Do you hate pain? This blog is for you…

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We live in a culture that wants to stop pain. Just walk down any supermarket or chemist isle and there’s an array of drugs all designed to numb both our physical and mental pain. And these products are top sellers, because people just don’t want to feel pain. Yet have you ever stopped and asked yourself: What exactly is pain? … Read More

Are your emotions making you sick?

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Emotions are ‘energy in motion’. When we store negative emotions in the body – for example, anger, fear, guilt or shame – they sicken the body. Even scientific research now shows that suppressed emotions lead to illness and disease. When we experience a situation that triggers a negative emotion in us, if we don’t fully feel it in that moment, … Read More

Emotional Health: Poisoning your mind with what you eat?

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Our emotional health is intimately connected to the food we put in our body. We may not think it is, but next time you eat a block of chocolate take the time to notice how you feel emotionally half an hour later. Down. Low on energy. Perhaps even a little cranky? Why is this? Refined sugar is one of the main foods … Read More

Do you know the difference between feelings and emotions?

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Often people put feelings and emotions in the same basket. Now while they are certainly similar, there are some distinguishing differences you really should know if you’re serious about living a happy life full of positive relationships. Put simply:Feelings are how you feel in the moment. Emotions are past unresolved feelings. To put that into context: Someone accidentally spills coffee on your lap. … Read More

News Toxicity: Are you poisoning your mind?

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How much news do you consume on a daily basis? Are you a news junkie or do you take small bites? This week I wanted to look at how news can actually make us take on a more pessimistic view of life and even trigger depression and low moods. It’s not surprising, given that our environment has the ability to … Read More

Happiness is a state of being, not just an emotion. How happy are you?

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Happiness. Deep down it’s something that all of us want. That’s why there’s a whole self-help isle at bookstores promoting this very ideal that so many people strive for. Yet there’s still a lot of confusion around the emotion of happiness and the state of true happiness, and whether it’s even possible to feel deep happiness long-term. First though, we need to talk about … Read More

Emotional Affairs. Are you having one?

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Affairs of the heart can be even more harmful than physical affairs – and given that 70% of all marriages experience an extra-marital affair (according to Sexual Health Australia) I felt the need to shed some light on what an emotional affair actually is, and what’s needed to stop your relationship from becoming a shocking statistic. So lets first look at what an emotional affair is… … Read More

Is anger making you unhappy?

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Contrary to its bad press, anger is a defining emotion. It is the gift of setting boundaries. Yes, anger can act as a barometer for what has gone wrong, where people have overstepped a person’s limits, or where injustice is occurring. It happens far too often, we let our anger make us unhappy. We get caught up in the emotion, … Read More

Toxic tears

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Turning on the waterworks can make you feel better, both physically and emotionally. Yes it’s true. Crying heals the mind, body and soul. William Shakespeare was spot on when he wrote: “To weep is to make less the debt of grief.” Researchers have found, not only do tears reduce tensions; they remove toxins, and increase the body’s ability to heal … Read More