anxiety in isolation
Corona got you feeling all crazy like? Isolation can make you feel totally alone, but I assure you, you are not. Being the most common mental health condition in this country, 1 in 3 Australian women and 1 in 5 Australian Men (more than 6 million people) will experience anxiety at some point in their lifetime. Anxiety is experienced at different time points for different people. It can be a perfectly normal response to a one-off stressful period or worrying event like COVID. However, for some, anxiety can persist longer and eventually become a chronic mental health condition. In this...
vegetable nutrition for ivf
During the COVID- 19 pandemic we realise it has been a very difficult time. Particularly a difficult time for our patients who have had to put their fertility decisions and IVF cycles on hold. However, I have also heard from many of you that self-isolation has given you an unexpected opportunity for self- care. I hope you can continue these practices as our pre-pandemic lives start to return.  If you are now looking towards a future IVF cycle, self-care and good nutrition are key. Our gut function and gut symptoms can also profoundly affect our fertility and IVF success. Several...
warming winter porridge
The cooler weather seems to have arrived suddenly in Sydney, and with the change of season so should follow a change in our diets to match. Suddenly a cold smoothie for breakfast, or muesli with yoghurt and frozen berries isn’t very appealing, and our bodies tell us to instead opt for warm, cooked breakfast options. Eggs for breakfast are a staple in our house, however we also go for cooked oats a few times per week. Now that we are working from home (and let’s be honest I’m up at the crack of dawn with two little people anyway!) we...
acupressure for stress
For those needing a little Zen during lockdown, let me introduce you to one of my favourite acupuncture points — Heart 7. The translation of this point means "Spirit Gate" and it is the foremost acupuncture point to calm and regulate the emotions. When our Heart is settled and protected, our Spirit is anchored and resides calmly. However, the Spirit is easily disturbed by shock and trauma which can cause it to fly away like a flock of startled birds. Additionally, when the Spirit leaves the Heart, the harmony is lost. The Spirit becomes restless and unquiet, resulting in feelings...
exercise movement
During this isolation period, we have all seen the dramatic increase and desire to get outdoors and exercise. It has been essential for all of us. One COVID adaptation I would like to see maintained as restrictions are lifted, is that of getting out and moving every day. Especially as it starts to get cold. To be healthy and remain truly healthy, we must continually move our bodies. If you have never been a fan of exercise, try to look at how you approach it and how you think about it. We have talked a lot about associating healthy foods...