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Stress part 3- My top 10 tools for better management

STRESS SUCKS! There I said it! I thought I never really suffered much with stress, but that’s the thing with some stressors, we can have it as a constant low lying level that just simmers away in the background, then eventually you wake up one day and feel overwhelmingly exhausted and have to force yourself to just stop, breathe and rejuvenate. As an ex-busy rushing woman with a type ‘A’ personality and a ‘doing’ attitude (can you guess this was my big stress driver?), over the years, I have actively put daily practices and strategies in place to keep these levels at bay. Which for the most part has been very successful. But sometimes life throughs you curve balls. These curve balls can throw you for six and leave you reeling, which has been something that I have been dealing with over the last several months. A big life curve ball! The thing that has surprised me the most, is I thought I was keeping everything under control, but then my body and mind went …

Stress Part 2- What’s really going on in your body?

In todays post on stress, I will discuss; What is really going on in your body Stress v’s trauma What is the flight or fight response? What is the freeze or flop response? Stress comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it’s brief and passes, sometimes it’s low level but constant, sometimes it’s there but you are not aware of it, sometimes it’s chronic and other times it’s intense. Whatever or however it appears in your life, it all plays out the same way in your body and that is by the release of stress hormones, adrenalin and cortisol. The one thing that is very clear is that when experiencing stress for long periods of time or of great intensity, the way it manifests in your body, mind and spirit, it can have a major impact on your health. Let’s consider the impact that the stress can lead to in terms of our health and wellbeing? • Adrenal fatigue • Anxiety • Thyroid issues and sex hormone imbalance (including PMT, debilitating menopause etc) • Digestive …

STRESS…a blog series on the effects it has on your health

STRESS…what does it look like? The subject of ‘stress’ is the most consistent topic that comes up in my coaching practice and let’s be honest, with a lot of people everywhere these days. This series of posts I am writing is not only a deeply personal one but one I hope will bring you or someone you know a level of understanding and guidance in the management of this. We all experience it at some point and for many these days, it is constantly simmering away, under the surface and often, you are not even aware of its insidious existence! For others, you may experience a traumatic event in your life, which you can be acutely aware of the role this stress is placing on you. I am someone who is a HUGE believer in the absolute importance of managing your stress. In fact, I would even goes as far as saying I believe it to be my number 1 health rule! Now this does to mean I am immune to it, and I don’t …

Hangin’ with your peeps!’ Can spending time with your friends, improve your health?

Can spending time with your friends, improve your health?….Most definitely! Good friends are good for your health. The key here, is GOOD friends…More on this later in the post. Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Friends prevent loneliness and give you a chance to offer needed companionship, too. Friends can also: Increase your sense of belonging and purpose Boost your happiness and reduce your stress Improve your self-confidence and self-worth Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss, the death of a loved one, etc. Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits. I am blessed to have some truly wonderful friendships in my life and last weekend, I had the pleasure of a weekend away with two of my closest. I wrote recently about the huge amount of stress I have been under, so you could only imagine how much I was looking forward to this weekend, not only a break from this, but to get away from the Groundhog Day and …

Hearty Sausage, Bean and Vegetable Soup

It’s still winter here in Melbourne and although a little sunshine is appearing this week, as the cold night air sets in, I’m still looking for comfort food and this hearty winter soup, certainly fit the bill. It’s a hearty, warming,  filling meal in a bowl and full of nutritious ingredients. The best part is it also economical and super quick to make. Ticks all round!   Hearty Sausage, Bean and Vegetable Soup Print Recipe It’s a hearty, warming,  filling meal in a bowl and full of nutritious ingredients. The best part is it also economical and quick to make. Ticks all round! CourseMain Dish CuisineSoup Servings Prep Time 4 People 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Servings Prep Time 4 People 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Hearty Sausage, Bean and Vegetable Soup Print Recipe It’s a hearty, warming,  filling meal in a bowl and full of nutritious ingredients. The best part is it also economical and quick to make. Ticks all round! CourseMain Dish CuisineSoup Servings Prep Time 4 People 15 minutes Cook …

My first published article!

