Primary schools these days are adopting an exciting model in the classroom to weave through their learning and experiences, called Growth Mindset, which can build more confidence than having a Fixed Mindset, even  - possibly especially - during these challenging times. Energy is needed to get through difficulties and it can be interesting to note how our energy levels respond to what we tell ourselves and what we are feeling. I work with emotional pain and spend time healing emotional wounds, this is more head-based information but can have an impressive effect on your energy which can help promote resilience....
Allostatic load is a concept used to describe the long-term effects of continued exposure to chronic stress on the body. It is defined as “the process by which a state of internal, physiological equilibrium is maintained by an organism in response to actual or perceived environmental and psychological stressors”. The term is increasingly used in medicine to refer to or describe the cost of chronic exposure to our nervous and hormonal systems due to ongoing challenges that the individual may experience as stressful.  Colloquially, we often refer to allostatic load as the 'wear and tear’. When we are forced to navigate difficult and unpredictable times, the...
“If you do not set consistent times in your life for personal rejuvenation then you cannot expect to have mental and physical resilience during difficult moments.” — YUNG PUEBLO Resilience in Chinese Medicine is supported by the Kidney Organ system, which is considered the foundation of the body and is the source of our will-power and ability to exert ourselves, both physically and mentally.  The Kidney Organ system includes our Adrenal Glands and influences our hormonal rhythms and response to stress, shock, fear and trauma: think the release of cortisol and your body’s Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis (the pathway responsible for...
This year has brought with it many challenges and adjustments. I can’t help but immediately think of all my pregnant clients and friends who have had to go through part, or even all of their pregnancy journey during this unfamiliar and uncertain environment that is COVID-19. Pregnancy is an exciting and exhilarating time in a woman’s life, but at times the journey is downright nerve-wracking. Throw a lockdown period and a complete overhaul of how healthcare appointments work into the mix and you have a recipe for extra stress and anxiety. One of my areas of passion in clinical practice...
We see so many busy, tired, and stressed mums at Darling Health. Statements like; “I just can’t cope anymore”, “I have lost my patience” or “I am just so exhausted” are recurring. The ability to bounce back from stress or adversity is important throughout life, especially in our older years and especially after raising children. Like many other aspects of health and wellbeing, your level of resilience is not set in stone. Instead, think of it as a toolkit you have access to during the times where you feel like you are at your capacity. What’s in your Resilience Toolkit?...