2011 Term 1 Newsletter
HAPPY NEW YEAR, [NAME]!!!
My family and I had a lovely Christmas which started with me singing in the choir of the Channel 9 Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve. Then we celebrated the New Year listening to my husband play his bagpipes at the stroke of midnight down at Phillip Island (in Victoria).
Reflecting on 2010, it was a wonderful year that began with the launch of my “Stomp Out The ANTs – Automatic Negative Thoughts” book, then the creation of my ANT poster (thanks to the incredible talents of Lindsay Flatt and Artful !). The last half of the year saw me nearly once a week on Channel 7's "The Morning Show" and it was the start of my own hourly program on radio 3WBC on the first Monday of every month. And in between my wonderful clients, I still managed to do some presentations, sell products on my websites, and over 100 other media interviews!
Looking for an ANTSA?
I have now changed the name of my practice to ANTSA Psychology (Automatic Negative Thoughts - Strategies for All). There are some changes planned for my "ParentsOnline" website in the near future too. 2011 will be another exciting year of positive change and moving forward - that's about as close to a New Year's resolution as I get!
Professional Development - 2011.
The “Stomp Out The ANTs” professional development will be held again this year. [NAME], please register your interest via email. Whether you are a teacher, a parent or a mental health professional, you will learn more about depression and anxiety in children & adolescents. We discuss our thinking patterns and how to practice/teach some skills to change them! The presentation will be held in the Waverley area. If you would like me to present in your area, please contact me and give me your details.
In addition, the “Stomp Out The ANTs” programs for children in Year 5 to 10 will be running. Again, send an email expressing your interest, or telephone (03) 881 22 373 for further information.
[NAME], here are some tips for improving your mood!
· Try to regulate your sleep habits (start by getting up at the same time every day regardless of how long you have slept)
· Get some sunlight every day. I often recommend my clients eat their breakfast outside or at least in a sunny part of the house.
· Daily exercise is an important way to ensure that your body starts developing healthy routines (and this stimulates chemicals that help correct the brain's imbalance).
· Eliminate the "shoulds" - notice how many times in your day that you use this word (or similar words)!
· Write a Gratitude Journal. Make it a conscious daily activity to look for all of the positive things that have happened in your day. It may even be as small as not spilling your cup of tea as you walked it to the table!
AND FINALLY, [NAME]...
Watch here for an interview that I gave on Channel10's "The 7PM Project" just before Christmas. I hope none of the parents reading this newsletter ended up spending too much money on gifts!
Look for all of the positives that you can in 2011. There will always be ups and downs, but focussing most of our time on the more positive moments in our days/weeks/months takes our time away from our focus on the negative!
All the best for 2011, [NAME]!
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST M.A.P.S.
(03) 881 22 373
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