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Life isn’t Perfect … What to do When Things Get Messy

April 12, 2015

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Many people live under the common misconception that enlightenment grants them immunity to life’s events. They feel if they reach a heightened state of consciousness they’ll be exempt from getting angry, feeling sorrow or enduring life’s pesky clutter. Some think they’ll achieve solace and harmony at all times, and enlightenment will soak up life’s spills and scrub away the stains.

I’ll tell you right now, it won’t.

No matter where you are on the road to fulfillment, life gets messy. Milk cartons tip over. Businesses fail. Fender benders happen. Friends disappoint you. Messes, big and small, are inevitable. However, in any moment, you have a choice. You can meet challenges as the narrow perception of personality or as the infinite expansiveness of spirit.

When life gets messy, you’re receiving a gift — an opportunity to come into clarity. Say your son comes home from school with bad grades and has little or no interest in improving. This lack of motivation makes you depressed, cross, and frustrated. You’re gripped with worry and your aggravated mind runs wild. “How do my child’s failing marks reflect on me?” “How will others perceive me if he’s not doing well in school?” Your inner monologue declares, “I did something wrong. I’m a horrible parent.” when, in reality, the external event is presenting a chance to embrace your sadness, let go of expectations, and lovingly explore effective solutions for what’s truly affecting your child.

In every moment, you’re either experiencing life as your personality or as your spirit. Living as your personality engages all the aspects of your limited individualized self while navigating life as your spirit allows you to meet all things with spaciousness. Personality brings contraction, spirit brings freedom and both aspects present invaluable prospects for growth.

Disruption occurs so you can acquire a greater awareness of yourself and deal with life’s messes more consciously. Recognizing that everything is Divine allows you to stop judging situations as good or bad, and simply be with what is. In that space of acceptance, you can experience what you need experience and expand into more compassion, gratitude, and self-love.

Life is messy, but you always have a choice. You can cry over spilled milk, or you can grab a mop.

Article sourced from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/panache-desai/what-to-do-when-life-gets-messy_b_7033874.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000032

Is Your Smartphone Making You Depressed?

February 24, 2015

phoneuseIt’s been estimated that the average mobile phone user checks a device 150 times a day, and nearly a third of smartphone users admit that they’re addicted to their devices. Everyone knows that having your nose in your phone is a pretty unhealthy habit, but new research suggests that it could even be a sign of depression.

According to new Baylor University research, people who check their phones constantly could be trying to improve a negative mood.

The study, published in June in the journal Personality and Individual Differencesand recently revived by the Daily Mail, investigates the link between phone addiction and personality, finding that excessive use may go hand-in-hand with emotional instability.

The researchers asked 346 college students to complete an online survey measuring smartphone use, Big Five personality traits (conscientiousness, neuroticism, openness, agreeableness and extraversion), materialism and need for arousal.

The data revealed that those who use their smartphones more frequently are more prone to moodiness, materialism and temperamental behavior, and are less able to focus their attention on the task at hand. (These two things may in fact go hand-in-hand, as a tendency to mind-wander has been associated with unhappy moods.) Unsurprisingly, people with impulsive personalities were also more prone to addictive smartphone use.

And despite stereotypes of introverts as being the ones at the party who sit in a corner fiddling with their iPhones, introversion was one quality that the researchers found not to be associated with smartphone addiction. Conscientiousness was also not associated with smartphone addiction.

“Much like a variety of substance addictions, cell phone addiction may be an attempt at mood repair,” the study’s authors wrote. “Incessant checking of emails, sending texts, tweeting, and surfing the web may act as pacifiers for the unstable individual distracting him or herself from the worries of the day and providing solace, albeit temporarily, from such concerns.”

Pervious research has also linked addictive smartphone behavior with loneliness and shyness, poor sleep and less engagement at work.

Article sourced here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/19/phone-addiction-depression_n_6712882.html

Coffs Coast Health Club eNews – December 2014

December 2, 2014

Coffs Coast Health Club Logo“Empowering the Coffs Coast to be the happiest & healthiest community in Australia”
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Join Now & Pay Nothing til 2015!

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If you or anyone you know joins Coffs Coast Health Club before the end of December they will PAY NOTHING UNTIL 2015! That means no joining fee & also no membership payments until 1st January SAVING OVER $200! 
 
We know it can be hard to motivate yourself to exercise during party season but it’s a hell of a lot easier if you’re doing it with someone. Training buddies can help keep you accountable, motivate you, keep you on track & provide a social relief when working out. If there is ever a time to keep up your training, burn those excess party calories or start on a new workout regime its NOW! 
 
