All posts tagged: Self Love

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. …

How to food plan like a rock star

Before I started my health kick I used to open the fridge door at work at look at the shelves of homemade lunches with envy. There they stood, packed lovingly the night before full of healthy looking goodness. I wanted to be like those who made at work food look so easy. The owners of this food also didn’t have to spend 20 minutes of precious lunchtime hunting for something reasonably healthy to eat. And then pay $15 for the privilege of enjoying said meal. Fortunately, like all those who had come before me, after some investigation I realised that I too could do the food from home thing. All it would take is a little planning, some consideration and confidence and of course, lots of experimentation! You see, bringing healthy, delicious food from home isn’t actually that hard (I know – shock horror!) you just have to prioritise it and apply some savvy organisation tips to the process. Two years later and I’m now a food prep queen (if I don’t say so myself) …

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 …

Living healthy when you’ve got a nine to five

Don’t you hate that the standard response to ‘how are you?’ has become busy. I’m not suggesting that those who respond with this aren’t indeed exceptionally busy, (they’re probably run off their feet), I just hate that this little word has grown to define us. I’m horribly guilty of using busy as my go to answer as it’s often the only word that comes to mind when asked (even when things actually aren’t that busy…). Some days I think it’s more a case of no matter how many hours there are in the day, there’s always that perpetual squeeze to fit more in. Perhaps it’s just human nature. When it comes to prioritising a healthy lifestyle I often hear people say ‘I’m don’t have the time for that’, ‘I couldn’t be bothered’ or ‘where do you find the motivation to cook/exercise/food plan every week’. The honest truth? I have no idea. It can be damn hard, particularly when you’ve got a nine to five, family to look after or other commitments constantly demanding your attention. …

Blog Crush: Kate Caddle (aka The Whole Housewife)

I’m incredibly excited to share with you today’s blog crush. When I first started my health and wellness journey almost a year ago, I stumbled across Kate’s blog ‘The Whole Housewife’ (which recently re-branded to Kate Caddle) through Instagram. Once I found her blog, I went on to read almost every post she had shared since starting her journey online. I found her approach to wellness and holistic living intoxicating, and today I owe much of my own health and positive attitude to her. Whenever I feel like my journey needs a jolt to get back on track, I find myself back on Kate’s blog and Instagram taking inspiration from her approach to life. So it’s a total thrill to share with you the awesomeness that this chick puts out into the world. I hope you enjoy! Tell me about The Whole Housewife – Why did you start your journey and where is it going? I started my journey as The Whole Housewife in January 2014 after a quest to find wellness naturally. I’d been …

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 …

Start the New Year with acceptance, not resolutions

With New Year’s Eve only days away, the holiday-break in motion and the gluttony of Christmas now well and truly set-in, now is the time of year when we typically stop and take stock of our lives. For most of us, Jan 1st is the time we reset our goals and assess how we live in comparison to how we’d like to live. It is this thinking and hope for something better that sees us develop New Year’s resolutions. Our resolutions are usually big personal changes that require the spark of a New Year to get firing. Whether it’s losing that extra weight, investing in your fitness, or learning to say no, the change isn’t something that typically comes easily to us. It requires an investment of time, attitude and persistence. The problem with most resolutions is that the process of implementing these changes is often heavily flawed. While goal setting is important, putting realistic, achievable steps in play that will help you achieve your desired changes over the long-term are just as critical. If …