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New Beginnings!

Posted on January 20, 2021 at 1:57 AM
New Beginnings!

In an acupuncture clinic we often spend time with people who are experiencing new beginnings. 

Whether a new beginnings is

  • Something we chose for example a new diet plan to lose weight, a fitness plan to gain function or 
  • Something we didn't choose  for example the loss of a loved one, an injury or illness.

there is an art to navigating new beginnings.  We have gathered some tried and tested techniques to support new beginnings..

  • Allow Time - Change happens at it's own rate.  You can argue my logic on this one but whilst we have methods of supporting change we don't really have methods to accelerate it.  Prepare to be patient.
  • Allow Space - Change can only occur where there is space for change (sounds simple).  Creating space for change may include letting go of previous views of ourselves, allowing for change in your physical environment or your long held beliefs
  • Gather Support - New beginnings may require new resources and support.  Coaches, counsellors and acupuncturists are great resources to help with new beginnings.  Even if you don't need help it may just be more fun to share the journey.

Most of all be aware that new beginnings take energy and attention and some new beginnings can be quite challenging.  

We may not be competent in a new beginning straight away.  It may take time to learn new skills and how to apply them.  It may feel overwhelming (especially when a new beginning is not of our choosing).

Of course the pay off for navigating a new beginning is moving into ease with a new situation..

Five Tips for Achieving your Goals

Posted on March 1, 2020 at 9:18 PM
5 Top Tips for Achieving your Goals in 2020
1.    Have audacious goals but…
·      Unpack the goal.  Break it down into do-able parts / stages.  Break it down into at least five smaller, attainable goals. Record how you are going to feel having achieved the goal.  Give the goal review checkpoints and due dates.

2.    Track your goals…
·      Have a system in place that reminds you how and when to check in on your goals.  Use a system that works for you, that is simple.  If this is on a blackboard next to the fridge or in your outlook calendar or on some fancy app, it doesn’t matter so long as you use it to have track and stay focused on your goals.

3.    Celebrate the milestones…
·      Milestone, target, deliverable… whatever you want to call it, whenever you’ve worked on your goal and progressed, celebrate the win.  Give your self some high fives along the way.

4.    Have support systems in place…
·      Some days can be more challenging than others.  Phone a friend or know what it is you will do when you are not coping or feel like giving up on your goal.  Maybe have a shared goal with a mate and you can be achieving this together and encourage each other along the way.

5.    Commit to the goal…
·      … by sharing your goal with others.  Put it in writing what it is you are setting out to achieve.  Maybe share updates on your progress.

5 Ways to make a Change that Sticks

Posted on January 5, 2020 at 11:12 PM
We often hear of efforts to change that are unsuccessful.  New Year's resolutions that don't make it past January etc.  Here's a great way to make a change that will stick.

Five ways to make a change that sticks:

  1. Choose something that you can do now.
  2. Choose something that you can make the decision about alone - i.e. doesn't require permission/collaboration.
  3. Choose something you can do where you are.
  4. Choose something you can do with the resources you have already.
  5. Choose something that will have a long term benefit for a little effort today.

Making long term change is an example of a great paradox in life - We want to change for the future but can only really make changes now

If we set out to quit an addiction to sugar for example we can't quit sugar tomorrow.  All we can do is not eat that sugary sweet in front of us in this moment.  

Big changes come about from a sequence of decisions made in a long string of moments.

Let us know how you go with a change.  Some examples we have seen are:

  • Fixing a push bike tyre to make a fitness plan easier.
  • Fixing a water tap to make it easier to turn off.


