Cosmo clickbait sending wrong message

By Georgina Lavan. Source: Twitter Cosmopolitan US is under fire after its social media outlet misled readers through a weight loss clickbait. The tweet titled “How This Woman Lost 44 Pounds Without ANY Exercise” sucked audiences into reading about one woman’s weight loss journey, as if the article were to answer all the readers prayers. … Continued

Managing automatic and unhelpful thoughts

By Deborah Etienne-Ward It is common to assume that our feelings are automatic and that they occur as a direct result of situations and other people. Often we are unaware that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are all linked. Each time an event or situation occurs, our brain processes and evaluates the information. When the … Continued

Removing a toxic friend from your life

By Georgina Lavan Resource: Buzznet Growing up, I would every so often hear from my mum “I don’t think you should be friends with X” or “X isn’t the right friend for you”. The thought of this was unbearable!! **insert teenage rant voice** “You don’t know what you’re talking about Mum!” The wise woman my … Continued

Why is I’m A Celebrity promoting weight loss?

By Georgina Lavan Source: Wikipedia First things first, I am not a viewer, nor a fan of the Channel Ten show “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here”. This did require me to do a bit of research to find out what the show was about. What drove me to write this were the … Continued

What is muscle dysmorphia?

By Remie Jaggard Muscle dysmorphia (MD) is a subtype of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Like other forms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder, the individual selectively focuses their attention on a specific flaw – one which is either minor, or imagined. Individuals with MD are typically preoccupied with thoughts surrounding their appearance, and in particular their muscularity. MD … Continued

The benefits of mindfulness

By Georgina Lavan The practice of mindfulness stems back thousands of years, originating from traditional practices such as Hinduism and Buddhism. In recent years, mindfulness has taken on a Westernised approach, with resources now available in books, CD’s, phone apps and short courses. The purpose of mindfulness is to be living in the moment, accepting … Continued

Let’s bring laughter back into our lives

By Georgina Lavan Source: Twitter Here’s an unfortunate fact. Research carried out by psychologist Robert Provine found that your average four year old will laugh approximately 300 times per day. Sadly, an adult will laugh only 20 times a day (Source: mentalfloss). Doesn’t seem right, does it? Laughter is an essential part of our livelihood. It … Continued

Managing binge eating with distress tolerance

By Deborah Etienne Ward Much of the time binge eating episodes occur following the experience of distress and negative emotions. Binge eating serves as an unhelpful way to manage the feelings that we experience. For a short time after binging some people will feel better. However, in the long term binge eating leads to more negative … Continued

Running on the Happiness Hamster Wheel

By Georgina Lavan  Source: Like Success We are all at some point in our lives searching for the keys to happiness. It is instilled in us to strive to do our best in school, work, our friendships and relationships. What we often find to be challenging is working out the difference between what we believe … Continued

The Necessity of Self-Care Routines

Reposted from Eating Disorders Blog with permission; Adapted from original article by Karen Koenig. One of the worst things you can do when you’re experiencing distress is to drop your self-care routine- eating regularly, getting enough sleep, exercising, and doing the small activities that give your life structure and publicly proclaim “Look how much I love … Continued