Are You Subscribing To The School Of “WHAT IF”

What If……..

What If …. I fail my exam

What If…. My partner rejects me

What If… My boss says no

What If… My fiends don’t like me

What If… I look like an idiot

Subscribing to the School Of WHAT IF is engaging in the What IF type of thinking. Often we spend a signifiant about of emotional and physical energy worrying about something that may or may not even happen. It is a complete drain on your resources and prevents you from focusing on what is important to you in the here and now

Here is a quick video on some quick re diversion techniques to UNSUBSCRIBE from the school of WHAT IF

ABOUT: Melissa Johnson

Melissa is the Principal Psychologist and Director of Thriving Minds Psychology Clinic, a private psychology clinic based in Buddina in the heart of the beautiful Sunshine Coast, QLD. Melissa has extensive experience  treating a full range of clinical conditions including: anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma and PTSD, obsessive disorders and pain management.  She has a particular interest working with families in the perinatal period who are trying to conceive, progressing through pregnancy and adjusting to  a new born baby.  And with busy professionals experiencing chronic stress and anxiety, burnout and struggling to establish the elusive work life harmony. If you would like to book an appointment with Melissa you can call our clinic on P: 0428 088 671 or email on

Take Ten Breaths!

Take 10 Breaths

Practicing to breathe effectively can be extremely beneficial in times of stress and anxiety. Why? Because re-regulating the breath helps to communicate to the brain that we are not under threat. This helps to “turn off” the fight and flight survival mechanism responsible for the stress / anxiety response. Once this is switched off we can then engage our frontal lobes, helping us to problem solve and think logically. However, it’s best to practice daily. Even if it’s just ten breaths a day.


1. Take ten slow, deep breaths. Focus on breathing out as slowly as possible until the lungs are empty – allow them to refill by themselves
2. Notice the sensation of your lungs emptying, notice them refilling, notice your rib cage rising and falling
3. allow your thoughts to come and go as if they are cars passing by
4. Expand your awareness: notice your breathing and your body. Then look around and notice what you can see, hear, smell, touch and feel

Reference: Russ Harriss


Melissa Johnson

Principal Psychologist/ Director

Thriving Minds Psychology Clinic