It’s taken until October to begin to notice a change in the weather here in Wellington. Spring is the windiest season and unfortunately that’s often accompanied by rain and single digit temperatures. It’s making me quite homesick for Sydney!
But after weeks of inclement weather the wind dropped and the sun shone. Instantly, I whipped up a batch of chia pudding for breakfast, went for a long walk and felt a massive rush of happy hormones.
How do you start the day?
Do you change your breakfast in spring like me, or start the day the same way regardless of the season? This month I’m encouraging you to think outside of the box with a heap of different, seasonal breakfast ideas.
Anxiety and a chameleon-like syndrome
This year has been full of so much uncertainty. Change can make us feel uncomfortable or anxious. I’ve noticed a rise in anxiety-related symptoms in many of my young and adult clients, especially in Melbourne. The physical symptoms of anxiety might surprise you, as sometimes due to the different ways it can manifest in our body (rather than just our thoughts), we don’t recognise the cause. Check out these chameleon anxiety-related symptoms and a little-known syndrome that joins the dots of some mystery illnesses.
My temporary stay in New Zealand is keeping me very busy. I continue to work in my virtual clinic, offering naturopathy and mentoring consultations via Zoom.
As all my volunteer activities are also online, it’s been easy to stay involved. In fact, I’ve taken on a couple of new consumer in research roles, including stepping up to a chief investigator position on a National Health and Medical Research Council funded project. I’m excited (and in awe) of working with this dynamic team at the University of Newcastle. You can read more about this in my latest subject to collaborator update.
I’m very grateful for this opportunity to work remotely, while I continue the slow task of clearing out my family home. There have been many pleasant surprises but I look forward to finishing this and catching up with old friends, before returning to Sydney at the end of the year.
Let’s work together
If you’re struggling with anxiety or or need support with an ongoing health problem, it only takes a few moments to book your appointment online. The dispensing service I use in Queensland, that makes my herbal remedies and supplies supplements, is doing a stellar job at getting orders to clients around Australia in just a day or two.