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Superfoods for your skin and body
Skincare What you need and what you probably donâ€™t
Motherhood 10 tips to surviving motherhood
Fitness Getting back into it after a break
Reviews Great books to curl up with
Horoscopes your stars for Autumn
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SUPERFOODS FOR YOUR SKIN AND BODY Why let your tummy have all the fun? Use superfoods as beauty aids
E all know the benefits of eating superfoods, but nutritionist Fiona Tuck explains how we can sneak them into our regular skincare and beauty routines for glowing health inside out.
Benefits: Manuka honeyâ€™s health claims range from antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. Itâ€™s also often used to assist wound healing due to its high sugar, high acidic content and low water content. Use: When it comes bites, blemishes and cold sores, apply a small amount of manuka honey to the inflamed lesion and leave overnight. For acne, mix in the juice of half a lemon with a teaspoon of warm honey and apply to the entire face as a 10-minute antibacterial soothing face mask.
Apple cider vinegar
Benefits: Apple cider vinegar is a wonderful natural health remedy to assist with digestion and cleansing the body. It can be taken in water or added to salad dressings. It is also a wonderful skin and hair tonic.
Use: Apple cider vinegar is a good remedy to remove product residue build up in the hair such as gels, sprays and serums. It also works as a natural hair detangler. Try a hair rinse consisting of 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons cold water. Pour over the hair after shampooing. Comb through and then rinse off with tepid water. Your hair will feel silky soft and look ultra-shiny.
Benefits: The on-trend oil reportedly assists conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes, thyroid, brain function and even dementia. It also possesses antibacterial and antiviral properties making it wonderful for detoxification and traditional therapies such as oil pulling. Use: Coconut oil can be used as a body moisturiser, mouthwash and warm oil treatment for the hair and the feet. When it comes to feet, massage half a tablespoon of warm coconut oil onto each foot for an antiviral, nourishing foot treatment.
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DIY BEAUTY Facial recipes could prove fruitful
ere’s five beauty-food stars and their facial recipes for glowing skin and natural beauty. Please note: Test recipes on the back of your hand or bottom of your foot first to make sure it is not going to be irritating for your skin. Apply carefully and avoid the eyes.
Mandarins are coming into season and with them bring an abundance of skin benefits. Chow down on the citrus regularly plus apply the juice topically to protect the skin from harsh UV rays. Its antibacterial properties also reduce the sign of ageing by smoothing out wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes.
powerhouse? Containing three major antioxidants - vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols – applied topically, this liquid gem helps restore skin smoothness, protects against UV rays and provides maximum hydration by penetrating deep into
Olive oil facial exfoliator
Ingredients Half a banana 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 tablespoon raw sugar Method Mash banana. Add olive oil, raw sugar and mix well. Gently massage on face and neck and let sit for two minutes. Avoid contact with eyes. Rinse with warm water.
This kitchen staple is known for being one of the healthiest cooking oils, but did you know it’s also a beauty ingredient
Smashed avocado may be the trendiest brunch item on the modern day menu, but the star of the plate is also a saviour for dry skin. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats, vitamin B and potassium which is important for heart health when consumed, but also helps moisturise the skin when applied topically.
