Did you catch the super moon last night? What about this morning?
I managed to drag myself out of my warm bed for a bike ride with the bunch. It was a still clear morning but very cold.
There’s something quite energizing rolling along in the dark with glimpses of the full moon reflecting on the Bay on fresh morning. Then I spotted this view as we got close to the cafe… I had to stop and appreciate the colours.
After starting my day in this I found I felt good, was more motivated, and had greater focus. I notice that I tend to have a more productive day when I’ve started with exercise… walking, cycling or strength training.
Over the weekend Greg Hunt, Federal Minister for Health, announced that there had been a significant uptake of telehealth.
Telehealth has been a feature of the Medicare Better Access Scheme for a while, but Medicare funding was only accessible to those in rural and remote areas. At the beginning of the pandemic funding was made accessible for all. It’s been extended twice and has now been extended again.
Medicare funding for all to access mental health services (and medical services) has been extended until the end of 2021.
It is hoped that in this time further decisions will be made and we’ll see an announcement that telehealth is permanent feature of Belter Access.
Please note - telehealth is always an option at Enhance Life Psychology.
We are products of our history and experiences. Who we are, how we think, feel and behave are informed by these experiences. As we have these experiences memories of our emotions, sensations, thoughts are stored with other elements in our memory. Often these memories are stored in a way that puts them in the past. Sometimes, though, memories can get stuck and affect what we experience in the present.
EMDR (Eye Movement Reprocessing Desensitization) is a treatment using bilateral stimulation (commonly moving your eyes quickly from side to side following a target) that can help shift how we experience these memories in the present.
I am now able to offer EMDR treatment to clients.
When was the last time you had to climb up a set of steps... a long set of steps? The first section is relatively easy, then they get a little harder as your legs start to feel the effects of climbing. But then you get to a point where it’s easier to keep going than to turn around... you’ve got a good rhythm and with each step you get closer to your destination.
When we have big plans, or we’re facing challenges, starting just needs us to take a single step. It doesn’t matter how small... take that step.
The challenge you face might be as simple as getting up or walking out your front door or it might be learning a new skill or studying. The big plans could be a holiday, a new or developing business or even training for a competition.
This photo was taken last week as we walked up the Maitland Bay Track on the NSW Central Coast. And it really felt like the steps to the car park were never going to end! But the beauty of the bush and the views along the Bouddi Coastal Walk were stunning.
Holidays don't have to mean an expensive overseas or interstate trip. They can be as simple as taking a break from work... and that means completely logging off from work for a period of time. It could be about visiting friends and just spending time.
I've just finished a holiday visiting with friends. We laughed a lot, took our time each day and I slept a lot, longer than I usually do. I feel relaxed and my energy has been rejuvenated.
I realise how tired I was after the past 12 months. I now realise that I need to plan regular breaks when I can have downtime without work intruding so I can relax and fill my cup so I have energy to do what I do as a psychologist.
Have you taken time to relax and fill your cup? What do you need to do to feel refreshed.
Yes... we are all tired. But sometimes we miss the signs.
I’m so enjoying my holiday away from my business. I’m resting and getting lots of much needed sleep. And I’m starting to feel refreshed. It’s going to be hard returning to work next week, but I know I’ll be ready. And I’ll be looking at my diary and booking some time off in the middle of the year because I’m sure I’ll need another break by then!
What are you doing to rest, recover and really take a break? What self care are you engaging in to replenish your energy stores?
Mindfulness is simply paying attention on purpose, without judgement.
It’s the without judgement but that we often struggle with. We always have thoughts and it can be uncomfortable to allow them to float by. We can get caught up in them and assessing if they’re right or wrong.
When I’m practising mindfulness I choose to focus on one sensation, my breath, sound, or what I can hear. When I notice distraction, I gently allow this distraction to be and I switch my attention back to my chosen focus.
When was the last time you stopped, looked around and noticed the environment around you. Have you stood by a beautiful eucalyptus tree and felt the texture & temperature of the bark and thought about its age? Have you noticed the shade the canopy provides? Can you hear the wind in the leaves overhead? Have you paid close enough attention to notice the eucalyptuses scent, or picked up a gum leaf to crunch in your hand to release the scent?
When we stop to pay attention to these things we are grounding ourselves in the present moment and this can be helpful when we feel overwhelmed. It can bring us a moment of calm and create mental space that can enable us to consider that which is overwhelming from an alternative perspective.