Toni Jackson

3 Self-Compassion Activities to do when You Feel Unworthy

If you are someone who is prone to self-criticism and feelings of unworthiness, I’m sharing these self-compassion activities for YOU.  They are gentle ways to practice being kind to yourself, no matter how bad you are feeling.

The activities I’ve chosen are by three women who are all remarkable leaders in the field of self-compassion – Kristin Neff, Tara Brach and Sarah Blondin.

Safe Place Exercise

Before beginning the self-compassion activities, I’d like to say a few words about safety.

If you find yourself becoming resistant, uncomfortable or angry during the self-compassion exercises, stop.  Take some long, slow, deep breaths and focus on your surroundings.  What can you see and hear around you?  Acknowledge that you are finding it difficult to be kind toward yourself.  Don’t use it as an excuse to be self-critical.  This stuff takes practice. Read More

Eating Disorders Resources for Western Australia

World Eating Disorders Action Day is on June 2nd.

As a women’s Counsellor and Psychotherapist who specialises in body image and trauma, I support numerous women in my practice who struggle with eating disorders.

In honour of World Eating Disorders Action Day, I’d like to share some eating disorder resources with you. The information provided is Perth-centric, however, I’ve also included some resources from around Australia and the world.

Eating Disorder Support Services

Following are eating disorder support services in Perth, Western Australia:
• Women’s Health & Family Services:
Body Esteem Program
Eating Disorders Resource Directory – a comprehensive directory of professionals in Perth who work with eating disorders.
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children – Eating Disorders Program (from 11 June, 2018 they will be located at the new Perth Children’s Hospital).
Hollywood Private Hospital – Eating Disorders Programs
The Swan Centre
Bridges Eating Disorder Association of WA
Butterfly National Helpline
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Mindful in May

Mindful in May

I’m participating in Mindful in May this year and thought I’d share a little about it, in case you might like to do it too!

Mindful in May is an online mindfulness program created by Australian psychiatrist, social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, Elise Bialylew.  The program states that,

“Mindful in May is a one month global, online mindfulness meditation challenge that brings the benefits of meditation together with an opportunity to contribute to bringing clean, safe drinking water to those living in the developing world. It’s just ten minutes a day of guided meditation from the 1st of May. The program, created by founder Dr Elise Bialylew, includes weekly audio meditation downloads, exclusive interviews with leading experts in the field of meditation, wellbeing, and wisdom and cutting edge science to keep you connected to your challenge.”

Throughout the month of May, the program offers daily guided meditations and talks by world leaders in the field of meditation, mindfulness and neuroscience.  Experts such as Tara Brach, Dan Siegel, Stephen Porges, Chris Germer and Rick Hanson share their knowledge in daily audio snippets. Read More