Avocado moisturising facemask
Ingredients 1 avocado 1 egg white 2 tablespoons of quick oats 1 teaspoon lemon juice Method Mix together avocado, egg white, quick oats, and lemon juice. Gently massage on face avoiding eyes and let sit for 8-10 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
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BLENDING INDOOR & OUTDOOR LIVING H
aving an outdoor living area opens up the possibilities for entertaining and how you enjoy your home. To encourage people to make the most of their outdoor living spaces, contemporary architects are looking for ways to blur the boundaries between inside and out, bringing elements of the outdoors in and vice versa to facilitate an everyday connection with nature. Get a primer on how to blend indoor and outdoor living so you too can enjoy nature to the max this summer. Designate a space A patch of grass might do for a picnic lunch in your backyard but to really make the most of outdoor living, define the area by building a deck or patio. Make the transition between your indoor and your outdoor living spaces seamless by attaching your deck or patio to the house. If possible, try to keep the floor of your outdoor living space level with your indoor floor so you can effortlessly move between the areas. Keep your outdoor area useable year round with protective shade. Down with the wall To make your outdoor living space ‘flow’ into the rest of your home, completely or partially replace a solid wall with hinged, folding, or sliding glass doors to blend the two areas. Even when closed, glass doors let in plenty of natural light and provide a
great view of your backyard. When opened, they allow you to connect to nature without even leaving your home. Repetition, repetition Unify your two living spaces by carrying a single design scheme through both. Pave a patio with tiles in the same hue as your interior flooring, or build a deck with the same colour timber as one you have used inside. Match metal finishes on your indoor and outdoor furniture or look for outdoor furniture made from weather-friendly fabric to echo the upholstery of your interior pieces. Let’s get botanical Outdoor living areas wouldn’t be quite so welcoming and relaxing without some greenery. A well-landscaped yard will feel like a lush oasis. Introducing plants inside your home will bridge your interiors to nature and up your indoor air quality. All the trimmings Up the ante of how you use your outdoor space by introducing features traditionally found indoors. Ambient lighting will set the mood for any outdoor entertaining you do and let you enjoy your space well into the light. Talk to a friendly team member at an Andersens showroom for more help with marrying your indoor and outdoor spaces.
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MUST-HAVE SKINCARE PRODUCTS A dermatologist explains what you really need and what you probably don’t REBECCA SULLIVAN Be smart and selective.
aking care of our skin doesn’t need to be complicated. We asked dermatologist Dr Michelle Hunt, a fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists, to answer the most common question women ask about skincare: Do I really need this in my routine? Do I really need… sunscreen? Answer: Yes “The effects of UV exposure are cumulative, so wearing a sunscreen every day helps to minimise your exposure and hence risk of skin cancers and sun damage,” Dr Hunt said. There are two types of UV rays. UVA causes premature ageing and UVB causes sunburn and skin cancers. “UVA rays can also penetrate through clouds and glass. While UVB is the main cause of sunburn and affects the upper layers of the skin, UVA penetrates more deeply. “Both suppress immune function and play a role in development of skin cancer,” she said. If you’re shopping for a sunscreen, Dr Hunt recommends you look for one that is “broad spectrum” – meaning it offers UVA and UVB protection, water resistant and SPF 50 plus. Do I really need… retinol? Answer: Yes, but not if you’re in your early or mid-20s. Retinol, or vitamin A, is a powerhouse anti-ageing ingredient. Often used in acne treatments, it promotes cell renewal and stimulates collagen production, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also partially reverse skin changes induced by sun exposure. But retinols are quite powerful and not everyone needs to use them. So when should you start? “Probably in our late 20s to 30s when cellular turnover declines, and fine lines and wrinkles start to appear,” Dr Hunt said.
“The only people who shouldn’t use retinol are those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.” Do I really need… eye cream? Answer: Probably. The delicate skin under the eyes is much thinner, more sensitive, and quicker to show age and fatigue than the rest of the face. It’s more prone to redness and inflammation, fine lines and puffiness. But Dr Hunt says there’s disagreement in the cosmetic industry about the need for a specific product under the eyes. “Many eye creams are specifically formulated for the delicate eye skin, so they tend to be less irritant and fragrance-free. Some have active ingredients to target problems specific to the eye area, such as dark circles, puffiness and fine lines,” she said. “However, if you don’t have any of these issues, you may be able to use a simple facial moisturiser formulated for sensitive skin.” Do I really need… an exfoliator? Answer: Yes, but don’t go overboard. There are two types of exfoliators but both do the same thing – removing dead skin cells. “A physical exfoliant – think standard face scrub – utilises small grains or granules such as ground walnut shells, sugar, clay, coffee or a sponge or brush to manually remove skin debris,” Dr Hunt said. “Chemical exfoliants remove dead skin cells by using gentle acids such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs such as glycolic or lactic acid) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs such as salycilyc acid) to “unglue” them, making way for new cell turnover,” she said. So how often should we be using an exfoliator? “Once or twice a week is generally enough,” Dr Hunt said.
