Resiliency: Amateur vs Pro & 7 Things You Need to Know

Resiliency‘Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Eight!’ Japanese Proverb

Are you resilient? Have you got what it takes to ride the most challenging waves of life? As a psychologist with a PhD and 20 years experience I thought I did. But I was wrong. Through adversity, I found out the hard way that there is a big difference between ‘knowing’ about resiliency and stress management and being able to ‘expertly apply’ these skills when you need them most.

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Mood Foods & A Bowl of Concrete!

Mood Food “Food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most under-utilised antidepressant.”

The other day I added a big bowl of concrete to my diet – yep not actual concrete but the ‘harden up’ attitude needed to get me to give up comfort food and get back into serious exercise again.

You see I had been in a bit of a slump – over tired from ‘sleeping like a baby’ for a few weeks (my 9 month old’s sleep /wake cycle was affecting us all!) and had got into some really bad habits around managing my fatigue by comfort eating… [Read more…]

Health & Fitness: Staying Motivated

TSS Running ImageMy Ego had a rough week recently. Firstly my eldest daughter and I went for a 5km run and for the first time in my life she thoroughly beat me – no doubt a sign of the changing of the guard as her youth and health super-cede my age and tenacity!!! Not cool for my self-esteem as I always prided myself on being very fit.

Secondly, later the same week my partner bought some new digital scales and I made the mistake of actually getting on them! After only a few seconds a flashing sign lit up telling me too much information. My recently acquired love handles (aka muffin top) were now officially confirmed bruising my battered ego even further!!   [Read more…]