All posts filed under: Relax

Summer bliss and getaways

It’s hot here. Summer is in full swing; the air con is on, the days are long and dry, and dusk is pushing 9pm. To make the most of the summer heat, we’ve left Sydney and ventured up the coast. There’s something about removing yourself from the everyday that makes the precious days between Christmas and New Years feel even more like a holiday. Even if it’s only to the in-laws an hour away. Despite the best of intensions, I often find nothing days in Mosman become cleaning days, or days of life admin commitments that see us spend little time actually doing nothing. As a result holidays instead become a collection of weekends, rather than a break of sunburn, breakfasts, and reading on the beach till the sun goes down. Today we set off to the beach with an umbrella under arm and fresh pineapple and mint juice in hand. We walked the splendour that is Soldier’s Beach looking for the perfect spot to park weary 2016 selves. We baked, relaxed and reclined in the sunshine, only to recover in the …

A wedding, a honeymoon, and an apology

Hello, hello! I feel like I owe you an apology. From the moment I dropped the news last September (2015) that Aaron and I were getting hitched to now, this blog has been a low priority. With so much to do for the big day, rare leisure time has been spent enjoying life outside and offline. That big day was last Friday, the 4th of November, and it was just perfect. We were so blessed not only by beautiful weather and an incredible venue, but with the love and generosity of our family and friends. It was nothing short of magical having everyone we hold dear in the one place. Of course, the best part was by far the fact that I got to marry my best friend and soul mate!! I’m now officially a wife, and not just any wife – but my darling Aaron’s wife. Hoorah for that! It sounds so cliche but I’m the happiest girl in the world. The day was full of excited energy but everything came together just as I had hoped. Everyone warns you beforehand …

Talking under water: talent or setback?

Recently I read a book that explained to me the different personality types within DISC profiling. While I’ve read different versions of this thinking before, this book highlighted how various personas relate to each other, and the things we need to do to get the best from a situation or person. It was interesting and refreshing to consider, particularly from a workplace and personal relationship point of view. It also led me to think about my own personality type and the people I naturally gravitate to. If you’re reading this and know me, you’ll know that I’m both outgoing and loud, but also  often quiet and reserved. A total contradiction! Put simply, when in big groups I tend to go one of two ways – talk like crazy or retreat and sit quietly. The people and personalities I’m surrounded by and how comfortable I feel govern this. I tend to talk more when the conversation is at risk of lagging as I hate awkward silences… In many circumstances this is a great asset to have. …

Pointless stress & Excel-themed dreams

The other week I found myself challenged. You see, I’m one of those people who is easily lead by their emotions. Yep, be it a sad, scary or stressful experience, I’m not shy of getting worked up should the moment dictate it. Fortunately as I’ve aged I’ve mastered the rawness that can come from a challenging or upsetting situation – just don’t put on The Notebook, alright?! This said, stress isn’t something I can always easily shake. I often worry about doing the wrong thing, about managing situations correctly and generating the best results, to putting the right foods in my body and keeping others happy (the list goes on) – even though I know all it usually takes to be successful is a vote of self-confidence. On occasion this stress is detrimental to my wellbeing. When things are really busy I frequently have ‘excel’ themed dreams, which are as much of a sleep-disturbing nightmare as they sound. Likewise, if I watch a horror movie or documentary that encourages me to contemplate a serious topic …

If only our bodies could talk; the signs you’re probably missing

Good health is incredibly elusive. Every day we hear of different tricks, tips and rules that we should be following to lose weight, improve focus, reduce inflammation, repair our guts, increase fertility etc. (the list goes on!). Yet, despite trying to look after ourselves many of us still commonly fall sick, feel lethargic, experience pain, or know that something just isn’t quite right. While it’s easy to think that the latest health food craze or promise to get fit is the key to longevity, the most important thing we can do to look after ourselves is to listen to our bodies. So if you’re feeling off, this is your body’s way of telling you that something needs attention. How so? Pain is a sign that something isn’t right – your body is responding to an issue and needs some help and TLC. While painkillers can help manage the pain, they’re not solving the problem, they’re simply hiding it for a few hours. If you experience isolated pain, it’s likely your internal doctor is trying to …

5 ways to manage change when it gets the better of you

As we grow and enter new chapters of our lives our priorities, desires and attitudes change. Influenced by relationships, finances, health, confidence, morals and the desire for happiness, change is often the start of an exciting transition that brings with it a bevy of new opportunities. However, for some change can also be cringe-worthily confronting – particularly if we let it get the better of us! When we’re younger we think we know who we are and who we want to become. But, as we learn more about life and managing the curve-balls that are sent our way, we adapt, shifting our attitudes and beliefs. This is how we learn to love new foods, attributes, places and ways of expressing ourselves. This is of course a lesson that we never stop learning. Invariably we never stay exactly the same (who would want to?!) and while some changes may scare or confuse us at first, it’s important to accept that change is usually for the better and that it’s OK. I write this as overcoming change has been a …

The relaxation response; how quietening the mind can be incredibly powerful

It’s well known that our bodies have a response that we switch on when danger is present – it’s called the fight or flight response. For those who don’t know what this is – when we’re faced with immediate danger (say a lion jumping out in front of us while on a walk) our body switches on in an unprecedented way. It prepares to either stay and fight or to get out of there as quickly as possible. What happens when this response activates? Our bodies fire up turning on a turbo charge of energy. Hormones like adrenalin and cortisol are released, our heart rate and blood pressure go up, the blood vessels to our muscles open to get extra fuel, sugars and fats pump in to the blood stream and we start to sweat to keep ourselves cool during exertion. Our bodies also pump out inflammatory chemicals to active our immune cells, our senses start to sharpen, and we begin mobilising for tissue repair, all while the attention centre in our brain is lighting …