Category Archives: Health

How To De-Stress With Yoga

Life can be very hectic. I’m sure you find yourself with too many things to go, too many people wanting a piece of you and not much time left for you. If you’re anything like me, then I find it hard to say no. Quite often I don’t actually want to say “no”. I like helping people. It’s just when you get one thing after another, it can sometimes just become too much. It’s then that you’ve crossed the stress threshold.

Stress affects each of us differently. It can really play havoc on our health. It can cause us to be emotional and reach for food, or we might experience different physical reactions. Of course, we usually lash out with those whom we’re closest to, our partners or children.

It’s really important to understand how it affects you. You also need to know when you are starting to reach your stress threshold. It will be different for each of us. You don’t need to get to that point. It’s not worth it. There are many things you can do to rid your body from stress and mentally re-gather.

Yoga is wonderful for de-stressing. It allows your mind to quieten, it gives you time for you, stretches your body and helps you re-connect with yourself. You come out feeling so wonderful afterwards. Your body feels better and your mind less cluttered.

Start tomorrow! Why wait?

Start tomorrow! Why wait?

You might be thinking you aren’t very flexible or you can’t quieten your mind. I need to tell you, you’re already over-thinking this. With yoga, you need to just to it. Don’t worry about anyone around you, zone in on yourself. Just do whatever you can do. It’s not a contest and there’s no need to be better than anyone else.

Yoga is almost an escapism, taking you out of the chaos and into the silence. Silence is golden. It just gives you time to do nothing except to honour yourself. With a calm mind, you can focus on the body. Connecting breathe with the body.

Calm and Free

Calm and Free

Like most people, I hold stress in my body. I need to get it out somehow. I quite enjoy exercising to get rid of the stress, but honestly found nothing has worked better than yoga. It’s now my thing. I need my thing. I need it regularly.

If you haven’t been feeling yourself or have been really stressed of late, find your local yoga class. You’ll never look back. Control stress before it controls you.

Have you tried yoga? What style did you try? What did yoga do for you?

Jen xox

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