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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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Can the Way We Were Prepare Us for a Better Future?

Can the Way We Were Prepare Us for a Better Future?

Nostalgia. Love it.
What takes you back to a particular event or time spent with friends?
Is it music, photos, or certain smells?

Why do we hanker more than ever for nostalgia now?

Why?

Because those feelings, those warm memories of times past help us to deal with the current pain, sadness, grief and trauma associated with living at the time of uncertainty, stress and anxiety. It’s a form of self-soothing, that, unlike comfort eating doesn’t cause us to put on weight. It enhances those feelings of social connectedness, of having a sense of purpose and meaning.

In other words, it’s a great resource for our psychological health and wellbeing.
It helps us to regulate negative emotional states.
Perfect for when living in the challenging time of a global pandemic.

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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 Your Fragility Can Reveal Your Strengths

How Your Fragility Can Reveal Your Strengths

Are you feeling a little fragile?

One year into the global pandemic we have all endured so much. So much uncertainty, fear for our future and that of our families. As we anxiously await the roll out of the vaccination program here in Australia, our reality is we will continue to experience further outbreaks of the virus, lockdowns of hot spots and restrictions on travel.

Our fragility can make us afraid.
But it can also serve to uncover our strengths.

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Why respect matters greatly and how to create more

Why respect matters greatly and how to create more

How often do you hear of whistle-blowers ending up being the one who loses their job, bad mouthed in public while the perpetrator gets off scot-free, with no repercussion for their bad behaviour, or even gets a promotion? How many whistle-blowers are being asked to sign non-disclosure agreements because the company doesn’t want a stain on its reputation and would rather brush the highlighted issue under the carpet?

It reveals a disappointing lack of respect for our fellow humans.

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Why there’s more to great happiness than just being happy

Why there’s more to great happiness than just being happy

There’s no doubt we feel better when we are happier. We smile more, we’re healthier, we live longer, we have a lower risk of anxiety or depression and the world seems a less frightening place.

But happiness on its own isn’t the whole story of what creates a good life. There are so many other emotions available to us that add richness to our experiences because they are all a valuable source of data, helping us to make better sense of what’s happening.

Does nurturing happiness matter?

Yes, but as Sydney J Harris said, “happiness is a direction, not a place.”
Which is why chasing happiness is an illusion. It’s the positive actions we take, big and small that create greater happiness in our life.

And it’s the anticipation of a special event that makes us especially happy.

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Is it time to change your mind for the better?

Is it time to change your mind for the better?

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
An introvert or an extrovert?
Are you open or close minded?

We like to label ourselves as being one or the other but in truth we are neither and both. While you may tend more towards one than the other, it is your ability to flip towards one or the other depending on the circumstance that contributes to your ability to adapt and thrive in all environments.

Your mindset determines your outlook, your energy and your outcomes.

When you believe you can achieve your goal, you’re more motivated to take action.
When you choose to upskill or learn something new, it raises your self-confidence and ability to understand.

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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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