• Socio-Political

    Toxic workplaces

    The topic of toxic workplaces is in the news. It came about due to Brittany Higgins letting her voice speak. Letting her ‘voice speak’ may sound like an oxymoron and yes it is. We all have a voice, women have a voice, but there are many occasions when women do not speak. Why are women stuck in this time warp of ‘not speaking?’ Who is silencing their voices? It is because there is still a belief that women have a place and therefore she must be put in her place? Perhaps women do not speak up because of retaliation from someone more powerful. The imbalance of power is no more…

  • Life Wise Hints

    Want to be a writer?

    I am leaving ‘wellbeing’ behind for the moment and writing on the topic of writing. My question to you is ‘do you want to be a writer?’ If the first thought that came in to your head was ‘no’ I have news for you. You are a writer. We are all writers, some just do it more often than others. Of those who write more often, many will write full-time, and make a career out of it. Some people even get paid for writing, that is the ‘good ones.’ But how do we get good at writing? The short answer is ‘keep writing’ but yes, it is more complicated. However,…

  • Health Matters,  Life Wise Hints

    Wellbeing and micro-moments of connection

    It is good for our wellbeing if we are connected to others. This can be family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and social acquaintances. We are social beings, therefore we have a desire to be accepted, to belong, to be connected. Connectedness is important as it boosts our wellbeing. Connectedness starts once we are born Connectedness begins with others when we are infants. The Romanian experience tells us how damaging it is when children have little interactions or connectedness with others. When the communist government fell in 1989, after the Ceausescu era, the West discovered the state of children living in orphanages. The communist government had ruled that children were better…

  • Health Matters,  Self-Care

    Personal wellbeing

    There are many elements to our personal wellbeing. Yet our wellbeing is more than elements around how we live our life. Our wellbeing is dependent on many factors, including how we respond to life changes and challenges. What do we need for the journey? For our wellbeing journey we need resilience. Our wellbeing thermometer is at the right level if we have the ability to bounce back when life deals us curve balls. That is, something unexpected or disruptive happens in our lives. However, when trauma or tragedy occurs, it can be difficult to bounce back, to keep positive. Our wellbeing, our mental health, can come under attack. At times…

  • Health Matters

    Wellbeing and the web of deceit

    How does wellbeing and the web of deceit go together? The answer is that there are times when we deceive ourselves by believing we are looking after our wellbeing. What should we eat and drink? We might believe we are having a nutritious diet of protein, fruit, vegetables, bread, cereal and dairy. But then if we are overindulging in chocolate, ice cream, chips, or lollies, we are caught up in the web of deceit. We are deceiving ourselves. Food for thought! Then what about that glass of alcohol? The one that holds half a bottle! Only one glass a night? We are deceiving ourselves, that is, if we are on…

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    Health Matters

    Wellbeing and a positive attitude

    This week I continue writing about topics that influence our wellbeing. Another one of these is a positive attitude. I am doing this to remind myself about all the interconnected factors that impact on my wellbeing, and yours as well. Being well or wellbeing helps us achieve our goals in life. Life is easier to manage if we are well.  That is, if we are comfortable, healthy, and happy. Well, what about attitude? A key link to our wellbeing is attitude. That is, our attitude to a person, event, or behaviour from ourselves or another. An attitude can be either negative or positive. It is better for our wellbeing if…

  • Health Matters

    Wellbeing and procrastination

    Does our wellbeing depend on our ability to manage procrastination? I believe it does. Our wellbeing interacts with a range of factors including physical exercise and nutrition. If we do not exercise and take care of our nutritional needs, then we could be a procrastinator. A friend of mind has a high-level job and is very decisive in her decision-making. But recently she told me that one area of indecision is when it comes to physical exercise and her diet. I concluded that my friend has a passion for the work she does and that is why she is extraordinarily successful. But her passion fades when it comes to physical…

  • Health Matters

    Quality Personal Relationships and Wellbeing

    If you are like me, you want to have quality personal relationships, relationships that are strong. But how do we get them? Is it as simple as having good values and putting these into practice? If we are respectful, kind, and engage in loving acts will this do? Or do we get lucky if we choose the right person and are perfectly matched? If we are matched with people who have similar interests, values, and goals will we have a quality relationship? When did your general practitioner (GP) last ask you how is your relationship? If you are not sleeping well or angry and irritable are pills the answer? They…

  • Health Matters

    You are what you eat!

    Have you ever heard the statement ‘You are what you eat?’ It is vital to our wellbeing that we eat right. Not sure what you should eat to keep healthy and feeling good. I am always looking for guides to help me. I like this one from the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. You can print it out, like I did, and put it inside your pantry wall as a reminder. We all know what we have been eating and what indulgences are hiding in the corner of our fridge. I understand that you have to hide your favourite snack food when you have children or a partner. Your favourite…

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    Health Matters

    Wellbeing

    What is wellbeing? Is it being physically healthy? But then what about our emotional and mental health? As human beings we are complex creatures. We are affected by how we feel about ourselves and others. We are emotional beings. Our emotions can impact on our mental health and this can have an ongoing effect on our physical health and overall wellbeing. Think about the ‘couch potato.’ This is a term for someone who likes to spend the best part of their day on the couch – not doing too much. A ‘couch potato’ is a person who is undermotivated and not feeling good about themselves. They are captured in a…