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How to have the best Sleep ever!

How to have the best sleep ever Sleep is one of the most democratic, freely available and effective forms of health insurance. Professor Matthew Walker. Unfortunately modern Western society tends to view sleep as being, at best, something that is at the bottom of our never-ending list of priorities, and at worst, something that’s only for wimps!  Add to that an ongoing global pandemic of fear and anxiety – feeling like life as we knew it has left home and all that remains is stress, boredom and nothing to look forward to. Good sleep seems to be more elusive than ever. And yet, it is SO important. Along with what we put into our bodies - namely food and water - good quality sleep is essential if we want to maintain our wellbeing and live long, healthy lives. Our sleep quality has an impact on our ability to concentrate and make decisions. In turn this can then increase the risk of incidents and accidents and of course it can have a negative effect on all aspects of our lives – work, relationships, motivation to exercise and eat right. Even worse are the effects of chronic sleep deprivation, which include increased incidence of depression and anxiety, as well as numerous other physical health conditions such as heart disease, weight gain, diabetes and infertility. Most worrying is the reduction in the effectiveness of

How to get in touch with your Spiritual side

How to get in touch with your spiritual side How "spiritual" are you? Do you have a regular spiritual practise?  What do either of those questions even mean to you? Well, I'm guessing that if you decided to read this Blog you would like to bring some more spirituality into your life!  The good news is that you're about to learn some entirely practical ways to get in touch with your spiritual side, and once you have opened that connection it will be much easier for you to relate to and feel 'spiritual'. Connection Energy I call your spiritual side your "Connection Energy".  This is the last of the 7 Essential Energies and is more commonly known as the 7th or Crown Chakra.  I call it Connection Energy because to me it is all about connecting ourselves to the collective energy of humanity, connecting to all other living beings in whatever way is meaningful to us, and also connecting to any higher powers that you may believe in.  What do I mean by higher powers? I mean Gods, Ancestors, Spirits, Universal Energy and your Higher Self or Soul.  What I mean, is really whatever higher powers mean to you... The centre of your connection energy in the physical body is on the very top of your head. This energy is on the same vibration as the colour white on the

How to improve your Intuition, some insights

How to improve your Intuition, some insights Intuition.  We all have it.  We don't all use it.  How about you? Ever had that gut feel about something but then let your logical mind take over the decision making process, only to find out later that your gut feel was spot on?! I'm sure every human being on the planet can relate to that scenario. So, do you want to know how to improve your intuition? Like everything else, intuition is energy, and it is intricately connected with all other energies in the universe.  In western culture however, this great power that we all have is dismissed, derided, and discarded most of the time. Intuition is one aspect of the 6th essential energy, often called the Third Eye, or 6th Chakra, but what I like to refer to as your Insight Energy.  On the colour spectrum this energetic vibration appears as a deep blue-purple colour, often called indigo. Just like any other energy your Insight Energy can be stimulated or blocked, balanced or imbalanced.  To find out how to improve your intuition, read on!  But before you do that, tune in - what does your intuition tell you about this activity, is it something you should do now or not? What you need to know about your Insight Energy Having balanced Insight Energy means: Intuition Attunement to your predictive abilities and

Truth or Dare: what does ‘speaking your truth’ mean and why you should care

Truth or Dare: what does speaking your truth mean and why you should care Do you regularly speak your truth? Do you know what that means? Do you care?! Of course we all have our own version of the truth. Sometimes your version of the truth will be the same as someone else’s and sometimes it won’t. It can be incredible the number of different truths out there about the same thing! My truth about what ‘speaking your truth’ means is that it encompasses freely expressing your thoughts and feelings verbally. In many circumstances this can be much easier said than done (no pun intended!) Some people find it incredibly easy, and may even perhaps talk too much and too often, but in my experience these people are not as commonly found as those of us who find it tricky to use our voices. Energetically and metaphysically speaking the energy of how well and how easily you use your voice comes from what I like to call the Truth Energy Centre. You may have heard this also called your Throat Chakra. It is the 5th of 7 essential energies, which impact and are affected by every aspect of your life and your wellbeing.  These essential energies are the focus of my work as a healer and holistic health coach. What you need to know about your Truth Energy Having balanced

Back to School Essential Oils

Back to School Essential Oils [Originally published 1st February 2020] This week marks the end of summer holidays for many families in Australia.  For the second year in a row we have had a festive season summer break that kept us on our toes and a lot closer to home than we may have preferred, but as I just discussed with my 15 year old - at least we got a break.  It seemed a little bit crazy to really feel in need of some time off after a 2020 where it felt like not much happened!  Anyway now we're getting back into the swing of 'normal life' and for many people that's going to feel perhaps just as strange and stressful as Covid!  What a great opportunity to talk about some wonderful Back to School Essential Oils! February is the time of the year that we all get deeply into the creation and production of the year’s work and after 2020 the start of this new year I hope you have abundant energy to really make a clean start. To help get you and your loved ones back on track at this time I wanted to share my suggestions for essential oils to support you in the transition into the reality of 2021!  The therapeutic properties of essential oils are such that they can help you on all levels:

Healthy Environment…happy, healthy you!

