Yearly Archive 2018

ByGabby

Sister Circle

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform (Diane ::)

Join us for an afternoon of connection, reflection and fun as women, supporting women. We will come together in a safe space to discuss the power of a positive mindset, personal development and the importance of a self-care regime.
If you are a mother, daughter, sister, girlfriend, wife or identify as any of these titles and are looking for a sisterhood or tribe then this event is for you!

This is a child free event however, breastfeeding babies are welcome

Sacred Keys

3/113 Miller Street, Epping

Saturday 24th, November, 2018

3pm-5pm

For tickets go to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sister-circle-tickets-51999316355

ByGabby

Exam stress

A Parents’ Guide to Exam Stress

 

 

Tips to help your teenager through exam time

 

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. It occurs in response to situations that may be difficult to handle.

Exam time is a stressful time in many teenagers’ lives. It is pretty common for teens to feel overwhelmed and under pressure.

Exam stress may occur in the days or weeks before or during an assessment or a big test. The student may feel unprepared, or they may feel some pressure amongst their peers or they may have a feeling of just not being able to cope.

 

As a parent it may be difficult at times to understand their behaviours, but understand that this is usually a passing phase and your teenager will usually be back to their normal selves in no time.

Look out for any behavioural changes as being more moody or snappy than usual, being more nervous than usual, disturbed sleep, eating more (comfort foods) or crying for no apparent reason.

It’s a good idea to try to reduce or prevent any added stress or drama in the house and be very mindful of any changes in their thinking patterns such as negative talk. Things like “I’m gonna fail”, “I can’t cope”, “I’m over it”.

Here are four handy tips to help your teenager through this time.

  1. EAT HEALTHY FOOD

Aim to eat a balance diet rich in fruits and vegetables for that extra boost of antioxidants to keep your teen in optimal health.

  1. GET ENOUGH ZZZZZS

Set a nightly routine. Your teenager needs approximately 10 hours of sleep a night. Not getting enough sleep may cause irritability and stress in teenagers.

  1. GET MOVING

Exercise helps burn cortisol which is the stress hormone. Going for a brisk walk or even some light stretching can help your teenager relax.

  1. SPEND SOME TIME TOGETHER

Letting your teenager know that you are there for them when they are feeling overwhelmed can make all the difference. Positive relationships are the building blocks of good mental health. Set aside some time to devote to your stressed teen.

Try to stay connected with your teenager in these challenging times. Their final exams can be very consuming and exhausting for them, mentally, emotionally and physically.

If your teenagers stress stays with them after exam time is over, or you find their levels of enjoyment drops and they are not quite themselves then it may be a good idea to consult with your GP, a counselor or a good youth mentor.

Otherwise try to enjoy this time and remember it’s not about us as parents at this time, it’s about them.

 

 

ByGabby

10 tips to getting a “Sun-Kissed Glow” this Spring

 

As spring approaches, it time to get prepped for a healthy springtime glow. Here’s a few tips to help you get your ‘sun-kissed’ glow on.

 