I was recently asked by the editor of a wonderful hairdressing magazine, called ‘Modern Salon’   to be interviewed for an article, all about my journey from hairdressing to health coaching. I said, SURE… YAY FOR ME! You can click here to read it….. I have talked about my personal health journey before, but it was interesting to talk about this in terms of hairdressing and the health and wellbeing issues that this industry face.   The hair and beauty industry is notorious for not supporting healthy habits and most working in busy salons have a tendency to; Work long stressful hours Standing all day and holding our bodies in ‘awkward’ positions Not taking breaks Eating on the run Giving and pleasing our clients with our time and energy. Exposing ourselves and breathing in chemicals all day long. So it was good not only for me to reflect on the health and lifestyles changes I have made in my life, to minimise the impact on these above challenges, but to also have the opportunity to …

Do we hand over responsibilty of our health?

This morning I stopped into my local health food outlet, while I was out walking and had an interesting chat with the naturopath who works there. Now this is not an unusual happening for me, as I love a chat ( hello, nearly 30 years of hairdressing!!) but as we got talking about what we both do now and health and wellbeing in general, she said to me that as humans, we often delegate responsibility out to other when it comes to our health.  We want the quick fix, for someone to make the decision for us and are unwilling to do the work on ourselves in order to make positive changes in our health and wellbeing or they feel they have no other options available to them. Most people don’t want to change their habits until forced to do so. In other words, they are willing to gamble with their health, hoping to beat the odds. For example, we may know deep down that a certain food we eat consistently does not agree with our …

A Very Personal Note

I have been under quite a lot of stress lately. I don’t know really where to begin but to say that there has been an accumulation of things building up in my life and its hit me for six over the last couple of weeks and became one big mind f@#k! (I know, language Kerry). Stress can be funny like that sometimes, you can be cruising along, feeling all ‘jiggy’ with it, then bam! I am unable to share with you the details of what has been going on but what I can share with you that it has had a huge impact on me, in ways that I thought it couldn’t or wouldn’t. So much of what happens in our lives can be things that are out of our control and the only thing we can control is how we react and deal with these issues. And this is what I want to share with you today. I have spent the last 5-6years doing some really deep work on myself in this area and …

10 recipes to use up your leftover chicken

A few days ago, I shared with you my Simple Roast Chicken, with different tasty rubs/flavourings to lift your chook! Today I’m going to share with you, just how and what you can do with your leftovers.  I’m a big believer in cooking once and eating twice, three times even more… Traditionally Sunday was always Roast Day. Mum’s would put the roast in the oven, before the family headed off to church, then on return they could all sit down to a big meal of veggies, gravy and roast meat and reconnected after a long week. Theit was eaten over and again as leftovers in stews, pies and as cold cuts. This is why the Sunday roast became such an important part of the week. The tradition of the Sunday roast as a large, sit down meal with the family is certainly not as regular as it used to be. Being too time-poor to spend a day cooking and eating, the ritual of the Sunday roast has been somewhat lost. But here is why I …

Leftover Quick Chicken Curry

Using your leftover roast chicken can provide you with a quick meal on another night. And this quick curry is no exception. It will take you 20 minutes to get this on the table, and in my book, that’s a winner, winner, chicken dinner! This curry cuts down on some of the steps and time to making a curry, as well as the number of spices.   Leftover Quick Chicken Curry Print Recipe Using your leftover roast chicken can provide you with a quick meal on another night. And this quick curry is no exception. It will take you 20 minutes to get this on the table, and in my book, that’s a winner, winner, chicken dinner!! CourseDinner, Lunch, Main Dish CuisineIndian Servings 4 People Cook Time 20 minutes Servings 4 People Cook Time 20 minutes Leftover Quick Chicken Curry Print Recipe Using your leftover roast chicken can provide you with a quick meal on another night. And this quick curry is no exception. It will take you 20 minutes to get this on the …