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Being kind is good for you. It's good for your emotional well being. It makes you feel good and it lifts your energy. 

It's also necessary for optimum well being. 

In her book 'Thrive' Arianna Huffington explains that giving and contributing selflesssly to others gets us away from the everyday minutiae of life and that to 'keep our inner world strong it's essential that we reach out to our outer world through compasssion and giving." As she so eloquently puts it " because however successful we are, when we go out in the world to get things, when we strive to achieve a goal, we are operating from a perceived deficit, focused on what we don't have and are trying to obtain- until the goal is achieved. And then we go after the next goal. But when we give however little or much we have we are tapping into our sense of abundance and overflow".

And that encapsulates an important key to optimum wellness- feeling abundant.

Tony Robbins, the world's most renowned motivational speaker, also spea...

Prior to becoming a mum I'd been warned about the lack of sleep, the increased expense and the lack of time that becoming a mum would bring. 

What I didn't know was that as Mum you absorb the emotions of your kids. When they are happy, your happiness levels go up exponentially. When they are sad, frustrated or emotional you also feel that 1000 times over.

It feels like you are always putting out fires, helping your kids with an issue, trying to help them deal with disappointments, mean kids or academic pressures. There is a lot expected of kids these days and it raises the bar on what is expected from the whole family. Your home is a safe place so kids are likely to bottle up their feelings and let them explode later on when they are with you at home. 

That is a lot to deal with as a parent. Relentless. 

To be the glue that holds everything together is a big responsibility.

I know how hard it is and I see how the relentlessness of parenting affects myself, my friends and my client...

This post originally appeared in the Family Doctors Plus website 

To live a calmer and happier life it is essential to control our stress levels.

 

Many mums these days feel stressed; they are rushing from one thing to the next, juggling many roles, multitasking. This stress manifests itself in many different ways such as waking up tired day after day, carrying excess weight, pain , depression, anxiety, mood swings, sugar cravings and illness. Research also tells us that stress is responsible for 80 per cent of disease and illness. 

 

 Here are 3 ways to manage stress better:

 

1. Find a balance 

 

Stress occurs when we haven't taken the time to slow down to rest and restore. In nature, everything exists in balance; dark and light, night and day, summer and winter, hot and cold, earth and sea, expansion and contraction.

 

So how can you find your own balance if you are rushing all the time, looking after everybody else and on the go?

 

-Take some time to slow down during the day, to take some deep...

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