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January 22, 2018

What do your employees want when it comes to Health & Wellness Programs?

I had a really interesting meeting with the leadership team of an organization of 100 + employees just the other day. It got me thinking how often does this happen? How often are organizations not hitting the mark because they simply do not know what their employees want? They have […]
December 4, 2017

10 Healthy Christmas Gift Ideas for your Staff.

Think of it as an investment in the health of your employees and the well-being of your business.   So it’s the silly season. It’s a time of socializing, enjoying and indulging. We seem to give ourselves permission to behave in a manner which is not contusive to inspired health. […]
November 7, 2017

5 Strategies to eat mindfully at work and not skip or shovel lunch.

5 Strategies to eat mindfully at work and not skip or shovel lunch. “Mindful eating is eating with intention whilst paying attention.” Kati Konersman   Do you ever find yourself busy at work? Silly question I know! You are always busy at work. How does this impact the way you […]
September 11, 2017

Which Health Program do I choose for my Employees?

Hmmmm…… Good question! There are so many different types of health programs available for employees and organizations. So how do you choose which health program is right for your employees? Simple health assessments, skin checks, exercise programs, nutrition programs, mental health, stress management, massages, quit smoking, health coaching, the list […]
August 21, 2017

Creating a healthy, harmonious and happy work environment. 3 things employees want from their workplace.

 Creating a healthy, harmonious and happy work environment. 3 things employees want from their workplace.   Creating a healthy, harmonious and happy work environment should be at the forefront of every employers mind right? All too often we hear about unsatisfied employees. Of course there are the people that will […]
August 14, 2017

Do we need a Health & Wellness Program in our corporation?

So you have heard that other corporations have implemented Health & Wellness Programs into their business and you are asking yourself this question. Do we need a Health & Wellness Program in our corporation? Every business is different, some will invest a significant amount of time and money on their […]
August 1, 2017

Who I love to work with and why?

I just love working with middle aged men who are a bit rough around the edges. The bloke that drinks down the pub with his mates. He is heavy and works hard, dirt under his nails and a three-day growth. All too often he feels tired and doesn’t think about […]
August 1, 2017

What are you doing to combat stress in the workplace? These 2 simple strategies will help. 

It is well recognized the impact stress can have on our bodies. Stress contributes to every disease known. When under the stress response our adrenals produce hormones known as “fight or flight” adrenaline, noradrenalin, and cortisone. These hormones increase a person’s heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate. Excess stress hormones can create metabolic havoc, […]
June 23, 2017

What a Difference 6 Months can Make!

Sue came to me asking for some help. She is in her 50’s had always been active with a good figure. Raised her family and been active in dancing and community projects. But something had gone amiss. She had put on weight was feeling tired and lethargic. She had lost her […]
June 15, 2017
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3 Strategies to buy your time back for yourself and your health

When it comes to looking after ourselves and our health the common obstacle I hear from my clients is “I don’t have enough time” Women are often so busy multi tasking with so many jobs, responsibilities and lengthy to do lists. Getting the kids ready for school, cleaning, running a […]
June 9, 2017

3 Ways to Help Improve Employee Health & Wellness Engagement & Participation

  3 Ways to Help Improve Employee Health & Wellness Engagement & Participation   Employee engagement is probably the biggest challenge faced when introducing a new health and wellness program into the workplace. For workplace health and wellness programs to be effective employee’s need to show up and engage. Simple, […]
June 1, 2017

Women who say “I feel selfish” when it comes to taking the time for their health.

  Women who say “I feel selfish” when it comes to taking the time for their health. As a health coach I can’t tell you the amount of times I have heard my female client’s say. “I feel selfish”…….. taking time for themselves, when I ask them about what sort […]
February 23, 2017

A Different Approach to Healthcare

“You can’t afford to get sick, and you can’t depend on the present health care system to keep you well. It’s up to you to protect and maintain your body’s innate capacity for health and healing by making the right choices in how you live.”  Andrew Weil   Working in […]
August 1, 2016
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Life’s Biggest Challenges- Stress to Strength

Sometimes in life we can be thrown a curve ball. Things may be just cruising along then Bam!……. We are confronted with one of life’s BIGGEST challenges. Maybe a parent is unwell and you have become their carer. Or you have made a change in your circumstance moved house, changed […]
March 14, 2016
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5 Easy Solutions To Be Healthy, Focused and Productive in Business

” Health care is the No. 1 concern of small business and the status quo is untenable.” Karen Mills Are you feeling tired? Overwhelmed and stressed running your own small business? Is your lack of productivity, efficiency and focus impacting upon your business outcomes? Here are 5 easy solutions to […]
March 4, 2016
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Salt and Blood Pressure

It’s World Salt Awareness Week. Monday 29th February to Sunday 6th March. What is the recommended salt intake? The other name for salt is sodium chloride. You only need a small amount of sodium in your diet for your body to work properly. The National Health and Medical Research Council […]
February 6, 2016
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Life! Preventing Heart Disease, Stroke and Diabetes.

