When asked what surprised him about humanity the most, the Dalai Lama replied: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

What about Lifestyle and Health?

We want a better reality for you, instead of what the Dalai Lama describes: to accumulate wealth, yes, but not at the expense of your health or life experience. We want you to have your (healthy!) cake and eat it too. Here’s the thing, in case you missed it: Our purpose as a business is to serve and inspire you to better life outcomes.

We wouldn’t be delivering on this authentically if we didn’t talk about lifestyle, wellbeing and health. After all, money is a means to an end and these other factors, done right, will lead to better life outcomes. We are passionate about serving you and inspiring you. Join us on the journey!

Many think about accumulating wealth – even about becoming rich. But what about what you do with your life if you are lucky enough to have a large enough passive income from investment?

Some people have a whole new life post retirement which excites them. Some people should not retire; shocking as it may sound, some really love their work. So why give up that which gets your juices going?

We wouldn’t be delivering on this authentically if we didn’t talk about lifestyle, wellbeing and health. After all, money is a means to an end and these other factors, done right, will lead to better life outcomes. We are passionate about serving you and inspiring you. Join us on the journey!

Many think about accumulating wealth. Even about becoming rich. But what about what you do with your life if you are lucky enough to have a large enough passive income from investment?

Some people should not retire. Some have a whole new life post retirement which excites them. Shocking as it may sound, some really love their work. So why give up that which gets your juices going?

Imagine for a second that you have financial freedom; what would you be doing with your time? What makes you happy? What lifestyle do you want? Have you built enough into it so that your lifestyle doesn’t bore you? When you answer these questions, are you being realistic with yourself? Are you practicing the hobbies, pursuits you think of now? 

At the end of the day, this is what the end goal is all about; having wealth behind you. Having the life choices and opportunities. The important question sometimes overlooked is what life choices and opportunities do you want for yourself? For many, continuing with some form of part time or voluntary work can have real lifestyle benefits. We encourage you to reflect and consider this over time. 

A day in the life of a retiree

For the benefit of others, describe for us what your typical week is like, and how that has changed since retiring:

“More time spent with grandchildren and family keeping busy with things we enjoy – hobbies, movies, eating out occasionally. I spend the rest of my time in the garage working on the odd car and doing bits and pieces.”

Given you are living a retirement lifestyle, what thoughts would you share to others who aren’t there yet?

“The biggest advantage is to be mortgage free before you retire. You don’t need to have a big lotto win [although it would be nice], but being financially secure is a big thing as does spending within your means and working to a bit of budget helps.

Having a financial adviser who you trust  will do the best thing for you is one of the best things we have done for our retirement. Retirement takes some adjusting to getting used to in the beginning – some say it takes near a year but it can be a great next phase of your life if you plan for it correctly.

What do you think is the key for Australian’s leading a happy retirement lifestyle?

As a couple you need to have some separate interests as well as combined ones. Being able to travel while you are still healthy and able to get around comfortably. To do what you want to do – when you want to do it without any set routine.

 

Physical health and wellbeing

PHYSICAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING

There is an overwhelming body of information on health and wellbeing out there, even for me as a Naturopath! What I aim to do in this short segment is remind you of some of the most important aspects and cut through the ‘wellness’ noise.

It is my hope that with education and knowledge you will be motivated and inspired to look after yourself. Your worth it!  

WHAT IS HEALTH

I tell my clients that good health is when you wake up in the morning with the same excitement and zest for life as you do on your birthday, with wonder and joy for the day to come. Is that how you awake?

People discuss Physical Health, Mental Health and Emotional Health as if they are separate entities, and they are, but at the same time they are all inextricably intertwined.  These three aspects of our health are synergistic and symbiotic.

 This section will focus in on aspects of physical health.

OBESITY

Two Thirds of all Australians

2015 – 63.4 percent of adults were overweight or obese.

1995 – 56.3 percent of adults were overweight or obese

As we know obesity is increasing at alarming rates.

(Feb 24, 2016 huffpost).

INSOMNIA

One third of all Australians

13%–33% of the adult population have regular difficulty either getting to sleep or staying asleep. (pubmed)

DIABETES

1 in 6 Australians have pre-diabetes

280 Australians develop diabetes every day.

While you read this article, one more person will be diagnosed with diabetes (one person every five minutes)

Around 1.7 million Australians have diabetes.

More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year

How do you fit into these statistics? Are you moving towards obesity or away from obesity? Do you get to sleep every night and awake refreshed? How’s your energy, do you suffer from sugar highs and lows?

Obesity, Insomnia, Diabetes Type II, fall in to the category of Western Illnesses, aka self created illnesses aka lifestyle related. The great news is that with lifestyle changes we can, in most cases, reduce the symptoms and potentially remove the illness completely. The choice is ours.

What is your choice?

Good Physical Health doesn’t just happen – but its foundation is so simple; maintain a healthy diet and have regular exercise.

WHY IS DIET IMPORTANT

When we put food in our mouth it will either cleanse and feed us or clog us.

