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It's the Power of Love...

Posted on February 5, 2021 at 2:37 AM Comments comments (0)
When I sit down to write a post I ask... "what information can I share that might help someone be a little healthier or happier?"  

It's also nice to provide advice and observations that appear reasonable, scientific and sensible.  I don't want to look to whacky right?

Well this time I'm pushing the limits.  Read on if you're game.  Here's some observations - are they sensible, reasonable or necessarily scientific???

Dr Bruce Lipton in this recent article, flying in the face of my "no sensible science in this article" approach explains how love effects the biological function of individual cells.  Check it out here

Love.  Often sung about by pop artists, mused by poets...
"Your love's got me looking so crazy right now..." Well, a lot of us can relate to Beyonce's Crazy in Love song. Indeed there are so many songs written about love.  What's your favourite love song?  Which love song do you currently resonate with?

Love can make you feel all kinds of physical and emotional responses from feeling ridiculously happy to being obsessed, from passionate to exhaustion.

Below are some of the signs you are being affected by love....

Obsession... like Beyonce's song, we can crave the feelings associated with being in love with other person.  We can't wait to spend time with them.  Falling in love can activates the addictive and opioid systems in our brain.


Hormonal spikes... the pleasure hormone dopamine and the love hormone oxytocin rush to your brain with that first flash of love and desire.  This rush of hormones to the brain contributes to those physical feelings of attraction and excitement, the 'butterflies in the stomach'.


Distraction... romantic passionate love can impact our focus when there is intense emotions.  Science has identified that this kind of love can reduced cognitive function and thus your focus or it may lower serotonin levels and give rise to OCD behaviour.


Maturity of emotions... As love deepens and we practice more loving kindness and mindfullness with our loved ones the brain's centre for empathy and emotions are activated.  Also when we practice meditation (and other peaceful, relaxing activities that spark joy), we trigger the brains emotion processing centres.


Giving and receiving love.... it's not all about romantic love. When we go about our lives and show acts of love and kindness, this is reflected in the body with lowered stress hormones, reduced fear and an increase in improved mental and emotional wellbeing.  Engaging in positive loving activities triggers areas in your brain that regulate your motivation, your attention, your emotions as well as your memory.

So, love may make us crazy but it looks like it can boost your health and wellbeing.  Below are four positive loving activities to consider doing:-

1. Write a love letter.  This can be to a Valentine, to a partner, to your mum or your dad.  It is all about putting down in writing and sharing with the other person how you love and appreciate them in your life.

2. Randomly call an old friend.  Sometimes life gets in the way of staying in touch with friends who don't live close or have busy lives themselves. However, a good old fashion, old school pick up the phone and call someone out of the blue may just make their day. 

3. Eat treat.  Surprise your love one with a home cooked meal or pack a picnic.  Or if you can't cook, it is all good, you can assemble a grazing platter full of nibblies and open a bottle of bubbly.

4. Action that back burner project.  Does your loved one have a small project that you can do for them or help them with?  Just the offer to help is often appreciated.

New Beginnings!

Posted on January 20, 2021 at 1:57 AM Comments comments (0)
New Beginnings!

In an acupuncture clinic we often spend time with people who are experiencing new beginnings. 

Whether a new beginnings is

  • Something we chose for example a new diet plan to lose weight, a fitness plan to gain function or 
  • Something we didn't choose  for example the loss of a loved one, an injury or illness.

there is an art to navigating new beginnings.  We have gathered some tried and tested techniques to support new beginnings..



  • Allow Time - Change happens at it's own rate.  You can argue my logic on this one but whilst we have methods of supporting change we don't really have methods to accelerate it.  Prepare to be patient.
  • Allow Space - Change can only occur where there is space for change (sounds simple).  Creating space for change may include letting go of previous views of ourselves, allowing for change in your physical environment or your long held beliefs
  • Gather Support - New beginnings may require new resources and support.  Coaches, counsellors and acupuncturists are great resources to help with new beginnings.  Even if you don't need help it may just be more fun to share the journey.

