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The bizarre way the ‘meanest man in Australian politics’ Peter Dutton relieves his stress 

Revealed: The surprising way the ‘meanest man in Australian politics’ relieves his stress 

  • Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has revealed he meditates to reduce stress
  • He said it has really helped switch off from his job and maintain his mental health
  • Mr Dutton believes others in high-stress jobs should try meditation themselves

Peter Dutton has revealed he practises meditation as he believes it greatly reduces the stress associated with his job. 

The Home Affairs Minister said he was told about meditation by former Western Bulldogs player Luke Darcy and decided to try it out. 

Dutton believes meditation could also help other people in high-pressure jobs deal with stress and depression.  

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating said Mr Dutton was the ‘meanest’ Australian public figure in 50 years during Labor’s recent federal election campaign. 

Peter Dutton has revealed he practices meditation as he believes it greatly reduces the stress associated with his job

The Home Affairs Minister believes meditation could also help other people in high-pressure jobs deal with stress and depression

The Home Affairs Minister believes meditation could also help other people in high-pressure jobs deal with stress and depression

Mr Dutton read about how Australian sporting teams and the US Army have found success in reducing stress through meditation and believed it could help him.

‘It was a pretty quick course, but I have found it to be a great way to switch off from the constancy of work, especially when you are working 16-hour days,’ Mr Dutton told The New Daily.  

He said mental health is very important to him and everyone, including those in his own department, should focus on it more. 

‘And I obviously have a significant interest in helping to keep our police and border force officers well and we recently provided more funding to the agencies to help on that front.

‘Whether or not any of the agencies think it is of use to them is a decision for them.’

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating (pictured) said Mr Dutton was the 'meanest' public figure in 50 years during Labor's federal election campaign

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating (pictured) said Mr Dutton was the ‘meanest’ public figure in 50 years during Labor’s federal election campaign

Mr Dutton read about how Australian sporting teams and the US Army have found success in reducing stress through meditation and believed it could help him (pictured with his wife, Kirilly, his two sons, Tom and Harry, and his daughter, Rebecca)

Mr Dutton read about how Australian sporting teams and the US Army have found success in reducing stress through meditation and believed it could help him (pictured with his wife, Kirilly, his two sons, Tom and Harry, and his daughter, Rebecca)

Meditation is known to help alleviate stress after just eight weeks of regular practice. 

Studies on meditation have shown it is an effective stress management tool and reprograms the brain so it can better manage stress. 

Headspace is a mental health support service that focuses on people aged from 12-25 years old and they believe meditation is a great stress reliever for people of all ages.  

‘Meditation isn’t about eliminating stress; it’s about managing it,’ Headspace states.

‘A lot of that boils down to how we perceive stress. 

‘By altering our mindset, we can lessen the implications on our mental and physical health.’

Mr Dutton said mental health is very important to him and everyone, including those in his own department, should focus on it more

Mr Dutton said mental health is very important to him and everyone, including those in his own department, should focus on it more

Confidential documents obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald also alleged many officers are filing compensation claims after suffering from psychological injury including depression and anxiety

Confidential documents obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald also alleged many officers are filing compensation claims after suffering from psychological injury including depression and anxiety

The Australian Border Force was embroiled in controversy in 2018 when a recruit who committed suicide left a note alleging problems at work. 

Confidential documents obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald also alleged many officers are filing compensation claims after suffering from psychological injury including depression and anxiety. 

In a statement, the department said it provided staff with counselling and other support services to all those associated with the woman’s death. 

‘The department and the ABF provide a range of support services, programs and training to ensure staff are supported,’ a spokesperson told The Sydney Morning Herald.   

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