Mental health

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What can one woman do?

What can one woman do? I’ve asked myself this question a lot these past weeks while Australia endured the heart-breaking loss of brave people, cherished homes, livelihoods and an incomprehensible number of animals and bushland. I’ve sat and cried at the stories and images and felt a spectrum of emotion from anguish to hopelessness. And …

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Who is this girl?

Who is this girl? While I can see it’s me, I barely recognise myself. This is a flashback to 13 years ago, on 10 September 2006 when I was all packed and ready to depart the UK for my big adventure around the world. My decision to travel was the result of a major emotional …

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Karla Rawles Naturopath with her Dad

30 years

My Dad died 30 years ago today. He was 50. I was 8. He went to sleep one night and didn’t wake up. Here one day, gone the next. At such a landmark anniversary, when yet again I’m reminded how long I’ve lived without him, I reflect on the impact of his death on my …

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It's what you do everyday that counts

What is the 19/21 rule?

Consistent healthy habits trump random indulgences. It’s what you do every day that counts. I understand that a health regime of extremes can be easier to follow than finding a balance as balance can be ambiguous. I often hear of people going on 30 days of quitting sugar, alcohol, wheat, gluten, dairy, chocolate etc etc. …

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Snacking to reduce anxiety

When your blood sugar levels drop too low, your body sees this as a stress and there are complex survival mechanisms in place to ensure enough sugar gets to your brain. Low blood sugar can flip you into ‘fight or flight’ mode, which can increase feelings of anxiety, so it’s important to plan your intake …

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Karla with her partner

A helping hand

We all have our fears and one of mine is waves. I know, so un-Australian! It may be my English heritage, lack of confidence swimming, or some forgotten trauma, but I feel very scared going in the water at the beach and seeing waves rolling towards me. Logic says “What’s the worst that can happen?” …

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Food and mood

You’re probably not surprised to read there’s a link between food and mood. Comfort food gets its name for a reason and we often need to be ‘in the mood’ for certain foods. But food choices can impact your mood on a deeper level and scientific research is beginning to show that gut health is …

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