Posted on February 3, 2019 at 9:25 PM
One of my favourite movies is the Justin Timberlake movie “In Time” from 2012.  If you haven’t seen it, in brief, it is about a futuristic society in which people are genetically modified to “expire” on their 25 birthday – unless they are able to acquire more time credits from some means eg income or obtained from someone else’s time, thus making time a very valuable commodity indeed.  No, I think you will have to watch the movie to get what I am saying…
Do you value your time?  Are you making the most of your time?  Have you ever done an analysis of how your time is spent each week?  There are 168 hours in a week.  Take a few minutes to check in where your time goes in a given week.  Do a comparison of your desired hours versus your current hours, for example:-
SLEEP                         = 56 hours (desired),   49 hours  (current)
WORKING                  = 40 hours  (desired),  70 hours  (current)
HOUSEWORK            =   2 hours  (desired),     8 hours  (current)
STUDY / LEARNING  =   8 hours  (desired),   12 hours  (current)
FITNESS                     = 12 hours  (desired),     4 hours  (current)
RELAX, MISC             =  50 hours  (desired),  25 hours (current)
Ask yourself:-

  • What can you do to bridge the gap between your desired hours from your current hours?
  • Can you see any opportunities to move from where you are to where you want to be?
  • Are there tasks that you can delegate to the kids or your partner or pay someone else to do?
  • If you were able to outsource some of the housework or gardening ie, get someone else to do it, you could free up time to spend more time relaxing or doing other fun activities. 
  • Are there tasks that you can combine and save time?  For example, you could listen to an audible study book whilst getting your doing your daily walk for fitness.
  • Are you able to do your study on the train whilst travelling to work, or use train travel time to relax and watch a downloaded movie.

Some of our time allocation is simply just fixed and non-negotiable.  Once we start to look at how we use our time and value it more, we will look at how to use our time better and ways in which to effectively manage and leverage our time.
Five Tips on how to use time wisely and take the pressure off:-
1. Do a task / to do list for each day  - and recognize how completing these helps towards achieving a goal you have set.  Eg, on the daily to-do list you might have “walk the dogs” and this contributes to your goal of staying fit and healthy.  Remember, your list can have fun things on there, it's not all about work!
2. Find and use the tool or techniques that most help you stay organized - and sane and use them consistently.  Eg.  Using “Reminders” tool on your smartphone / computer for to-do lists, things to remember or follow up.  We use reminders for Groceries we need to buy.  And I have a list of Books I want to read…  These ‘reminders’ can be shared and updated by your partner or work team mate if required.
3.  Delegate more often. Are you spending your time doing things that you should be delegating to someone else?  Or are you spending time doing something you simply don't need to be doing ie, don't delegate it - delete it from your to-do list.
4.  Work on the tasks that give you the maximum return for the goals that are important to you.  Take time to check what is on your to-do list and prioritise time to do those things that give you the most benefit and achieving what it is you most want.
5.  Be efficient and time effective.  Review and refine tasks to ensure they are done most in the most efficient amount of time. 

New Year's Resolutions

Posted on January 24, 2019 at 11:44 PM

Top 5 Daily Health Habits for 2019

Posted on January 9, 2019 at 3:32 AM
We wish you an awesome year in 2019.  Here are our suggested top five daily health habits for 2019.

1. Keep Hydrated
Sounds simple right.

  • Are you drinking enough water each day relative to how much you are losing?  
  • The recommended water intake for an adult is 2 - 3 litres per day.  
  • Start the day with a large glass of water (cooled boiled water is best).  
  • You may choose to add a slice of lemon (or a spoon of apple cider vinegar), 
  • Keep up the water through-out the day - if it helps, put some alarm reminders on your smart phone.  By keeping hydrated, you can avoid dehydration headaches.  Avoid your muscles becoming dehydrated and susceptible to injury by keeping your water intake adequate.