 For a healthy radiant physical body you need;

         Phyto nutrients; for building blocks and repair

         Fibre; feeds healthy gut bacteria, cleans our gut, magnet for toxin in elimination. They say that these days we eat one seventh of the fibre that is needed for good health. Now that’s pathetic.

         Water; our body is supposed to be 70 – 80% liquid. Moist eyes, digestive juices, elimination, blood, lymph, in fact water is needed for EVERY function in our body

         Vital force; what is the difference between a dead body and a sleeping body; Life Force / Vital Force / Chi / Energy.

         Alkalising foods; Western lifestyle and diet leads to an acidic system, and acidic system leads to western illness.

HOW TO EAT HEALTH

Eat 10 different vegies or fruit every day. Now some people may be put off by this or think 10 different vegies and/or fruits would be hard to achieve. If you feel that 10 is a stretch, that is just too big for your health or life style, start at 7.

Let’s have a look at how you could add some extra life giving goodness into your diet. Breakfast could be cereal with a banana; lunch a salad roll with baby spinach, coz lettuce, tomato, cucumber, grated carrot and beetroot with some chopped parsley and coriander: dinner could be a curry, soup or casserole with potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, onion, garlic, chilli, ginger. Now that’s a variety of 16 different fruit and vegetable. I didn’t say it was easy, I said the knowledge was simple. It’s up to you to step up and be the biggest person you can be, with grace and ease. Don’t set targets that you can’t keep. Start with something that is totally doable.

NB if you are adding potatoes to a dish, use three different coloured potatoes, then they will count for 3 vegetables as they will contain different phyto nutrients. Same with capsicums, use 3 different coloured capsicums and you can count them as three different fruits. Same with peas, beans, apples, oranges etc. Each variety offers different goodness.

THEY SAY EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR US, BUT WHY

30 minutes a day of gentle heart lung exercise (without any devices beeping at us, distracting us with notifications, potentially setting off stress responses in our body and squirting adrenalin every which way)

Let’s look at why this is such a fantastic practice:

7 Simple to Understand Reasons to Get Movement into Your Life’

  1. Exercise moves the bodies three rivers 1) blood 2) lymphatic 3) Vital Force or chi energy (rejuvenation, repair, increased energy, elimination)
  2. Movement and activity supports Thyroid function; thereby leading to weight reduction, (repair, rejuvenation, increased energy).
  3. Activity stimulates the abdominal organs, helping the elimination organs function, therefore helping remove toxins from your body. Consider what happens if you don’t empty your kitchen bin for 4 weeks. The kitchen will smell, attracting bugs and insects (bacteria, fungus, virus’s) and less than optimal function exists. We need to get rid of the rubbish in our body via our elimination systems.
  4. Burns off adrenalin and cortisol, the ‘double shot coffee, speedy’ hormones. This will help calm the chattering monkey in your mind and help you sleep. (elimination, rest and repair)
  5. Allows your mind some space (rest, repair, rejuvenation)
  6. Breathing in Life Force / Vital Force / Chi / Energy. (increased energy)
  7. Breathing out stale stagnant air (elimination)

If after trying these 7 steps, you feel that you need more guidance please contact Debbie or Ryoka from Ripple Retreats to book your free strategy session.

By Debbie Elton co-founder of Ripple Wellness and Ripple Retreats.

Contact Debbie on debbie@rippleretreats.com

Developing resilience and effective stress management

Resilience’ is all about the capacity to recover quickly or adjust easily to misfortune or emotional challenge.

Stress management’ covers the plethora of techniques aimed at controlling a person’s level of stress.

Why is Resilience important?

Because stress is real, it’s costing Australian business billions of dollars a year and is the cause of illness and death for Australians. 30% of Australians suffering from stress attribute their stress to the workplace.

In 2008 Medibank Private claimed;

  • Workplace Stress is costing the Australian economy $14.81 billion a year
  • Stress related presenteeism and absenteeism are directly costing Australian employers $10.11 billion a year.
  • 3.2 days per worker are lost each year through workplace stress

In 2014 The Australian Psychological Society claimed;

  • 72% reported that stress was having at least some impact on physical health
  • 17% reported that stress was having a strong to very strong impact on physical health.
  • 64% reported that stress was having at least some impact on their mental health.
  • 19% reported that current stress was having a strong to very strong impact on mental health.

Although these statistics are alarming, the research also shows that the physical and mental stress felt by Australian in 2014 is on par with statistics gathered in their surveys of 2012 and 2013. This is due to Australians being educated about:

  • What stress is.
  • The difference between acute and chronic stress.
  • Health implication of chronic stress.
  • Lifestyle changes that can be made to combat stress.

Given resilience is taking action to recover quickly or adjust easily to misfortune or emotional challenges, and most can do with more resilience in their lives, we have provided 10 easy and yet effective steps to greater resilience for your benefit.

If after trying these 10 steps, you feel that you need more guidance please contact Debbie or Ryoka from Ripple Wellness to book your free strategy session. They can be contacted on debbie@rippleretreats.com or ryoka.elton@gmail.com .

