Category: Wellbeing

HEALTH TRENDS YOU SHOULD AVOID

Isabella Ross With the influential world of social media fingertips away, health trends have become a quick fix for people to abide by in the hopes of instantaneously achieving a lean lifestyle. Yet some health trends that have surfaced recently are simply a waste of money, or can ultimately pose as a potential health risk. Juice Cleanses Contrary to popular belief, our bodies are already on clockwork to continually purify the gut and immune system; hence juice cleanses are an inefficient method of detox. When juicing a fruit all of the nutrients within the skin and pulp are discarded...

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PRESCRIPTION ADDICTION: THE DEADLY CONSEQUENCE

Isabella Ross From 14-18 May, non-for-profit organisation Script Wise will be hosting its annual National Prevention of Prescription Medication Dependence Week. With prescription medication misuse nearing crisis point in Australia, raising awareness about the potential harms of addiction and promoting existing prevention efforts is at the forefront of this year’s campaign. There is no doubt that accidental deaths in relation to prescription medication addiction have increased significantly within recent years. The national report by the Penington Institute found that of the 1,242 drug-related deaths in Australia in 2015, 69 per cent of the deaths were as a result of...

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BETTER BALANCE WITH BALLET

Hanna Moore Veronique Price, dancing since the age of three and an avid wellbeing and fitness enthusiast started the Lindfield-based Dancing for Wellbeing just over a year ago. In the time since its inception, the Better Balance 55+ classes teaches older residents of the Ku-ring-gai area vital skills in balance and flexibility through ballet training. As a sport that typically involves the kind of physical exertion that can be difficult to replicate with age, Veronique offers an alternative that places importance on non-competitive gentle practice and what’s called ‘dynamic stretching’, a method that incorporates movement into the stretches themselves,...

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RECOGNISING AND ADDRESSING ANXIETY

Brooke Fryer Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in Australia, with two million Australians affected every year. Numbers are now equaling up to twice as much as Depression. Sydney Observer’s Brooke Fryer chatted with beyondblue’s leading clinical advisor, Dr. Grant Blashki, to learn about how we can recognise, address and understand the country’s leading mental health issue. SO: How many people have anxiety but don’t recognise it? GB: One in three people take a year to recognise their symptoms as anxiety. One in six people take six years or more. As a GP, I see many patients...

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SWITCH OFF BEFORE YOU DOZE OFF

Brooke Fryer Many social media and phone addicts bring their phone into their bedrooms at night, and mostly put them on charge right next to their heads, and hours later may be wondering why they still haven’t fallen asleep. Within those lingering hours, text messages have appeared, Facebook notifications have popped up and a new follower on Instagram has come through. Each time, the phone has lit up and awaken the restless sleeper from five minutes of an ordinary attempt to fall asleep. These phone lights actually play a role in why people may have trouble falling asleep, and...

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