While this might be a more extreme example, it’s become the norm in Western society. Being constantly busy is seen as good. You will be praised and rewarded for working yourself into the ground.
Friday, 18 May 2018
was having a casual conversation with a group of people the other day. One of the ladies in the group started to talk about how she works twelve-hour days with no breaks, studies at night, looks after her kids and needs to be up at 5.30am tomorrow for another twelve-hour shift. She was then praised for her dedication and her strength while being cheered on with “wow’s” and “how do you do it’s”.
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
We all experience stress at some point, many on a daily basis. Some researchers suggest that occasional short term stress can be good for the body, but chronic stress can cause many health problems.
The stress response, or “fight or flight” response evolved as survival skill which allowed people to immediately react to life threatening situations. This response was very valuable in the times when humans were in these situations often, such as being attacked by a wild animal. However now the stress response is often activated by non-life threatening events every day, from work to family, and traffic problems.
When someone perceives a stressful situation the amygdala (a part of the brain which processes emotions), instantly sends a danger signal to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus communicates with the autonomic nervous system, which regulates involuntary functions such as respiratory rate, digestion, heart rate, etc.
Thursday, 28 December 2017
While most of us are aware of the physical side effects from too much screen time, including the impacts on vision, sleep, and weight gain from sitting down constantly, there hasn’t been many studies done to show the effects on mental health in adults. A 2014 Nielsen report found that on average, adults spend 11 hours a day in front of screens. Is it possible that this may have an affect on mental health as well as physical health?
Studies have shown that too much screen time, especially at night can affect sleep quality. One study on the effects of technology use on sleep was done at the University of Gothenburg, led by Dr. Sara Thomee. Thomee stated that the blue light from screens suppresses melatonin production, preventing a restful night’s sleep. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland which regulates
Monday, 20 November 2017
Tuesday, 29 August 2017
I found my local coffee place! Since moving to a new area I have been searching for a regular café with good coffee. I had no luck until the other day when I tried the coffee at Jarra Infusion in Pinjarra. I’m not a coffee expert, but I know I like the taste and that’s all that matters. It definitely beats the other options in the area, which I had tried and was left disappointed. And best of all, the coffee at Jarra Infusion is organic.
When you walk into the old historic building the café is located in, you’ll be greeted by friendly
Sunday, 9 July 2017
Thursday, 8 June 2017
Friday, 5 May 2017
It's important to buy local fresh produce where possible. This way you will get fresher fruit and veg with more nutrients. Unfortunately supermarket produce has often travelled long distances and/or has been stored for long periods of time. From the moment of harvest fruit and vegetables start to lose their nutrients; so the sooner it's consumed the better.
For those near Mandurah and Pinjarra I recommend Gary & Leanne's Ravenswood Fresh. They sell local produce and are obviously very passionate about their business (you'll notice that if you chat to Gary). From my own experience it's very fresh and lasts longer. There are also a few organic options.
Ravenswood Fresh is located at 101 Lloyd Avenue Ravenswood, WA.