Going Wild Improves Mental Performance

August 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

I was picking my path carefully, jumping from one boulder or driftwood log to the next, when I was struck by the realisation. “I haven’t thought about work for at least three days!” Wow, HOW did that happen? That day, on my way to the outdoor ‘loo’, below the high tide mark at our camping area on Ross Islets off Vancouver Island’s wild west coast, I experienced a sense of relief (no, not that kind of relief!). It reminded me [...]

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How to thrive, even in adversity

May 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Mel Gibson is quoted as saying, “I’ve learned that a bitter experience can make you better.” No doubt you have proved this too. It CAN make you better but it requires having adequate support, coping mechanisms and resources. A recent study reported on the critical role that mothers play in helping children thrive or flourish in adversity.* Adverse Childhood Experiences** (ACEs), situations like a family breakup, the death of a parent, living with someone who is depressed for more than [...]

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Take Time to say Thank You

April 28th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Taxi driver, nutritionist, chief cook, 24/7 counsellor, cleaner of houses, first aider, dispenser of kisses (and bandaids!), laundress extraordinaire, proof reader, cheer leader, police woman, diplomatic adviser, financial adviser, career coach, keeper of dreams and secrets...all roles that go hand in hand with being a mother. I almost forgot to mention that she’s also the source of unconditional love and wisdom, but that goes without saying! Remind yourself that you're doing a great job As mum it’s easy to forget [...]

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What Does Your Happy List Reveal About You?

March 31st, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

At the beginning of last year, as a grade 9 survivor (no small feat!), Miss 15 decided that grade 10 was going to be a happy year. To her credit, she decided to record one thing on her calendar, at the end of each day, that made her happy. Simple enough. What started out as an idea became a personal challenge to see if she could stick to it. Most days her happy moment was something simple...taking the dog for [...]

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Good Relationships are Key to a Happy, Healthy Year!

January 5th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you wished family, friends and colleagues, “Happy New Year!” recently? I have. A new year causes us to reconsider what we’ve been doing and plan for how to do more of  what we like, usually more of what makes us happy. It can be a delicate balance...more of this, less of that. I was interested in a recent TEDx talk which revealed findings from the longest known study ever conducted into adult happiness. Conducted at Harvard University and spanning [...]

How to learn anything in 20hrs…

September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

Nod your head quietly if you’ve ever started something then given up in frustration shortly after beginning. I have! Learning new computer software quickly makes me feel incompetent, overwhelmed and wanting to do other things, like cleaning the car or baking. I’m not sure if you’ve heard the dictum that, “It takes 10 000 to be an expert or master anything.” I have lived under this premise for many years and it is true (if you want to be an [...]

Worried about someone who may be anxious or depressed?

September 9th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

A conversation could make all the difference… Tomorrow is national R U OK? day. This is a day to follow your instincts if you’ve noticed that someone you love or care about isn’t quite themselves. Perhaps their behaviour is different lately. Maybe they seem a bit overwhelmed or flat. This week, we encourage you to start a conversation with them. Take some time out and ask them, “Are you okay?”. You don’t need to be able to fix it for [...]

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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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What’s wrong with me? Maybe nothing at all…

June 10th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Isolation, Unappreciated|Tags: , |

I don’t think I have the brain power to count the number of times someone has told me they’re anxious and asked, “What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I …?” . As I listen, invariably they’re beating themselves up, looking for all the reasons that they’re to blame, feeling ashamed, picking out their faults and assuming that they are deeply flawed. Followed by, “Help me to fix this please.” by which they mean, “Fix me, I’m broken.” I’d be anxious [...]

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Is something a bit stale?

May 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Low mood|Tags: , |

Here’s a quick tip to freshen things up a little… While out on a ride today, doing the same 45km circuit around the Brisbane river that I’ve been doing for years, often 2 to 3 times a week, I thought I’d try a strategy to freshen up the ride and it worked! I rode faster today than I have in months and I enjoyed the ride more than I have in a long time. Is there anything in your life [...]

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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 [...]

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Do you have the 6 signs of adrenal fatigue?

March 4th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Exhaustion, Low mood|Tags: |

Are you feeling exhausted? Despite not having any “obvious” symptoms, do you experience a general sense of unwellness, tiredness or unexplained low mood? Are you resorting to coffee or caffeinated drinks to keep you going? If so, stress may be a key causative factor, as it is strongly indicated in the development of adrenal fatigue. Take this quick questionnaire to see if you may have early adrenal fatigue symptoms. Do you: feel tired for no reason? have trouble getting up [...]

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 [...]

Can’t sleep? Thoughts keeping you up?

February 12th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Exhaustion, Overwhelm|Tags: |

You're not alone if you're struggling at night. Black cloud nights in tens of thousands of beds every night. Here is a quick tip video and a tip sheet to help. It's not just about an emergency guide though. Do you have any strategies that might help? Please add them in a comment to our Facebook page so that we can make a strategy list for people who really need a hand. Click here to download the tip sheet (pdf) [...]