Most of all be aware that new beginnings take energy and attention and some new beginnings can be quite challenging.  

We may not be competent in a new beginning straight away.  It may take time to learn new skills and how to apply them.  It may feel overwhelming (especially when a new beginning is not of our choosing).

Of course the pay off for navigating a new beginning is moving into ease with a new situation..

Four Focusses in a Crisis

Posted on May 3, 2020 at 10:56 PM Comments comments (0)
Four Focuses in a Crisis
 
Here’s some ideas on thriving in a crisis.  Let us know what’s working for you…

If you'd like a printable summary you can find it here.





 
1.    Focus on Gratitude and Calm
a.     Value staying calm (it may take a conscious effort) and promoting activities that support your calm and avoiding stimulus that disturb your calm where possible.
b.     During Crisis we sometimes consider what we have to lose:  Security, freedom of movement.
c.     The flipside to this is the appreciation of what we have.  Chinese Medicine philosophy tells us that every situation produces effects that are opposite to each other (Yin and Yang).  For example our current situation is producing impacts to the human population of earth and producing some significant positive benefits for the rest of nature as pollution is reduced.  Looking to the positive helps to balance our thinking – “Nothing is all Bad”.
 
2.    Focus on Basic Health
a.     Each day
                   i.          Do some exercise that you enjoy
                   ii.         Eat foods that support your health
                   iii.        Access sunshine and fresh air where possible
                   iv.        Seek adequate rest and sleep
                   v.         Do something that helps you to feel good
                   vi.        Do Something that helps someone else

b.     If you are challenged in your health seek support.
 
3.    Focus on the Now and Near
a.     As much as we may have compassion for the whole world at this time of global change we have most influence with those in our immediate circle.  It’s our family, neighbours and local community where we can have the greatest impact.
b.     There may be a requirement to plan and take action for the future at times.  Other than those times keep your thoughts in the present.  
c.     What are you feeling now?  
d.    What needs to be done now?
 
4.    Focus on Facts 
a.     There is often a lot of information available at a time of crisis.  A lot of that information is actually based on:
i.        Guesses (both professional  - like pandemic modelling and amateur – see Facebook)
ii.        Opinion – Everyone has a right to an opinion and some opinions        won’t help you – see stay calm above.
b.     Challenge your thinking – is it based on current, verifiable facts?
c.     Keep your thinking based on facts you can actually verify (which is often very limited in the initial stages of a crisis).



Managing Stress Strategies

Posted on May 1, 2019 at 3:08 AM Comments comments (0)
We all would like to have less stress in our lives.  It is good to stop and reflect on how our lives would improve if we had less stress.  Make a list of the reasons for wanting less stress.  This list will be what motivates us to actually implement some changes and take action to reduce stress and to cope better with it.  

For example, when I have less stress, I will have more energy.  With more energy, I will:-
* spend more time playing with the kids
* improve efficiencies at work
* get tasks completed around the house
* enjoy sport on the weekend more...
and the list goes on...

Or, as another example, when I have less stress, I improve my overall health and wellbeing.  With improved health, I will:-
* improve my menstrual cycle for getting pregnant
* reduce my brain fog and improve my clarity of thinking and focus
* be more excited about life and take time to stay connected...
and the list goes on...

The following tips are some of our strategies for managing stress:-

* Don't try to be perfect.  Let go of perfectionism.  Allow yourself to implement the '80:20' rule.  Nobody is perfect.  So ease up on yourself and ease up on your criticism of others.

* Recognise what stresses you.  Stress is an individual thing.  What you find stressful might not be considered as stressful for your partner or others.  Can the cause of the stress be eliminated, modified or reduced by taking some action or having a change of response or change in attitude?  If it is something you can't change, try not to let it stress you and let it go.

