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
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.
This week I went completely solo on The Healthy Shift Worker podcast, as I’ve just returned home from holidays where I enjoyed some time away with my husband hiking in parts of New Zealand, along with having some “time out” from social media.
In this episode, I reflect on where we went – which included a cruise from Melbourne to Kangaroo Island, along with a motorhome jaunt around the beautiful South Island of New Zealand.
My intentions whilst being away however, was to undergo some social media “fasting”, so tune in to hear how I went, how I felt and why I recommend all shift workers nominate a time and day to do the same.