2. Set yourself up for good sleep
We all want to wake fresh each morning and looking forward to the day.  Here are a few suggestions that may help you with achieving a better sleep and feeling better the next day...
Have a 'go to bed' routine
  • set a time
  • have your nighttime shower an hour prior
  • action other 'powering-down' activities eg brushing your teeth and getting dressed for bed
  • shut off any electronics in the bedroom an hour prior to sleep
  • have some relaxing music or sleep tape to listen to

Create a sleep friendly bedroom
  • studies have shown that dark linen is better for a good sleep
  • have sunlight block out curtains drawn when ready for sleep
  • the ideal room temperature is 19 - 22 degrees celsius
  • consider earplugs if necessary to ensure quite
  • choose bedding and pillows that work for you

Be active during the day
  • be active during the day (not close to bedtime)... have you ever noticed how well you sleep on days where you have exercised or been active?
  • Physical activity helps with improving the quality of your sleep and has been found to decrease pain perception for people with RA.
  • A gentle yoga or meditation before bed can be ok if keep light and simply to loosen your muscles and prepare your body for sleep

Avoid stimulants

  • avoid coffee and caffeinated drinks in the afternoon and evening.  Eating late and too much close to bedtime is not a good idea as a full tummy may have you tossing and turning.  Alcohol is a known saboteur of sleep and will disrupt normal sleep cycles.

3. Do a Daily Meditation

  • Meditation has been associated with decreasing stress, relieving anxiety and helping with depression.
  • It has also been shown to support improved quality of sleep and overall wellbeing.
  • Keep an eye out for a special blog post I will be writing about meditation.  
  • Remember, if you find 'traditional meditation' a bit of a struggle, you can also achieve a meditation state, ie, a state of relaxation and calm, doing certain activities - work out what that might be for you eg gardening, surfing, drawing.... Mindful meditation can help to calm the mind, clear clutter in our headspace to focus on the positive things in life.

4. Keep a health and wellness journal
Well, this might be a "start something new" (versus stop doing or continue doing) activity for 2019.

  • Track your what you chose to eat that day
  • Record how you feel
  • Note your stress levels and emotions
  • Record anything you want to track and improve on and relevant to your health etc.
  • Use the journey to help remember and track any health conditions.
  • Refer to your journey as required to share the status and updates of a condition with health practitioners,
  • Work out a recording method or app that suits your needs for this purpose.

5. Do something to contribute to your fitness

  • Do an activity or exercise of some form that contributes to your fitness and health, eg yoga, qi gong, walking, gym, etc.
  • Exercising and keeping fit helps with fatigue.
  • Keeping fit helps with managing stress.
  • Fitness help reduce anxiety.
  • Being fit improves your mood and positivity
  • Improve your energy by keeping fit.
  • If you are getting back into an exercise regime, take it slowly and listen to your body.
  • May we be so cheeky as to suggest having a regular Shiatsu massage or acupuncture can contribute to maintaining your fitness and health!

Planning - the 90 Day plan

Posted on July 9, 2018 at 4:44 AM
Do you plan to achieve big things?  Weight loss, learning a new skill, running a certain distance?

Often we make grand plans to achieve something in a year or longer and if we don't achieve that goal we can be discouraged.

Sometimes just looking at a year long goal can be disheartening.  Can I really walk 10KM when I haven't walked more that a short walk before?

One of our mentors recently suggest having a 12 week (or 90 day) plan.  A 90 day plan is a good start with managing your time and tasks in achieving your goals.  

Here's the process in 6 easy steps.

  1. Start by looking at your big plan.  What do you want to achieve? (e.g. walk the Kokoda track) and write this down
  2. What would you like to achieve in the next 90 days towards that goal?(e.g. Be able to walk 10 Kilometres at a time) and write this down
  3. What will you achieve weekly by week?(e.g. Week 1 be able to walk 2 kilometres, week 2 walk e able to walk 3 kilometres etc) and write this down
  4. What will you achieve each day? (e.g. Week 1, day 1 buy hiking shoes, week 1 day 2 walk 1 kilometre) and write this down
  5. Each day refer to your daily plan and do what the plan says.  Some days you will - some days you won't.  Life happens.
  6. Each 90 days look back with curious fascination to see how you have progressed.

90 days is a great period to break down goals to..

