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What is your personal pressure release valve?

There is no doubt about it – living in the ‘modern’ world has its benefits. For one thing, as a woman, I appreciate the fact that I don’t have to wash my family’s clothes in a copper over a fire, use an outhouse instead of a toilet or always cook everything from scratch. All of us can no doubt appreciate how good it is to be able to access the Internet any time and to get a virtually instant response… Continue reading

A Fragrant Solution to Stress

The ultimate treat; an affordable luxury; one of the best ways I know of to relax.

What is this miraculous therapy? Nothing more than a nice, hot bath.

When life gets stressful, peace is no further than the bathtub.

In our house, showers are for washing away dirt from our bodies but baths are for washing away stress from our minds and our souls.

Bath time recipe

A good stress bath starts with scented candles or a diffuser, just to… Continue reading

Queen of the “Double Handle”

I have a paper problem. Silverfish see me coming and yell out – PARTÉE!

The stacks of paper on my desk seem to multiply overnight. They even grow when I go out to lunch, or step away for an hour or so. And I never seem to know what to do with them.

I will spend 2 or 3 hours sorting them into piles:

1-    Action

2-    File

3-    Read

4-… Continue reading

On the road to relaxation and stress relief

What I am about to describe is such a simple yet brilliant idea, I don’t know why knowledge of this technique isn’t more widespread. But hopefully, that will soon change, because this is a winner.

I heard recently that putting essential oils on a cloth in your car is a great way to relax and that’s probably very true. We tend to spend long periods of time in our cars – commuting, driving children to school and sporting events or… Continue reading

It’s time for a “Time Out”!

Last week, we spoke a bit about how important it is to get exercise; to step away from that desk and that computer and take time to ‘smell the roses’ and feel the sunshine on your skin.

A short break from work to get outside can mean all the difference to your ability to think clearly and to concentrate. In other words, exercise and air are brain food.

But what about fun? Yes, exercise is fun once you get going… Continue reading

Take it outside

Do you sometimes find that the day is over and you haven’t poked your nose out of the door for over 24 hours?

Is the only fresh air you ever breathe inhaled during the 15 second walk from your front door to your car (and if you park in a garage, do you not even get to do that?)

Are you thinking of joining your local vampire’s guild because the only time sun touches your skin is through the windows… Continue reading

I’m just a gal who can’t say no

With deepest apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein:

I’m jist a gal who cain’t say no,
I’m in a turrible fix
I always say “come on, let’s go”
Jist when I orta say nix!

This has always been my problem (well, one of them anyway). And I think there are many others out there who feel the same – especially the ladies. We are born helpers. We want to nurture everyone else. We live to make others happy.

“Are you… Continue reading

Be Brave – it’s a great way to relieve stress     

I don’t consider myself to be an especially brave person.

Like so many women (especially), I just want everyone to be happy. I am more the peace-maker than I am the stirrer. And sometimes, saying nothing and allowing things to happen – even when I know they aren’t right in fact – can increase my stress levels exponentially.

What is more frustrating than being involved in a conversation with a group of friends and hearing someone say something that is… Continue reading

Laughing Every Day Keeps the Doctor Away

In the early 1980’s I attended a public ‘laughter therapy’ seminar one evening at Brisbane’s Town Hall sponsored by the Australian Wellness Foundation.

The Foundation had organised a national tour featuring the ground-breaking work (at the time) of Dr Dale Anderson, a family doctor, board-certified surgeon and board-certified emergency physician from the Mayo Clinic in the United States.

The brochure I received read…

“Dr. Dale Anderson, a self proclaimed DRAMATOLOGIST aka the AGED SAGE of the VINTAGE STAGE and/or Dr.… Continue reading

Life-A-Thon – Getting Off of the Rat Race

There have been times when life has made me feel very much like a gerbil (I really don’t like rats – even as a mental image) on an enormous wheel – never able to stop or even slow down for fear of being thrown off. Perhaps you can relate?
As we started to discuss in the previous blog post, What is Your Personal Pressure Release Valve?, the modern world has given us many blessings but those benefits seem to… Continue reading
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