kind to yourself is much more effective when it comes to motivation. Pay less attention to negative, unmotivating and unhelpful thoughts. Instead focus your attention on what really matters – your health and vitality.”
Hosting an event today?
Here are three quick tips for all those hosting Women's Health Week events today. Don't forget, it's not too late to join an activity in your area, search here.
The gift of a gentle reminder
Be your own best friend. Download this e-Card as a gentle reminder to practise self-care and self-kindness, now and into the future. It’s our gift for you to keep, or share with friends on your social media channels. Don’t forget to use #myhealthfirst #womenshealthweek
Dive a little deeper, learn a little more
Mental and emotional health fact sheet
This fact sheet covers the topics of depression, anxiety and grief and includes practical advice on what can you do to help your mental and emotional health.
How to practise self-care and self-kindness
Whoever thought that rewarding yourself could be good for you? Well actually, it is … if it's done in a positive and nurturing way that's right for you and your health.
We often try to pack a lot into our day; we race around, ticking things off our to-do list so we can rest easy and relax at night. But what if we took a moment for being, rather than doing? Does it pay to slow down and focus on the present moment?
Your guide to a digital detox
How many times a day do you check your phone – for a new message, an email, or to scroll through social media? Do you share a post – and then check back a minute later to see who liked, who commented, who shared? Do you need to go on a 'digital detox'?
Listen to ‘Life and Other Catastrophes’
Life can dish up all kinds of stressful situations. Across 300 episodes of 'Life and Other Catastrophes' ABC Melbourne's Raf Epstein and Finkel Professor Dr Jane Fisher explore the various complications we find in our relationships, friendships, and daily lives.
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