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WHAT I KNOW NOW Breaking down painful breakdowns
separation can have implications for years to come. 5. Carrying anger, bitterness and grief beyond a reasonable period of transition and healing can make you emotionally and physically sick and compromise your parenting. 6. There is an abundance of research that proves that it’s not your parents separating that causes you damage as a child – it’s being exposed to parental conflict and all that goes with that. 7. You need to learn a new way to communicate after separation, a way of drawing boundaries, exhibiting respect and supporting each other – it’s hard to do and takes time. 8. The best thing that extended family members can do is strive for that balance between support and not aligning with them against a former spouse. 9. The truly admirable, respected and effective family law practitioners have a capacity to practice compassion with a vulnerable client, they have the ability to advocate and create an environment in negotiation which is conducive to quickly getting the agreement that your client needs, and they have the trust of their colleagues – that brings power to negotiation.
hen I started university, like every 17-year-old, I thought I had life worked out – it was all black and white. Seventeen years into my legal practice I can say that life and legal practice have distinctly grey areas and especially so for those experiencing separation and family breakdown. What has stayed the same is my desire, passion and energy for those magic moments where my knowledge and understanding of the post-separation legal environment can tangibly make one of my clients feel stronger and more positive. Things such as: 1. In most instances, relationship breakdown comes down to a couple who stopped connecting, communicating and striving to understand each other. 2. We love our kids and it’s really hard to be told that you’re not going to be able to be with them every day. The response is normally grief, and that takes time to work through. 3. Two loving parents can have two very different, and very genuine, views as to what is best for their kids and how they spend their time. 4. The damage that we do to each other prior to, or around
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10 TIPS TO SURVIVE BEING A MUM Sometimes you just need to be selfish LAURELL BARRY
ROM the moment those two pink lines become visible on the pregnancy test, life changes dramatically. It’s not only about you anymore. However sometimes a little selfishness in the form of self-care can help us to be better mothers and partners. 1. Don’t rush to resume your previous life Realise that things are going to be different for a while and live in the now. Don’t dwell on the past or worry too much about the future. 2. Get enough sleep The sleep routine you had pre-baby is probably going to go right out the window with middle-of-the-night feeds, especially if you have an unsettled baby. Schedule your sleep around your baby’s routine. Who cares if you go back to sleep until 10am after the morning feed? Also rest when your baby is sleeping. Don’t rush to get everything done in that time. 3. Eat well and stay hydrated You wouldn’t let your baby starve so don’t skip meals yourself. Organise healthy pre-prepared snacks to graze on while you’re feeding your baby. Yoghurt, oats, fresh fruit and vegies, sliced meats, nuts and cheeses are all quick, easy and nutritious options. Don’t forget your water intake as well especially if you’re breast feeding. 4. Exercise Get some fresh air, even if it’s strapping bub into the pram and walking through the park. It will help clear your mind and get you
outside. 5. Wear comfortable clothing Buy yourself some fresh post-partum outfits that fit properly and make you feel fresh and trendy. Mix-and-match separates work well and either top or bottom can be quickly changed if life’s little accidents happen on top of you. 6. Join a support group It may help to share and hear other mothers’ stories of success and failure. Don’t give up if the first group is not your fit. 7. Treat yourself Whether it is a coffee with a friend, a bunch of flowers or some new hair ties. Something small here and there brightens the spirit. 8. Schedule your appointments Make time for doctors, health nurse, beauty, nail, hair and chiropractic appointments. Leave extra time so you’re not rushed. 9. Have a routine A fairly structured routine is the key to success of modern mothering. Being organised and ready can help you predict outcomes for your child’s success and progress. 10. Enjoy your family Learn to stop and smell the roses by celebrating milestones and successes with family and friends. Compliment yourself and your partner for the little things. Often we forget about the joy of motherhood by trying to balance everything and to be everything to everyone.
