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Spike in your stress levels

Posted on July 7, 2021 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (2)

Have your stress levels spiked recently?  I've found myself on a stress rollercoaster that last twelve months as some of you are aware.  Unfortunately, stress is normal in that it is part of our everyday lives.  But what stresses one person may not stress out someone else, so it is all relative to you.


During winter we can find ourselves tired, grumpy and cold.

Check out this previous winter blog https://www.audacioushealth.com.au/apps/blog/show/49808369-welcome-to-winter?siteId=141257899&locale=en-US


And at this time of the year we may have the stress of school holidays, end of financial year tax requirements, fighting off the flu....


Often I'm in denial that something is stressing me, but usually it becomes evident. So the trick is to recognise and admit you're stressed then take what action you can.  Below we've list five simple stress tips for you to consider:-


* Eat warm nourishing foods during winter.  Fuel your body and feed your brain.  Eat regular meals, and eat with mindfulness. Regular eating will maintain blood sugar levels and provide good energy levels. Avoid eating on the run - mindful eating is better for digestion and doing things in a mindful manner keeps stress managed and anxiety in check.


* Keep up your good sleep habits as good sleep will help you cope better when stressful things happen.

See this previous blog for more sleep info https://www.audacioushealth.com.au/apps/blog/show/49808403-sleep-8211-are-you-setting-yourself-up-for-good-night-8217-s-sleep-?siteId=141257899&locale=en-US


* Take a break to reset, breathe, stretch, refocus and stay positive.  If you are feeling quite stress and can get out for a walk or do a meditation, you will find it helps calms the nervous system and can relax the mind.

Our previous blog Positive Attitude for Longer Life is worth revisiting... https://www.audacioushealth.com.au/apps/blog/show/49808408-positive-attitude-for-longer-life?siteId=141257899&locale=en-US


*Check in with your support network and seek professional help if required (eg counselling / Lifeline / Beyond Blue).  Fortunately we are more open with each other and understand the importance of maintaining good mental health. 


*Do something that makes you feel good.   This might be as simple as having a shower, cooking your favourity meal, watching a comedy, planting some herbs...   Check previous blog What Give Us Joy...  https://www.audacioushealth.com.au/apps/blog/show/49808424-what-gives-you-peace-and-joy-?siteId=141257899&locale=en-US

What gives you peace and joy?

Posted on November 3, 2020 at 12:53 AM Comments comments (0)
You don't have to meditate to get the benefits of mediation.  Movement and mindful practices will similarly give you these benefits, ie activities / practices such as surfing, gardening, watching sunsets or knitting....

What is your thing?  If it gives you a sense of calm and peace it is a meditative practice that is good for you and done regularly will contribute to good health and mental wellbeing.

Below we've shared a couple activities we've found that are calming, stress reducers and spark joy in us:-

* LISTENING TO MUSIC.  Seems obvious but take time out to enjoy your favourite tunes.  Chill out or dance like nobody is watching.

* COLOURING.  I have at least three adult colour in therapy books full of wonderful madalas.  I find this a relaxing and uncomplicated activity where the mind switches off and like meditation you are in the moment.

* OBSERVING THE WORLD AROUND ME.  When out for a walk, whether simply around the neighbourhood or down at the beach or on a hike in a national park, I find observing the beauty of nature around me good for the soul.  I love checking out the flowers, noticing what the birds are doing, watching the surf roll in...

* BEING MINDFUL, CENTRED AND CALM.  I try to make efforts to be mindful.  I found that the exercise promoted by the 2017 Calm App very good to do at the start of each day (or at times when feeling overwhelmed) - stop and observe 5 things you can SEE, 4 things you can HEAR, 3 things you can FEEL, 2 things you can SMELL, and 1 thing you can TASTE.

Audacious Health Services during Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn

Posted on August 4, 2020 at 2:23 AM Comments comments (0)
Acupuncture, Massage, Cupping, Moxibustion..... they all sound good but what to get?

You'd be surprised...we are....when a client hasn't realised all the great modalities we have in our toolkit.  We aren't just about Acupuncture.  We aren't just about Massage.  However, both Andrew and Catherine can offer you both and more in a standard 1 hour or extended >1 hour treatment. 

Our key services provided at Audacious Health include:-

* Acupuncture - traditional, master tongs, Dr Zhu scalp, non-needle insertion techniques including auricular therapy and laser

* Massage - remedial, relaxation, deep tissue, hot stone

* Dry Needling

* Shiatsu - traditional, zen thai, seated

* Cupping - traditional fire cupping, vaccum pump cupping, plastic and silcone cupping

* Moxibustion

* Reiki

* Bioptron Light Therapy

* Vibrational Essences - Australian Bush Flowers, Bach Flowers, Finhorn Essences, and Desert Alchemy.

* Wellness programs - Weight Loss, Quit Smoking, Vitality, or other individually customed program


Often clients experience for the first time with us cupping or bioptron and have little prior knowledge of these two modalities.  Below we've described what they are all about, however, full details on all our offerings, check out our Services page for info on each of our modalities or contact us with your enquiry.

