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Welcome to my blog

There is a lot of information around on the importance of looking after our health, like maintaining a healthy diet and plenty of exercise... Which is all well and good if your aim is just to keep your body healthy. But what about your brain?

From chocolate to coffee and sleep to sharper smarter thinking, join me for an article or three as I share insights, tips and ideas on what it takes to keep your brain operating at full speed, so you can wake up feeling refreshed, happier and healthier every day.

Welcome to my blog

There is a lot of information around on the importance of looking after our health, like maintaining a healthy diet and plenty of exercise... Which is all well and good if your aim is just to keep your body healthy. But what about your brain?

From chocolate to coffee and sleep to sharper smarter thinking, join me for an article or three as I share insights, tips and ideas on what it takes to keep your brain operating at full speed, so you can wake up feeling refreshed, happier and healthier every day.

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Oh Bungelup! How I miss thee

Oh Bungelup! How I miss thee

Taking a risk can feel scary, daunting even.
So how do you get better at taking a smart well thought out risk, because you know the upside will be good, even though those thoughts of self-doubt and fear of failure keep holding you back?

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Are You Always Looking at Your Stress with The Wrong Glasses On?

Are You Always Looking at Your Stress with The Wrong Glasses On?

Stress is one of those things that can cause a lot of angst when we feel we’ve reached the limit of our coping skills. Tipping over into the danger zone of too much stress, whether short or long, triggers the stress response that is primarily designed to keep us safe.

But what if you could hack your stress to make it more useful to you?

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Why Uncertainty Can Be a Blessing

Why Uncertainty Can Be a Blessing

If living in the “Time of Covid” has left you feeling more than a little unsettled, anxious and fearful for your future, it’s hardly surprising. Uncertainty has become rife. It’s everywhere. It taints our outlook. It colours our world view. It peppers our conversation as the endless debate, blame shifting and finger pointing around who did what, said what, didn’t do, leaves us feeling breathless and exhausted.

The antidote is not certainty, although having some certainty can feel reassuring. The sun will rise tomorrow. The pandemic will pass, eventually. The solution is to be more present to what is happening right now because uncertainty, just like certainty is an essential human trait.

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How To Avoid Hitting That Wall of Exhaustion

How To Avoid Hitting That Wall of Exhaustion

Have you hit your wall yet?

You know the one you’ve been banging your head against for the last few weeks, or is that months?

That metaphorical wall is the one that’s finally caused us to stop and call time out, because we’re exhausted, mentally, physically and cognitively, and it’s putting us at risk of burnout.

If you’re holding on for that One Powerball to get you out of all this stress, well, maybe don’t hold your breath. There are a few on backorder although Amazon Prime have indicated they’re getting new stock in shortly.

Instead of worrying about your stress and that never-ending, ever-expanding to-do list, why not start a to-not-do and a to-do-when-I’m good-and-ready-to list instead and keep your stress levels down that way?

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Too stressed to think? How to regain your clarity of thought

Too stressed to think? How to regain your clarity of thought

A little bit of stress is helpful to enable you to step up to a challenge, to sharpen your focus and improve your ability to remember details about the situation you’re dealing with. This is useful when studying for an exam, about to take your driving test or getting ready to deliver a presentation to your boss.

But too much ongoing stress triggering the stress response leading to fight-flight or freeze then fails to switch off. Thinking becomes more muddled, emotions fray and sleep disturbed.

And it can lead to mental illness.

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Five Quick Ways to Reduce High Anxiety

Five Quick Ways to Reduce High Anxiety

In the BP (before pandemic) era, anxiety was a well-recognised menace to many. According to Beyond Blue, 1:6 Australians are currently experiencing depression or anxiety or both. Seventeen percent of the population or 3.2 million people have experienced anxiety or an affective disorder in the last 12 months.

As a Doctor I have looked after many people who struggle with anxiety in their life where it has affected their ability to function normally, to hold down a job, to make a decision, or even to be able to leave the house.

As a workplace wellness consultant, I have worked with individuals seeking assistance because their anxiety has become so overwhelming it’s impacted their ability to work or to work to the level, they know they are capable of.

As a human I have had first-hand experience of learning to live with anxiety.

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