Hi, I am Kerry Heritage. I am a proactive person who strives to empower people to live life, manage their stress and to be happy. At De-Stress and Be Happy we are passionate about helping you relax, de-stress, reduce anxiety and transform your health and well-being.
that are in line with "Helping you to achieve your goals."
Exciting times ahead. The roll out of the NDIS is happening over the next year or so.......... Children are being rolled out first, adults to follow. (We are seeing the first Adults beginning to access the service now.)
- For more info on the rolling out of the scheme, check the NDIS website
MAKE A BOOKING - See how we can help you to Transform your Life. Mention that you are an NDIS client in the comment session when you make your online booking.
We look forward to helping you to move forward with your life.
Lately I have been thinking about STRESS and the implications of STRESS and how it can impact on our lives, MENTALLY, EMOTIONALLY, PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. Stress manifests differently in all of us, depending on all aspects of us as a person. Our history, biology, and resilience. We have all said at some time that we are feeling stressed........... but what is the full implication of stress, and how does it impact on you personally.
I've put some ideas together on how stress can impact on us - It's possible you may find yourself resonating with any of this information.. If so, it may help you to be able to express your stressors are with more clarity. Enabling you to see your way forward through the stress. Allowing you to make some personal positive changes in your life.
For more help on how De-Stress and be HAPPYcan be of assistance to you in TRANSFORMING YOUR LIFE pop over to our Website.
Interested in know more about Kerry Heritage and how she became involved with Complimentary Therapies - click here
If you or someone close to you is experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, safety planning can help you get through the tough moments.
It involves creating a structured plan – ideally with support from your health professional or someone you trust – that you work through when you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, feelings, distress or crisis.
Your safety plan starts with things you can do by yourself:Such as thinking about your reasons to live Distracting yourself with enjoyable activities. It then moves on to coping strategies People you can contact for supportFriendsFamily Health professionals.DoctorPhysiologist
KinesiologistReiki PractitionerWhatever therapy works best for you............
While everyone’s plan will be unique to them, the process and structure are the same – it prompts you to work through the steps until you feel safe.
Check out the safety plan template that we put together for you.Click on the Safety Plan picture and you can download a copy of the Safety Plan.
OK guys - so this is a conversation that I am sure that you would prefer NOT to be having............. TRUST ME - I feel the same!
However, as much as we would like NOT to be needing to have this conversation - the sad fact is: that suicide and self-harm is a growing concern in many different countries & cultures around the world.
Now we could have a exhaustive discussion on what this REALLY means............ and everyone of us will probably have a different answer, depending on our background, lifestyle, culture, values and ethics.
I have no intention on getting into that discussion here - because I personally believe that the answer is specific to whomever is reading this blog.
WHAT I do want to do - is give you some concrete help to be able to start a conversation with the person you are feeling concerned about.
Recently my family was personally touched by Suicide. One of my children had 2 friends completed suicide within 3 month period..................(Plus there was also a couple of kids who attempted suicide.)
SAD, DISTRESSING, HEARTBREAKING............ for all the families involved.
Heartbreaking for the friends, people, school community who were left behind................
Agonizing for the parents - watching their children having to come to terms with the outcome of the unfortunate actions of their friends.
So here is some info that could be valuable to you to start a conversation:
Please note ............. these are some idea only, as a way to begin a conversation there are a number of resources available on the web............ please take the time to consider them.
For more information on how to start a conversation regarding suicide. CLICK HERE
Services and supports
Lifeline 24-hour national telephone crisis counselling service and online counselling Telephone: 13 11 14; or www.lifeline.org.au
Kids Helpline Free confidential 24 hour telephone and online counselling for young people between 5 and 18 Telephone: 1800 55 1800; or www.kidshelp.com.au
Suicide Call Back Service 24-hour national telephone counselling service to people 18 years and over and online services Telephone: 1300 659 467; www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au
Mindhealthconnect Website aggregates mental health resources and content from the leading health organisations www.mindhealthconnect.org.au
beyondblue: National depression initiative 24-hour telephone support and online chat service and links to local services Telephone: 1300 22 4636; www.beyondblue.org.au
e-headspace Online counselling for young people 12-25 years – www.eheadspace.org.au
LivingWorks Australia Targeted training for communities, caregivers and professionals - www.livingworks.com.au
Mental Health First Aid Training for those assisting adults, young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Vietnamese communities with mental health problems or in a mental crisis - https://www.mhfa.com.au/cms/
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training Free online training course for Australian residents www.suicideprevention.salvos.org.au/training
This year we have some fantastic training courses happening......... If your New Years resolution is to take some time out for yourself and do SOMETHING for YOU. We are sure to have something that is going to excite!
