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Focussed Psychological Strategies
PO Box 2272, Wellington Point
Whilst we are still breathing on this
earth, events will happen that
challenge us in some way: a dust
storm, failing an exam, missing a promotion/
selection for the team, being made redundant, a
health problem, death of a loved one, or just
having one of those days.
Whatever the challenge, it is likely to make
even the most robust person momentarily
helpless. How long that lasts, however, is
dependent on what happens next -- and that can
be greatly shaped by how we think about what
Consistent with modern psychology findings,
the great observer of human nature,
Shakespeare, notes,"There is nothing either good
or bad but thinking makes it so. " How often has
something that seemed so bad when you were in
the midst of it (relationship break-up) turn out to
be a blessing in disguise (re-creating yourself and
finding the love of your life)? One door closes
only for another to open.
How we think about what happens to us or
those around us, is a habit that we develop, and
just like any habit, some habits are good for us
(exercising) and others are harmful (smoking).
Whatever your habit of thinking, it affects your
emotions, which in turn affects your ability to
think clearly; this continues 'Catch 22'-style until
you halt the spiral.
If you would like to: set and achieve more
challenging goals, be more productive, make
more money, progress your career, negotiate
effectively, stay in a committed relationship, have
healthy relationships and greater social support,
cope effectively when stressed, respond better to
health treatments, live longer, have better
moods, be more energetic, be healthier and
happier; then take stock of the way you think.
When you think in more optimistic ways, you
are more likely to live a life filled with the qualities
just listed. Pessimistic thinking has adverse
effects on one's quality of life -- the opposite to
So rather than viewing challenging situations
as having a permanent cause that seeps into all
areas of your life, look for ways to view adversity
as temporary (such as bad luck) and having a
Conversely, attribute the good events in your
life to stable qualities about you, the other person
or the situation, rather than to luck or being in the
'right' mood, both of which are transient.
So whatever life deals you, share your
experiences in ways that are beneficial to your
health and those around you.
Patrea O'Donoghue,M.Psych,is a registered psychologist
and member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
As an active member of her profession, Patrea (rhyme's with
tray) is the Qld Convenor and National Committee member
for the APS'sInterest Group in Coaching Psychology.Patrea is
an experienced change manager (ten years with two of the
'big five' consulting firms) and private practitioner based at
the Ormiston Medical Centre. Patrea is passionate about
positive psychology and its applications to enhance
performance in health and well-being, education,
relationships, sport, and work. Patrea is available for
corporate and individual consultations.
a top cause
About your breasts
Breasts are glandular organs that produce milk after pregnancy.
Breast tissue contains tiny milk sacs called lobules (where milk is
made) ducts which carry milk from the lobules to the nipple and
Breasts also have fibrous tissue, arteries, veins, nerves and a lymph
syste which helps the body fight infection.
Breast tissue extends from the collarbone down to the bottom of
the bra line and the armpit. Your chest muscles and ribs are
underneath the breasts.Breast cancer occurs when cells in the breast
tissue become abnormal and grow n an uncontrolled way.
The majority of breast cancers develop in the milk ducts
(intraductal cancers), while a small number start in the milk sacs or
lobules (lobular cancers).
Be breast aware
It is important for women of all ages to be breast aware. Your
breasts are continually changing.
The major stages of growth, development and change occur
during puberty, pregnancy, breast-feeding and menopause.
Increasing age and weight changes can also affect the shape, size
and feel of your breasts.
Become familiar with the usual look and feel of your breasts.
Breasts are often quite lumpy and this can be normal for some
women. Your breasts may feel more tender and lumpy just before
your monthly period.
This usually disappears after your period.
Young women's breasts are usually dense and fibrous because
there is more glandular tissue than fatty tissue.
As we age, breasts become less glandular and more fatty, making
them softer and less lumpy.
Breast cancer screening
Breast screening can find cancers at an early stage, when they are
too small for you to notice or when you don't have any symptoms.
Women aged 50 to 69 are invited to have a free screening
mammogram breast x-ray at BreastScreen Queensland every two
years, as this is when screening has been shown to be most effective.
Women aged 40 to 49 or 70 and over, may also be screened if they
wish. Book an appointment with Breast Screen Queensland by
calling 13 20 50 or visit www.breastscreen.qld.gov.au
Reducing your risk
While some risk factors are out of your control, adopting a healthy
lifestyle can reduce your risk:
The more alcoholic drinks you have each day, the greater your risk of
breast cancer.It is therefore a good idea to limit your alcohol intake to
no more than one standard drink a day. Or better still avoid alcohol
Be physically active.
An active lifestyle has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Try to do at east 30 minutes of vigorous activity or one hour of
moderate exercise most days.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Strive to keep your waistline to less than 80cm or a BMI less than 25 to
lower your risk of breast cancer. Maintain a healthy weight by
combining regular exercise with a healthy diet, which is low in fat and
high in fresh fruit and vegetables.
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