Are You Eating To Support Your Mental Health?

Yesterday I was invited to speak at an event titled ‘Love Yourself Masterclass’ for veterinarian and vet nurses here in Brisbane, because quite tragically, these practitioners have the highest suicide rate in the country.

Yes that was not a typo.

These incredible human beings that do an AMAZING job at taking care of our beloved pets are struggling. Struggling to take care of themselves as a result of a highly stressful and emotionally challenging work environment, that is affecting them physically, mentally and emotionally – right to the core.

This gut wrenching suicide statistic is 4 times higher than the average Australian, and twice as high as other medical professions.

So what can be done to support our mental health in the workplace?

Well there are many things, one of which is critically important, is sufficient quality sleep. Something that I spoke about in detail at this event yesterday because it actually trumps nutrition.

But I’ll save that for a separate post, because it deserves it’s very own.

In today’s post I want to talk about the importance of feeding our bodies with the right foods and nutrients, because this simple practice can make a DRAMATIC difference to our mental health.

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HSW 76 – Post Natal Depression and Nutrition with Brooke Batchelor

Brooke Batchelor is a Paediatric Nurse who knows first hand what it’s like to work shift work, along with experiencing Post Natal Depression.

Tune in to hear Brooke’s very heartwarming and personal story, and what made her go looking for holistic therapies such as diet and nutrition to help improve her mental health and wellbeing after having children.

We also chat about Nutritional Psychiatry being a future treatment for mental health, along with optimising gut health given the gastrointestinal tract is often referred to as our ‘Second Brain’.

Links mentioned on the podcast:

Why Nutritional Psychiatry is the future of mental health treatment

Brooke’s online CPD training platform for Paediatric Nurses:
The Paediatric Nurse Website
The Paediatric Nurse Facebook Page

HSW 65 – Healthy Shift Worker Wellness Events with Candice Bauer

As someone who works irregular hours, have you ever had any “healthy shift worker training” throughout your shift working career?  Quite simply, has anyone ever entered your workplace (that actually worked shift work themselves and knows exactly what you’re going through) and provided you with some practical strategies to help you to manage your health whilst working 24/7?

I’m going to assume your answer is a “no”, which is why you’re definitely going to want to listen to this episode!

Having spent close to two decades working shift work myself, and not once receiving any help or support on how to stay healthy whilst working 24/7, I’m now taking my healthy-shift-worker message around Australia, in the form of Healthy Shift Worker Wellness Events.

In today’s episode, we’re talking with Emergency Care Nurse Candice Bauer, who is also the founder of BareByBauer, an Australian based body and skin care company.  Candice is so passionate about her health and that of others, that she’s invited me up to her hometown of Bundaberg to talk all things to do with health and wellness.

The good news is that not only is this wellness event going to be a wealth of information for those working shift work, but it’s also designed to be an invaluable resource for anyone struggling with their health – whether that’s in the form of poor sleep, stress, weight fluctuations and much, much more!

So if you live in Bundaberg, then I look forward to seeing you there on Friday, the 28th of September 2018 :-).

Links mentioned on the podcast:

To purchase your tickets or to learn more about the Healthy “Shift” Worker event which is being held at the Bundaberg School of Arts Building, visit Eventbrite or the BareByBauer Facebook Page

To learn more about the BareByBauer range of products including the Saving Grace Repair Balm and Green Gypsy Facial Mask that Candice mentioned – visit https://www.barebybauer.com.au/

If you’re wanting me to come into your workplace (or visit your place of residence) and deliver Healthy Shift Worker Wellness Events too, then get in touch with me at audra@healthyshiftworker.com

HSW 63: Managing Stress with Dr Maria Zuschmann


Did you know that working 24/7 puts your body into a state of “biological stress?”  And that’s even before we set foot into a stressful workplace!

It’s for this exact reason, that I’ve invited Dr Maria Zuschmann, a Chiropractor and Personal Performance Coach based in Shell Harbour on the south coast of New South Wales to come in and chat to us on all things to do with stress.

Having been in the wellness industry for over 20 years, Maria also happens to be the voice (and face) behind the Queen of Stress podcast, along with having facilitated 100’s of wellness workshops over the past 14 years.

So if you’re currently feeling stressed, overwhelmed or just downright ‘tired and wired’, then this episode is for you.

In this informative and entertaining episode chatting with Maria, you’re going to learn:

  • What is stress, and why not all stress is bad for us.
  • The 3 main types of stress
  • What makes some people more resilient to stress
  • 3 tips to help you to reduce stress in your shift working life and much, much more!

Links mentioned on the podcast:

Dr Maria’ website – https://drmaria.com.au

Maria’s Queen of Stress Podcast – https://thequeenofstress.com

HSW 62: When It’s Time To Drop A Few Balls with Audra Starkey

Today’s episode is super short as I go solo and talk about what’s going on behind the scenes at Healthy Shift Worker Inc.

Given it’s 2018 and we’re currently living in a world where when we ask people “how are you going?” – it’s often replied in an almost automatic response of “I’m just so busy”.

But why is that?  How have we morphed into a society where we’re trying to juggle so many things at once, which means pushing ourselves to a point where our bodies never really get enough downtime to rest and recuperate properly.  This is not great for anyone, but it’s even worse if you’re doing so on limited amounts of sleep – AKA working 24/7.

In this very short episode, I talk about:

  • Why “dropping a few balls” can be a great thing for our health, and what “ball” I have decided to drop for awhile.
  • What I’m going to be doing now that I’ve dropped this one ball – even for a short period of time.
  • Another big announcement that is going to be great for anyone living in Australia!

Links mentioned in the podcast:

Better Sleep Intensive Program

Healthy Shift Worker Workplace Wellness Workshops

To secure a 2 for 1 pass to the Wellness Summit Click Here