24 June 2020

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The Transforming Power of Gratitude

The Transforming Power of Gratitude

Last week my uncle was awarded an Australian Fire Services Medal in the Queen's birthday honours list in recognition of his 48-year career in the CFA. In a newspaper interview, he said, "It was a very rewarding job, I worked with fantastic people and I believed absolutely in what we were doing." I know he has a chronic debilitating illness, but the gratitude shown by this community recognition has transformed him, his life has meaning and purpose, despite his real physical suffe...

23 April 2020

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SKIN and Dermatology at Whole Medicine

SKIN and Dermatology at Whole Medicine

Skin cancer is the most common cause of cancer in this country, with our beautiful sunshine and gorgeous beaches, finding skin cancer is, unfortunately, more common than we all would like. Regular skin checks are becoming an essential part of our overall holistic health regime. Winter is the best time for a skin check because if you need any treatment, your skin will be healed in time for the summer. Many of us have to travel to Frankston to get our skin properly check, but now you have anoth...

10 February 2020

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Burnout, burnt out, burning out

Burnout, burnt out, burning out

In 2019 the WHO defined executive burnout as a real disorder. A condition that allows a fluctuating but significant mental health issue to be recognised is a very important move forward for our society's current workforce.

Characterised by cynicism, lack of effectiveness, fatigue, a feeling of overwhelm, disempowerment, disconnection, and a feeling of stress and anxiety. All of which disappears when the person is not working and reappears as that person gears up toward work again.

Disem...

8 May 2019

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A new approach to eating disorders and healthy weight management

A new approach to eating disorders and healthy weight management

Do you think about food, your weight and/or exercise constantly? Do you feel guilty or ashamed after you have eaten or eat differently in private than you do in front of others? If this sounds like you, you are not alone as many people do. This constant thinking or changing behaviour around food and health habits can affect your self esteem, your productivity and can even impact relationships, sleep and result in either anxiety, depression or both. For some people this thinking pattern has bec...

8 May 2019

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5 Strategies to Improve Your Body Image

5 Strategies to Improve Your Body Image

Focus on your positive qualities, skills and talents. Are you funny, artistic, strong, an animal lover, a great cook, singer, writer, artist, caring, dependable?
  Start saying positive things to yourself daily. Save them as screen savers, plaster them around the house. It's time to end the cycle of verbal abuse- you would talk to people you love this way.
  Focus on what your body has done. For example, learnt a musical instrument, given birth, danced, played in the rain,...

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