CUPPING
As a recent client described "cupping is the like the opposite of massage, it feels a bit weird, but feels really good".  Cupping is good for sore areas that don't like to be pressed.  With cupping, whether we are using the traditional glass fire cups or the plastic pump cups or silicone cups, we are creating a vacuum suction over a specific area.  Cupping is highly effective on treatment areas such as the back and shoulders, however, it can also be used for relief of muscular knots, tension and pain relief on the calves, thighs, itb, and arms, as well as useful for abdominal and respiratory conditions.  Cupping may be used to pacify muscles in spasm or to support organs that are depleted, and is especially usefully for old injuries.
Before placement of cups, the skin surface is warmed up by massaging oil into the area.  The cups are placed on a spot or we might choose to do some 'slide cupping' to an area.  The stretching and contracting action created by the cupping suction increases blood flow, drawing blood from the vessels into your tissue, stimulating an inflammatory response and triggering the healing process and promoting circulation.  Cupping is very popular amongst athletes as a favourite alternative to massage.

BIOPTRON LIGHT THERAPY
A lot of people are still yet to experience the wonderful biopton light.  This is a great therapy option for those seeking a non-needle technique but with all the benefits you'd get from acupuncture.
The Bioptron Light is a unique, optimized, patented combination of light features in the visible and infrared part of the light spectrum, which bio-stimulates cells and accelerates the healing process of a broad range of medication conditions.
The Bioptron Light is applied to an affected area and induces changes in the blood and blood serum and can affect keratinocytes(act as a barrier in the skin, preventing water loss and fighting foreigh invaders) and fibroblast (important for collagen and elastin production and wound healing) anywhere in the body. BLT has been shown to increase the growth and number of kaeratinocytes and fibroblasts.  We've seen amazing results, particularly with regular application for skin disorders.

You Got-To Move-it

Posted on February 3, 2020 at 1:37 AM Comments comments (0)
Here it is people let me lay down some truth
You go-to Move-it to keep it loose
Sitten all day don't do you no good
Not the way really moven-it would

Yoga, Qi Gong, Walking, Surfing
Dancing, romancing or hiking or climbing
Moven's what matters
What ever you're liking.

Acupuncture, remedial, cupping and such 
Will put you on track when your hurting so much

But movement's the key
The magic elixir
If you want to be free from the 
Dreaded ach-ee.

So remember to move-it 
At least once a day
That will look after your body
In almost every way.
 

5 Ways to make a Change that Sticks

Posted on January 5, 2020 at 11:12 PM Comments comments (0)
We often hear of efforts to change that are unsuccessful.  New Year's resolutions that don't make it past January etc.  Here's a great way to make a change that will stick.

Five ways to make a change that sticks:

  1. Choose something that you can do now.
  2. Choose something that you can make the decision about alone - i.e. doesn't require permission/collaboration.
  3. Choose something you can do where you are.
  4. Choose something you can do with the resources you have already.
  5. Choose something that will have a long term benefit for a little effort today.

Making long term change is an example of a great paradox in life - We want to change for the future but can only really make changes now

If we set out to quit an addiction to sugar for example we can't quit sugar tomorrow.  All we can do is not eat that sugary sweet in front of us in this moment.  

Big changes come about from a sequence of decisions made in a long string of moments.

Let us know how you go with a change.  Some examples we have seen are:

  • Fixing a push bike tyre to make a fitness plan easier.
  • Fixing a water tap to make it easier to turn off.


Positive Attitude for Longer Life

Posted on November 4, 2019 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)
Wouldn't you rather choose to be happy?  A positive attitude not only improves your mood, can also lengthen your life, decreasing major health concerns. Harvard School of Public Health researchers have determined that optimistic individuals were approximately 50% less likely to experience an initial cardiovascular event compared to their pessimistic individuals.
 
We've listed below FIVE TIPS FOR RESETTING A POSITIVE FRAME.

At Audacious Health we frequently observe the relationship between one's feelings and levels of stress and its impact to health.  So, we suggest choose positive emotions, feelings and attitudes.  Smile, relax and reset your emotional state and support your ideal health.  Try the following five tips to reset a positive frame;-
 
1. TURN that frown upside down... smiling stimulates positive neurotransmitters in the brain e.g. dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins which create feelings of wellbeing, joy and euphoria.
 
2. SHAKE it up.... you've probably noticed this is something your dog does when they are agitated, anxious, over-excited or fearful.  So have a little shake and brush off bad vibes and have a dance to some good vibes.
 
3.BREATHE... take a deep breath and visualise the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems balancing.  Take another breath and visualise the right and left hemispheres of the brain balancing.
 
4. STAND up / Sit up straight...  Caught yourself slouching?  Bringing your spine back to an upright position and notice how you instantly feel more positive when you hold that frame and allow for better breathing. The breath is an invisible link between the mind and body.
 
5.RELAX those shoulders... hunched shoulders = negative, relaxed shoulders = positive.    Something as simple as relaxing your shoulders can have a profound effect in calming your entire nervous system.  But don’t stop there.  Relax your face muscles, your forehead, and where you are feeling tension in the body.

