Category Archives: Wellness

02 Apr 2024

Psychology for Pain

Did you know that more than 90% of women with fibromyalgia, and about 76% of chronic lower back pain sufferers have suffered psychological trauma? Furthermore, chronic pain sufferers are more than twice as likely to suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms. Through science, we are learning more and more about the connection between severe stress and pain.

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08 Mar 2024

Long term chronic stress and the effect on our allostatic load.

Allostatic load is a term we are going to hear a lot more about in the future. It is used in the field of psychology and medicine to describe the cumulative wear and tear on the body as a result of chronic stress. It refers to the physiological consequences of chronic exposure to stressors, which…

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26 Feb 2024

Alluring addictiveness of fast food

 

Did you know the brain has a reward system? It’s a primal system that rewards us when we do something that encourages our survival – such as eating food. Unfortunately, when we eat junk food, the chemical dopamine (aka the reward), is released in larger amounts into the brain than when we eat whole foods. Learn more…

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12 Feb 2024

Sleep

What looks like a good nights sleep for one person may be quite different from another’s. Some feel refreshed after 6 hours sleep, some like 8 or more hours. Sleep can be affected by night work, children, illness, pain, depression, anxiety, trauma, life events and many other factors. Not enough, or too much sleep may…

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06 Feb 2024

Your Burnout Survival Toolkit

In today’s fast-paced world, navigating the demands of work, relationships, and personal well-being can often leave us feeling overwhelmed and depleted. Burnout is more than the occasional stressors of work or a busy schedule; it’s a constant and persistent state of exhaustion, physical, emotional, and mental. And it demands acknowledgement.

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23 Jan 2024

The role of exercise in persistent pain

For a long time, the standard suggestion for persistent pain patients was to rest and be inactive to prevent a flare up of pain. Now, guidelines promote physical activity and evidence-based movement as an important part of the treatment plan for chronic pain.  When people are restricted from the usual activity and exercise, they become more anxious, tired, depressed and with an increase in pain (which is not helpful). Despite this being the guidelines, it can be tricky to get started with an exercise program when you are experiencing pain.

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15 Jan 2024

SMART GOALS for 2024

I’m sure many of us have set new and exciting goals for 2024. Often we set these goals with our rose tinted glasses on. We might overestimate our ability to achieve them, or we might not have fully thought out how exactly we will achieve them. Using a SMART approach to goal setting can help us to work out if our goals are actually achievable or not, and to develop an action plan for how we will achieve them.

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09 Jan 2024

SILENCE IS GOLDEN; CREATING A SPACE FOR STILLNESS

In today’s fast-paced and constantly connected world, finding moments of stillness can be a challenge. However, creating space for silence is not only beneficial for our mental and emotional well-being, it also allows us to cultivate mindfulness and deepen our meditation practice. Whether it’s through creating a physical space in our home or incorporating moments…

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