7 Quick-Fixes for Anxious Moments

Anxiety is one of those ‘life’ things that can kind of consume your whole world, if not your whole day if you’re not too careful. The fix – or really, the balance – comes from the long game; daily habits and rituals that have benefits for the long term.

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Yes, this is me a chubby bub, stealing my Mum’s food

But the thing is, if you’ve fallen off the healthy routine bandwagon for a little too long, these habits can sometimes feel too hard, too far and not enough to get you feeling “right” (even if, they probably would be bloody brilliant if you just did them).

The following are a few quick fixes for these moments to help you find you mojo, calm the storm and have you feeling just a bit more grounded and back inside your body, instead of floating around above your head. They’re methods that I use frequently to great results, and things I share in clinic at least weekly. Continue reading

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When it comes to gender equality, should we be normalising period pain?

A couple of months ago I was scrolling through my newsfeed and stumbled upon a video of a news segment where they were discussing the idea of work leave for period pain. The woman proposing the change mentioned how common it is for women to have to use their sick leave for period pain and then not have enough left over for when they actually get sick.

Personally, I agree that it isn’t fair that women are taking sick leave in order to deal with pain associated with their period every month. But also, the discussion brought up a few thoughts that I’d like to share with you, because I believe there is a different way that we could be approaching this situation.

While I think is totally essential to normalise periods (and challenge people who get grossed-out by the sheer mention of a period on a regular basis) it deeply concerns me that we’re moving towards accepting things like debilitating period pain as a totally normal thing.

092495546efd2a994a2b8cfa64570fde.jpgNow, this isn’t me dismissing these symptoms, or anyone who experiences this pain. If fact, I believe that if you are experiencing pain once every month that has you bed-ridden, has you taking hard-core pain medications, has you doubled over in pain, gives you migraines that make you vomit and have to retreat to a dark room, or you experience irregular periods (varying one week to months apart), experiencing spotting, never-ending acne, very heavy or very light periods, breast tenderness or in some cases, find yourself suicidal in the lead up to your period;

NONE of that is normal.

And you deserve so much better than to be told to accept these symptoms as ‘normal’ every single month.
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Bath time Essentials: Balneotherapy

10 Natural Remedies for Your Most Relaxing Bath Ever

Baths are one of my favourite ways to reset myself and relax, especially if I’m sore, tired and overwhelmed. It’s a ritual that doesn’t take much effort with huge benefits for your nervous system, your detoxifying organs, your muscles, your skin and your spiritual wellbeing. With a few simple tweaks to this cornerstone of self-care, you can take your bath to the next level, providing natural remedies to heal your body, mind and spirit.

The practice of enhancing the healing capacity of your bath is known as balneotherapy; the treatment of disease through bathing, and it’s something that I often find myself prescribing to treat stressed-out, tired an anxious individuals. It may sound a little bit hippy, but before you discount it completely, I have a story to share with you: Continue reading

Standing Meditation Video

For anxiety and adrenal health in the lead up to The Natural Adrenal Health Summit next week. (Make sure you click the link to access the free talks that will be available on the Sun & Earth Organic Healthcare Clinic Facebook page)

Anxiety and stress have a very intertwined relationship; too much stress (especially when bottled-up) can result in anxiety, which then puts more emotional and physical stress on the body, extra pressure on the adrenals and the hormones of the nervous system. And on and on it goes. Anxiety is fast becoming one of the most prevalent mental disorders in Australia. With symptoms of extreme stress a classic picture of anxiety, it is easy to see the link between anxiety and our adrenal glands (the organs that govern our stress response). Continue reading

Minimalism

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WOODSIDE, CA – DECEMBER 15: CEO of Apple Steve Jobs sits at his home in Woodside, CA on December 15, 1982. IMAGE PREVIOUSLY A TIME & LIFE IMAGE. (Photo by Diana Walker/SJ/Contour by Getty Images)

Last night Blake and I watched the documentary, ‘Minimalism’ on Netflix.

We’d discussed watching it before, and like all good documentaries usually seem to provoke, I felt a pang of ‘great, another thing to feel guilty about’, *rolls eyes*, etc. preferring instead to watch something a bit more mind-numbing after a long, hard day at work, as per my own habit. To me, the idea of minimalism always seemed like some sort of unrealistic ideal, peddled by the eccentric Continue reading

Weight loss and Self-love – Can they coexist?

Is it possible to love yourself and still have the desire to lose weight?

I mean, self-love is all about loving and accepting yourself for who you are right now, while desires to lose weight seems to be in opposition to that, right?

Honestly, I don’t agree.

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Self-love, like love in itself, isn’t just about positive stuff. To have self-love doesn’t mean that you look in the mirror every day and shout “Woohoo!”.   Continue reading