* Chose to have fun.  Do things that make you laugh and doesn't cause harm to others.  Ease up on being too competitive.  Be the first to be friendly.  And the first to forgive.  Choose your battles wisely.  Choose happiness.  Focus on what you want.

* Manage your schedule.  Can you tweak your schedule to improve things and reduce stress?  Are you trying to do too many things at the same time?  Is your task loading realistic? Do the essential tasks and prioritise the others.  Are you putting off things that could simply be done now.  Consider who is affected by your decisions.  Find a technique, tool or app that works for you in managing your to do list and appointments.

* Eat a balanced diet.  Consider increasing vegetables and fruits and reducing sugar, fats and gluten.  Keep hydrated.  Avoid foods the leave you feeling anxious and stressed.

* Maintain good health and fitness.  Do something relaxing on a daily basis.  Take time out to do something relaxing e.g. acupuncture, meditation, yoga, qi gong or massage.  We often have client tell us how relaxing they find acupuncture.  Get good sleep and enough rest - see our 7 Tips for Better Sleep blog. Do some exercise or movement each day as exercise is an effective way to manage stress and work off any anger you may have.  De-clutter your environment and keep it clean.  Minimise your exposure to toxins and maintain an environmentally friendly status.

* Take time out.  Whether a small break or a holiday, it all counts towards managing your health and coping better with stress.  Time out should also include "me time".  Ideally factor a little of that in each day.

* Maintain good relationships. Staying connected with friends and family who you can talk with about the good stuff as well as supporting each other in stressful times. Being involved in the community and helping others can be an effective and satisfying stress reducer.  And remember, good communication with your partners and others will help lower stress.

Looking at the above, I realise there are some things I let stress me when I could be choosing to have a better attitude and not let it stress me.  For example, I let bad drivers on the road stress me out.  I let them annoy and frustrate me.  Why?  Good question. I guess I am ultimately stressing that their bad driving will cause me to have an accident.  So, does getting stressed out in this situation help me?  No.  Am I focusing on what I want?  No.  So what is within my control?  I can choose to respond to bad drivers in a more positive way.  After all, although I am a good driver, I am not perfect.  I can have empathy for them and wish them safe travelling for the rest of their journey.  And I can let it go quickly and focus on what I want - a safe and carefree drive.

Remember, where possible:-
* eliminate the stress
* reduce the stress
* implement strategies you know help you cope better
* accept things you can't change and don't let them stress you.

Enjoy May everyone!





What is Qi Gong?

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 12:12 AM Comments comments (0)
What is Qi Gong and how can help with stress?

Often find ourselves overworked, stressed and fatigued.  One of our favourite ways to help manage stress and improve our energy is to have a daily practice of Qi Gong.
 
Qi Gong is a ‘moving mediation’ practice that is over 5000+ years old.  The movements (like Tai Chi) are soft yet powerful, working the breath and working the energy meridian channels.  There is mindfulness in the movements whilst being in a state of relaxation.
 
Qi Gong is an exercise that can be done by all ages.  It is a wellness practice that releases stress and tension in the body and supporting focus.  And the beauty of Qi Gong is that it doesn’t require a huge commitment of time or money.  A regular commitment of turning up for just half an hour of Qi Gong each day will make a difference.  Qi Gong exercise can be easily incorporate into your lifestyle and increase your overall health and fitness and create harmony in your life.
 
For many, Qi Gong is a mediation tool used for gaining improved clarity and performance.   Often when we are stress and fatigued we find it hard to slow down the mind and connect to the body with regular mediation.  However, with the moving meditation of Qi Gong, the flowing movements stop you thinking and simply embody the zen movements.  You become grounded. 
 
Some other ways to stay centred and reduced stress:-
 
Get good sleep.
 Yes, we’ve discussed this a number of times and it is good for us to be reminded how important it is.  Ensure you create a comfortable sleeping environment and evening wind down routine. Shut off all electronics, draw the block out curtains, moderate the room temperature if you can etc, and go to bed at a reasonable hour. Try to go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time each day.
 
