• Life Matters,  Self-Care

    Healing the Broken-hearted

    The need for healing of the broken-hearted is no more evident than what was seen this week on national television in Australia. The broken-hearted who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of the church. This week the Catholic Church was in the spotlight. Yet, there are other churches, other denominations where countless others have been sexually abused. Sadly, this is the insidious culture of evil in our community, in the churches, that preys on vulnerable children and adults. Just recently I read the book ‘Blood on the Rosary’ by Sue Smethurst and Margaret Harrod. It is Margaret’s story of her childhood, of the sexual abuse by her father. To…

  • Life Matters,  Self-Care

    RESILIENCE

    Where does resilience come from? Are we born with it or do we develop it over our lifetime? Certainly, we need resilience to survive the “ups” and “downs” of life. Building resilience enables us to bounce back more quickly and get on with life, even if it just takes us to the next hurdle! It is much more difficult for children to build resilience if they experience abuse while growing up. Children need a loving, nurturing and supportive adult in their life. Similarly, for adults we survive better if we have the love and support of others. If a person is in a domestic violence relationship their resilience is under…

  • Life Wise Hints,  Self-Care

    The Happiness Thermostat

    At what level is your happiness thermostat? At what level is my happiness thermostat? How do we maintain a happy equilibrium in our lives and is it necessary? I know that I feel better about myself and the world around me if I feel okay – I am happy. That is, I am not feeling down in the dumps, or at least not for too long! Emotions As we all know how we feel, our level of happiness, fluctuates. We can feel sad. Life circumstances can cause sadness and sadness is an emotion that will come and go in life. Sadness has benefits as it allows us to work through…

  • Health Matters,  Self-Care

    In bed with Andrea

    Yes, I am spending more and more time in bed with Andrea. My One&Only (O&O) knows what is happening and he is okay with it all. I enjoy a relaxed night in bed when I have Andrea singing me to sleep. I know what you are thinking – what is going on with Kathryn and her O&O? From time to time I lay awake at night, thinking about anything and everything! People I’ve met, places I’ve been, things I’ve done or haven’t done! However, once Andrea starts singing I soon drift off to sleep. It all started back in 1999 when I travelled to Cairns for work. Back and forth…

  • KJ's Kitchen,  Life Day By Day,  Self-Care

    Five Ways to Nourish Ourselves

    It is always a great idea to find ways, even five ways to nourish ourselves. By this I mean, taking care of self. If I do not nourish and care for myself then I will not have the energy or motivation to care for others. There are a number of ways I like to nourish myself. I just ticked off the most expensive one yesterday and now I am about to concentrate on the simple and cost less options (# 1 – # 4 below). If I nourish myself then I will feel better about ME and what is happening in the world around me. # 1 – time to get some sunshine.…

  • Life Day By Day,  Self-Care

    New hairdo

    Who likes a new hairdo? It is always good to have a change of hairstyle or colour. I remember back to when I was a teenager and my visits to the hairdresser. I always seemed to come away with a short style, sometimes very short. Over the years I have come to recognise that hairdressers love to cut hair. If it was just all about a hair cut then why aren’t they called haircutters? A hairdresser’s main goal is to maintain or change a person’s hairstyle to enhance it, not the opposite. Around 30 years ago I had long hair (past my shoulders) all the same length. I decided to…

  • Health Matters,  Life Matters,  Self-Care

    Body Maintenance, More or Less

    Now that I am older and retired I have more time to think about and give priority to Body Maintenance. That is, having a good diet, exercise and implementing a preventative health regime. I also need to care for my emotional and mental health but for now my focus is on maintaining my physical body and keeping it healthy. To keep up with Body Maintenance there are two key words that keep coming up in my life. These are MORE and LESS. We need MORE of some things and LESS of others. As I began to mull over the MORE/LESS principle I realised there are a range of areas I…

  • Health Matters,  Self-Care

    Time for a hug

    Watching the Cricket World Cup last Sunday I was once again reminded of the way sports people love to hug one another. It happens in the cricket, football and others sports as well. Sports such as cricket and football are team sports and to win the team needs to work as one. In this environment the team get to know one another quite well. The goal is to have a star team, not a team of all-stars. Seeing the Australian cricket team after their World Cup win it was bear hugs all around. It is clinically proven that a hug is good for our health. Sheldon Cohen led a study…

  • Life Day By Day,  Life Matters,  Self-Care

    Life is a festival

    If life is a festival then it is time I worked out how I can live my life and be in the festival spirit, more of the time. A festival is a celebration and when there is a celebration you are usually surrounded by many happy people. I feel so much better if I spend time with happy people. After my “laugh out loud” post my “one and only” (O&O) started taking up the cause and laughing out loud or making me laugh out loud at different situations. Everyone feels so much better after a good laugh and even more so when life is being celebrated. I embraced the concept of “life is…

  • Life Matters,  Self-Care

    Who has Glaucoma?

    It is World Glaucoma Week from 8 – 14 March 2015 and a good time to ask the question, “who has Glaucoma?”  To begin with, I have glaucoma (open angle). I was diagnosed in 2103. Even though I knew it was a possibility, as it runs in my maternal family, I was quite devastated at the time and what this meant for my vision over the longer term. Fortunately for me I always had a check for glaucoma at my optometrists every couple of years and it was diagnosed early. Once I became better educated about the subject I realised that with appropriate treatment and management I will continue to…