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How to keep your hair in tip-top condition between hair appointments LEAH GOULIS
ou may find you don’t need to visit the salon as often as you thought! Over-washing ... it’s a thing We mean well when we wash our hair often, but did you know washing your hair too often can actually dry it out and strip it of all the nutrients your locks need? Try to keep your washing days to no more than twice a week. The natural oil in your hair will help it stay nourished and hydrated. Pat your hair dry Vigorously drying your hair with a towel can lead to an increase in breakages and split ends. Instead of roughing up your hair for a quick dry, gently pat it dry. Go the natural look Relying on a straightening iron – and even a hot blowdryer – every time you want to style up is doing more damage to your locks than you think. Not only are you drying out your hair, you could also be burning strands without knowing it. Get your weekly protein fix When you find some downtime, try using the time to sit and relax with a treatment in your hair. Hairdressers swear by protein
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treatments to keep the hair hydrated and full of all the nutrients your locks need for that enviable shine and strength. You can find treatments or masks that take no longer than 20 minutes – and if you’re lucky – can be done quickly in the shower. Bonus! Use a shampoo that’s right for you If your colour fades away far too quickly between visits to the salon, take a look at the shampoo you’re using. It’s a good idea to stick with sulfate-free or colour-friendly shampoos to keep that colour locked in. Sulfate-free shampoo also helps with frizz and preserves the locks of those who have a keratin treatment Covering greys Don’t underestimate the power of a headband or cap when your roots or stubborn greys are desperate to make themselves known. If you’re not a head accessory type, try brushing your hair in a backwards motion to help disguise what’s lurking at the top.
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THE PATH TO FITNESS Getting back into exercise after a break LAURA GREAVES
length of and reason for the break. “As an example, a new mum with a strong fitness background who had a natural birth with no complications could start light exercise, such as walking and core-based exercises, within two weeks,” Cameron said. “But a mum who had a C-section with complications and has a limited fitness background could be looking at a minimum of 12 weeks to return to exercise.” He recommends seeing a fitness professional for an individual assessment to determine the best timing, type, quantity and intensity of exercise. Mum’s the word Proceeding with caution is especially crucial when pregnancy and childbirth were the reasons for the break. “After childbirth, the body has gone through significant stress and trauma, so starting slowly is important. A new mum is experiencing more mental stress from being responsible for and looking after a new baby and more physical stress from breast feeding and recovering from birth, all on reduced quality and quantity of sleep,” Cameron said. “These all combine to have a large impact on her recovery abilities.” Also bear in mind that relaxin – the hormone that relaxes the muscles, joints and ligaments, especially around the pelvis – can remain in a woman’s body for up to 12 months after giving birth, increasing the risk of injury during exercise.
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VEN the most dedicated of gym bunnies is likely to take an extended break from exercise at some point. Whether it’s a planned hiatus, such as during pregnancy and the postpartum period, or an unexpected layoff caused by injury or loss of ‘mojo’, the prospect of getting back into it can seem like a Herculean task. What is the right way to make exercise an integral part of your life again? Easy does it Taking a slow and steady approach is generally the best bet, says Cameron Corish, a Brisbane personal trainer who specialises in working with new mums. “Easing back in is definitely a better option for the body. Progressive build-up is less stressful on the weakest parts of the body, such as tendons and ligaments, which take longer to recover than muscles,” he said. “Doing too much too quickly puts the body into shock and stress. An example of this is delayed onset muscle soreness that’s so bad you can hardly move or persists more than a day or two.” Even if you were super-fit before your hiatus, trying to pick up where you left off is unlikely to do you any favours. While the ‘phasing in’ period may be shorter if you had good base fitness before taking time out, you still need to take into account the
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And breastfeeding mums will have larger breasts, so hurtling straight into daily zumba classes may be quite uncomfortable. For new mums, Cameron recommends a program focusing on the pelvic floor, transverse abdominals and the lower abdominal muscles, which are important for postural and spinal stability. What about the kids? Sometimes taking it slowly isn’t just a preference, it’s a necessity. For many women, especially new mums, there aren’t enough hours in the day to go from zero exercise to several fitness classes or long workout sessions per week. If time is an issue, consider joining a gym with a crèche or sign up for the growing number of fitness classes happy to have kids in attendance. “When we think about the barriers to exercise, we need to consider the organisation involved in finding care for the kids with a family member or friend, or paying for childcare within the gym and potentially leaving your children where you can’t see them with someone you don’t know,” says Alicia Stephenson, founder of Active Playgroup, Melbourne, which offers child-friendly fitness classes for mums. “Exercising while the kids are nearby largely addresses issues of separation anxiety and general anxiety concerning mother and child. It also allows for easier organisation of a mum’s busy day.” Better, faster, stronger Maintaining motivation is another good reason for taking baby steps back into exercise. “Some people do well throwing themselves at an exercise program but they tend to be the minority,” Cameron said. “Behavioural research suggests a progressive approach is more successful for lasting, long-term change. I know from experience that, if a client is injured when they are re-starting the exercise habit, they rarely return.”
