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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. This 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. This 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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How to Enjoy Greater Happiness During the Global Pandemic

How to Enjoy Greater Happiness During the Global Pandemic

In times of adversity it’s easy to get weighed down by negative thoughts and feelings. But does that mean we can’t still experience happiness? Happiness is just one of our emotions and we can lift our spirits to enjoy greater hope and optimism by choosing to be happier using one strategy that is simple to use, costs nothing and is always freely available.

It’s called nature.

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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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How to Avoid the Next Pandemic of Poor Mental Wellbeing

How to Avoid the Next Pandemic of Poor Mental Wellbeing

It’s R U OK? Day on September 10th, an important date that reminds us of the importance of looking out for each other, especially in the realm of mental wellbeing.
And it’s even more critical today because of the global pandemic which has resulted in a rapid increase in the level of psychological distress, anxiety and depression being reported.
With 45% of the adult Australian population experiencing some form of mental health problem at some point in their lives, it’s essential to look for ways of lowering the risk, managing mental distress more effectively and the reducing the cost of poor mental health to the individual, their families and the economy.

Early intervention is key.

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How to reduce your risk of burnout when working from home

How to reduce your risk of burnout when working from home

The pandemic arrived, putting the skids on everything that up until then had been running quite smoothly. Suddenly I was working harder than I had ever worked before, spending countless hours chained to the desk creating, writing and presenting. My working hours were spreading across the weekend, the days were blurring into one. I was eating far too many corn chips and my trousers getting uncomfortable tight. I was even having the occasional glass of wine having given up alcohol three years ago.

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Why It’s Important to Distinguish Between Burnout and Depression

Why It’s Important to Distinguish Between Burnout and Depression

Confusion reigns and the symptoms of each are very similar, but there is a difference and the reason this is important, is because the management of each differs.

Depression. It’s a leading cause of disability globally. One in five adult Australians is at risk of developing a mental health disorder in any given 12 months. In corporate Australia the statistics are even worse with one study reporting one in three workers from across a range of industries is suffering from some form of mental illness. Of these 36% were diagnosed with depression, 33% had anxiety and 31% were suffering from unsustainable work stress.

Burnout was reclassified by the World Health Organisation in 2019 as an occupational syndrome resulting from exposure to chronic unmitigated work stress resulting in extreme physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and reduced performance.
It is estimated that 5-7% of the working population are affected.

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My ‘too busy’ became burnout: Fatigued & passing out, I lost my business but then found clarity

My ‘too busy’ became burnout: Fatigued & passing out, I lost my business but then found clarity

Denial is a super-strong forcefield. But even our strongest defences eventually give if we push too hard for too long, sacrificing everything for this thing we call work.
As a child, my work ethic was drummed into me by my parents. They believed the only way to achieve success was to always work harder than the next person.
Overwork doesn’t work. Our work capacity maxes out at about 38 hours. At 70 hours a week we’re no more productive than if we worked 55 hours. Worse still it leads to mental exhaustion, increases your risk of depression or anxiety and puts you on the fast-track to burnout.
To be blunt. Overwork is killing us. While Australia doesn’t keep records of this, other countries including Japan, South Korea and China do. It’s one thing to love your job, but it’s never worth dying for through heart attack, stroke or suicide. Busyness doesn’t equate to being effective, efficient or fulfilled. If you’re constantly exhausted, worried how long you can sustain working at warp-speed six without self-combusting it’s time to pull back and ask – What do I really want?

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Happiness at Work: What makes happier, healthier workplaces

It’s been estimated we spend over one-third of our lives at work. While work provides us with the means to pay the bills and put food on the table, what id we spend more of that time feeling happy?

How Social Connection Helps Us Think Better

Humans thrive together. Hardwired to connect, we do our best when working with others, especially those we consider like us, sharing common beliefs and values. So how does our social connection help us to think better?

How Coffee Benefits Our Body, Mind and Brain

Given our global love affair with coffee, are there any benefits from enjoying our caffeine? The short answer is yes. There is even some suggestion that coffee works as a cognitive enhancer.

Mental Health: Why it Matters and How to Stay Mentally Well

With depression now the leading cause of disability globally (according to the WHO), affecting over 350 million people worldwide, and with anxiety as its frequent partner, affecting 260 million people worldwide, something has to change.

Effective Stress Management: How to Lighten Up to Thrive and be Happy

 If you’ve misplaced your car keys for the fifth time this week or snapped at your colleague when they clearly didn’t deserve it, it’s time to take a step back to ponder – is my stress getting the better of me?

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