2017 Christmas Calendar

Posted on November 29, 2017 at 7:34 PM
Back by popular demand we have a new Christmas calendar full of inspiring, challenging and fun things to do in the lead up to Christmas.  Seasons wishes to everyone and a heartfelt thank you for your support in 2017. 

May you be happy, safe and well and all those you love enjoy the same.

Dream, conceive, believe, receive, achieve

Posted on August 15, 2017 at 2:13 AM
This August, we are reminding ourselves of all that we are grateful for and all the abundance we have.  

With this in mind.....
  • have dreams, know what your burning desires are, 
  • plan (and write the plan down!) and take action
  • believe in your dreams, have faith in them and your abilities and know that there is enough abundance to go around
  • be ready to receive and recognising the opportunities (even those that follow on from sad or tragic circumstances)
  • stay focused, be resilient, stick with it and achieve your goal.

How are you going with achieving the dreams or resolutions you set for yourself at the beginning of the year?  Yes, can you believe it is August already?!!  If you haven't already, you might like to do the following to help maintain your focus on your goals:-

  • create a vision board with pictures relating to your goals, things you want to change, create or acquire, put the vision board somewhere prominent that you will see each day
  • write down your "Top 5" things you want to achieve in order of importance to you e.g. health, career, education, relationships, finances, adventure......
  • against each of your Top 5, break down your plans of action and sub-steps required, write down the emotion you feel for each goal, the feelings you'll experience upon achieving your goal... Check you are still inspired and motivated to achieve these goals
  • tell others about your goals or go even further to create a support group or other social media activity to help support you with sticking with your goal

Having indulged over the recent holiday break, Catherine has a current goal of losing some weight.  So what is she doing to achieve this? She has:-
  • set a plan - lose 5kgs in 8 weeks, eat three balanced meals a day, only have light snack / water between meals, reduce meal portion sizes (which were becoming too large), take vitamin supplements each day, allow for a treat once a week (not once a day), go for two 20 minutes walk a day, have acupuncture or massage once a week, read a 'personal development' book to stay positive and focused, visualise at the beginning of each day the new slimmer me, maintain a diary during the six weeks tracking progress and feelings, have weekly checkpoints/stocktake, do a fun active leisure activity each week that will 'move that body' (e.g. go for a kayak)
  • put a 'to be' (before weight gain) photo on the fridge
  • told others of her goal (this blog, mentioned to friends)
  • noted how she will feel when she achieves the goal, e.g. "once I have lost 5kgs, I will feel great, more confident in my skin, more energised and I will be ready for the next phase of maintaining my fitness, health and vitality

Your goal may seem small to others but may be big for you.  It is your goal!  Oh, and remember, as much as possible, inject some fun into your goal strategies.

New Year's Resolution

Posted on January 3, 2017 at 7:36 PM
As the dust settles on New Year's celebrations we sometimes turn our minds to New Year's resolutions.  Will they work (when they might not of in the past)? What would it look like if they did?  

I'm no expert on resolutions and their likelihood of success.  I have, however, observed a lot of people make life changes.  Quitting smoking, losing weight, eating more healthily, drinking less alcohol, quitting sugar are just some of the common intentions I've witnessed clients set.

Lately I've been reflecting on why one person achieves their resolution and another doesn't.  

  • Is it "will" power?  I think it is in part.
  • Is it desire?  Yes, in part.
  • Is it having a stubborn personality? Perhaps.

There is actually plenty of interesting literature on why people are successful or not in setting and achieving resolutions if you care to search the internet.

My conclusion - the most important factor that distinguishes those likely to be successful.  A compelling personal reason to achieve the resolution (goal).

Let's break that down:

Compelling:  Something that really will make a significant difference for you in your life.  It may be small to others but to you it is important.

Personal:  I've seldom seen someone achieve a goal for someone else.  

So an option in setting up a resolution for 2017 could be to reflect on what is the most compelling thing you would like to achieve, personally in 2017 and enjoy the journey!

Acupuncturists frequently work with people to help them stay on track to achieve their goals - make sure you recruit a team to help you with yours..