The offer is only valid to the first 50 people that join on any 12 month pay as you go membership, so move fast…
 
Call 6658 6222, email info@coffscoasthc.com.au or just drop in & join up. The sooner you start, the more you save!
 

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Coffs Coast Kids Club Christmas Party!

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The Coffs Coast Kids Club Christmas Party is on again this year! Book your children in to join their friends and our fabulous child minders for the morning while you enjoy our SUPER SATURDAY of new release LES MILLS classes.
 
When:   Saturday 13th December
Time:    7.15am until 10.45am
Where:  Kids Club
Cost:    $5 per child
 
The party includes;
• Access to Spring Loaded from 7:15am – 8:00am
• Healthy fruit snacks
• Presents 
• Arts and crafts 
• A Visit from our SMURF!
 
Bookings and payment are essential at reception before the 11th December. Call 6658 6222, email info@coffscoasthc.com.au or just pop your kids details on the list when you are next in the club.
 
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Baby Boomers Christmas Lunch!

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An annual highlight on our calendar, is Christmas lunch with our most experienced members. Like a fine wine, they just keep getting better year after year. Park Beach surf clubs view should match their outlook on life & be a beautiful experience. The more the merrier! See you there…
 
When:     Thursday 11th December
Time:      11.45am
Where:    Park Beach Surf Club
Cost:       $25
 
Bookings and payment are essential at reception before the 9th December. Call 6658 6222, email info@coffscoasthc.com.au or just pop your details on the list when you are next in the club.
 
We have also arranged a Secret Santa so please bring a small wrapped $5 gift for our Santa Bag.
Further inquiries to Jacqui on 0421 971 155.

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Let’s Make It A Merry Christmas For Everyone!

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Parry’s Jewellers and Coffs Coast Health Club are looking for donations for their annual Christmas charity drive. 
 
Your kind support will help Warina Womens Refuge, Wesley Youth Accommodation Service and Uniting Church Soup Kitchen
 
We hope each week that our donation boxes will overflow so we need to empty them and start again. It has happened in Week 1 so lets do the same every week in December. Last donation day will be Friday December 19th. Donations can made at Coffs Coast Health Club at reception or Parry’s Jewellers opposite Coffs Central. 
 
Be a part of a great cause – with your help we can make Christmas a merry time for everyone. 
 

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Its Time To Launch New Classes!

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Get your jollys this festive season & come along for some fitness, fun, new moves & new music!
 Be the first to launch & experience the latest releases from Les Mills for PUMP, BALANCE, RPM & ATTACK.
 
PUMP            Saturday 13th Dec    7.30am
ATTACK        Saturday 13th Dec    8.30am
RPM              Saturday 13th Dec    8.30am
BALANCE      Saturday 13th Dec    9.30am
 
Come dressed in your best Christmas theme & you may just win a prize…
 
Bring a buddy for FREE to all class launches but please book early as places are limited. Call 6658 6222, email info@coffscoasthc.com.au or book at reception on your next visit.
 
REMEMBER – Saturday the 13th Dec is also the Kids Club Christmas Party, so why not leave the kids to celebrate in Kids Club and spend the morning experiencing the new releases… that way everyone wins!
 

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All I Want For Christmas Is A Massage With Ange!

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Give Someone a Touching Gift This Christmas – especially if they’ve been knotty this year! How about giving your loved ones a relaxing, stress-relieving, knot reducing neck, back or total body massage this Christmas? Give your mum something that she will appreciate more than the same old slippers and forget those old socks you give your dad each year. Buy something that shows you care. Who wouldn’t love a relaxing massage that they can use when they want, given from you with love.
 
To organise your special Christmas Massage Gift Certificate, please speak to our Christmas Elves at Reception. You can even phone through your order on 6658 6222 and we will have it ready for you to collect!  Its never too late to be nice!
 

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The 12 Week Body Makeover Challenge Winner Is….

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Jo Edwards! A huge Congratulations to Jo from all the team at Coffs Coast Health Club who have been watching her transformation from the sidelines.
With the help of her Personal Trainer Kylie and Healthy Inspirations Weight Loss Coach Simone; Jo lost a massive 12.6% body fat and 15.2kgs in only 12 weeks. Jo has been described as the perfect Personal Training and Healthy Inspirations client who never wavered from the guidelines that were set for her. This dedication really paid off and Jo is looking and feeling 

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absolutely incredible. 
 
Aside from the obvious rewards she has gained by following the guidelines, Jo also receives a ‘Makeover Pack’ from Miss Minnies Boutique and Skinfit both located on First Avenue Sawtell and also a great new hairstyle from Nat O’Rourke hairdressing.
 
