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Who Mothers Mommy?

November 11th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Researchers at Arizona State University published a study last week which I found interesting. It was titled, “Who mothers mommy? Factors that contribute to mothers’ well being,” I know, some of us are 'Mum' rather than 'Mom' but it’s still the same role and the outcomes are worth noting :) The study involved interviewing 2000 well educated, upper middle-class mothers to find out what helped them cope with motherhood. According to the researchers this group was considered ‘high risk” for [...]

Two Words That Keep Couples Together

October 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Couples who say “Thank You” have better marital outcomes. Just two little words with really BIG potential. According to Ted Futris, associate professor at the college of Family and Consumer Sciences and co-author of a recently published study*, “Feeling appreciated and believing that your spouse values you directly influences how you feel about your marriage, how committed you are to it, and your belief that it will last." The study involved 468 married individuals who were asked about how financial [...]

A Lesson In Compassion

October 14th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

An elderly friend recently recounted to me what she called her ‘first lesson in compassion’, a story worth sharing. One day, when she was just seven years old, my friend pointed to a girl walking down the street outside her house and told her mother, “That girl, Irene, is in my class at school.” The girl was walking alone, her clothes outdated and her hair untidy. My friend’s mother looked down at her daughter and said, “You be kind to [...]

Feeling stuck? Give up these 5 habits and break free

September 30th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever heard someone say, “I wish I could ________.” Maybe, like me, you’ve done it too. “I wish I could _________” You can fill in the blank with almost anything...have a holiday, lose 5 kg, have a date night, play an instrument, stop smoking, get fit, get the boss to notice my efforts, stop arguing with my teens, stop arguing with my parents... The potential list of  ‘wishes’ is endless. It starts with a desire for something different. [...]

Lost your cool? Don’t beat yourself up…get back on your bike!

September 16th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

When did you last lose your cool? I ask 'when', because I assume that you may be a little like me and ‘lose it’ from time to time. What happened? Like falling off a bike, it can happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Can you remember what the trigger was? Do you remember how you reacted or responded? Then what happened? Did you beat yourself up for days… “Why did I say that?” “What possessed me to do that?” “Will they ever [...]

5 things I learned at Boot Camp

September 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Just over 2 months ago Miss 22 asked me, “Mum, do you want to enroll in a boot camp with me?” My response? “Are you serious? I’m too old for that!” I couldn’t see myself pushing tyres around a park with someone cracking a whip behind me; the mental image I got as soon as I thought about what a boot camp would be like! Fast forward 8 weeks…I decided I’d take her up on the challenge, this is our [...]

Swap your ‘got’ for ‘get’ and feel better immediately

August 19th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

It happened in the car on the way home this evening. My daughter and I were talking about the day tomorrow, commenting that it would be particularly full. I have week four of a six week bootcamp which starts at 5.30 am, she has an orthodontist appointment at 7.15 followed by orchestra rehearsal before school at 7.30, I have a team meeting to attend at 9.00 followed by clinic appointments and then she has three hours at work after school [...]

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4 Steps To Continuous Improvement

July 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Communication & conflict|Tags: , , |

The Bare Hands team is having a two day ‘Kaizen’ this week. We called it a ‘Think Tank’ but when I came across the concept of Kaizen, a Japanese word that describes the practice of continuous improvement, I realised that this describes much more accurately what we’ve been up to! The Kaizen process involves 4 steps that are just as relevant to each of us as individuals and to our families, as they are to business. Step 1 - Plan [...]

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Try this simple 4 day exercise for lasting health benefits

June 22nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Isolation, Low mood|Tags: , |

Did you know that writing 20 minutes a day for four consecutive days has been shown to improve health and wellbeing? How easy is that? Just 20 minutes of non-stop writing without thinking about grammar, punctuation or spelling and you can sleep better, reduce stress levels, improve immune function, remove mental blocks, open up new possibilities and generally feel better! In 2004 Dr. Alan Pennebaker from the University of Texas at Austin published “Writing to Heal” which taught people how [...]

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Slow Down. You Move Too Fast!

May 28th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Exhaustion|Tags: , , |

Rush. Rush. Rush. Do more. Get more. It’s like a mantra all around us. Are you in a hurry? Doing too many things at once? Perhaps even secretly proud that you’re a multi-tasker?  Are you always thinking about what needs to be done instead of being mindful about what you’re actually doing? You’re not alone. Recently I was putting a load of clothes in the washing machine, calling out to answer someone’s, “Mum, where is....”, thinking about the day ahead [...]

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How to Keep Your Cool with Angry People

May 22nd, 2015|Categories: Anger, Blog, Communication & conflict|

Angry people say things that hurt. It’s their way of discharging their own emotions, often fear. Perhaps you’ve been on the receiving end of a hurtful outburst and know how it feels? It stings. It hurts even more if you get caught up in the heat of the moment and retaliate. Then you have hurt and regret. How can you avoid the trap, keep your cool and manage the situation in a way you won’t regret? In a situation like [...]

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A very good reason to sit in the middle of the road

May 20th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Isolation, Low mood, Overwhelm|

Sitting in the middle of the road, when it comes to how you think, can prevent low mood and isolation. Feelings of sadness, hopelessness and overwhelm can sneak in if we allow ourselves to think or speak in ‘all or none’ terms. Some people call this ‘black and white’ thinking. It sounds something like this. “I never get anything right!”, “Wednesdays are always a drag.”, “I’m always so stressed!” or “The kids never listen to me!” Thinking like this doesn’t [...]

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COOL Moments Create Connection

May 6th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Communication & conflict|

There’s something I know about you. I know that you love the times when you ‘connect’ with the people you love. That you want more days, even hours or moments, doing the stuff that really matters, the stuff that makes great memories. I know this because it’s what we all want.  Guess what? The people you love want to spend more time ‘connecting’ with you too! So, what gets in the way? What gets in your way? Probably the same [...]

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“Please listen…I’m scared”

April 22nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Communication & conflict|

“What if we crash?” “Don’t say that!” I was travelling home from Melbourne when this conversation caught my attention. A young boy, sitting next to the window in the row behind me, was talking to his mum. A quick look over my shoulder told a little more of the story. The boy, about 11, was peering out the airplane window and spoke again, more anxiously this time. “I’m scared. What if we crash?” Mum’s reply? “Just chill out!” This boy, his [...]

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Is this one word causing your overwhelm?

April 8th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Overwhelm|

Do you catch yourself saying, “I should do this..” or “I should do that...”? Or maybe it’s more like, “I should do this and this and this and that....”? Wow. How heavy does that feel? It’s hard to be motivated when it feels like someone is pointing a finger at you and telling you all the things you ‘should’ be doing. ‘Should’ doesn’t acknowledge what you are doing or have already done so there is rarely a sense of achievement [...]

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My Baby is my Personal Trainer

March 11th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Exhaustion, Low mood, Overwhelm|Tags: |

Regular exercise is good for you. It boosts mood, increases circulation, provides protection again chronic disease, improves immune function, helps maintain a healthy weight, promotes better sleep and increases energy. And there’s more. Exercise is fun! It opens up opportunities to spend time with friends, be part of a team and set personal goals. A pill that promised all these benefits would surely be a best seller! Despite all this, exercise doesn’t always come easily. So many objections get in [...]