Planning to find time, is always a challenge - so I have made it easy for you.
School holidays, and Public Holidays have been included in the time-table so you can plan your year in 2017. (NOTE: These dates are the South Australian School & Public Holidays.)
I've even decided to make it easy for me............. you can see when I will be on holidays as well. (That is actually more for my benefit that yours............. so I can plan my life as well.)
REIKI TRAINING COURSES
Have you ever considered becoming a trained Reiki practitioner yourself?
Would you like to be able to treat your family & friends with this wonderful hands on healing system? 1 two day workshop will give you the tools + skills that your require to start working with this amazing Reiki healing energy.
Training dates are happening throughout the year. We cater for everyone - from Beginners, who have never learnt / know anything about Reiki - to people who wish to upgrade their skills and move to another level of Reiki initiation or become a Reiki Master.
Reiki I Initiate Level
In REIKI First Degree training you will receive four attunements. These attunements are focused mainly on opening the channels up the physical body so that it can receive the REIKI energy.
During Reiki 1 training, you will learn how to feel energy and will have the opportunity to learn practical exercises that will be used throughout the course and will be beneficial in your daily life.
Reiki two opens additional energy centres and connects you to a greater volume of Reiki Energy. (Think of this as using a dimmer switch on a light: you can “dial the energy” to increase or decrease.) During the Reiki two course, you are given three sacred symbols, each having a specific function. These symbols can then be used as a focus to enable you to strengthen mental and emotional healing and to send absentee healing. A large part of the training received in Second Degree is centred on the understanding and use of these symbols.
Ear candling is an ancient remedy believed to have come from Egypt. It was used for both practical & well-being purposes. It is thought that the Ancient Egyptians have been using Ear Candling since 2500 BC. Information about Ear Candling have been found in many of the ancient civilisations. With its long tradition of use around the world, Ear Candling is continuing to increase in popularity.
Many people are beginning to see the positive benefits of Ear Candling & it's simple potential to help people to help themselves in a natural and effective way Read more....... We have 2 Ear Candling Training courses happening throughout the year.
Practitioner Ear Candling Training
Designed for the Practitioner who wishes to set up an Ear Candling business - or add Ear Candling to their existing modalities. Stacks of great information that will enhance your existing business and kick start your Ear Candling business.
This fun and informative training workshop is designed for the Mum's and Dad's that would like to be able to experience the benefits of Ear Candling in their own homes. PLUS have the knowledge how Ear Candles work and the benefits of Ear Candling.
Smiling and laughing can have a positive effect on your well-being, but as you make the transition from child to adult, we often tend to lose the habit of indulging in this positively beneficial behaviour. Adults can benefit from taking a lead from children and making more room in life for smiling and laughter.
Research has shown that there a number of health benefits contributed to smiling and laughing.
In addition to improved health, these simple facial expressions and common human behaviours can have a distinctive positive effect on other factors all areas of your life.When you smile and laugh, a number of physiological changes occur in your body, mostly without you being consciously aware of it happening.
1.Neurotransmitters called Endorphins are released when you smile.
These are triggered by the movements of the muscles in your face, which is interpreted by your brain, which in turn releases these chemicals.
Endorphins are responsible for making us feel happy, and they also help lower stress levels.Faking a smile or laugh works as well as the real thing—the brain doesn’t differentiate between real or fake as it interprets the positioning of the facial muscles in the same way.This is known as the facial feedback hypothesis. The more we stimulate our brain to release this chemical the more often we feel happier and relaxed.
