When Life (almost) Imitates Fiction

This week we travel into the future, but it is may not be a future you want to live in. Imagine a world without technology. No mobile phones. No computers, laptops, tablets. No electricity. No petrol to run your vehicles. No money or credit cards. I’m scaring you now, right?

This is exactly what you will discover when you read Station Eleven, a best selling novel by Emily St John Mandel. But, as you read, you will start to notice a resemblance to the events of 2020.  Fortunately, life didn’t get to the extremes written in the book, but it does give food for thought about where we could have ended up.

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Why travel is good for your mental health

As parts of the world emerge from a year (and a bit) of lockdown, we are seeing an increase in requests for mental health assistance. These reports are not surprising considering that humans need real social interaction to thrive. As a traveller, you would have spent the past year wondering when you will be able to get out and meet other people and communicate in real time again. Social meetups were key to you maintaining your optimal health and wellbeing.

During the past year you have had to make do with FaceTime, Zoom and other video chats to stay connected to family, friends and work colleagues. While these mediums are adequate in the short term, they cannot replace your need for face tot face, in person, human contact to thrive.

While some countries are starting to open up the opportunity to travel and social connection, others are still a long way off from welcoming travellers. The longer they remain closed off to the world means the more socially isolated they are at risk of becoming.

it is the social isolation that causes the build up of stress which ironically is a huge contributor to mental and emotional health concerns. The longer the isolation period also means limited availability of information you receive, mainly in the form of mainstream media and internet news which may not always be accurate or helpful to providing you what you need to know.

The constant stream of bad news can also be detrimental to your wellbeing leads you further down the path of distress, increasing your stress levels and mental health concerns putting your whole wellbeing at risk.

So, how can you maintain your wellbeing as the world slowly makes its recovery?

As limited as they are, video calls still provide you contact with your loved ones, so it is important to keep in regular contact and share how you are feeling. You should also seek support from your doctor or psychologist about ways to maintain your mental health.

If you can get outside as much as possible, fresh air and nature have been proven to have a calming and relaxing affect on the mind and body.

While meditation is not for everyone, there are many mindful techniques which allow you to focus on improving your mental and emotional health.

As a qualified holistic health coach, I have put together a free masterclass on how to maintain your mental health and happiness post lockdown. If you have always been curious about meditation and other mindfulness techniques but not known where to start, this one hour session will introduce you to the basics.

As the world slowly begins to emerge from the darkness which was 2020, let’s hope that face to face social interactions are one step closer to reality.

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Photo Essay: Burchardt Gardens

Canada has many beautiful gardens, but none are more gorgeous than those at the Burchardt Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. The moment you walk through the front gates is like stepping into a garden oasis. A place to stop, reflect, relax and appreciate the beauty around us.

Anzac Day 2021

Although Australia is recovering well from the events of 2020 (COVID-19) this year’s Anzac Day commemorative services will once again be scaled back. Only a handful of people will be able to attend the popular Dawn Services around the country. Those who are not able to secure a special ticket are encouraged to participate at home by standing on their driveways with candles.

Despite the scaled back services, Australians and their New Zealand colleagues will come together in spirit to remember those who fought at Anzac Cove.

Travel Bubble Opens Between Australia and New Zealand

It’s been a year and a bit since international travel was ripped away from us as we were all sent into lockdown. But today it was officially announced that a trans Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand will open. Just in time for Anzac Day.

Of course there will be strict rules in place, including if there is the hint of an outbreak then the doors will be slammed shut again. On a positive note, no quarantine will be required on either side of the Tasman. So travellers can walk straight out the airport and once again enjoy freedom.

It’s been a year and a bit since international travel was a thing. The events of 2020 has shown us that putting people close together in small spaces is a haven for spreading disease quickly. Will we see history repeat itself, or has society learned the valuable lesson 2020 brought to us.

Let’s pray that this is the beginning of travel being accessible again so that we can enjoy the beauty and culture our planet has to offer – in a sustainable and mindful way.

A Date with YOU this Valentine’s Day

Self love – to truly love another, one must first love, respect and know thyself.

This week I am posting a piece I wrote for my new upcoming online meditation and holistic health business. On Valentine’s Day, the focus is on showing others love. However, before you can fully appreciate someone else; you must first know yourself.

Do you dread each year when the first signs of Valentine’s Day appear? Everywhere you turn there is some reminder that society is telling us that we need to go out and spend money on things we may not normally spend it on. Such as: fancy dinners, champagne, fine wine, expensive gifts, bouquets of roses and indulging in other unhealthy eating habits and behaviours.

The pressure to create the perfect evening can cause you more stress and have the opposite affect than the one you intend.

❤️ Is this really the way society has embedded it into our minds that this is how to show someone you love them?

🧡 Is this how societal beliefs have led us to show how much we value someone?

💛 Do we believe that if we put others first they will love us and we will feel loved in return?

💚 This Valentine’s Day why not challenge yourself to practice self love?

💙 Why not take yourself on a date? A day and night where you focus on YOU.

It may be unnerving at first, especially when you see lots of couples out on romantic dates. But this Valentine’s Day, you have the opportunity to show yourself love – to put YOU first.

To get you started on planning your perfect date with you, below are some ideas how you can practice self-love on Valentine’s Day.

💕 Party of one for dinner

💕 Movie date night

💕 Indulge in a spa day

💕 Bubble bath and champagne

💕 Dress up for YOU

💕 Send yourself roses (or a gift you will enjoy)

💕 Cook YOUR favourite meal

Connect with your inner self this Valentine’s Day and become a healthier, happier, self-loving YOU. In return, you will discover the power and appreciation of strong love for others. 

If you would like to explore more about my meditation and holistic health venture, hop across to Living a Wholistic Life. I will be offering guided meditations and useful tips on how you can live the best life you dream of.

Five Solo Female Traveller Superpowers

We do not need to be superheroes like Wonder Woman gracing the cinema screens at the moment. As solo female travellers we have unique superpowers of our own. Not just to inspire others, but to empower our own confidence, self development and future careers.

Here are five of the superpowers we possess as solo female travellers that you may not recognise yet.

Increased self-awareness of who we are and how we fit into the world with clarity and harmony. We have the strength and power to be our own architect in life. The ability to design the life we want.

Ability to see differences and similarities in cultures. We learn to connect with people from anywhere and engage in conversations, even in other languages. We have an ability to attract random conversations which allows us to develop life long friendships around the world.

We develop leadership traits such as on the go decision making and negotiation skills. We learn quickly how to get the best prices, but respectfully.. We learn how to problem solve and make on the spot decisions in those times when things do not go to plan.

Our self confidence increases along with the capability to handle anything thrown our way. Including the ability to say no and not feel guilty. Most importantly, we develop heightened intuition to know when a place or person does not feel right and know that it is time to move on.

We know how to enjoy the moment of being with ourselves and have the ability to laugh at everything. We know how to be present in our surroundings and appreciate life without judgement.

A New Year – Stocktake your Career

As the champagne bubbles fade and a new year is born, it is time to reassess what our goals will be for the year ahead.  The new year is a good time for re-assessing your career is on the right path.  A time to make sure that what you do makes you happy and drives you to achieve every day. Imagine your career is like a Christmas present. When you unwrap it does it give you a sense of purpose, drive your passion and give you a nice life? Or do you feel disappointed, disengaged and long for something more.? If you answered yes to the latter, it is time to reassess your goals and put yourself back on the path  which makes you happy. Continue reading “A New Year – Stocktake your Career”