Exercise.
Regular exercise has been shown to help with managing stress. Notice how after exercise you mood has improved and things are less likely to stress you. The body releases feel-good hormones like serotonin when you exercise and physical exercise clears your mind and lowers cortisol stress hormones in the body.  Thus, in general you feel good and cope with life’s stressors better.
 
Be mindful of what you eat.
Ever noticed that after eating certain foods you feel anxious or stressed?  If yes, make a note to avoid eating those foods.  Sounds simply, however, we sometime just ignore what our bodies are telling us or are in denial that some foods work against us.  Avoid foods in the late afternoon and evening that will affect getting a good night’s rest.

The Emotional Aspect of Health and Acupuncture

Posted on November 7, 2018 at 6:59 PM Comments comments (1)
We’ve talked around this topic for quite some time but today let’s get down to it.  In Chinese Medicine it was a truth that your body health is a reflection of your thinking. 
 
Modern science tells us:
 
·       Our thought patterns influence our health
·       Pain affects our psychology
·       Our emotional health is part of our health as a whole
 
So why don’t we just relax and enjoy good health in the lovely surrounds of the Glasshouse Mountains, Landsborough Mooloolah and Beerwah?  Is thinking happy thoughts a cure for disease? 
 
Well.  It’s a funny thing but science seems to keep finding evidence that it certainly helps.
 
Chinese Medicine had a very clear association with the emotions and their connection with organs in the body:
 
·       The Lung and Large Intestine organ pair was affected by Sadness and grief
·       The Stomach and Spleen organ pair was affected by worry
·       The Heart and Small Intestine organ pair was affected by excess joy
·       The Liver and Gallbladder organ pair was affected by anger
·       The Kidneys and Bladder organ pair was affected by fear
 
As with so many of the relationships in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture this relationship was understood to work in both directions.  For example exposure to fear could produce an imbalance in the Kidneys and produce lower back pain as a pattern.  At the same time an imbalance in the Kidneys can manifest as fearful emotions. 
 
So how do we apply this in knowledge in daily life:
 
1.     Check in.  Is it possible that your emotions are not in balance? 
2.     Understand that physical conditions may not have purely physical causes.
3.     Understand that emotional conditions may not have purely emotional causes.
 
Acupuncture was traditionally used to balance the energy of organ systems.  In modern times as we experience greater pressures perhaps this traditional system of healing is exactly what we need.

 

5 Tips for Starting a Winter Day

Posted on June 5, 2018 at 9:03 PM Comments comments (0)
5 Tips for Starting a Winter Day
 
Well.  Winter is here and I’ll not go on about the cold.  Needless to say warming, nourishing foods are the go.  Rest is recommended.  Chinese Medicine says wearing a singlet (camisole for the feminine fashionistas) will help to keep your kidneys warm and it’s what my Mum always said so it must be true.
 
But what about the emotional aspects of Winter?  Shorter days, less warmth and less sunlight can create a challenging situation….   In the world of TCM (Traditional Chines Medicine) and acupuncture we see more people with sadness, “the blues” and receiving a diagnosis of depression from their doctor in Winter.
 
Well before our modern understanding of conditions such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Chinese Medicine identified a disturbance in the Kidney energy due to Winter cold effected out mood.
 
Whilst we don’t have long, wet winters here (leave that for England) we do have a life that is often centred around outdoor activities.  In short we love to be out in the sun having fun and cold short days don't help in that regard.
 
So here are our top 5 tips for starting a Winter day
 
1.     Resist the urge to sleep in; get up and be active– activity on waking helps set you up for the day.
2.     Hydrate – In winter we still need to hydrate with quality fluids after waking.  Soup for breakfast?
3.     Sunshine.  There might be less of it but it’s important to get out in the sun in the morning (as soon as possible after waking) to keep your sleep cycle synced up.
4.     Eat a healthy breakfast.  So important in Winter.
5.     Implement self care early.  Meditate, exercise do whatever you do to help yourself first so it doesn't get missed in a short Winter day.

