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Stress Part 4- Helping a loved one through difficult times and resources

Welcome to my last post in the series. I really hope it has been of some benefit to you or someone who has needed it. Helping a loved one, no matter how young or old through difficult times is often something as humans we either step up to, or shy away from. Now I say this without judgement as we all have our reasons for stepping in or stepping away from this. But never underestimate the power of a simple act of kindness. I was recently chatting to a close friend, who was sharing with me a wonderful positive experience she shared with her children. Her daughter who has started school this year, has been struggling with some tummy issues due to the anxiety of being separated, not only from her mum during school hours, but she is also not in the same class as her twin brother and her anxiety has been presenting itself as tummy pains. My friend was telling me on the way to school the other day, she played some very …

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 …

Self care…selfish act or self love?

I’ve just finished reading a lovely little book, written by the insightful and very public persona, Oprah. You know your famous when you are recognised by your first name, right? The book is called ‘What I Know For Sure’. A opening paragraph on one of the chapters states- “When was the last time you laughed with a friend till your sides hurt or dropped the kids off with family or a sitter and went away for the entire weekend? More to the point, if your life ended tomorrow, what would you regret not doing? If this were the last day of your life, would you spend it the way you’re spending it today?” I gets you thinking right? One thing that I know for sure, not only in my coaching practice, but in all my years of hairdressing and the trillions ( yes, trillions!) of conversations with girlfriends, is that as women, we put everyone else’s needs ahead of our own. We provide, prioritise and tirelessly strive to make everyone in our lives happy, but …

7 Tips to Prevent Colds and Flus this Winter.

It’s that time of year in Oz, when the weather changes, the leaves on the trees are turning a beautiful array of autumn colours. It also means the onset of rainy, cold, dark, dreary days and nights ahead, along with the dreaded colds and flu season. But what if I said to you, these simple tips below will help you build up your immune system, to help fight off the dreaded lurgy? Even if you do get a cold, if you’ve built up your immune system to be strong, it will mean your cold won’t be as severe and your recovery, much quicker. Plenty of Sleep- A lack of sleep means our bodies can’t function correctly. Did you know that when we sleep, it’s when our bodies go into rest, digest and repair mode. It’s when our bodies organs and systems do all their repair work, so we can operate optimally, so without a good nights rest, we lack energy, make poor food choices, use caffeine to get us through the day, our bodies don’t get …

Cravings & what does it actually mean?

THE BODY IS TRULY AMAZING. It knows when to go to sleep, when to wake up, and when to go to the bathroom. It maintains a temperature of 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit) repairs itself when wounded knows the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth. Your heart never misses a beat. Your lungs are always breathing. The body is a super computer, and it never makes mistakes. If you just stop and think about it, we are truly a walking miracle. So, what does this have to do with cravings and why do we crave foods may not be so good for us? Cravings, by definition is a powerful desire for something. We’ve all experienced cravings, but we should be careful about the way in which we satisfy them. By understanding what your body is actually deficient in (assuming it is a physical, not an emotional one) you can get to the root cause of the crav­ings, and eventually kick them all together. Many people view cravings as weakness, but really they are important messages meant to assist you in …

No time for Breakfast? My top tips to set up your morning for success!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day- we’ve all heard this before. But your mornings are hectic- you’re juggling kids, the dog, getting out the door to get to work, early meetings and/or deal with traffic…. You’ve already had 2 coffees just to get out the door and if you’re lucky you may have eaten half a piece of cold toast or grabbed an ‘up & go’ drink box- you’ve read the marketing “2 Weetbix in every box!!” Well, let’s not talk about the list of mystery ingredients in those!!! You get to work and by 10am your starving…you have another coffee and reach for a sugar filled muffin just to get you through to lunchtime. You know it’s not good for you but hey, your hungry and didn’t get time for much or any breakfast! What if I told you that I have the solution just for you? And it’s completely FREE! My ‘Real Up & Go Breakfast’ eBook is full of recipes to set up your mornings for super success! The things …

How to change the yearly marathon that’s your life!

Do you feel like your life and year is like running a marathon? It’s like you spend the whole year running around busily, very occasionally slowing down, then picking up the pace again? …. it’s now… the finish line is in site….only a few more steps to take and you’ve made it! BIG SIGH!! I know I often feel like this at the end of the working year. So, with the Xmas break fast approaching, perhaps it is time to stop and really stop, put the feet up,  rest up, breathe and take the time to really give back to yourself? You deserve it. What will the new year will look like for you?…. Will it continue with the same speed as it was this year?…. How is that currently been working out for you? Will it pick up the pace even more?….How will that end up looking like for you? OR Will you reassess? Reprioritise? And make some changes? I use to get to this time of year, and fall in a heap. Completely exhausted and worn out. I would …

Be your own health advocate!

Your health and wellbeing is so important to your energy, focus, happiness, vitality and longevity. If you truly knew just how amazing our bodies are, then you would be in absolute awe of yourself. Just think about this for a minute; Your body is a multitude of biological pathways working constantly to keep you alive, happy, well and full of energy. You have a autonomic nervous system (ANS). This autonomic nervous system is a control system that acts largely unconsciously and regulates bodily functions such as the heart rate, digestion, urination, coughing, sneezing and controls our responses to just about everything- automatically. You don’t have to do anything….or do you? Now I don’t know about you, but this body of mine, is something I certainly want to look after? Though, in this fast paced world we are living, we often neglect this most important fact….If we don’t nurture ourselves and our bodies, then no one is going to do this for us and our truly amazing systems that are there to protect and maintain us, will start to decline- …

Do you stuggle to set boundries?

How often do you find yourself drowning in responsibilities and yet, you get ask to do something, like; another commitment or project at work and you say YES? Or sign your kids up to another activity even though you are struggling to schedule the ones they are already enrolled in into the diary? Perhaps you are someone who really struggles to say No to anyone, but inside your body and mind is screaming “STOP…NO MORE!” It is overwhelming. I know, I use to do this all the time…”YES, I can do that!” ” Sure, I’ll find the time” “if they can do it, surely I can too?”…you know how it goes? Meanwhile, I would struggle to get anything I needed to get done, often in the end feeling resentful, then  I would push myself,  above and beyond, then wonder why my health would deteriorate and I would drag myself out of bed feeling exhausted and drained. We often put unnecessary pressure on ourselves to do more, achieve more, be more! you can read more about the pressure of …

How to regain your control and make you a priority

Are you wanting to take back control and make you the priority you need your body to be? Without good health, you cannot live the incredible life you were born to live. I truly believe that without good food and lifestyle choices, we cannot think, move, function and be at our absolute best. Understanding not only what and how we eat, but also how we choose to live and feel, is essential to our overall wellness. So many people today, live according to what they think they should be doing, instead of what they really want to do. We get bogged down with life’s responsibilities and so often neglect ourselves. For most women, we tend to take on more and more roles than we really need, then these responsibilities begin to wear us down. I know, because for many years, this was me and at times, I can still be this person. In fact, my daughter only this morning told me, “Mummy, you always put everyone else first”. We are always a working progress, but …