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5 Ways to Enhance Your Self-Compassion

Our brain is programed in the negative so we are always primed to be alert to danger and engage our fright, fight, flight mechanism to support us in times of major stress and danger.

The pace of life now means most of us are performing a balancing act in trying to stay calm and experience some peace in our lives from time to time. In Australia and the US surveys report that 75% to 90% of the population say that they are experiencing excessive stress in at least one area of their lives.

An area that is often overlooked in… Continue reading

Can Resilience Be Learned and Developed?

An article in Time Magazine titled, The Importance of Resilience, looking at why do some children bounce back from adversity better than others – and can that quality be taught?

The article focused on children whose parents were alcoholics. The facilitators who worked with children at the Betty Ford Centers in California and Texas found two areas that were needed for the children to engage in so they could develop resilience.

  • Be Your OwnRecruiter – “Get help”. Studies showed that the most resilient kids had a way of drawing in other people to help them. They ‘asked’ others to support… Continue reading

Developing Resilience to Change Your Life

Yesterday I spent the day hearing and absorbing many sad and remarkable stories of the experiences of a cross section of health care practitioners from around Australia. I attended the Second National Conference of the Health Professionals Australia Reform Association in Melbourne. The presenters were practitioners in private practice as well as some consulting and working in hospitals. They were from numerous health care disciplines in medicine, allied health care, nurses and Professors in Medical Schools from around the country. They took the audience on an amazing journey detailing ‘witch hunts’ that they had been subjected to by national regulators.… Continue reading

Is Living the Calm a Possibility?

For the past two and a half days I have been attending the sold out Myriad Showcase in Brisbane. The experience was designed by some of the minds behind SXSW, SLUSH and PAUSE and the events mission is to unlock the infinite cultural and economic value across Asia-Pacific.

Myriad invites entrepreneurs, investors, business owners, tech-lovers and innovators to attend, be inspired, collaborate and connect the dots to unlock success and growth for themselves and the wider Australian ecosystem.
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The Building of Resilience

Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg gave a powerful and emotional commencement speech on building resilience to the University of California, Berkeley’s class of 2016.

Sandberg said, “You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience, but like a muscle, you can build it up and draw on it when you need it. In that process, you will figure out who you really are — and you just might become the very best version of yourself.”

The pioneer of positive psychology, Martin Seligman, believes that resilience is a quality that managers can foster in their organisations, if they… Continue reading

Artificial Over-Stimulation

Today, fatigue is an extremely commonly reported symptom that people state that they are suffering from. Fatigue is a subjective feeling of tiredness which is distinct from weakness, and has a gradual onset.

The University of Western Australia says fatigue refers to mental or physical exhaustion that stops a person from being able to function normally. It is more than simply feeling tired or drowsy. Fatigue is caused by prolonged periods of physical and/or mental exertion without enough time to rest and recover.

A Victorian Government study reported that fatigue can be a major source of stress among employees, and… Continue reading

The Stress-Hydration Equation

You may weaken your adrenal glands and dehydrate your body if you experience high levels of stress on a regular basis.Dehydration can be a sign of adrenal fatigue.

Just drinking more water is not the answer for keeping your body well-hydrated.

Lesley Una Pierce, Director of The Nutritional Healing Foundation and her book,‘The Life-Saver’s Guide to Water – The Elixir of Life’ says, “In a nutshell, STRESS is the most dehydrating thing of all. Our cells will be stressed because they are not getting enough water. It is said that we can create more toxicity from our thoughts… Continue reading

Five Habits For Developing Emotional Resilience

Developing emotional resilience is a key to having the capacity to handle stress in any form and at any time in your life.Channeling stress into a positive energy can radically improve your performance and creativity, making you brighter and quicker. This is crucial in the short and the long term to build strong, lasting relationships with those around you, while managing your own stress in a healthy manner.

Here are five key habits that are identifiable with a person who has developed strong emotional resilience.

1.They Can Deal with Communication Problems in a Calm Way
When they are having communication… Continue reading

Valentine’s Day … Testing Emotional Resilience

I trust you had a special Valentine’s Day that was filled with love and joy and you have some fond memories to treasure.

At 5pm on Tuesday I had an appointment at the Optometrist in a large local Shopping Mall. On leaving the office my mobile became the number for incoming callers.

As I pulled up in the Mall parking lot at 4.50pm my phone rang and the caller was Lesley. She was inquiring about enrolling in our Certificate IV in Stress Management Practitioner course. I explained that we had finished early today, however, I could chat with her as… Continue reading

The Power of Emotional Resilience

When you are living in a constant state of over stress or distress, your life can end abruptly unless you take massive action. Engaging your amazing power of emotional resilience, can be life-saving. Even in the grimmest of situations, a shift in your perspective can create a dramatic change in your well being.

Many years ago, not long after visiting the former German concentration camp of Auschwitz in Poland I read a riveting story of survival created by one man’s resilience and his creative imagination. As Albert Einstein said, “imagination is more important than knowledge”.

The life saver was a… Continue reading

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