Monthly Archives: August 2013

How To Play Election Dodgeball

We all know there’s another election just around the corner. Oh, how glad we will be once it’s over. Every day we are bombarded with ads, promises, debates and more promises. Then there’s the leaflets which end up in your letterbox or get shoved in your face at the train station each morning. This one is particularly annoying me as I’m a target audience. Let’s face it, I have to catch the train to get to work. They know this, so it’s become hard to escape the leaflet shoving political people.

Damn Election

Damn Election

I’ve become fed up and decided to devise some simple strategies to help you dodge the leaflet shoving political people and stay sane through this election. These simple strategies build on each other to create an almighty powerful dodgeball! Try these:-

  1. Don’t make eye contact

This one is simple but so effective. Don’t look them in the eye. Keep your eyes down. Focus on something else and you’ll be okay. I find the phone to be your best distracter. Keep looking at it, tweeting, texting or facebooking as it all helps to keep you focused on something other than the leaflet shovers.

Don't Look

Don’t Look

2. Keep your hands full

You may think this is silly but it works. Trust me, Labor and Liberal alternate each day at the station, so I’ve had plenty of practice. I find a coffee in one hand and bag in the other does the trick. I can’t take their leaflet and if you combine this one with number 1, then presto, avoidance is easy.

3. Fake a phone call

Love this one. Stick headphones in, phone in hand, coffee in other hand and talk away. Add a bit of anger and frustration through your voice in the fake phone call. They won’t come near an angry woman who’s having a bit of drama in her life. It’s like they sense the bitchenator lights and save their leaflet for another suspect.

4. Do the sidestep

This one can be a bit tricky and you need to be careful. A few little sidesteps, coffee in one hand, phone in the other, a few choice words to the fake phone call and you know, they’ve completely missed you.

5. Announce you’re voting for the other team

It’s obvious. A little crazy but very powerful. We like crazy and powerful. As the leaflet shovers approach and just as they are about to hand you a leaflet, proudly announce you vote for the other party. Bingo. Off they go to someone else. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

We Know Its Coming

We Know Its Coming

Okay, so there’s plenty of other things you can be doing to avoid the crazy leaflet shovers during this election but I hope I’ve helped you out with a few simply tricks.

Don’t forget, combine a few as a layering approach always works best.

So tell me, how will you avoid the leaflet shovers this election?

Jen xoxo

Mind Matters

Mental health is a big topic in today’s world. It’s becoming more prevalent in today’s society. According to Black Dog Institute, one in five (20%) of Australians between the ages of 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year. This statistic is quite high.

Statistics aside, as a society we seem to view the mind a little different to the rest of the body. What do I mean? In general, we’re quite comfortable to go to the Chiropractor if our back is sore or the Podiatrist to check out our feet, Cardiologist for our heart, yet we seem to be reluctant to visit a psychologist, counsellor or psychiatrist for our mind.

Our mind is like the rest of our body. It’s just another body part that from time to time needs some fine tuning and a little bit of “help”. Nothing more and nothing less. I am aware of the stigma attached to mental health in our society, however I think by changing our view of the mind, we can start to shift those attitudes. I’m not getting away from the fact that mental health can be complicated and difficult to understand, however surely if we viewed the mind like we did the rest of our body then we may start to be comfortable to seek some professional assistance.

Mind Matters

Mind Matters

It’s quite of weird to think that if you had a broken arm, then because people can see your physical limitation, they accept it. However, explain to someone you have chronic fatigue or a mental illness and because they can’t see what your “illness” is, they question its existence. Some even run the other way.

It’s that behaviour and attitude which we need to change. Our mind is a very powerful thing which drives us to achieve many great things and can also be very destructive to us. It can be our best friend or our worst enemy. We shouldn’t be afraid of it and we shouldn’t be afraid to seek help for it.

Psychology

Psychology

I’ve suffered depression before and I took antidepressants. I also saw a psychologist. Whilst I was able to move out of depression and off antidepressants, I continue to still see my psychologist. Why, you ask? It’s like this. I’ve been there before and I don’t want to go back. I also recognise my mind can take me to a dark place through my thought patterns and I want to keep it away from there. I want my mind to be strong. I want my mind to be rational. Most importantly, I want my mind to lead me to great things. So just as a chiropractor is for my back, a podiatrist is for my feet and a cardiologist is for my heart, so a psychologist is for my mind. And I’m very comfortable with that.

Do you view your mind as just another body part?? How do you feel about getting some “help” for it??

Jen xoxo