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Sydney PR exec Dani Lombard credits her relaxed approach to getting back into exercise after the birth of her now two-year-old daughter with helping her regain fitness. “I was training for my second marathon when I fell pregnant and was frequently running 30–40km per week. I had every intention of continuing to run during pregnancy and immediately after but it wasn't to be. Morning sickness made me feel less like running than anything on Earth,” she said. “Post-pregnancy, I thought I'd be right back into it but my core had other ideas – it was shot – and I literally couldn't find a running bra big enough for my breastfeeding boobs.” When her daughter was nine months old, Dani started seeing a specialist postnatal personal trainer twice a week. She has since run two half marathons, competed in two ocean swims and and now does two to three weekly strength training sessions. “I really thought I’d never feel strong enough to do what I used to do before but I’m stronger than ever,” she said.
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JUST WHAT WE ALWAYS HOPED Coffee is good for our hearts, now it may help our brains, too MIRANDA LARB
Drink up, your brain will thank you.
Not only is it good for your heart, a morning brew can reduce the risk of dementia, too. Coffee has long been believed to have certain health benefits. Last year it was found that drinking three cups of the stuff was good for your heart. And now, scientists claim, it’s also good for your brain, The Sun reports. A new study by experts from the Krembil Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, has found that your morning cup of joe may help to protect you from both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. “Coffee consumption does seem to have some correlation to a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease,” said Dr Donald Weaver, co-director of the Krembil Brain Institute. “But we wanted to investigate why that is – which compounds are involved and how they may impact age-related cognitive decline.”
Decaf drinkers benefit, too
Interestingly, however, it isn’t the caffeine that’s to thank. Scientists found that both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees held similar beneficial properties. The team investigated three types of coffee: light roast, dark roast and decaffeinated dark roast. “The caffeinated and decaffeinated dark roast both had identical
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potencies in our initial experimental tests,” research team member Dr Ross Mancini said. “So we observed early on that its protective effect could not be due to caffeine.” Dr Mancini then identified a group of compounds known as phenylindanes, which are a product of the roasting process. They were found to inhibit the two protein fragments that are common in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s from clumping together. “It’s the first time anybody’s investigated how phenylindanes interact with the proteins that are responsible for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,” Dr Mancini said. “The next step would be to investigate how beneficial these compounds are, and whether they have the ability to enter the bloodstream, or cross the blood-brain barrier.”
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The best thing, the scientists said, was that these are naturally occurring chemicals. “Mother Nature is a much better chemist than we are and Mother Nature is able to make these compounds. If you have a complicated compound, it’s nicer to grow it in a crop, harvest the crop, grind the crop out and extract it than try to make it,” Dr Weaver said. But before any talk of alternative treatments is tabled, more research needs to be done. “It’s interesting but are we suggesting that coffee is a cure? Absolutely not.”
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BALADI AUTHOR: Joudie Kalla PUBLISHER: Murdoch Books RRP: $49.99 REVIEWER: Mary Ann Elliott BROADLY translated, Baladi means “my home, my land, my country”. To Joudie Kalla, Palestine is all of these things, not just in a geographical sense, but also
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adapted reluctantly to her place in the global limelight and life in the White House. In her book, Michelle Obama recalls her childhood and what it was like to be the only black woman in the halls at Princeton; then working as a high-powered corporate lawyer when a law student, Barack Obama, appeared in her office and upended all her carefully laid plans. As First Lady she established herself as a powerful advocate for women around the world while bringing up two daughters.
with a deeper meaning in her life and family. For hundreds of years, Palestinians have focused on keeping their traditions alive through music, art and literature, and food. A huge influx of different cultures has resulted in diverse and vibrant foods, including Jordanian, Lebanese, Egyptian and most importantly, Syrian cuisine. Baladi features sensational recipes from the various regions and the book is sumptuously illustrated.
re-runs of her favourite TV show, Beauchamp Hall, an English period drama. A strange discovery is the catalyst for her decision to travel to the picturesque English village where the series is being filmed. Signing up as an extra, Winnie meets the cast. Behind the intrigue being played out on the set, there is even greater drama and scandal. Steels’s narrative is not as smooth or believable as some of her earlier stories, but still manages to hold the interest.