There were some really impressive results during the 12 Week Challenge. Runners up were Karen Aranyi and Karen Stewart both who also had tremendous results with both their body fat percentage and overall weight loss. They will be able to ponder their success while enjoying a 60 minute massage each from us.
 
If you missed this Challenge, the next Healthy Inspirations Challenge starts 1st February 2015 no BUTTS about it!  Look out for details in the January Enews or talk to a Healthy Inspirations Weight Loss Coach today.
 

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Silly Season Sale!

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Are 
you about to over indulge with Christmas cheer during the party season? After work drinks and over eating food comas? Well, your trusty Coffs Coast Health Club team are here to help you! 
 
During the entire month of December all of our Supplements and Merchandise are 20% off RRP!
 
Here are our our most popular products
Nano Greens          was $69.99         Now $56
Nano Protein           was $69.99        Now $56
Nano Lean              was $59.99        Now $48
Nano Fish Oil          was $59.99        Now $48
Complete Core4      was $224.96       Now $190.47
 

Ask our friendly team at reception for further discounts on all of our other products.

Thank You For Such An Amazing Christmas Party!

Perfect location, quality food & amazing people… Our 5th Annual Members Christmas Party was a big hit! Congratulations to Lee Kennedy aka Team Member of the Year & Jo Edwards aka Club Member of the Year! Also a special mention to Brad Lanser for the most days at the club this year with 291 since January 1. Thank you to everyone that supported the event & check out our facebook page here for many more photos…

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Book Of The Month!

book 2‘The Most Interesting Person I Know’ book features 25 local stories which celebrate the skill, tenacity, courage and bloody good yarns of the Coffs Coast community. All profits from the sale of this book go to CanDo Cancer trust which provides assistance to local cancer sufferers and their families. It’s local, colourful and interesting! It’s perfect for the person who has everything and it’s helping a wonderful cause as all profits go to the CanDo Cancer Trust, which supports local cancer sufferers and their families. Make this your annual gift to staff or clients or buy one for yourself so you can enjoy some easy summer reading. Available now for only $25 at reception.

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Farewell, Welcome & Welcome Again!

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Well the time has almost come to say goodbye to our favourite stretch Neil. First a member, then a student through the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers (who smashed the course & became a qualified Personal Trainer), then our Community Manager and as of 10th December he will return to being a member. Its been a great experience for us all to have such a caring individual working with our team & now he will be focusing those caring attributes squarely on his little girl Indi. Thanks again for all your hard work Neil & we look forward to seeing you around the club as a member again mate.

The departure of Neil means that we welcome our new Community Manager Alan to the team. Alan has just been in NZ with his gorgeous girlfriend for a few weeks having some well earned R&R before he started with us. Some of you may know Alan as the Duty Manager out at the cinemas and his focus on getting the local community moving along with his very own story of weight loss, will be great attributes in his new role. Alan was at the Christmas Party on Friday night but if you didn’t get to talk to him there, say hi in the club on your next visit.

We also welcome Linda to the team on a permanent basis at reception. Linda already educates all new students through our Personal Training course but has recently moved in to the club to take on a business traineeship too. She is a very experienced personal trainer herself, so if you ever need any help or advice, just ask. She is also available at reception to answer your questions about becoming a qualified personal trainer for yourself, your friends or your children. Linda has a heart of gold and has taken over from Josh who finished his traineeship and moved to Newcastle last month. 2015 is going to be a big year!

 
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Holiday Period Opening Hours!

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The team at Coffs Coast Health Club wish you & your family a safe, relaxing & fun filled holiday period. We have decided to maintain our holiday period opening hours the same as last year for those of you still around. There will be no classes or childminding from Christmas Eve 24th until New Years Day 1st but everything will be as normal before & after this period.
 
OPEN    Xmas Eve Wed 24th 5.30am – 10.30am 
Closed    Xmas Day Thu 25th, Boxing Day Fri 26th
OPEN    Sat 27th 7.00am – 12.00pm
OPEN    Sun 28th 3.00pm – 6.00pm
OPEN    Mon 29th 5.30am – 10.30am & 4.30pm – 7.30pm
OPEN    Tue 30th 5.30am – 10.30am & 4.30pm – 7.30pm
OPEN    New Year’s Eve Wed 31st 5.30am – 10.30am
Closed    New Year’s Day Thu 1st
 
Don’t forget that all 24/7 members will be able to access the club at anytime to workout when they want. You can upgrade to a 24/7 membership at reception today for only $2 per week.
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CONGRATULATIONS & THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE TEAM, CLUB MEMBERS 
& COFFS COAST COMMUNITY ON SUCH AN AMAZING WIN!
 
