“The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day,” the Queen tells Alice in Through the Looking Glass. The rule hints at what is too widely accepted: good always belongs to some other time.
The years between 15-25 are frequently a time of questioning and great discovery, but like many others I found them difficult. I had to deal with chronic disease, failure in my chosen career, a persistent lack of self-worth along with indecision about an alternative career path, and loneliness.
Although never diagnosed, a psychologist would probably have called me depressed.Continue Reading
Whether you buy a bunch or two of gorgeous yellow daffodils on Daffodil Day to support the Cancer Council’s objectives or not, you might let this explosion of colour in our shops stir you to take charge of how you think about your health.
If you do, you won’t be alone. There are an increasing number of medical voices speaking up for a new view of health and healing, based on the integral nature of our thoughts and beliefs to our state of health.
For instance, Dr Lissa Rankin has reviewed the research, and is vocal in naming some of the fears that make us sick and prevent disease remission, like thinking about sickness all the time, believing that we’re victims of our genes, and adhering to false programming about health and hygiene.Continue Reading
Hope is the stuff of change, recovery and healing, according to Dr Shane Lopez, author of the new book Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others,.“Hope is half optimism. The other half is the belief in the power that you can make it so”, writes Lopez.
Hopeful people make an investment in the future that pays off in the present: in the way they eat, exercise, conserve energy, take care of themselves and stick to their treatment plan. He suggests that this sort of “change in mind-set has the power to alter neurochemistry”.Continue Reading
The number of Australians suffering dementia is currently 280,000, a number expected to increase more than four-fold in the next 40 years, sparking calls for the federal government to devote more funds to addressing the looming aged care issue. This story continues to be a major news item in the media across Australia.
Last week another article in the online Sunshine Coast Daily “Keep your grey matter healthy” caught my attention. Professor Perry Bartlett, Institute Director at the Queensland Brain Institute, is reported as stating that seniors might be able to not only slow the effects of cognitive decline, but actually reverse it. While reporting on new clinical studies he said that, “It is NOT inevitable that your brain begins that gradual decline. As opposed to what we thought ten years ago, the brain actually continues to make new brain cells throughout life.”Continue Reading