The term ‘Adverse Childhood Experience’ or simply ‘ACEs’ refers to a range of negative situations a child may face or witness throughout their childhood and before the age of 18.
ACEs can impact kids’ health and well-being, and they can have long-term effects on adults’ health and wellness. They can even have consequences that affect entire families, communities, and our whole society.
The term ‘ACE’ comes from a study that was conducted in the United States in the 1980s that found a significant link between a person’s exposure to ACEs and their physical and mental health throughout their lives.
These experiences include all types of abuse and neglect as well as parental mental illness, substance use, divorce, incarceration, and domestic violence.
Have you noticed yourself being more snappy than normal, getting irritated at the drop of a hat at even the smallest things?
The emotional strain of the current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people on levels they have not encountered before and coping with the increased tension is reflecting as increased anger in our society.
You might think that venting your anger is healthy, that the people around you are too sensitive, that your anger is justified, or that you need to show your fury to get respect.
But the truth is that anger is much more likely to have a negative impact on the way people see you, impair your judgment, and get in the way of success.
If you’ve felt off lately, you’re not alone. I feel it too.
I don’t think there is a person out there who is coping well with this new lifestyle and situation.
As we navigate through our new normal of a COVID-19 world, the uncertainty of this pandemic is taking a toll. The majority of people are suffering financial hardship, with job losses, business closures, decreased work hours, forced usage of entitlements and the need to access funds wherever possible, such as early superannuation payouts, Centrelink support, and even new loans.
Scary times indeed.
Adding to this already difficult situation is the horrendous hoarding of staple grocery items (such as toilet paper, cleaning goods, pasta, rice & flour) and even medication, sending everyone into further panic.
We are told that dogs are man’s best friend. These cuddly companions with their adorable faces and happy go lucky attitudes certainly fill our lives with such joy.
Nothing beats a long walk with your four-legged friend or seeing the joy on their faces when you pick up a ball and they know it’s playtime. The greeting that meets you when you arrive home is priceless and even just relaxing at home feels better in each other’s company.
Dogs provide us with a sense of emotional wellbeing thanks to the unconditional love they give, making them great company and comfort for so many people.
Countless research shows that dogs bring real health benefits to their owners.
In this lifetime, we are all destined to cope with grief – some people more than others to be fair.
As I write this article, I myself am experiencing grief as I watch my mother slowly pass, primarily of old age and dementia.
It’s been a constant goodbye over several months and my heart aches. I’m just not myself.
I have felt this feeling before, having lost precious loved ones in the past, including my father when I was just 8 years old.
That was by far a huge trauma for me since I was not able to fully understand the emotional aspect of death at the time and I had no knowledge of how to handle the event. Over time, I did grow to understand and find the strength to move on and find purpose once more.
Sadly, no matter how many times I have felt this pain, it does not lessen this pain – right here, right now.
Each situation is raw and new, albeit familiar.
Our weight – perhaps the most popular topic that preoccupies most of us nowadays.
We are surrounded by reminders all the time in the media that we should be thinner and the need to lose weight. Ongoing diets and weight loss methods, albeit fads, are so hard to miss.
In a society that is far more fatter than the previous generation, we need to ask is it just the decreased inactivity from excessive IT use or is it something deeper that is limiting our weight loss?
Certain triggers have been identified as playing a vital role in weight management or body FAT programs.
Today we will focus on the top 10, but these are by no mean the only triggers.
Understanding these 10 triggers will help provide you with a greater understanding of why your body has held onto weight, despite the best diet or workout routine.
EPISODE 5: THE GUT DETECTIVE WITH ALIDA DELIGEORGES
Today I will be sharing the MORE THAN WELLNESS podcast with you, in which I was the guest speaker this month – very humbled indeed.
CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast.
MICK RYAN, an acupuncturist and remedial masseur from SOLAS WELLBEING, runs these podcasts to educate and elevate consciousness by bringing forth local and international health, wellness, wellbeing, complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, Yogis, spiritual teachers, healers, and even conventional medicine and allied health practitioners – believe it or not, they do know a thing or two about health.
Join Mick Ryan and myself for an informative look into the world that’s more than wellness.
We hope you enjoy tuning into our chat.
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You can also listen via iTunes Apple Podcasts, PodBean, Spotify and all good podcasting apps.
Reading through the musings of ancient Greek philosophers about the human condition, it’s no wonder their legacy has endured the ages.
For instance when Hippocrates declared ‘Let food be thy medicine’, or Thales who made the connection of ‘a sound mind in a sound body’.
While these claims were made thousands of years ago, they provide the basis of Alida Deligeorges’ practice today.
A qualified pharmacist and herbalist, she is behind THE GUT DETECTIVE.
As the name suggests, Alida treats many people with gut-related issues. With people increasingly consuming diets high in gluten and sugar, and as farming and manufacturing practices have changed through the ages, she says modern-day diets are often very high in inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, and in some cases, eggs and nuts as well.
“I really promote a grain-free diet,” she says. “The recipes that I hand out are very much getting people off gluten. Dr. Alessio Fasano, the guy who discovered leaky gut, said if you have gluten today basically the gut stays open for the next three hours. If you come in with gluten in the next meal, likewise and likewise. But it will get to the point where it just can’t close anymore, and that’s where the build-up of inflammation starts to go in the body.”
Emotions are such an integral part of being human. We adore the good feelings no doubt and wish they would last forever. But sadly, the reality is that life lessons force negative emotions to rise and often, even engulf us,
We naturally look for ways to release the turmoil in our body’s when stress hits. Traditional methods often include practices such as counselling, meditation, emotional freedom technique (EFT), reiki, acupuncture, massage, and even hypnotherapy.
There is also a tool which is not often used for letting go but can be very beneficial in the release of toxic emotions – that tool is essential oils.
Essential oils can help release all the emotions that keep you stuck and unable to move forward.
This is because your sense of smell links directly to the limbic lobe of your brain which stores and releases emotional trauma. Smelling essential oils can help you mobilize and release the negative emotions like anger, fear, shame, guilt or grief so that you can move forward and heal.