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Laughter is the best medicine

Recently there has been plenty of troubling events happening around us, both locally and worldwide.  Justifiably we are taking these events very seriously.  However, to balance this seriousness and to improve our physical and emotional health and well-being we need to remember to LAUGH!

A good giggle can lighten our mood, reduce anxiety, and help to release muscle tension, leaving us feeling more relaxed and buoyant.  One Korean study testing the effect of laughter therapy on patients in a long-term care hospital showed improved sleep and better general mood.

Laughing helps to increase circulation, lowers blood pressure, increases respiration and oxygen consumption which benefits cardiovascular health.

A hearty belly laugh tones your abs and burns calories.  OK, it’s not as a good as a workout session, but possibly more appealing?

When you laugh your body produces endorphins, the “feel good” hormone, which can boost energy and reduce pain and inflammation.

Seeing the funny side and having a good laugh quickly defuses anger and calms conflict at home and in the workplace.  It helps to put a more positive perspective on problems, strengthens relationships and reduces stress.

By decreasing production of stress hormones and boosting immune enhancing T-cells, laughing can help our bodies be more resistant to disease.  One study showed that people with a well-developed sense of humour lived longer, particularly in those battling cancer.

While there are few studies definitively showing the effectiveness of laughter, they do show positive results with virtually no negative side effects!

So seek out opportunities to laugh and reap the benefits!  Connect with friends who make us laugh, keep funny photos and quotes close by, watch a comedy, sing a funny song.  Keep it appropriate, but just laugh.

If you are feeling too stressed and overwhelmed to find your sense of humour a Kinesiology session could help.  Book online here or phone me on 0414611382

Twenty Seconds of Courage… can change your life

The adage that confidence only builds after you take action, not before, has underscored much of my life. I can think of situations where I lacked confidence and only after I stepped up and gave it a go, did I feel my confidence start to build.

Waiting for confidence and motivation to arrive, can mean you never begin working on that dream.

Many great business ideas die before they get started.  Healthy consideration of your next move is important for good decisions, but too much thinking and planning may actually mean you give in to fear and anxiety.

Excuses like “I’m too busy”, “the timings not right”, “I can’t afford it”…. undermines our confidence, motivation and inspiration.

In the movie “We bought a zoo”, the main character Benjamin Mee used a motto of “all it takes is 20 seconds of courage” to help him seize opportunities in moments of hesitation where fear had potential to overwhelm him.

These days I enjoy getting started and then going with the momentum.

I also love the title of Susan Jeffers’ book “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway”, which reminds me being scared is normal … but don’t let it stop you.

Over 25 years ago Nike introduced the advertising slogan “Just do it” that became the motivational cry for many successful business and sports people across the world.

Stop waiting for the confidence or perfect moment.  Jump in, get started and sort it out as you go. Gather up your courage and “Just do it!”

Yin/Yang

As we navigate life amidst the COVID-19 pandemic I like to remind myself of the Chinese energy concept of yin & yang.
The Yin/Yang symbol above is a pictorial representation of “chi”.  Chi can be defined as the circulating life force or energy inherent in all living things. This life force circulates in our bodies via a network of channels called meridians.  Yin and Yang are the two opposing but interrelated aspects of Chi.
Chi is always both yin AND yang not yin OR yang.
The black and white represents yin and yang. The sine curve represents the fluctuating nature of the balance of Yin/Yang energies that are always moving in dynamic equilibrium.  You will also notice there’s a seed of the opposite in each.  Chinese concept is that humans are a small replica of the universe and what is around us is also within us.
I see life in a similar way.  Read More…

But first…. Look after yourself!

Take time for regular self-care activitiesDuring the holiday season you’re out of your normal routine and it’s easy to put your self-care on the back-burner while you prioritise commitments to family and friends.  Then when you go back to work, you are so busy catching up on the work that has mounted up while you were away, you still neglect your self-care and it can be a while before you start to carve out time for things that benefit your well-being.

Why is self-care so important? Read More…

7 tips for staying active

 

I often have discussions with clients and friends about the challenges of staying active.  Injuries, work and family commitments get in the way of establishing a regular exercise regime for most of us.

