Having grown up in rural NSW and watched my house burn to the ground when I was just 7-years old, the images that we’re seeing right now of widespread bushfires around Australia is nothing short of heartbreaking.
The sheer devastation of loss including wildlife, livestock, property, vegetation and even human life, is gut-wrenching to see.
It’s why I feel it’s fitting to give a special shout out to all the firefighters who are on the front line, risking their own lives to help others 24/7.
Here’s just a snippet as to why:
✔️ Many of these firefighters are experiencing sleep deprivation on a whole new level. ✔️ Their “shifts” are longer than anyone should ever have to work. ✔️ They are having minimal meal breaks – if any. ✔️ Many are volunteers who have also taken leave without pay 💰 from their “real” jobs. ✔️ Despite being physically and emotionally exhausted, they keep going because they don’t want to let their communities down. ✔️ They are working in an extremely dangerous and hazardous environment 🔥. ✔️ They are subjected to a level of emotional distress that no one ever wants to experience – seeing countless burned wildlife and livestock, (and in some cases, the loss of human life). ✔️ Many are also working in the community in which they live. So when a house 🏡, or heaven forbid, a life is lost, it affects them right to the core.
So please join me in sending out an enormous gratitude of thanks for all of the incredible work that they are doing.
And the next time you’re experiencing a crappy shift at work, please keep in mind what the fire fighters are currently having to endure.
It definitely puts things into perspective and why they are truly deserving of the title of “HERO” – as I’m sure you would agree.
Today we’re talking about the benefits of exercise when it comes to managing our mental health – in particular around the topic of PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Beck Lawther, a Police Officer with the Victorian Police Service based in Melbourne.
Beck is also the co-founder of Triple Zero Fit, a personal training company which runs fitness sessions specifically for first responders and emergency services personnel who are struggling with PTSD, depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions.
Things we chatted about:
– What led Beck to set up PT4PTSD? – Why taking a 9-5 job for a couple of years can be a great strategy to reset our physical and mental health – Why simply getting to the gym can feel like an insurmountable task, especially for those suffering from PTSD – How physical exercise stimulates hormone production that improves our mental health – How you can become a volunteer personal trainer, or utilise some of the services offered by Triple Zero Fit
The other day I caught up with a friend for a game of tennis, because the weather was absolutely spectacular and way too good to be spent inside!
Plus I’m also a huge fan of tennis ? (or more specifically Roger Federer ?) – and love the freedom of just running around the court to add a bit more movement into my day.
Whilst I’ve never been a huge fan of ‘exercise’ per se, I’m definitely a fan of ‘movement’, as there are so many positive health benefits from incorporating regular movement into our lives. Not only physically, but emotionally and psychologically too.
But did you know that shift work can impair our skeletal muscle health?
Happy People Program? How good does that sound?! Considering a happy workforce is always going to be way more productive when morale is high, and staff are feeling well, my first impression when I heard about this program is that it sounds too good to be true!
Just to put things into context, when I posted a link to an article on my Facebook page titled – ‘Pilot Program Launched to Support Hospital Shift Workers’ there was an overwhelming response from shift workers all over the world.
Like myself, they also wanted to know more about this program, so in today’s episode, I had the pleasure of chatting with Sharon Richens from Happy Body At Work, who is heading up this pilot program based out of Melbourne, that is designed to support hospital shift workers.
Sharon shares with us some of the specifics of how this pilot program worked, how it was delivered, who was involved, and some of the key industries that she hopes to extend the program too – in other words, not only to nurses and midwives, but to an array of different shift workers from various industries.
What I love about this amazing initiative, is that this program is all about YOU, the shift worker, and provides personalised tips on how you can take care of yourself whilst working in what can be at times, and incredibly challenging occupation.