2. Endorphins make us feel happier and less stressed.
Endorphins act as the body’s natural pain killers.
For sufferers of chronic pain, laughing and smiling can be very effective in pain management, as can laughing off the pain when you bump an elbow or fall over.
3. While the release of Endorphins is increased, the stress hormone Cortisol is reduced.
Cortisol is more active when we feel stressed or anxious and contributes to the unpleasant feelings we experience.
4.Laughing expands the lungs, stretches the muscles in the body and stimulates homeostasis.
This exercises the body, replenishing the cells from a lungful of oxygen and gaining all the benefits of exercising the body. (BRILLIANT – and all you had to do was laugh!!!!)
5.A good laugh can be an effective way to release emotions.
A good laugh can help you release emotions, especially those emotions that you might bottle up inside.
Everything looks that little bit better after a good laugh and life can be seen from a more positive perspective.Smiling and laughing have positive social implications as well.
. Smiling is an attractive expression, which is more likely to draw people to you rather than push them away.
Smiling makes you appear more approachable.
(YES – spot on!!) Interaction with others is easier and more enjoyable when smiles and laughs are shared.These behaviors are contagious, making others feel better too, and make you a more appealing and attractive person to be around.This in turn will have a positive effect on your well-being.
7. A happy, positive expression will serve you well in life.
I cannot think of is situation where this is not the case - so give it a go............. what have you got to lose!
For more information on how you can De-Stress and be HAPPY check out our website.
Resilience is a way to describe the quality of something that goes back to its original form after it has been bent or stretched. It is also a popular term used to describe a psychological quality in people. Resilience has been described as “the capacity to cope with change and challenge and bounce back during difficult times.
How Young People Describe Resilience
Dealing with hardships and still holding your head upGiving things a go or trying your bestBeing strong on the insideBeing able to cope with what life throws at you and shrug it offStanding up for yourself
As you can see, the idea of resilience focuses on how we deal with stressful situations and adversity – the more resilient we are, the more able we are to manage adversity.
Experiencing the Tough Times
Ups and downs are a normal part of life and there are many times when people feel stretched or under pressure.
Challenges in life can range from easy to manage and causing a small amount of stress, to very stressful, such as a trauma or crisis.
What might seem like a mild pressure to one person may very difficult for another. (Likewise, what seems unbearable to one person may be managed fairly easily by another.) Have you ever heard someone’s story and thought to yourself:“If that was me I don’t know how I would have coped!”Or you might have thought “What’s the big deal, what are they so worried about?”.
What Influences Resilience
Factors that influence how people experiences a challenge situation or trauma include:
Personal capacities and coping skills.The degree of the trauma or stress.Support and resources available to an individual.Timing and the context of the events.Presence of other circumstances or additional stress present. at the time of the event.
Given that everyone has different life experiences and different resources, it’s important not to judge people on how they cope or how long it takes them to bounce back from a stressful event. (It is TOTALLY personal how long people take to recover from an event.)
It is also equally important not to judge yourself about how you are reacting to a stressful situation.
It can be helpful to examine how you cope.Acknowledge your needs.Develop new strategies to get through the tough times.
Kinesiology & Counseling are great at helping with this.
Research suggests that there are certain factors and circumstances in life that promote resilience. Some of these factors include:
Supportive and stable family relationshipsHaving positive expectations or being optimisticSense of self worthParticipating and contributing to social and or community activitiesHaving a sense of belonging and good friendshipsPersonal attributes such as problem solving abilities and communication skills
Because we all come from different backgrounds and have different life experiences, not everyone has had the ideal circumstances to develop resilience. So it’s good to know that it’s possible for anyone to learn from adversity and to develop positive ways of dealing with things.
Through dealing with adversity, people have learned to build resilience and have discovered courage they didn’t previously know they had. While people can’t be resilient all the time, it is important to remember that resilience is something that can be learned and improved on, and support is available to do this.
Here at De-Stress and be HAPPY we are here to help you develop your resilience and transform your life.