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Are You Robust Or Efficient? PLUS September Stands for….?

There was a collapsing sigh. 

That letting go of tension, through sheer exhaustion.

You’re done with holding it all together.

Like a card tower, once the top card falls, it all comes down.

Does life feel more complicated?

With all the complexity of being and doing?

It is supposed to be simpler, yet, it is far from it, right?

Who’s with me on this? 

From making decisions to paying the bills on time, let alone dealing with a major health event.

It can all add up. 

I see/ hear this holding on, letting go sigh often.

Funny thing is my daughter has a sharp eye and she said – Dad you’re sighing a lot.

I’ve been pushing hard lately. 

Plate loaded, trying to create more value for my clients.

But I’m stretched. No doubt about – but who isn’t?

That isn’t an excuse – more so a “hey we all experience it – so let’s do something about it – together” 

I pulled a handbrake on it last week and I wanted to share with you what I did.… .. Click here to read the rest

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A 2 Step Process To Help You Get To Sleep When You Can’t

Tips to help you get to sleep when you can't

If you’re looking for help to get to sleep when you can’t, you’re not alone.

“I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick”…. Muhammad Ali

If you didn’t know he was a masterful boxer, you could be forgiven to think he also suffered from not being able to get to sleep.

In this article, part of our Global Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we look at

  • the neuroprotective benefits of sleep as well as
  • outline a simple 2 step process to help you get to sleep when you can’t

Setting Up For Sleep Takes Longer Than You Might Think

There’s a runway in Sao Paulo, Brasil.

In the middle of the city (almost).

18 million people you can appreciate there are high rises everywhere.

The pilot navigates the Boeing jet with its 100s of passengers around the concrete structures and has to “Stick it” on a perilously short runway.… .. Click here to read the rest

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NeuroNews: Just 2% Invest In Mental Health + How To Adapt Through Coronavirus Pandemic

In this OT NeuroNews the World Mental Health day is 30 years young and here’s why we need to invest in our mental health.

Plus, from a professor of education, how we can adapt in the coronavirus pandemic. A rich conversation of how adapting is tied to our wellbeing.


Just 2% Invest In Mental Health

According to the World Health Organisation Countries invest only 2% of their health budget on mental health.

That’s why this World Mental Health Day they are calling for action.

The scale of the matter is staggering when looking at the numbers.

Mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health. Close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide. And now, billions of people around the world have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is having a further impact on people’s mental health.

World Health Organisaiton

It’s been 30 years since the first World Mental Health day and this year’s day heralds a real need to change this situation.… .. Click here to read the rest

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NeuroNews: Sleep and Your Stroke Recovery

How Sleep Problems Can Adversely Impact Recovery Following Stroke

The findings of a study published in Clinical Rehabilitation shows how sleep problems can impact patients up to 12 months after their stroke occured.  

There was a strong link between having problems with your sleep negatively impacting the “quality of life, function and participation” in those first 12 months of recovery. 

Sleep matters for your brain health, it is also super important for your stroke recovery. 

You can click here for the complete study on how good sleep impacts stroke recovery

Study Reference – Fulk G, Duncan P, Klingman KJ. Sleep problems worsen health-related quality of life and participation during the first 12 months of stroke rehabilitation [published online, June 30, 2020]. Clin Rehabil. doi:10.1177/0269215520935940

Limitations of the study: It was a self report study which poses some limitations about the study.


Long Term Stroke Recovery – How A Therapy Plan After Hospital Is Critical

What happens after the hospital? Most people will go to stroke rehab but then what?

This is the time most stroke survivors and their loved ones say ” Now what do we do- is that it?”… .. Click here to read the rest

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