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Posts by Thea O'Connor

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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After the fire … a compassionate workplace response

At some point those who have survived natural disasters, such as the fires currently ravaging eastern Australia,  begin to return to their former jobs. When every other aspect of life is chaotic, returning to work can provide a sense of order, normality and familiarity.  But it’s rarely an easy transition. “People suffering from significant loss…

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Navigating Brain Fog at Work

Do you ever have times when your brain feels hazy and it’s a real struggle to think clearly? Or even remember what you are meant to be working on? You might experience brain fog due to high levels of stress, sleep loss, grieving or the hormonal changes that occur during menopause and pregnancy. While brain…

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No one is following switch-off guidelines

Australia’s Sleep Health Foundation recommends that we switch off all screens one to two hours before bed.  That’s to stop the stimulation provided by our devices, including the blue light emitted from screens that suppresses melatonin, from interfering with the most critical health behaviour of all: sleep. No-one I know actually does this.  My own…

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Cravings – should I listen to them?

Body intelligence involves the ability to notice the messages from our body, listen to them then respond in a way that supports the body to work well. In many situations, it’s pretty clear what a body-intelligent response involves: Eat when hungry, rest when tired, move when stagnant and pause when you feel pain. However, there…

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Use self-awareness to break a habit

Do you ever tell yourself that you could cut down on your coffee, cigarettes or drinking tomorrow if you really wanted to.  They’re only habits after all.  But try to nudge them out of your life and you might find that even the most innocent of habits is more deeply rooted than you think. Behind…

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