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Cognition During Menopause

Your burning questions answered! Thea O’Connor, workplace wellbeing advisor & menopause educator in the workplace.  At the age of 52 I started to experience changes to the way my brain worked, especially in relation to word finding, short term memory and focus. It was very unsettling and at times, alarming. I didn’t realise that these…

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4 ways to spare yourself the pre-Christmas frazzle

It’s getting towards ‘that time of year’ when I find it hard to talk to people in workplaces because they are so consumed by the end of year rush and are feeling exhausted after two particularly gruelling years. I know there are good reasons for the rush and the cramming. Christmas is one of the few markers we…

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Your Personal Business Case for Wellbeing

One reason busy workers find it hard to practise self-care on the job, is that they fear being perceived as a less committed worker, or letting their co-workers down.  The traditional work ethic that equates self-worth with unrelenting work, can be embedded deep into our psyche without even realising it.  In order to leave work…

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Could a simple ‘no’ be the answer to women’s health?

National statistics tell us that the top four killers of women in Australia are dementia, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease (which includes stroke) and lung cancer.   Ask working women what they are concerned about, however, and there is little talk of heart attacks or stroke.  Instead, it is the day to day battle with exhaustion…

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4 Personal Sustainability Principles

If you are feeling really tired right now, you are not alone. I’m currently talking to people in workplaces who are saying that many of their staff are starting the year un-refreshed. They put this down to all demands that COVID-19 created last year: not just the extra workload but the anxiety as well that…

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3 ways to build trust in your body

It’s all very well to tell people to listen to their bodies (I’m discovering), when for many of us, trust in the body has been broken, and we therefore fear it will lead us astray. Are you scared to take an afternoon nap, because you think you will never get up again? Do you  think that…

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Three reasons we resist rest

When you woke up this morning, how did you feel? Refreshed or tired? If you felt tired, was it because you were sick or overloaded at work? Or is there a deeper driver of your tiredness – living in a rest resistant culture? Recently I found myself staring at an advertisement inside a shopping centre that took…

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How women can prepare for menopause

  “I feel ripped off that no one talked to me about it.” [1] “Why didn’t anyone tell me?  This is a change of life I was not prepared for at all.”   “Before I had my period at 13, I was told some stuff, but no one sat me down to have the ‘time of life’…

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The Science Behind: ‘Listen to your body’

Interoception has a greater impact on everyday functioning than many of us realise. When you are working under pressure – which let’s face it, is most days –  listening to your body might be the last thing on your mind.  You may, however, want to bump it up your priority list given the latest  research…

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Scrub your hands – yes – but don’t forget self-care

You’ve probably worked out by now that the coronavirus isn’t going away next week – it’s predicted to take months to play out and it’ll be 18 months before a vaccine is available. Putting in place some medium term strategies to help strengthen our body’s defences, therefore makes good sense.  That’s where self-care comes in…

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