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Midyear Review and Evaluation

  It’s the middle of the year and time for a mid-year review. We spend time reviewing our finances and businesses at this time of year, with the end of the Australian financial year. However, it should also be a time for you to review your health and well being.   Are you where you want to be? Is your health the best it can be? For many of us, we go through the days, weeks and years on auto pilot without taking the time to stop and evaluate. Well, we’re advising that you do, and here are some tools to help ensure you are well-rested and relaxed.   SLEEP Getting a good night’s sleep can cure all kinds of issues so is a definite must. Take note that a satisfying sleep is not about how long you spend in bed, but rather about the quality of sleep that you get.   AVOID STRESS It sounds obvious, but try to avoid anything that causes you stress. For instance, if you have a long to do list, then go through one thing at a time. If somebody adds to your ‘list’, then let them know you will help as soon as you are done. Remember, you can never please everybody, and trying to do so will only put undue stress and pressure on yourself. If it can’t be avoided, practice delegation that will help relieve you of some stress, and also ensure the job gets done.   REST Third, be sure to rest your brain now and then. The human brain can only process so much information at any given time, and when overloaded, it tends to decrease in function.   Mental exhaustion is common in […]

By |Thursday, July 2, 2015|General, Wellness| Comments

The Psychological Benefits of Running

Unlike other forms of exercise, running is a marginalising activity – the truly passionate are pounding the pavement before sunrise while others avoid it at all costs. Whether you consider it an effective aerobic workout or an exhausting chore, you can’t deny its positive effect on the body and mind.   Some run purely for the physical benefits – it burns calories faster than the same time spent walking or cycling. For some, however, the psychological benefits may outweigh the physical ones.   Though deceptively simple to learn, regular running has a positive impact on the entire body. For instance, incorporating running into your routine will lower your blood pressure by maintaining the elasticity of the arteries.   The rigorous physical activity also maximises lung capacity. Frequent deep breathing while running forces the lungs to use more tissue, so up to 50% of the otherwise unused lung potential is utilised. Even long-term smokers may increase their lung potential through running.   Running also strengthens the heart, helping to prevent heart attacks. Running is large muscle exercise. This means it keeps the cardiovascular system efficient and strong, while opening the arteries, allowing blood to flow smoothly.   In addition to the physical benefits, running has a positive impact on your emotional and mental health. Running is often suggested by doctors to treat clinical depression and associated psychological disorders. Doctors who treat clinically depressed patients now believe that the physical activity is as effective as psychotherapy. It can decrease tension, depression, fatigue and confusion associated with mental illnesses   The reason behind this is that more endorphins are released into the body and also running can give patients something else to focus their energy on. It provides […]

Health and Diet – Energise your life

Fatigued? Lethargic? With life being so busy, it’s no wonder that we feel tired all the time and think of life as a gruelling struggle. Work, studies, chores and life’s challenges, in general, all these can easily sap the energy and optimism out of a person.   Instead of simply succumbing to the train of thought that such is the standard way of living nowadays and turning yourself into a walking zombie, why not try to incorporate the tips below. They will help reinvigorate yourself and energise your life.   Eat a Healthy Breakfast Studies show that skipping breakfast is never a good way to start your day. By doing so, you are depriving your body of much-needed nutrition after hours of fasting while you sleep, which then leaves you hungry and lacking in energy. In addition, opt for healthier food choices like cereals or oats since their fibre content will leave you feeling full longer and reduce the chances of you binging on sugary and unhealthy snacks later in the day.   Find Time to Exercise A daily exercise regimen can do wonders for the body. Not only will it make your body look a lot leaner and healthier, but it helps promote better blood and oxygen circulation throughout your body and your brain. Exercise makes you stronger, more alert, and more focused. Even short exercises, such as those that you can do at the office like stationary jogging or stretching can help temporarily boost your energy levels whenever you start feeling sluggish while in the middle of doing work.   Indulge in Water Keeping yourself hydrated all day is one sure fire way of upping your energy levels. Remember that your body and […]

By |Thursday, March 5, 2015|General, Happiness| Comments