The healing power of sound

The sound of water trickling over rocks from a waterfall, birds chirping happily or uplifting music playing on the radio. Sounds have a therapeutic influence on your health and wellbeing. They calm and move you physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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Understanding your energy levels for peak performance?

Have you ever been at work all day and come home feeling drained – too exhausted to be with family or participate in social events? Ever wondered how someone can party all night and sleep in till noon the next day? These patterns have to do with understanding your energy levels and when you are at your peak to be most effective when you need to be.

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Your eight pillars of wellbeing

Wellness is more than just your physical health, it incorporates a holistic approach to how you live each aspect of your life. Holistic health involves nurturing and sustaining your physical, nutritional, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, financial and environmental health. When each of these are in balance, you can achieve optimal wellness, but the path to holistic health is unique to each individual. Yet when just one of those areas are out of balance, it can cause the other areas to become unbalanced.

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The science of fear

Worrying about problems or events that you cannot control has an adverse affect on your health. When you expose your brain to an unhealthy or negative environment it sends a signal through your autonomous nervous system to your parasympathetic nervous system to help you respond  Fear is one such negative environmental factor, heightened more by the culture of fear we now live in.

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Six types of courage to a happy you

Courage doesn’t come easy, for some it requires more effort. It takes courage to be able to be yourself and make decisions that help achieve your goals. It is easy to fall into a pattern of doing the same thing day in day out. The status quo. The comfortable. Or even making decisions in line with societal expectations.

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How social exclusion impacts your mental health

As the lockdown extends once again on the eastern seaboard of Australia, it is timely to recognise the impact of being socially isolated has on your mental health. As you are aware, humans are naturally social creatures. They thrive on human interaction. When that contact is restricted, the toll it plays has serious consequences to your mind and body.

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Are you really RU Okay?

It is RU Okay day on Thursday. A day where people check in with each other and sure each other are okay. However, don’t make your check in feel like an obligation. If someone is not feeling okay take a moment to stop and genuinely listen. It doesn’t cost much to take ten minutes to listen and let someone just talk.

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Your mental health and poor performance

As you spend more time at work, you are exposed to a range of stressors different to those you may experience at home.  So, it’s no surprise that many workplaces are starting to focus more on mental health, especially when we spend most of our time in the workplace. However, mental health is often confused for unsatisfactory performance which can make the situation more challenging.

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The power of storytelling

When we were children, nothing delighted us more than listening to a bedtime story. It allowed us to transport ourselves into another world (or time) an escape. As we got older, we began to read our own stories but not as often as we liked. Plus, those stories grew up as we did. No longer did we read the childhood fantasy and escapism stories. They were replaced by adult stories which consisted of grown up adventures and almost resembled life.

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Practical exercises to trigger your flow state

In a previous post I discussed how you achieve a flow state when you are completely focused and engaged on your tasks. For some this comes easy, but others may find they need some help to trigger a state of flow. This post discusses some suggestions and practical exercises that can help trigger your flow.

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