I rarely feel like exercising when I wake up in the morning, but I generally feel happier and more energised afterwards.  The tips I’m sharing below is how I stay in the habit of exercising, whether I feel motivated or not. Read More…

The gift of receiving

A few years ago, I was having a tough time with some confronting personal issues. My mother asked who could help and support me. I told her that I had some great friends, but they had their own issues and I didn’t want to trouble them.

Mum went on to give me a new perspective…

“When you help someone, do you feel good?”

“Yes I do”

“Have you ever thought that when you don’t allow someone help you, you are denying them that good feeling,”

I now have a new attitude towards accepting help when it’s offered. I gratefully accept!

I have shared this story with many friends and clients over the years, because accepting help can be challenging for all.

If you have difficulty asking for or accepting help, it can be worthwhile to explore your beliefs about receiving help.

Is it a feeling of being unworthy? The person offering help has already decided you are worthy and deserving in their eyes.

Are you a perfectionist that sees yourself as a failure if you ask for help? Read More…

Create some friction!

A few weeks ago, I watched an interview with Gweneth Paltrow, where she was talking about how being a success at a young age meant that many people came into her life to help smooth the way and make life easy. It wasn’t until her father sat her down and suggested that she was in danger of becoming an A-hole, that she realised that a bit of “friction” in life is a good thing.

She expressed perfectly something I have been thinking about and working on myself. I noticed that when someone achieves success, they sometimes slide backwards (often dramatically) soon after. I wonder if, without the ‘friction’ created by striving for success, these people step back and stop challenging themselves to become better people and to improve and enhance their skills.

The ongoing challenges we face every day can be good for us! Needing to earn an income to pay bills and mortgages means we Read More…

What could you acheive if you pushed a little harder?

Fannie Bay Swim, Darwin, NT 2019

A year ago, I remember standing at the end of a triathlon chatting to a friend who, like me, finishes among the last ten competitors.

We discussed the “top guns” and how in awe we were of their ability and fitness. She said “Have you ever thought that the reason they’re so good is that they push themselves harder than we do? I notice that when they lap me on the run they’re breathing much more heavily than I am”

This conversation popped into my thoughts many times since and I now use it as motivation to go a little faster, harder and/or further in training sessions and events.

I have achieved some new ‘personal bests’ as my reward for the extra effort, not to mention better self-esteem.

In my life outside triathlon training and events, I know that when I feel frustrated, it is often the result of giving in to fear, making excuses and allowing myself to sit in a comfort zone rather than pushing to my potential. Like a racehorse at the start of a race, itching to get out and run, but being held back by the gate Read More…

Take your rest!

Taking a break!

“Take your rest!  You can’t go hard for the next set if you don’t take your rest!”  This was the voice of the coach this morning at swimming training.

You see I am a slow swimmer and in a mistaken attempt to keep up with the group I was skipping the 10 second rest break and continuing to swim the next lap.  After all 10 seconds isn’t going to make much difference right?  Wrong!  I discovered even a short rest meant I could swim harder and faster the next lap.

Every training program I have seen for triathlons, marathons etc, always have rest days as part of the schedule as well as rest breaks within the daily programs.  This shows me that if endurance athletes, who are training to push themselves beyond normal limits, take rests, then the benefits of rest shouldn’t be underestimated.

One of the most common reasons people come to see me is because they are tired and burnt out.  Frequently, these people have been pushing themselves to stay on top of their workload, whether it’s from their job or from personal or family demands.  Read More…

Just breathe….


Swimming at Darwin Waterfront

A secret discovered at the dawn of Mankind, refined by many cultures to an art form, often forgotten in today’s hectic world … JUST BREATHE.
A hunter stalking the African savannah, a warrior going into battle, a yogi seeking enlightenment, a woman giving birth. A simple solution to focus, survive and prosper … JUST BREATHE

This is a regular reminder I give myself and others to reduce stress and tension, to assist performance in an exercise session and to navigate challenging situations calmly.
Sometimes I unconsciously hold my breath when I’m doing something difficult.  It’s not just physical exertion. I catch myself not breathing when doing housework, concentrating on writing an assignment or blog, or even reading instructions to put together a flat pack! Do you do the same?
I remind clients to breathe deeply because it assists corrections with kinesiology.  A few deep breaths calm and energise you when feeling stressed and overwhelmed.  It is not by chance that breath provides focus and calmness in yoga and is crucial to meditation practices.
But if you can’t breathe deeply? Read More…

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