2017 Christmas Calendar

Posted on November 29, 2017 at 7:34 PM Comments comments (0)
Back by popular demand we have a new Christmas calendar full of inspiring, challenging and fun things to do in the lead up to Christmas.  Seasons wishes to everyone and a heartfelt thank you for your support in 2017. 


May you be happy, safe and well and all those you love enjoy the same.


Dream, conceive, believe, receive, achieve

Posted on August 15, 2017 at 2:13 AM Comments comments (0)
This August, we are reminding ourselves of all that we are grateful for and all the abundance we have.  

With this in mind.....
  • have dreams, know what your burning desires are, 
  • plan (and write the plan down!) and take action
  • believe in your dreams, have faith in them and your abilities and know that there is enough abundance to go around
  • be ready to receive and recognising the opportunities (even those that follow on from sad or tragic circumstances)
  • stay focused, be resilient, stick with it and achieve your goal.

How are you going with achieving the dreams or resolutions you set for yourself at the beginning of the year?  Yes, can you believe it is August already?!!  If you haven't already, you might like to do the following to help maintain your focus on your goals:-

  • create a vision board with pictures relating to your goals, things you want to change, create or acquire, put the vision board somewhere prominent that you will see each day
  • write down your "Top 5" things you want to achieve in order of importance to you e.g. health, career, education, relationships, finances, adventure......
  • against each of your Top 5, break down your plans of action and sub-steps required, write down the emotion you feel for each goal, the feelings you'll experience upon achieving your goal... Check you are still inspired and motivated to achieve these goals
  • tell others about your goals or go even further to create a support group or other social media activity to help support you with sticking with your goal

Having indulged over the recent holiday break, Catherine has a current goal of losing some weight.  So what is she doing to achieve this? She has:-
  • set a plan - lose 5kgs in 8 weeks, eat three balanced meals a day, only have light snack / water between meals, reduce meal portion sizes (which were becoming too large), take vitamin supplements each day, allow for a treat once a week (not once a day), go for two 20 minutes walk a day, have acupuncture or massage once a week, read a 'personal development' book to stay positive and focused, visualise at the beginning of each day the new slimmer me, maintain a diary during the six weeks tracking progress and feelings, have weekly checkpoints/stocktake, do a fun active leisure activity each week that will 'move that body' (e.g. go for a kayak)
  • put a 'to be' (before weight gain) photo on the fridge
  • told others of her goal (this blog, mentioned to friends)
  • noted how she will feel when she achieves the goal, e.g. "once I have lost 5kgs, I will feel great, more confident in my skin, more energised and I will be ready for the next phase of maintaining my fitness, health and vitality

Your goal may seem small to others but may be big for you.  It is your goal!  Oh, and remember, as much as possible, inject some fun into your goal strategies.

Fearless..

Posted on June 9, 2016 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)
Fearless..  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides interesting insights into emotions.  

A little background..


TCM identifies emotions as very real energies that have a place in the human body and are capable of causing a variety of physical and mental conditions when out of balance.

This might seem quite at odds with the Western science view of emotions but recent studies have shown that the brain doesn't have a monopoly on memory and emotions - other organs do have the capability to "remember" and "feel".  Interesting stuff...

Back to fearlessness.  TCM sees the kidney as the "home" of fear with the emotion of fear effecting the kidneys and challenges to the kidney energy tending us towards fear.

Looking after the kidneys may support us with processing the emotion of fear:

  • Protect your lower back from cold and chills (think sexy singlets through winter).
  • Avoid over exertion.
  • Be well nourished - soups (vegetable, beef, lamb) are great through winter.
  • Have adequate rest to allow kidney energy to regenerate.

Not too revolutionary I suppose to say that looking after ourselves can help support our mental and emotional health but sometimes the simple advice is the best..


  



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