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RUSTIC CHARM Consider fresh style as the cooler months loom Thinking winter? Think country style.
ountry style interiors conjure up tradition and old-fashioned comfort, perfect as we head into the cooler months. Think of a roaring fireplace, a deep armchair to sink into, soft rugs and earthy warm colours and you’ve pictured yourself the classic charm of country living. While contemporary country style still heaps on the comfort, this modern version tends to keep it simple, rather than overpowering and busy, allowing for space and clean lines. The weather is warmer compared to other regions that embrace country style interiors, plus we tend to mix it up, adding pieces collected from our travels with our own Australiana vintage pieces. What doesn’t change, however, is the emphasis on raw materials that are the hallmark of country style. Those materials include timber, exposed bricks or stone, plus cosy country fabrics such as fur, leather, wool and linen.
Hero items of the country home If you’re lucky enough to have an open fire or a wood-burning heater, then that will automatically create a focus in the home, especially in the cooler months. Other iconic country-style pieces would include any exposed wooden bench spaces, hand-turned timber dining chairs, plus an overstuffed, deep and sublimely comfortable sofa or armchairs. For the down-to earth bathroom, nothing beats the humble claw-foot bath to soak away your cares. The heart of the country home The kitchen is the true heart of any country home. Ideally a country kitchen would feature hand-finished cabinetry in either a colonial or shaker style and a timber kitchen island. A large and central kitchen table is also typical, creating the perfect gathering space for the family and friends that often doubles up as a warm and welcoming workspace for children.
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FRESH FEELING IS BEST Sure-fire ways to feel good and look great
ike the years before it, 2019 is going by in a blur. Anyone else feeling and looking frazzled and as though they’ve aged 10 years in a few months? Here are some expert tips for looking and feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
PUT MAGNESIUM ON THE MENU
Magnesium AKA “The Great Relaxer” is an essential mineral that nourishes and supports the nervous system, improves your ability to cope with stress and promotes relaxation. “Many people are deficient in magnesium due to soil depletion, processed foods, increased requirements and poor absorption,” says Cabot Health nutritionist Louise Belle. Add more magnesium-rich food sources to your diet, including pumpkin seeds, leafy greens, dark chocolate, quinoa, brown rice, cashews, almonds, oats and legumes.
EMBRACE ESSENTIAL OILS
The healing and relaxing power of pure essential oils can’t be overestimated, says intuitive reiki practitioner and founder of Yoka Heart Balms Karen Grant. “When you’re feeling fatigued or overwhelmed, look for calming and grounding oils including frankincense, lavender, geranium and wild orange.” Try Yoka Heart Calm Balm, $22, yokaheart.com.au, which is the perfect portable de-stressing tool.
REJUVENATE WITH REIKI
Derived from the Japanese words rei (meaning universal life) and ki (meaning energy), reiki channels universal energy in order to remind the body of its own healing capabilities. “Studies are increasingly showing that reiki can reduce depression and anxiety and improve mood and general wellbeing,” says Grant. “During a treatment, the practitioner will lightly place their hands on specific points on the body to encourage a freeing up of any energetic blockages in the body.”
HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON
“Sleep deprivation leads to poor food choices, which can impact your wellness, your weight and your general glow,” says nutritionist Zoe Bingley-Pullen.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO EAT FATS
Our brains and our entire body need fats to function optimally and without healthy fats, there’s no way you can have supple, well-hydrated skin. “Look for more omega 3 fats,” says nutritionist Karina Francois. “They are found in fatty fish, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, avocado and walnuts. Omega 3 fats help provide energy, balance blood sugars and help burn fat!”