Healthy environment...happy, healthy you! We have been incredibly focussed on our immediate surroundings during 2020.  The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to stay away from many places in which we would normally spend a lot of time.  It has meant that the majority of the population has had to move their whole lives into the home for working, schooling, exercising, shopping (online of course) and leisure activities. So, what better subject to end the year on, than a good hard look at what is important in terms of having the most healthy environment possible around you.  Of course it's important to look at your home because that is where you go to relax and unwind, and especially where you sleep. But if you normally spend many of the hours of your week in a workplace it is also important to consider everything below in relation to that location as well.  Is your work place a healthy environment? Surroundings Surroundings is one of the aspects of Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing™ - the other four being Food, Movement, Sleep and Being.  Each of these 5 aspects cannot be considered the one key to overall wellbeing.  They are intimately entwined and need to be viewed as 5 parts of a whole - my holistic approach!  I will introduce all five components in the content below, but to start with lets look at some

Exam Prep, the 5 Star Way

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

How to find Love

How to find love Love is at your centre, your very core. There you go, I gave you the answer right at the beginning! For, no, this is not a piece about dating, or tips on falling in love...but please keep reading. True to my purpose to investigate and uncover what lies beneath, this is about the roots of love. It's about going back to what needs to happen before you can extend unconditional love to another human being (through choice rather than biology). This is about the underlying cause of why love is missing, and the original source of self love. This is about the energy of love. Where do you feel love? You don’t even need to think about the answer do you? Did your hand stray to the middle of your chest? Did you re-live that feeling of fullness, of goodness bursting out that you have when you’re so happy in the company of those you love? Or perhaps, what came back instead was the ache, the heaviness, the emptiness that you feel when something makes you sad, or lonely, or hurt. Those imprinted feelings that you have. In your heart. I wonder if you know these things about your heart: Your heart was formed and began beating in your mother's womb before your brain developed. It has its own nervous system, consisting of around 40 thousand

How to Relax – 15 ideas to help you

Just an easy one for this month’s blog! But in all seriousness, really the main reason that people end up in front of me in my Holistic Health & Wellbeing studio is that they have a problem with relaxation. When you don’t relax and you’re in a constant state of stress your brain thinks your life is in danger and your sympathetic nervous system (fight, flight, freeze) remains in charge. When your parasympathetic nervous system (rest, digest, be) does not get its shift being boss, certain parts of you will go on strike because they never get a break. Yep I brought this up last Blog as well (Boost your Self Confidence). I believe that the chronic activation of the sympathetic nervous system is a massive health problem in the modern western world. And that was before Covid-19! A global pandemic makes it pretty darn hard for anyone to relax, even if they are normally pretty chill! It’s the lack of control and the great unknown of all aspects of our future lives, nothing able to be planned, nothing to look forward to… What happens when you don’t relax enough Well you remain in a state of freeze, fight or flight, almost permanently! This means that: your blood pressure stays up your digestive system does not work well your heart rate remains elevated blood flow to everything other than skeletal muscles

Foundation Energy – The Root of Immunity and Getting Your Energy and Balance Back

So many of you have told me that you’d just like to get your energy and balance back and that was before we were hit with a global pandemic! Writing this in March 2020 it was very easy to choose to bring a focus to the first type of energy – and one that many people do need to replenish anyway – Foundation Energy. This energy forms the basis of everything in physical life: the body safety and security sense of belonging. It relates to our fundamental need and ability to survive and forms the basis on which all other aspects of our life – creativity, emotions, power, self worth, love, truth, insight and connection - develop. As such, it is the Foundation Energy to which we need to pay attention in matters of immunity. Even if you have a beautifully balanced and intact Foundation – be extremely grateful because you are in the minority – at this time in human existence when we face a pandemic that in big ways or small, will affect us all. If you do nothing else, pay attention and give your Foundation Energy some thought and some love. You may need more Foundation Energy if you feel: Unsafe: I think that most people feel this at least to some extent at the moment. I am a very calm, rational person but the constant battering

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