Exam Prep, the 5 Star Way Here in Australia we’re getting to the pointy end of the academic year, and thousands of our young people are about to go into a different kind of lockdown - the lockdown of exam prep! 2020 has been such a difficult year, especially for those in their final year of high school, like my oldest son. And no where have they had it as tough as we have here in Melbourne, Victoria. So this year more than any other I wanted to share some ideas for helping your loved ones, or yourself, through the exam prep period and of course the exams themselves. Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing™ is the approach to holistic health that I have developed and it brings in everything that is essential for you to be as well as you possibly can be: Food, Movement, Sleep, Surroundings and Being. So, let’s look at exam prep with this approach. Food Caffeine Make sure that you keep your caffeine intake to a minimum. A couple of cups of tea or coffee a day is okay but don’t let it become too many more. Perhaps more importantly, enjoy your caffeine in the morning and then swap your usual afternoon caffeinated hot drink for a herbal tea or lemon juice in hot water. Caffeine has a half life of 12 hours (ie. half of the
One of the 5 aspects of Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing is Movement. I prefer the word ‘movement’ to the word ‘exercise’ for numerous reasons, not least of all because the word ‘exercise’ seems to polarise people into 2 groups - Those who love it and can’t live without it, and Those who hate it and see it one of life’s many evils that they try to ignore as much as possible. Also the fact is that the human body is designed to move. It’s not necessarily designed to do 5 HIIT classes a week but it’s definitely not designed to sit at a desk 8 hours a day and sit in a car or on a train for 1 hour either side of that. One of the many problems with the modern western lifestyle is that it involves very little movement and as a result the population is becoming more and more unhealthy, with lifestyle factors a major contributor to increasing chronic disease levels. As I write this, we are in the midst (well really just the beginning according to the experts) of the COVID-19 Pandemic and this is having a huge impact on human movement. Many, many people are being asked or required to #stayhome. Gyms, sports clubs and even playgrounds have been closed. From what I observe in my local area I see MANY more people than
There is so much easy access to very addictive things in modern society - including social media and sugar (which most of the time we don't even realise we are consuming!) - that we often fail to think of ourselves as being addicted. If you want to find out how to tell if you are indeed addicted to something - a substance, a behaviour, a negative habit - and more importantly the 5 things that you can do to give up your negative behaviour, check out the full blog published by Sivana East. In it you will discover: the neuroscience of addiction (what is going on in your brain) why you may have developed an addiction foods to avoid, and those that may help the types of movement that are good to assist giving up an addiction how sleep (or lack thereof) plays a role in addiction the reasons why meditation may be the cure you're looking for the best essential oils to use to support yourself to give up The video covers a lot of the same information as well, if you prefer to watch, rather than read! If you would like any further information feel free to contact me directly. To book a session with me, where I will cover the full Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing approach to your recovery, as well as giving you some beautiful reiki
This month’s Full Moon is on Friday 23rdNovember at 5.07pm, in Melbourne. Its energy is always felt for a few days either side. The full moon this month lands in the sign of Gemini – the dualistic twins. This is a very energising sign – the whole ‘2 is better than 1’ phenomenon! The Gemini moon also occurs in the Sagittarius sun sign period. Gemini is an air sign and Sagittarius is a fire sign, and we all know what happens when you give air to a fire – fierce burning, perhaps a lot of smoke, and then potentially a rapid burnout! As always we want to strive for balance and resist letting our own energies becoming too overactive with this universal energy. Gemini all about extremes rather than balance so beware! Prelude to the December Full Moon The Full Moon in December will also still remain in Gemini but the sun sign will have just flipped over to Capricorn so the energy will be somewhat different. However, you will have the opportunity with the November full moon to uncover a truth – and I’m about to talk all about communication here! – and for the December full moon to really bring that truth home to roost. Communication, Communication, Communication Gemini is very communication focused but as we have just had Mercury (planet of communication) go into retrograde this could
This video covers my top sleep tips for improving the quality and quantity of your sleep, from the Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing perspective. ??? For those of you who don't already know, Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing encourages you to think about all aspects of your health and wellbeing, taking into account 5 key areas that are going to have an impact, whether or not you realise it! Those areas are: Sleep, Food, Movement, Surroundings and Being. I go into some really important information about the timing of when you consume caffeine each day the timing of when you move your body each day how to use light to your advantage the importance of keeping the activity in your bed exclusive meditation You can get further information on what happens when we don't get enough sleep from my Vlog Sleep: the simple and essential way to improve your wellbeing, or read the article on Sivana East. As mentioned in the video, I also have another Blog about screens and sleep, The Digital Elephant in the Bedroom. Don't forget to check out my Shop for essential oils to help your sleep too.
In this Vlog I'm talking about Sleep ?⏰??, specifically: - why not doing it for long enough each night is critical for brain health - what happens when we don't get enough slow wave sleep - the bi-directional relationships between this and food, and movement - why breathing through your nose is so important! If you'd prefer to read my article on this, it was published by Sivana East. Next week I will cover my top tips for getting a good night's sleep, so stay tuned! In the meantime you might like to check out my Shop for the best essential oils to help with Sleep and my Blog on this very topic. I also have another Blog all about the problems with screen devices, which is a must read! Reiki is wonderful for helping to improve sleep. It's probably the number #1 thing that clients report after a session! Now that you know how important this is, why not Book Now! I refer to Professor Matthew Walker, who is one of the top researchers in this field, globally. Snuggle up now, for health's sake!
If you’ve heard in the media that there is a shortage of flu vaccine perhaps now is the time to consider some natural alternatives to boosting your immunity for the winter. 5 Steps to Boost Immunity Food – eat immune boosting foods and drink lots of water. In winter we want to balance the cold weather by eating and drinking warm things. The benefits of chicken soup are not an old wives’ tale! Bone broth is so nourishing and healing. Remember that the majority of your immune system lives in your gut so you need to give it whole foods from the earth that it recognises and can obtain the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that it requires for you to heal you. As well as bone broth make sure you include good fats from olive oil and oily fish, dark chocolate (yey!), eggs and lots of fruit and vegetables of all the colours of the rainbow! For immune boosting flavourings you can’t go past garlic, ginger and turmeric – veggie curry is sounding good! Movement – don’t stop your exercise routine just because it’s winter.Your lymphatic system, which is critical to fighting illness cannot operate effectively without muscular contraction, as it removes wastes and toxins. So keep on moving peeps! You might change your exercise routine with the seasons just like you change your food. Perhaps now is the time to
If you are seeing this blog or video whilst lying in bed then turn it off right now…it can wait until morning!! The Digital Elephant is clearly in your bedroom! Sleeping with the Enemy! So, you sleep with your phone/ tablet/ laptop (NB for the rest of this article I will just use the word phone, but please insert whichever screen device applies to you!)? What is wrong with that I hear you ask? The main problem is that it can have a major effect on your sleep – both physiologically and emotionally. Not getting enough good quality sleep is detrimental to your health in both the long and short term. In the short term obviously you feel tired, you are less motivated to do all the things you should do to look after yourself, you will be less productive and potentially then become stressed about what you are not achieving (check out my blog on the relationship between stress and productivity), you will potentially be short tempered and impatient with other people you are dealing with and you will probably resort to ‘quick’ fixes like caffeine and sugar to give you a boost, neither of which provide you with any nutritional value and can be potentially harmful in themselves. In the long term, not getting enough sleep interferes with all physiological processes of the body, most importantly the immune