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Click here for more information on membership, personal training, weight loss, massage therapy, rehabilitation, group exercise, childminding, privileges card & fitness careers or call us on 6658 6222 for more help.

Invite your friends for a FREE TRIAL & grab yourself a new training buddy!

 

Sincerely,

Your CCHC Team

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Surviving the HSC

October 19, 2014

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Practical advice for the whole family

If your child is studying for the HSC, you’re probably feeling the stress too. Many parents want to help but don’t want to interfere.

As well as pre-exam tension, there are other common factors that can make life seem even more challenging for the whole family.

Year 12 is often the year when kids:

  • lose interest in school
  • have no plans for after the HSC
  • develop an intense relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend
  • get their driver’s licence
  • experiment with legal or illegal drugs
  • have a part-time job
  • are a member of a sporting team
  • develop an eating disorder
  • suffer from depression.

If any of these concerns sound familiar, don’t despair. You’re not alone – and this won’t last forever.

How you can help

Richard Cracknell, counsellor and district guidance officer at Inverell High School advises that “the most obvious forms of support parents can offer are the practical, physical things,” and recommends parents:

  • Provide a good place to study, that’s quiet, comfortable, with good ventilation, good lighting, adequate desk or table space and free from distractions such as TV, noise, a telephone, interesting conversations, little brothers and sisters.
  • Provide healthy, balanced meals.
  • Encourage sleep and regular exercise.
  • Encourage them to avoid late night parties and alcohol consumption.

Less obvious, but just important, is giving your child the support they need in the lead-up to exams, which can be hard when emotions run high.

Tips to remember

  • Be supportive and encouraging.
  • Highlight strengths and successes. Encourage your child not to dwell on failures, but to see them as “mistakes”, which can actually be something they can learn and benefit from.
  • Appreciate your child maybe feeling very stressed, even if it’s not obvious to you. Many kids fear letting their family down so beware of setting unrealistic expectations. Some worry they can’t do as well as a sibling, or friend. Many Year 12 kids are feeling overwhelmed about what lies ahead: leaving home, leaving lifelong friends, the prospect of having to live in a new city.
  • Understand people under pressure become supersensitive and explosive from time to time. Family members are usually the first targets. Try not to overreact.
  • Be realistic in your expectations as to where the HSC leads. Not all HSC students will go on to university – but they can still have a wealth of excellent and satisfying career options. If they don’t get the HSC marks they needed and still really want to go on to tertiary education later, there are many other pathways. Interestingly, the success rate of mature age students is much higher than for those who go straight from school.
  • Encourage your child to seek help from teachers or the school counsellor if they are having any difficulty with subjects, study organisation, stress or anxiety about examinations.
  • Encourage a healthy balance between work and leisure. Some times kids need a total break from everything for a weekend  or so, to recharge their batteries.
  • Take an interest in what your child is doing, if they’ll allow you to (some won’t). This can include the subjects or topics being studied, how their study timetables and programs have been organised and their leisure pursuits. (Note: “Taking an interest in” does not mean interfering.)
  • Remember the occasional hug and “I love you” don’t go astray, even when they are 18 years old.
  • Encourage and allow your child to be as independent as you can possibly stand. The more independent your child is in meeting the demands of Year 12, the better prepared they will be to succeed at a tertiary level or in the workforce.

Just before exams:

  • Don’t stress about the little things like leaving lights on, leaving the lid off the toothpaste and not doing chores.
  • Don’t panic when they announce on the evening before the examination that they know nothing. (Reassure them, even if you think they could be right. “Just do the best you can. We know you’re giving it your best shot.” is a good standby.)
  • Avoid nagging, which doesn’t mean you can’t give a nudge or gentle reminder from time to time.
  • Encourage confidence by reassuring your child. If you have doubts, keep them to yourself.

According to Richard Cracknell, all parents make mistakes, and we need to bear in mind that we’re human too.

Don’t feel too badly when you forget not to nag, when you get picky, and complain bitterly that your child has the time to attend the 18th birthday party of every Year 12 student, but doesn’t have time to help with the washing up.

As parents we sometimes can’t help being over-involved and from time to time we also feel the pressure of Year 12.

Know this is a temporary stage, just like the newborn, toddler and adolescent stages you’ve already negotiated together.

Article sourced here: http://www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/homework-and-study/homework-tips/tips-for-surviving-the-hsc