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Complete just one thing:
When your mind is racing, it’s often impossible to prioritise – adding to that overwhelming sense of chaos. To combat this, make a “to-do list” and banish one item (no matter how small). Need to call the bank, mow the lawn or go grocery shopping? Then pick a task and do it. Once completed, put a line through it and move on. Your list is getting shorter and your mind is better focused because it’s not trying to juggle 20 items at once. Small victories lead to bigger tasks being completed.
Don’t be frightened to ask for help:
When all else fails, make a list
ur lives are charging along at a mile a minute and juggling family life, a career and good health is an exhausting process. So, if you’re think it’s becoming all too much, here is some helpful advice to clear the mind clutter and get you back on track.
Often when we become overwhelmed, it’s because we struggle tackling too many tasks all alone. Maybe we don’t want to ask for help because it indicates weakness or creates a sense that we’re not good at our job – whatever the reason, put that hand up if you’re drowning. At work, at home, within your circle of friends – there is always someone who will be prepared to ease your burden if they see you stressed and struggling. Think of it as a temporary “reboot” to get you back on track. Who knows – you might be able to repay the favour when you get your own house in order.
Always plan ahead:
I know it’s hard – especially when your brain is cooked from trying to complete all the day’s errands, but making that list is a great way to increase your sense of control and add some direction for the coming week. Ignore what’s happened in the past and you can hit the road running with renewed energy and focus because you know how you’re going to face the challenges ahead.
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June 23 – July 23 YOU will enjoy a romantic time throughout autumn, when you can spend up big, whether it is on a brand-new wardrobe or just finding time to enjoy the good things that life has to offer. Put those dancing shoes back on and get your groove back.
July 24 – Aug 23 PUSSY cat, where have you been? Certainly, you need some “me time”. It is high time you dragged yourself out of the summer heat and be indulged – think spa holiday or a day trip out with an unlimited shopping budget. I mean, a girl must look good, right?
Aug 24 – Sept 24 THERE is nothing more exciting than a Virgo when they are feeling confident and you have confidence to spare this month. You have great karma around you, which has been a long time coming. It could be a case of out with the old, relish the new.
AUTUMN STARS Pisces
Feb 20 – Mar 20 WHAT a lovely autumn ahead, Pisces, you will spend many days this month wondering where your future may lie. Perhaps you need to consider following your heart, it has never led you astray. Throw caution to the wind and set sail – destiny awaits.
Sept 24 – Oct 23 THERE is no time like the present to get yourself back in balance – Librans don’t like to feel that their life is not panning out evenly. It is up to you to take up new challenges in your life, perhaps a new hobby or career change.
Oct 24 – Nov 22 HOW do you feel about living dangerously? All Scorpios love the thrill of experiences, whether it be sky-diving or scuba diving. When a Scorpio gets a brilliant idea, it is only a very strong person who can change their mind. Enjoy the flight.
Mar 21 – Apr 20 NO ONE could ever accuse Aries of being boring when it comes to fun or when it’s time to jump on the party bandwagon. You are the party animal of the zodiac but you might find out how much stamina you really have – can you really manage an all-nighter?
Apr 21 – May 21 STUBBORN as always, you cannot force a bull to do anything when they set their mind to it. March is a month of being able to kick back and relax a little – it could be time to consider taking a much-needed break or plan a holiday away with someone special.
Nov 23 – Dec 21 YOU have never felt better in your life – the world turns favourably for you at present, so any special projects undertaken will work out well for you. If starting a new area in your career prepare to be blown away by the support you receive from others.
Dec 22 – Jan 20 HAVE you felt the urge to change your appearance? Now will be the time. Invest in changing your hair and make-up, it’s surprising how great a makeover can make you feel. You might just attract attention from someone who is too shy to make the first move.
May 22 – June 22 WHAT a difference a couple of months can make. It seems you are forging ahead with such bravado that others might tremble with fear. If you have hit a snag in your career, it may be time to throw caution to the wind – you won’t succeed if you don’t dream big.
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Jan 21 – Feb 19 IS THERE any star sign that is positively glowing at present? Aquarius, with so many people demanding your attention, it figures that if feeling stretched it is a matter of getting to people who matter. Don’t waste time letting negative people in your life.
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