TOUGH and UP
The Art of Building Resilience
It’s fair to say that we all set out in life with the hopeful expectation that everything will turn out OK, but life doesn’t always go to plan. It’s not to say that we should look at life with a sense of endless foreboding but more; we should greet each day as an opportunity. It’s about owning problems, not your problems owning you. It’s about acknowledging and accepting what may not be working in your life while putting your energies into what is.
Do we stay down or do we get up again? Are we a victim or a survivor? Do we become stuck or do we grow and learn from an experience. The upbeat messages and imagery will resonate long after the talk is over.
BEING MENTALLY HEALTHY
In Australia, one in five people will struggle with mental health issues each year. The collateral damage from this is, adversely affected relationships, difficulty with work, productivity, self esteem, drug and alcohol problems to name a few. It’s not only tough for the sufferer but can severely impact significant others such as partners, children, friends, colleagues and business. Sadly we only truly appreciate our mental or physical wellbeing after we lose it. So I have created several talks around what it means to be ‘mentally healthy’. These talks are created to inspire a positive conversation about what mental health is, what it means to us, recognising symptoms when things go wrong, help seeking, how to reach out to others and how look after yourself.
As my company name Drawn From Experience, would suggest, I weave my own story through out.
STRESSED spelt backwards is DESSERTS
Some Sweet Ideas on How To Bring Some Calm into Your Life
Harvard researchers have found that 75 – 90% of visits to the doctor are caused by stress. In the old days stress was vital for fending off a sabre tooth tiger or an invading tribe. It literally helped us ‘fight or flight’. In modern day society a little stress helps us stay focused, do a good job and to turn up, but sadly we’re currently more stressed than ever and too much stress can become harmful. We can’t stop relationship, work, financial or emotional stress-ors but we can certainly change how we respond and deal with those triggers.
This is an inspiring, research/evidence based talk put together with the help of clinical psychologist Dr Michael Player on how we can create more calm within our busy lives.
QUIET the MIND
If Your Soul Aches Take a Moment
I’ve never been to an ashram, I don’t know the chakras, I can’t sit in the yogi position on the floor, I don’t know the meaning to life but what I do know is that when I practice meditation my life is so much better. Meditation is one of the greatest ways we can give our over worked grey matter bit of a buffer from everyday life. Meditation doesn’t solve the worlds problems but it can certainly help decrease stress, lower blood pressure, improve sleep, ease pain, improve metabolism. Not only that but it can make us calmer, happier, feel more engaged, more productive and it helps us be more present.
This is a no nonsense, non cosmic, easy to understand guide which is accompanied with stunning visuals.
If you were to see a psychologist or a Buddhist monk complaining of a busy mind there is a fair chance that they world recommend you look into mindfulness.
There are many misconceptions about what this is and in a nut shell it’s simply about paying attention to where you are, what you’re doing, how you’re feeling and what you’re thinking. It’s about observing situations, thoughts, feelings etc without engaging, chasing, changing or fighting them. So much of how we see life is driven by how we feel, how we think and how we react. Mindfulness allows us to step out of the stats quo and see things for what they are.
Capturing Mindfulness is a lateral, creative approach to being NOW HERE as opposed to being NOWHERE.
The ALPHABET of the HUMAN HEART
The A to Zen of Life
Based on the book The Alphabet of the Human Heart by myself and James Kerr.
A is for Adventure. B is for Balance. C is for Compassion. D is for Daring and so forth.
This uplifting talk is all about how we can get the most out of life while discovering who we are and what our core purpose is.