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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.

2019 Festive Calendar

Posted on November 24, 2019 at 7:07 PM Comments comments (0)
Feeling the festive season could mean a little more?

Please find below our Festive calendar for December 2019.  It's packed with ideas to make the festive season special..

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.

Planning - the 90 Day plan

Posted on July 9, 2018 at 4:44 AM Comments comments (0)
Do you plan to achieve big things?  Weight loss, learning a new skill, running a certain distance?

Often we make grand plans to achieve something in a year or longer and if we don't achieve that goal we can be discouraged.

Sometimes just looking at a year long goal can be disheartening.  Can I really walk 10KM when I haven't walked more that a short walk before?

One of our mentors recently suggest having a 12 week (or 90 day) plan.  A 90 day plan is a good start with managing your time and tasks in achieving your goals.  

Here's the process in 6 easy steps.


  1. Start by looking at your big plan.  What do you want to achieve? (e.g. walk the Kokoda track) and write this down
  2. What would you like to achieve in the next 90 days towards that goal?(e.g. Be able to walk 10 Kilometres at a time) and write this down
  3. What will you achieve weekly by week?(e.g. Week 1 be able to walk 2 kilometres, week 2 walk e able to walk 3 kilometres etc) and write this down
  4. What will you achieve each day? (e.g. Week 1, day 1 buy hiking shoes, week 1 day 2 walk 1 kilometre) and write this down
  5. Each day refer to your daily plan and do what the plan says.  Some days you will - some days you won't.  Life happens.
  6. Each 90 days look back with curious fascination to see how you have progressed.

90 days is a great period to break down goals to..
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5 Things You Must Know for Winter...

Posted on May 1, 2018 at 7:37 AM Comments comments (0)
Winter is on its way.  Autumn may have had a bit of a false start but the Winter chill is now upon us…

Here are 5 key tips for Winter
 
1.     Understand that you may have lower energy.  We just don’t have as much energy in Winter as we do in Summer.  Some clients feel more energized as they don’t have to battle the Summer heat but at the heart of it you have less energy.

2.     Cut out the cold foods.  Chinese Medicine never favours cold foods.  As we transition to Winter it is critical not to indulge in cold foods such as ice cream and cold drinks.

3.     Focus on nourishing, easy to digest foods.  Bring on the soups – we just don’t digest as well in Winter as we do in Summer so cooking foods well takes some of the workload off your digestive system.

4.     Sleep well.  We need more sleep in Winter so earlier nights and later mornings.

5.     Relax.  As the change of season challenges your system it’s great to remember to look after yourself, schedule time out from work and enjoy being.

Rest... Essential or nice to have

Posted on August 10, 2016 at 4:58 AM Comments comments (0)
Rest is often seen as an 'additional extra' in our modern world.  But is it?

Many essential body and mental healing processes only occur during rest..

But isn't sleeping enough?  Sleeping is important but sleeping isn't rest and rest isn't sleeping..

Examples of activities you might find restful:

  • Reading a book for entertainment
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Gardening
  • Walking (with our without your dog)
  • Writing
  • Watching a sunrise or sunset

Resting activities are proving to have similar benefits to meditation for our health....

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