I often refer to anxiety and depression in a single breath but the two are vastly different… as are the tools I use to manage them. What is anxiety?  While there are many types of anxiety disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder is defined by Black Dog Institute as “overwhelming and persistent worry about several or many…

I’ll be the first to put my hand up and say I struggle to stick to a daily meditation practice. Erratic would be the best way to describe it: a little mantra here, a guided chakra meditation there. Some days I’d meditate first thing in the morning. Other days, I’d be about to drift off to…

I describe myself as a Type A in recovery Type A (adj.) A pattern of behaviour characterised by competitiveness, a sense of urgency, impatience, perfectionism, and assertiveness, and possibly associated with an increased risk of heart disease.  Source: Dictionary.com I was a curious but highly-strung child who never quite fit in so I think, on some…

Technological, scientific and economic advancements have given us so many benefits, such as longer life span, reduced incidence of disease, the ability to travel almost anywhere and learn about anything. Yet those same advancements have increased our pace of life and made modern life undeniably stressful. Spreading its tentacles far and wide, stress can have…

You snooze, you lose… Our lives are busy. From the time the alarm sounds in the morning to the time our head hits the pillow, we race from one thing to another. We sacrifice sleep to cram even more in. Yet, the more we do, the worse we sleep, which is why I am deeply passionate…

If you’ve been hanging around these parts for the past few months you’ll know we’re proponents of small changes and micro rituals.  In isolation, these lifestyle hacks appear insignificant. Viewed as a whole, however, they add up to radical transformation. It wasn’t until my recent trip to Tokyo (to visit my sister and her family) that I realised how radically my…

Mental illness affects EVERY Australian According to the Black Dog Institute, 1 in 2 Australians will experience some form of mental illness and those around them witness or are affected by its impacts. I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression in 2011 after mistaking a panic attack for a heart attack. In hindsight I can see a…

Have you ever stopped exercising for a week or two and noticed that you didn’t feel quite like yourself?  Well, you’re not alone! One of the reasons I’m so passionate about movement is because of the way it makes me feel.  I always notice the difference when I’m not exercising regularly;  I feel sluggish, tired and not…

While we’re no longer on the run from hungry tigers, we do have to contend with traffic, unrealistic deadlines and screaming babies. Stress is unavoidable and, in some cases, essential for our survival. But too much of anything isn’t healthy. These days, we’re more stressed than ever and the intensity and pace of modern life it’s…

My left arm prickled with pins and needles, my skin felt clammy and I was struggling to breathe. I looked up from my laptop, the screen showing search results for ‘symptoms of a heart attack’. Alice looked at me with concern from across the partition. ”Are you ok?” she asked, before running in the direction…

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