Forming Good Habits

Part Two of Good Health Magazine’s series on forming habits with Gaynor Parkin.

Want to sustain a healthy habit? Read the latest article by Gaynor Parkin, who will help you to:

1. Review Your New Habits

2. Take Note Of Your Successes

3. Get Back On Track

4. Use Smart Thinking…Harnessing the Power Of Your Mind

5. Ideas To Keep Momentum



HRINZ review of “I’ve had it up to here: From stress to strength”

Recently, the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand reviewed the latest addition of our book “I’ve had it up to here: From stress to strength”. Here is what they had to say:

“This is the second edition of the popular 2008 book published by Consumer NZ.  It incorporates and draws on the real-life experiences of people who have attended Gaynor’s workshops, as well as recent research in the field of positive psychology.  Whilst the easy-to-read style works well for the target audience, it is also well-referenced and sources acknowledged for those people who want to find out more about the science behind the approach…

“ In summary, it is a well-written New Zealand book that provides practical tools and tips to people who want to improve their resilience at home and work.”

- Anna Sage



Make a change for good

Forming healthy habits needn’t be a chore – just follow Good Health Magazine’s two-part series with Gaynor Parkin

“What are habits? Put simply, they’re automatic routines or behaviours. They’re useful because they allow us to take action and get things done without too much energy or mental effort. Many of our routines or habits occur on automatic pilot, which is easy for our brain. These well-worn neural pathways are incredibly handy for helping us to get things done quickly. However they can be more of a hindrance than a help when we want to change a habit. Luckily, understanding how habits work makes them easier to take charge of.”



Are New Zealanders overworking?

Taking control: Three things are crucial if you want to stay on top of a big workload

Read Gaynor Parkin’s commentary in the June Listener on managing stress and dealing with the pressures of work.

“We’re hoping to be able to say that if you help people learn these particular skills, then they will become more resilient and bounce back better.” She says certain themes are common to many workplaces these days, such as high demand, high output, shrinking resources and a constant need for adaptation and flexibility. “There is also that sense that people describe of being on a treadmill that they can’t get off. Or they are scared that if they do get off they might not be able to get back on.”



Radio New Zealand Interview with Kim Hill

Gaynor Parkin, on how to deal with stress

Click below to hear the Kim Hill interview with Gaynor Parkin, a practising psychologist and teaching clinician at Victoria University. (duration:12′03″)



Her Business and Lifesyle Magazine

Get a head start on 2011, Feb/Mar 2011 Issue

By Gaynor Parkin

Energised and hopeful after a summer holiday most of us return to work, and our daily lives, with great expectations. Whether personal or business we’re brimming with fresh ideas and a renewed determination to do things differently. Fast -forward a few weeks or months and it’s easy for those good intentions to fade as fast as the work- load grows and the holiday becomes a memory.



The Dominion Post

How not to blow your top, Feb 7, 2008

By Sarah Kenward

There’s plenty we can do to get smart about dealing with stress.

We’ve all experienced it: heart rate goes up, we start getting sweaty, feeling overwhelmed. At work or at home, stress is a part of our lives. But what can we do about it? Plenty, according to Gaynor Parkin, Wellington psychologist and co-author of I’ve Had it up to Here, From Stress to Strength.