  1. The first step to a ‘Sun-Kissed Glow’ is to start making your skincare regime a habit!
  • Cleanse your skin morning and night. Morning cleansing removes any toxins the skin eliminates during the night, it also helps to prepare your skin for makeup. In the evening it’s important to remove all makeup and dirt from your face (no matter how late you get in). Cleansing  removes impurities, excess oil and dead skin cells that build up on your skin.
  • The next step is to use a toner, this will help restore your skins natural pH balance as well as helping to close the pores and tighten cell gaps after cleansing.
  • Always use a moisturiser, it helps to hydrate your skin, prevent flaking and dullness. A moisturiser provides a protective layer over your skin that lasts all day. You should never skip this step, even if you have oily skin.
  1. Now that your skin is cleaned and prepped the next step to glowing skin is to use a tinted moisturiser, CC crème or light foundation, just enough to even out your skin tone. These foundations are light weight and leaves the skin radiant with a translucent finish. Avoid heavy foundations and concealers, these stop your natural glow from shining through.
  2. Use a peachy pink shade of blusher on the apple of your cheek, don’t over-do it, you are aiming for rosy sun kissed cheeks.
  3. Bronzer can make or break this look. Add a light layer of bronzer, a shade or two darker than your natural skin colour. Apply it across your forehead, under your cheekbone and along your jawbone, in a similar pattern to the number 3.
  4. You don’t have to give up the eyeshadow because its spring, just put away the dark matt eyeshadows and replace them with lighter shimmery or metallic tones. Rose gold and silver are a must this spring for your night-time makeup.
  5. Throw out the lipliner and bold, bright colours.  Lips this season are like our skin, dewy and rosy. Like our metallic eyeshadow, rosy lips with a gold hue is all the rage. The finish is sheer and can be worn during the day or night.
  6. Don’t forget the highlighter, this is essential for achieving your sun-kissed glow, but never overdo it, apply to your fingertips and ‘tap’ it along the top of the cheekbone for a natural glow.
  7. No matter the season, never leave home without a good coating of quality mascara on our lashes. Mascara is like the frame around the photo, it finishes the picture perfectly.
  8. Winter weather can be tough on our hair, make sure you schedule an appointment with your hairdresser to cut or trim the dry, dead ends, don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’re going to lose a lot of length. By getting a trim you are saying goodbye to split ends and hello to beautiful healthy hair.
  9. Springtime brings humidity which causes havoc with our hair, to tame the frizz, spray hairspray onto a tissue and wipe the tissue over the ‘flyaway’ hairs, frizzy hair is now tamed!

What are your tips to achieving a ‘sun-kissed’ glow?

 

 

ByGabby

Can Mindfulness Cure Bullying

 

 

Can Mindfulness Cure Bullying?

 

 

When does teasing or ‘stirring the pot’ become bullying? Is there a difference between being unkind or nasty to someone and bullying them? Does a bully realise they are bullying?

 

So, what exactly is bullying? The national definition of bullying for Australian schools says: “Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm.  It can involve an individual or group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online and it can be obvious or hidden.”

 

“Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.”

 

According to statistics from The Annual Bullying Survey 2014, 45% of young people experience bullying before the age of 18, 26% of those bullied have experienced bullying on a daily basis.

 

Most schools say they have a zero tolerance to bullying, yet it’s still going on. In the schools’ defence it is difficult to monitor/police bullying when it’s happening outside of school hours or online.

 

Bullying effects everyone – those that are being bullied, those that witness the bullying and the bully themselves. For the victim and by-stander it can cause sleep problems, feelings of sadness and alienation, increased health problems which can lead to more serious issues of depression and anxiety.

 

In most cases the bully is driven by their fear of being different, they suffer from low self-esteem, a lack of empathy and in most cases a past experience as a victim of bullying.

 

Mindfulness can stop the vicious circle of the victim becoming the bully, it helps get to the core of the problem, helping the perpetrator to recognise their behaviour and why they are doing it.

 

By focusing on the bully and their behaviour we are actually giving them more power, we need to shift our focus from punishing the bully onto how we can build resilience and inner strength in ALL students, yes even that of the bully.

 

Mindfulness and meditation decreases the impact of bullying.  When a bully sees that their behaviour is no longer having an effect on the intended victim, they often cease the bullying behaviour.

 

Mindfulness has been shown to reduce the severity of depression and anxiety in children, it helps to build resilience and self-regulate emotions, especially fear and anger. Mindfulness gives them the skills to help cope with stress, therefore building their self-confidence and self-esteem.

 

Ongoing mindfulness programs help create greater empathy amongst students which is crucial to tackling bullying, people who show empathy are more likely to stand up to bullies and less likely to become the bully.

 

I believe that by implementing regular mindful practices in the classroom we are helping the youth of today to build resilience and self-confidence which, in turn, helps to build their self-esteem.  Students will have the courage to take a stand against the bully, taking away the misused power.

 

 

 

 

ByGabby

The 5 minute make-up for the busy woman

As a professional makeup artist, I love deciding what look to create each morning. Do I go for the classic black eyeliner and red lips? Or the dark smoky eye and the natural lip?

I am also a busy working mum, so more often than not I find myself going for my ‘Five minute makeup’ and just changing the colour of my eyeshadow to suit my mood or outfit for the day.

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