PIVOT/Men’s Health Matters – day 5

Welcome to day 5 of PIVOT/Men’s Health Matters.

Day 5 is all about choices and capacity. Understanding our inner world enables our integration and ability to cope during times of stress and distress.

Life often throws curve balls and transitions can disorientate us. Being centered and anchored in life facilitates our ability to navigate these changes, be they chosen or circumstances beyond our control. Continue reading

PIVOT/Men’s Health Matters – day 2

Welcome to day of – PIVOT/Men’s Health Week.

How’d you go with day one? Was there something that surprised you? Perhaps reassured you?

Day 2 digs a little deeper into what inspires, and infuriates, us in our daily lives.
I invite you to join me and spend 5 mins exploring 5 topics using some basic starter questions. Continue reading

PIVOT/Men’s Health Matters – day 1

Welcome to day 1 of PIVOT/Men’s Health Matters.  

I invite you to join me and spend 5 mins exploring 5 topics using some basic starter questions. Try and let your thoughts flow without analysing them too much. Let them find their own landing place – picture autumn leaves floating before settling on the ground. Accept them.  Continue reading

PIVOT/Men’s Health Matters Introduction

IMG_7962June 11-17 2018 is Men’s Health Week in Australia and I decided to put together a short and simple series to focus on the emotional and mental health and wellbeing of men.

WHY?

In Australia it is estimated that only 1 in 4 men who experience anxiety and depression will actually reach out and seek treatment. That’s only 25%! Men, c’mon! What are we doing? Why this false bravado? Why this shame? Why this indifference to our own wellbeing?

I invite you to check out PIVOT and take on your own personal alignment challenge. What’s involved? Commit 5 minutes/day looking at 5 key topics with some simple questions as thought-provokers for 5 days. That’s it. It’s that simple! Are you brave enough to look at yourself and ask yourself how you’re going?

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Introducing Anchored for Life

It’s been a long road putting together Anchored for Life. A road with many twists, turns and even a few dead ends. Completing my Master of Clinical Counselling at the end of 2017 was no mean feat!

Along the way I’ve been reminded “Why” I chose to do it; been tempted to “cut and run”; had moments of self-doubt and way too many occasions when the financial implications of study, both in terms of overall cost (they don’t come cheap!), but more so the loss of income and cash flow due to employment changes made to accommodate the needs to complete the course and it’s required placement hours, took a hefty toll!!!

At one point I faced the hard conversation that nearly resulted in my inability to cover my mortgage. Talk about stressful!

Yet, I remained dedicated, driven even, in my efforts to finish. There was merit in finishing in and of itself. But there was more to it, at least for me anyway. I’ve long had people joke about me being a psych; psych friends who said I was more psych than they were; others who after talking to me about some concern, challenge or dilemma they were confronted by would comment about how helpful I’d been, how gifted even. Others used phrases such as calling or destined to be a counsellor.

At the end of the day, others opinions, affirmations and accolades, whilst lovely to hear, aren’t my motivation, nor my reward.

I’ve tried to do a one-take video describing the basics of how the unfolding story of Anchored for Life came to be. This blog was really the first “testing the waters” of my larger vision and dream.

It’s now been several years since I was involved in a cause-based role requiring me to advocate the needs of others. Now it’s my turn. I hope that after watching this short video explaining the logo, values and meaning underpinning Anchored for Life that you may give consideration to a concept I call “Community Counselling Fund”.

Simply, would you contribute to the cost of others accessing Counselling who may otherwise be unable to afford it?

Check it out and let me know what you think.

YouTube video: Introducing Anchored for Life