10 EASY AND YET EFFECTIVE STEPS TO GREATER RESILIENCE’

  1. Read Incito Wealth’s information on Physical Health & Wellbeing
  2. Read Incito Wealth’s information on Emotional Wellbeing & the Power of Positive Thinking
  3. Take control of your environment;
    1. employ time management techniques
    2. cull and spring clean your work place
  4. Attend all resilience / wellness training offered to you through your work place or community
  5. Think about what is working well in your day to day life and add more of that. What isn’t working in your life? Why is it there?
  6. Look at the big ‘issues’ and then chunk them down to manageable sizes, then chunk them down again
  7. Take small daily windows of ‘down time’, where you can breathe, take a gentle walk or just day dream
  8. Organise your free time to refresh and replenish yourself
  9. Sleep and sleep some more. Are you getting 7 to 9 hours sleep per night?
  10. Do something physical every day – there is an overwhelming array of statistics supporting the importance of this.

By Debbie Elton

Natropath

Co-founder Ripple Wellness, Ripple Retreats.

Founder Rejoov Workplace wellness and massage.

Mindset, emotional wellbeing and power of positive thinking

MINDSET, EMOTIONAL WELLBEING AND POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING

What do these mean and how can an understanding of them improve your life?

MINDSET

The established set of attitudes held by someone.

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/mindset

EMOTIONAL WELLBEING

The ability to understand the value of your emotions and use them to move your life forward in a positive direction.

http://www.belongto.org/resource.aspx?contentid=4574

POSITIVE THINKING

The practice of concentrating one’s mind on the good and constructive aspects of a matter so as to eliminate negative or destructive attitudes and emotions (source: The English Oxford Living Dictionary )

In brief: we have the ability to use our thoughts to view events positively.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

If we don’t have a positive ‘can do’ attitude and belief, we will wallow in the

I’m not good enough, it always happens to me, I can be bothered mindset. We have all danced here. Some for longer than others and it is a crippling, contracting way of living that doesn’t offer much joy to us and those around us.

If we can view events positively;

  1. We will enjoy our day
  2. We will laugh spontaneously
  3. Our family and friends will want to spend time with us
  4. We will make wise happy decisions in work and play
  5. We won’t make so many impulsive decisions
  6. We will be calmer
  7. We will be healthier
  8. We will be creating a better tomorrow – read on….

CREATING A BETTER TOMORROW:

The best reason to be more centered and positive is that your today is a result of your thought and actions of your yesterdays. If you keep the same thought, actions and reactions that you have yesterday and today, you can expect your tomorrows to be replica of your today.

Dr Joe Dispenza talks about point eight in the most powerful and eloquent of ways.

Your thoughts and feelings come from your past memories. If you think and feel a certain way, you begin to create an attitude. An attitude is a cycle of thoughts and feelings experienced over and over again. If you string a series of attitudes together, you create a belief. Beliefs tend to become subconscious. When you add beliefs together, you create a perception. You perceptions have everything to do with the choices you make, the behaviours you exhibit, the relationships you chose, and the realities you create.”

Thoughts and feelings > attitude > belief > subconscious states of being > perception > your reality.

So if ‘today’s’ thoughts, feelings and actions become your tomorrows reality, wouldn’t it make sense to be conscious of them and look for the more positive slant?

How can we use our thoughts to view events positively?

To do this we have to have moments in our day when we are in charge of our mind, not our mind in charge of us.

There is a plethora of modalities that are effective at connecting the mind body and soul, allowing you the head space to become aware your thoughts.

If you notice that your thoughts are limiting or negative, change the channels.

7 Suggestions to Calm the Monkey Mind and Create a Joyous Tomorrow’

  1. Meditate, meditate and meditate. Even for 5 minutes. Loads of downloadable available.
  2. For the uber busy mind, journaling is a great way to get control of your Monkey Mind and clear some space for positive creative thoughts and desires
  3. Goal setting using the S.M.A.R.T.S. can create clarity on a positive outcome desire and again take control of the Monkey Mind and provide positive joyful dreams so they can become your reality
  4. Float Tanks, a great way to switch off
  5. Massage – a great way to switch off and release emotional and physicial pain from your body
  6. Yoga – as with massage
  7. Walking in nature, at the beach – clears the head and cleans your energy field.

But remember it’s about being conscious; walking in the park for 30 minutes will bring calmness to you mind, pump oxygen and lymph around your body, help burn of excess adrenalin and calories. All great stuff but you can still be ruminating over the day with negative thought being dominant, cursing and cussing. It’s about being conscious, mindful.

Another great reason to be more centered and positive is that your ‘today’ is a result of your thought and actions of your ‘yesterdays’. If you keep the same thought, actions and reactions that you have yesterday and today, you can expect your tomorrows to be replica of your today. Read more about this in the Developing Resilience and Effective Stress Management tab

If after trying these ‘7 Suggestions to Calm the Monkey Mind and Create a Joyous Tomorrow’ you feel that you need more guidance please contact Debbie or Ryoka from Ripple Retreats to book your free strategy session.

By Debbie Elton

Natropath

Co-founder Ripple Wellness

For more information contact Debbie debbie@rippleretreats.com

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