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Photo of the month: a lovely dolphin couple celebrating the start of spring in Shoal Bay
Spring is here! Isn't it a fabulous feeling? The smell of the blooms, the warmth of the sun, the longer days encouraging us to stay outdoors and get our vitamin D.  This month learn about new innovations in music apps, how to overcome loneliness, why Fijians are the happiest people on earth, the benefits of plants and more!

Thanks for being part of my Wellbeing community! I'd love for you to share this newsletter with friends and family and connect with me on social media too.
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THE SECRETS TO HAPPINESS FROM OUR PACIFIC NEIGHBOURS

We are so lucky to live amongst the sun, sand and water in Port Stephens. The pristine beaches and sunshine clearly play a part in our wellbeing, but there is something more we can learn from our Pacific neighbours in Fiji:  the Bula spirit. 

A jubilantly bellowed ‘Bula!’ is something you hear everywhere you go in Fiji - it is a wish for happiness, good health and the energy of life – and it underpins everything. 

Fijians are deliberate about nurturing and sharing their happiness and are people who live a values-based life, whether that is sharing their happiness, showing resilience, helping others to find happiness, giving back, appreciating life or simply connecting more with family and friends. Read more about their secrets to happiness here.  
AMAZING WELLBEING TECHNOLOGY

There are now music apps that create tailor-made soundscapes, using algorithms and your own biofeedback, to improve your wellbeing! Whaaat?

One app pulls data from your phone (such as weather, time of day and your location) while pulling biometric and psychometric data (from your heart rate to step data, etc.) from your smartwatch to create an endless sonic wellness composition. 

So, whether you’re deadlocked in traffic or heading out to run, it kicks off an ambient soundscape to help enhance your body and mind. Read more here. 
WHY YOU NEED PLANTS IN YOUR HOME AND OFFICE

Indoor plants don’t just look good, they make us feel good mentally and physically, too. Here are some great reasons to get your hands into the potting mix:
  • Boost mood, productivity, concentration and creativity
  • Reduce stress, fatigue, sore throats and colds
  • Clean indoor air by absorbing toxins and producing oxygen
  • Add life to a sterile office and increase humidity to an air conditioned office
  • Are therapeutic and cheaper than a therapist!
TIME: SOMETHING WE WON'T TAKE FOR GRANTED ANYMORE

After our TIME in self-isolation, and especially now for our Victorian neighbours, TIME is such an important factor in our lives that we need to utilitse fully for our wellbeing.

TIME - in the kitchen cooking healthy food
TIME - in the garden working the soil
TIME - to do something you love
TIME - to get your blood and heart pumping
TIME - to learn something new
TIME - to spend in nature
TIME - to slow down and breathe
TIME - away from your phones and computers
TIME - to connect with people who bring you joy
 
DID YOU KNOW...

One in two Australians say they feel lonely at least once a week. Loneliness has been shown to have the same health risks as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, obesity and high blood pressure. Below are some tips to help. 

 
  • Recognise the difference between loneliness and solitude: Loneliness feels draining, distracting, and upsetting; desired solitude feels peaceful, creative, restorative.
  • Nurturing others - volunteering, teaching, caring for animals -- helps to alleviate loneliness.
  • To help avoid loneliness, you may need both a social circle AND an intimate attachment. Having only one of these elements may still leave you feeling lonely.
  • One of the most common indicators of loneliness is broken sleep - taking a long time to fall asleep or waking frequently - so it's important to tackle this issue. 
  • Try to figure out what's missing from your life. While making lots of plans with friends may not alleviate your loneliness, the quiet presence of another person just hanging around the house may. 
  • Reach out and connect with other people and not just via social media. Start by calling elderly relatives or neighbours who may be in the same situation.
  • Ask for help. Call Lifeline 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636.
PORT STEPHENS WELLBEING EXPO

Although Covid-19 has push backed the date, the Port Stephens Wellbeing Expo will be bigger and brighter in 2021!

NEW DATE: Sunday 28 March
If you are a wellbeing practitioner and would like to be a stall holder or have a workshop, download an application here.
If you are someone interested in finding what a huge range of wellbeing products and services we have in Port Stephens, check out our website here. 

 
An interesting stat:

COVID-19 is accelerating the “less meat” movement: One in five people in the UK have reduced their meat intake during the pandemic, while 15% have cut their dairy and/or egg intake.
Stay well everyone and remember to take time out for you!
ABOUT KERRI
 
Positive Psychology & Wellbeing Practitioner, Workshop Facilitator, Professional Organiser and Access Bars ® Practitioner.

​I am the founder of Workshops in Wellbeing and my aim is to help you focus on your wellbeing so you have more time and energy to connect with yourself, your family, your home and your community, through one-on-one consultations, educational seminars, workshops and multi-day retreats.

Having worked in the wellbeing/positive psychology industry since 2009, I have a Degree in Applied Science and a Diploma in Positive Psychology & Wellbeing with a background as a Professional Organiser for over ten years, specialising in hoarding cases.

My goal is to help clients become better versions of themselves through discovering their strengths, building resilience, becoming more organised and increasing their happiness. ​
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