Anxiety & Stress
Sport & High Performance
Career Counselling & Transition
Alcohol & Substance Issues
Michael’s Quick Stress Tip
When we’re trying to achieve an important goal, we can often get nervous and find our stress peaking the closer we get. How do we manage this?
Name the experience: Name familiar feelings and thoughts to recognise unhelpful patterns.
Normalise: Remind yourself these unpleasant experiences are normal.
Mindfulness: Your thoughts are not necessarily the truth. Practise mindfulness. Observe your experiences coming and going.
Commit to valued action: Ensure your actions are moving you towards what is most important to you even if it is temporarily distressing.
Focus on the controllable: Mindfully attend to the things you need to do and can do to control the situation – not those you can’t. Do not push unpleasant experiences away, but try to accept these whilst bringing your attention back to doing what matters.
Outside the therapy room
When not in the therapy room you will find Michael enjoying snorkelling around Clovelly and Sydney’s other beaches or find him practising martial arts. He also enjoys playing the guitar and cooking.
What I’m Reading…
THE EDIBLE BALCONY – INDIRA NAIDOO
Michael enjoys gardening, though lacks the green thumb at times to make his garden flourish. Currently he is reading “The Edible Balcony” By Indira Naidoo which describes how to turn an inner-city apartment balcony into a green oasis and make seasonal recipes from the garden. Michael describes his garden as a “work in progress”.