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Practise Emotional First Aid and Feel Better

February 19th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Isolation, Low mood|Tags: , |

Managing emotional injuries and wounds appropriately is a vital part of health and wellbeing and can help prevent high blood pressure, reduce the incidence of depression and lead to longer life expectancy! The trick is having a well stocked emotional first aid kit and seeking professional help when we need it. In this Ted Talk, Guy Winch, Ph.D., discusses how important it is that we know what to do to combat loneliness, how to choose more useful responses to feelings of [...]

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There’s an important difference between what you don’t want and what you do

January 15th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Communication & conflict, Unappreciated|

In a recent chat with a new graduate about what their plans were for a planned gap year, it intrigued me to discover there were a number of things he had identified that he didn’t want to do. After listening for a few minutes, I said, “It’s interesting that you’ve shared quite a few things you don’t want to do this year. Can we chat for awhile about what you do want?”. You can probably relate to some of the [...]

See how easily you can eliminate your ‘To Do’ list

December 1st, 2014|Categories: Blog, Exhaustion, Overwhelm|

There seems to be a particular ‘madness’ that goes along with all the activities at the end of the year, school graduations, children on holidays, end of year work functions, the extra tasks associated with Christmas and holidays - shopping, preparing, cooking, visiting. To top it off the grass starts to grow and needs frequent mowing! At this time of the year, perhaps more than ever, the ‘To do’ list can seem insurmountable. It can feel like a mountain with [...]

Will You Help to Lift the Burden?

November 25th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Low mood, Overwhelm|

A surprising statistic. One or two mothers out of every 10 have depression after childbirth. By definition this means they experience persistent sadness, low energy and difficulty getting through the day. Their capacity to manage the challenges of daily living is reduced and the whole family is affected. Often these symptoms go unrecognised. The World Health Organisation is urging us, as a community, to open our eyes and deal with what is too often, a hidden problem. The ‘I’m fine’ [...]

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It’s Time to Take Down the Wall

November 20th, 2014|Categories: Blog|

The Berlin Wall, which separated East Germany from West Germany, ‘fell’ 25 years ago. On November 9th, 1989, the German people were reunited. The wall, also known as the Iron Curtain, was erected in 1961 to ‘protect’ the people. It stood for 28 years and affected the lives of millions. In 1989, after a period of civil unrest, the barrier was removed and the people were once again given liberty to move freely within Germany. Civil unrest brought down the [...]

’tis the season to be jolly…

November 20th, 2014|Categories: Blog|

Does seeing Laurie attempting to twirl pizza dough make you smile? It makes me smile. She was having so much fun. Last night at Bare Hands central we held an end of year catch up with beautiful women who have been part of the Bare Hands workshop series. It was a pizza night and everyone helped by bringing something delicious along to share. It was a truly lovely and relaxing evening. Great conversation, getting to know each other better and sharing stories. [...]

The formula for a long and happy life – Dr George Vaillant

November 10th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Low mood|

Why do some people flourish in later life, finding happiness and contentment while others become grumpy old men and women full of woe? Dr George Valliant (author of Triumphs of Experience) answers these questions in an interview with Adele Horn, The Age. He is a man who has dedicated his life’s work to finding out the answers to sustainable contentment and happiness. In charge of the world's most famous, long-running study on human development, started in 1938 it followed 268 [...]

Is Happiness Really a Goal?

November 6th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Low mood|

Have you noticed there seems to be an ever increasing focus on achieving happiness? Everyone wants more of it and yet stress, anxiety and depression are increasing! Could it be that we’re focused on the wrong thing? Jennifer Senior presented a recent TED talk titled, For parents, happiness is a very high bar. She says that although happiness appears to be a wonderful goal, it is a very elusive one and she suggests that happiness and self-confidence can be the [...]

How be confident making choices – 3 hot tips

November 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blog, Communication & conflict, Overwhelm|

Do you ever have trouble making a choice between this or that? Do you find sometimes your head says ‘go this way’ and your heart or intuition tells you to do something different? This dilemma is a common cause of stress, often a great deal of stress. Being able to choose simply and confidently is part of decreasing ‘overwhelm’. So if you said yes to the above questions, this post is just for you. Next time you find yourself in [...]

Bald Hills group share …

October 20th, 2014|Categories: Testimonials|

J: It is a valuable way to reconnect with and understand yourself. By understanding yourself better your relationships benefit. This course provides useful, practical, clear strategies that you can apply to enhance happiness in your life. Thank you - it has been wonderful and very worthwhile. I am very grateful for this course. Mary-Anne: Truly insightful! From the first session I had strategies I not only understood but had the courage to utilise. By the second session I was making [...]

Holland Park Group share …

October 16th, 2014|Categories: Testimonials|

Renae: This workshop is for you if you are a woman, any woman, kids, no kids, stay at home, working or not. You will walk away having learnt so much about yourself and never regret it! I learned how to prioritise myself more and how to overcome guilt associated with doing that. Elizabeth: The strategies and information taught is invaluable to all areas of your life. This workshop helped me achieve amazing clarity to be able to move forward in [...]

Peace of Mind

October 16th, 2014|Categories: Blog|

When peace of mind is disturbed it can result in feelings of being overwhelmed, unhappy, irritable...and the effect can be highly contagious. Before you know it, everyone is cranky and miserable! If things aren’t going well it can be tempting to try and force peace, somehow try to control what you have no control over - the behaviour of others. Perhaps a better way is to find peace within and share it. If you're at odds with others more than [...]

I thought I was beyond help…

October 12th, 2014|Categories: Testimonials|

Hi Roxy I just wanted to take the time to thank you for the Bare Hands workshops. One left to go! I have really gained so much from them and really did not believe that I would learn so much in such a short amount of time. I thought I was beyond help - thank you for allowing me to see otherwise and to finally find the confidence to make the changes in my life. I am part of a [...]

Putting things into action – adopting a surrogate grandparent.

October 10th, 2014|Categories: Testimonials|

Hi Roxy Thank you for facilitating my growth and development. I am loving the course and am living consciously. I love your energy, the way you present with a smile and the manner in which you get the most out of the participants. Here is something that I said I would share. My family and I have recently re-located to Australia. We have left behind our beloved family and friends.Two weeks ago it was grandparents day at my four year [...]

The Secret Formula of Joy – Amanda Gore

October 10th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Low mood, Unappreciated|

Would you love more joy in life? What would it be like if you could spread it around, even to the grumpiest of people? There's a simple formula and this wonderful speaker, Amanda Gore, is an inspiring, clever and highly entertaining woman who would like to share it with you. Watch the video when you have a spare 15 minutes this week. It will be worth your time. Follow the simple 3 step plan of: 3 Steps to joy. - [...]

Not enough cooks in the kitchen? 5 common misconceptions that limit helpfulness

October 8th, 2014|Categories: Blog, Communication & conflict, Overwhelm|

Does it feel like there’s a conspiracy in your house to be as far as possible from the kitchen for that hour or so before you call, “Come and eat!”? It’s easy to feel isolated and unappreciated if you’re flying solo and preparing yet another meal... Meal planning and prep are essential skills for life. If you feel like you’re doing more than your share, here are some common misconceptions that might be getting in the way of you getting [...]