What can you do today to feel more positive and live longer?

Sleep – are you setting yourself up for good night’s sleep?

Posted on May 31, 2019 at 6:08 AM Comments comments (0)
Sleep – are you setting yourself up for good night’s sleep?

I don’t know about everyone else, but I have had some difficulty with sleep in the last week.  Sleep is a topic we’ve often mentioned – why – because it is so important.  A lack of sleep negatively affects your wellbeing, and with a less than ideal mental and physical state, it starts to negatively impact other areas in our lives - like forgetting things, doing things slower than normal, etc.  

So, during winter, we suggest that you maintain good digestive health, maintain exercise and keep up good sleep habits so that you wake well rested and energized for the day.

Below are some of the things we have found that make a difference for getting good sleep during Winter.

•Keep hydrated throughout the day.  Keep the water up and switch your caffeinated beverages for herbal tea.

•Find a winter fitness routine that works for you.  Getting up early for an early morning jog during winter can be harder – it’s darker and colder.  Choose a different time or do some other exercise at home in the morning.  Remember, physical activity is important for getting restorative sleep at night.

•Don’t exercise too close to bedtime and have your night shower at least an hour before you go to bed.

•Eat earlier during winter.  Avoid eating close to bedtime – a full tummy can keep tossing and turning.

•Moisturise before going to bed.

•Meditate, listen to relaxing music or read a book before going to bed.

•When in bed to go to sleep, visualize yourself having a good night’s rest and the time you want to wake.  Instead of thinking about any of the day’s worries, allow yourself to reflect on the things you are grateful for and if you are mind is restless, count sheep backwards from 100.

•Aim to go to bed to sleep at the same time each night, when you are tired.


•Have a dark, quiet and electronic free bedroom environment with a comfortable temperature.

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.

TIME and FIVE GREAT WAYS TO USE TIME

Posted on February 3, 2019 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)
TIME AND FIVE GREAT WAYS TO USE IT….
 
One of my favourite movies is the Justin Timberlake movie “In Time” from 2012.  If you haven’t seen it, in brief, it is about a futuristic society in which people are genetically modified to “expire” on their 25 birthday – unless they are able to acquire more time credits from some means eg income or obtained from someone else’s time, thus making time a very valuable commodity indeed.  No, I think you will have to watch the movie to get what I am saying…
 
Do you value your time?  Are you making the most of your time?  Have you ever done an analysis of how your time is spent each week?  There are 168 hours in a week.  Take a few minutes to check in where your time goes in a given week.  Do a comparison of your desired hours versus your current hours, for example:-
 
SLEEP                         = 56 hours (desired),   49 hours  (current)
WORKING                  = 40 hours  (desired),  70 hours  (current)
HOUSEWORK            =   2 hours  (desired),     8 hours  (current)
STUDY / LEARNING  =   8 hours  (desired),   12 hours  (current)
FITNESS                     = 12 hours  (desired),     4 hours  (current)
RELAX, MISC             =  50 hours  (desired),  25 hours (current)
 
Ask yourself:-

  • What can you do to bridge the gap between your desired hours from your current hours?
  • Can you see any opportunities to move from where you are to where you want to be?
  • Are there tasks that you can delegate to the kids or your partner or pay someone else to do?
  • If you were able to outsource some of the housework or gardening ie, get someone else to do it, you could free up time to spend more time relaxing or doing other fun activities. 
  • Are there tasks that you can combine and save time?  For example, you could listen to an audible study book whilst getting your doing your daily walk for fitness.
  • Are you able to do your study on the train whilst travelling to work, or use train travel time to relax and watch a downloaded movie.

Some of our time allocation is simply just fixed and non-negotiable.  Once we start to look at how we use our time and value it more, we will look at how to use our time better and ways in which to effectively manage and leverage our time.
 
Five Tips on how to use time wisely and take the pressure off:-
 
1. Do a task / to do list for each day  - and recognize how completing these helps towards achieving a goal you have set.  Eg, on the daily to-do list you might have “walk the dogs” and this contributes to your goal of staying fit and healthy.  Remember, your list can have fun things on there, it's not all about work!
 
2. Find and use the tool or techniques that most help you stay organized - and sane and use them consistently.  Eg.  Using “Reminders” tool on your smartphone / computer for to-do lists, things to remember or follow up.  We use reminders for Groceries we need to buy.  And I have a list of Books I want to read…  These ‘reminders’ can be shared and updated by your partner or work team mate if required.
 
3.  Delegate more often. Are you spending your time doing things that you should be delegating to someone else?  Or are you spending time doing something you simply don't need to be doing ie, don't delegate it - delete it from your to-do list.
 
4.  Work on the tasks that give you the maximum return for the goals that are important to you.  Take time to check what is on your to-do list and prioritise time to do those things that give you the most benefit and achieving what it is you most want.
 
5.  Be efficient and time effective.  Review and refine tasks to ensure they are done most in the most efficient amount of time. 

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