Life! is to be treasured, respected and appreciated. Preparing to attend a family funeral today makes me realise how precious life really is. Sometimes we can take life for granted and forget to take care of ourselves and our health. Life is worth living and it is imperative to look after our […]
October 9, 2015
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5 Easy Steps To Build Your Resilience Against Stress!

Don’t let stress get the better of you. Take these 5 easy steps to build your resilience against stress…. Step 1. Cultivate good health: When we look after ourselves, maintain a healthy diet, hydrate well, exercise on a regular basis and get plenty of sleep we are strong and better […]
September 15, 2015
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7 Natural Health Benefits of Lemons

Lemons are  plentiful and easily accessible natural source of medicine. There are numerous natural health benefits from ingesting or using lemons topically. My lemon tree in my backyard is abundant with this rich fruit exploding with health and vitality to feed our bodies, minds and soul. Lemons contain antibacterial and antiviral […]
August 31, 2015
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Make it happen…..

Make it happen is a collective of inspirational quotes from business leaders and beautiful photography of the Gippsland Lakes. Merryn Padgett of Earth and Sea Creative is the author. Merryn is a talented graphic designer and she is an advocate for bringing beautiful ideas to life through human- centered design […]

"Today is a new day. Fresh start! Think happy thoughts, exercise, drink lots of water. Don't just eat, fuel your body. Be healthy & happy!

- Anon

Women who say “I feel selfish” when it comes to taking the time for their health.

As a health coach I can’t tell you the amount of times I have heard my female client’s say. “I feel selfish”…….. taking time for themselves, when I ask them about what sort of activities they are doing to promote good health. This frustrates the hell out of me. WHY? Do women feel selfish for taking the time to look after themselves and their health???

. Taking the time to exercise.

. Taking the time to prepare healthy, nourishing meals.

. Taking the time to relax and unwind with a cup of tea, feet up and a good book.

. Taking the time to sleep.

. Taking the time to connect socially with friends.

Why, ohhh why do we feel selfish? Is it that giving every little piece of ourselves to everyone else and everything else is somehow unselfish, generous, caring, productive? So often I see and I coach women who put others first to the detriment of their own health and well-being. Somewhere and somehow their own personal needs, fulfillment and priorities get shafted to the bottom of the “To do list” These women are taking care of the kids, the partner, the household chores, the aging parents, their job, the dog, the PTA meeting, the best friends relationship drama, the list goes on………. They have run out of time and deprioritized themselves. Often I find my female clients suffering from health issues such as:

. Stress & overwhelm

. Exhaustion & Lack of energy

. Sleep deprived

. Weight gain

. Depression/unhappiness

. High blood pressure/cholesterol

. Chronic diseases

They feel stuck, powerless and “selfish” for taking the time for themselves because they have so many other responsibilities, things to do, people to care for………

My answer is always this. You are selfish if you don’t take the time for yourself and your health. We are no good to anyone if we are tired, moody, stressed or sick. Taking the time and prioritizing our health and ourselves is No. 1 on the “to do list’. A stewardess on a plane would instruct you to administer oxygen to yourself first before assisting your child. This is not “selfish” this is commonsense. You need to be healthy, well and breathing to help those around you more effectively. Your health both physically and mentally is of paramount importance to manage and contribute to the health of the rest of the family, work, house, etc….. Your energy, strength, vitality is of utmost importance when it comes to keeping up with all the tasks of a busy mum, wife, daughter, career woman, home owner.

So remember the next time that you feel even a hint of guilt for taking the time to walk in the fresh air whilst the dishes are piled up in the sink. Feel even a drop of selfishness whilst socializing with the girls whilst the accounts remain unbalanced on the kitchen bench. Feel any remorse for having a solid night’s sleep whilst your partner attended to a crying child in the night. Even a taste of regret for the odd exchange of a cold Sunday soccer match for a warm bubble bath. No guilt, no selfishness, no remorse. Just recognition that your health, your strength, your happiness is a healthy priority in looking after your family. Taking the time for yourself is prudent and practical. Every minute that you utilize towards promoting good health is efficient and productive. Your health is No. 1 on the “To do list”.

If you are having struggles with your health and would benefit from the support of a health care professional. Someone that will hear you and help you get unstuck and back onto a healthy track. Contact me for a chat. I am happy to help.

Stay Healthy,

Chrissy. xx