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It's Benji! A Dog with a Blog

HI my name is Benji and I work at Drop Of Life with my human Natalie.  Let me start by reminding you I’m a dog!  My Human Natalie has let me have my own BLOG… wooof a dog with a blog… it will become a thing I bet!

This is new to me my human blogs all the time however I’m not as good as she is so be kind to me when reading.  When you read this you must remember I’m a Dog so I’m very focused on instant gratification.. Like when you come into the clinic I just roll over so you can instantly rub my belly (Coz that’s what I love soooo much!!)

My Human tells me we have a big gathering coming up at the end of the month which means I get to hang out with everyone that comes soooooo looking forward to that, (don’t tell my mum I asked but bring treats! I really like chicken the best… or sometimes cheese.. although that sometimes isn’t too good for me..if you know what I mean

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It's Benji! A Dog with a Blog

HI my name is Benji and I work at Drop Of Life with my human Natalie. Let me start by reminding you I'm a dog! My Human Natalie has let me have my own BLOG... wooof a dog with a blog... it will become a thing I bet!
This is new to me my human blogs all the time however I'm not as good as she is so be kind to me when reading. When you read this you must remember I'm a Dog so I'm very focused on instant gratification.. Like when you come into the clinic I just roll over so you can instantly rub my belly (Coz that's what I love soooo much!!)
My Human tells me we have a big gathering coming up at the end of the month which means I get to hang out with everyone that comes soooooo looking forward to that, (don't tell my mum I asked but bring treats! I really like chicken the best... or sometimes cheese.. although that sometimes isn't too good for me..if you know what I mean anyway back to what I was saying… looking forward to the gathering ..as the BEST part of my day is when you come to visit me.

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Why we love Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory

Why we love Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory

This month is the start of Autism Awareness Month in Australia and Autism Queensland's annual Go Blue for Autism campaign. In my research to do a blog on this topic, I came across an article which looked at Asperger syndrome completely differently and it made so much more sense to write about it in this format than in the typical diagnostic format.

The majority of people have some idea of Asperger syndrome, and if not they can certainly reflect on the characteristics of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory. Just to refresh your memory, Sheldon plays a scientific genius who works at a local university and shows several characteristics typical to those who have Aspergers, such as attention to detail, repetitive actions and a lack of social skills. I realise that I am just postulating on whether or not the Sheldon character has Aspergers, regardless the show’s popularity has brought a level of tolerance and appreciation for Sheldon’s character. I have to admit that I love and watch The Big Bang Theory and am quite fond of Sheldon’s character. One of the biggest reason why people seem so drawn to Sheldon is that he comes across as absolutely brilliant. The characteristics that I love about him is he is who he is and doesn’t pretend to be someone he isn’t. He’s just his own unique self! That is something to admire.

There has always been speculation around other prominent figures, and recently self-advocate Dr Temple Grandin mentioned that she believed Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein shared characteristics of Aspergers, Much like Sheldon, these two geniuses are seen as brilliant minds that also have issues with social interaction.
Sheldon, Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein show us that anyone with a dream, with or without a diagnosis of Asperger's can aspire to obtain a job you love, be in a healthy relationship and live an independent life. These people show us hope that this can become a reality.

Even though Sheldon may seem different, anyone with a profile like his should be treated with respect and tolerance. Because the wide spectrum of autism includes many truly unique individuals. Their stories should be celebrated much like those of Sheldon, Albert and Steve.
My message in this month’s blog is one of respect and tolerance

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"Have 3 x 30 daily and call me in the morning"

"Have 3 x 30 daily and call me in the morning"

Happy New Year! Would you be believe it's 2017 already? I certainly have difficulty doing so. It seems like only yesterday that I was watching the telecast of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and only yesterday when my eldest nephew was born (he is now 10, going on 17). The Christmas and New Year festivities are over, and we're all slowly getting back into the 'routines' of daily life.

Sometimes though, the routines can have the wearing down effect on our emotional and physical resources, especially when we don't realise that we could be running on 'low battery' or 'empty' until something declines (e.g. having low energy, feeling overwhelmed, body aches and pains, etc). Sure we all have our own ways to recharge, decompress and 'top up the tank', but it can be a challenge at times. I learned about "3x30" after a conversation with a GP about the cumulative effects of stress, and he shared with me the simple formula he gives to patients in order to minimise the effects of stress and keep their resilience reserves topped up.

Everyday, do the following:

  • 30 minutes of humour - laughter is the best medicine so they say, and it does change the biochemistry of the body/brain so that the stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline are reduced. So go and laugh! Watch something funny, read funny comics, joke with friends and family to your heart's content.
  • 30 minutes of fun/pleasure - doing an activity that you absolutely enjoy takes your mind off worry and concerns. Yes it can be a distraction, but a welcome one if the result is that you are feeling calmer, more relaxed and feeling more grounded.
  • 30 minutes of physical activity/exercise - physical activity and exercise in all its forms (yoga, walking, Zumba) allows the body to metabolise stress hormones and expend the nervous energy associated with it. It doesn't have to be hardcore, so long as it's moderate movement and something you enjoy, the benefits of regular activity far outlast the half-hour you've invested.

So there you have it. 3x30 daily (or as often as you can) for keeping your emotional and physical reserves topped up. You can do each separately or combine all of them, and it doesn't have to be 30 minutes (can be more or less, just what works for you). Just like the proverbial apple, 3x30 a day keeps the blues (and the doctor) away!

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How to teach your kids EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE!

1st and most important step is to know “What is Emotional Intelligence?” – we can’t teach what we don’t know or understand. A nice definition is;

Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to monitor one's own and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different emotions and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour

Ok wonderful now what!!   

In my practice I beg and borrow information from my learning and experience and bring it to my practice. To tease out years and years of knowledge is tough so I’ll start with the disclaimer that some is mine and some is other people’s information and learning. 

Emotional Intelligence is very basically the ability to IDENTIFY AND LABEL (see hear feel remember) your emotions and those of others. Example; I feel sad (labeled it) I know I’m sad because I can see my body language with my shoulders slumped my head hanging.  I can (hear) the sad words that I am saying and I (feel) tired, with a pain in my stomach and tears running down my cheeks and that nothing seems to be ok. I (remember) being in this mood before and I felt irritable and touchy and people go upset with me. Example of Others - Tom is Sad, I know he is sad because he is saying (hear) sad words and I can (See) him crying with his shoulders slumped and head hanging. I can (Feel) it when I’m next to him that I feel a bit sad too and I (remember) feeling the same way too once before when my I go in trouble at school. 

When you have good emotional literacy you are able to harness these emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problems solving; Well I know I’m sad because I did not do well in my math’s assignment and that feels bad.  So “what do I have to do now” to do better next math’s assignment, well I could go home and read over the mistakes and learn what I did not get right.

You also need to be able to manage that emotion to problem solve how to cheer up or calm down another person. Well I know I always feel better when I listen to my favorite band or when I ring my best friend and talk about what we will do on the weekend. Others I know Tom is sad and it would make him feel better if I went and sat with him and asked if he was ok and then asked him to play with me.

As parents we need to embraced it as a parenting concept so we can teach our children how the emotions we feel impact on what we do, what we think, the decisions we make, how we interact with others.  When we can understand this concept we can be more proactive and better at whatever we want to do.   I have a bunch of cool tools to help you and your children monitor and understand how to establish or maintain this process.

 

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