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Midsumma Festival Has Begun – OUTthink Update

By | Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQI

Midsumma Festival Has Begun – OUTthink Update Midsumma Festival Now is the perfect time to be in Melbourne as the annual Midsumma Festival has begun. The Midsumma Carnival last Sunday was an excellent opportunity to get out, enjoy the sun, and to take in the diversity that exists within our local LGBTQIA community. It can often be all too easy to forget that the LGBTQIA community is more than just a handful of gay clubs and the immediate circle that we associate with. It’s event likes Midsumma that help to get us out and about and to reconnect with our community. The importance of connection Research has shown the value and importance of connection to our own mental well being. It reminds us that we belong to ‘a tribe’ and that we can find people who understand and empathise with us, worts and all. Without this connection, we can often find mental health issues arising including stress, depression and anxiety, and even addiction. With that in mind, and despite Melbourne’s notoriously unreliable weather, go on and get out there. Connect with our community. Enjoy the sun and get the Vitamin D. OUTthink Update It still is a little way off…

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Book Review: ‘Daring Greatly’

By | Shame

Book Review ‘Daring Greatly – How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead.’ Brene Brown Over the past year, I have spent a lot of time researching the topic of shame and vulnerability. It is a curious topic; the more I dig beneath the surface, the more I become completely fascinated and consumed by it and the more I recognize it every day in day to day situations. It was also one of the reasons why I had my own new year’s resolution around being more authentic in my day to day transactions, which would mean digging deep into my personal values and then living by them, no matter what kind of confrontation or awkwardness it may present. I can assure you now, it is harder than it sounds and it can often take a lot of courage to live authentically. I readily admit, there are times where I simply fail. Shame and vulnerability ‘Daring Greatly’ is a book that really delves into the topics of shame and vulnerability. It is a book so full of ‘aha’ moments that you could read it now, feel inspired, read it again in 12 months and…

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Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong

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Johann Hari offers an excellent TED Talk where he explores some of the age-old myths around addiction and shares some of the newer research that is more about re-connecting people back into the community. He talks about countries that made sure addicts had a reason to get our of bed in the morning and have a sense of purpose in their lives. He offers up the concept of real connections, stating that ‘if you have a crisis in your life, it won’t be your Twitter followers who come to see you.’ He observes the parody of social networking, our obsession with exchanging ‘stuff’ in our lives for the sake of real connection. This is a fascinating insight into addiction that is worth your 15 minutes investment to understand why some people struggle with addiction in their lives. He also offers up some simple suggestions about what you can do to assist the addicts in your life. Johann Hari also has a book available titled ‘Chasing the Scream’. You might also want to read: What Is Shame (Really)? Breaking Addiction Through Counselling and Hypnosis Book Review: Healing The Shame That Binds You Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

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