CARERS COUCH

Mind & Body

Here you’ll find advice from professionals that are here to help you further. We’ve assembled a wide range of service groups that will support you to move forward on your own unique journey.
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    10 Life-SAVING Tips – ONCOLOGY NURSE UP CLOSE! - Pippin, oncology nurse and creator of Hospital Helpers, shares 10 tips to enable carers as they seek to navigate the complex hospital environment.
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    Hospital visits? Not sure what to bring? Nurse created Hospital Helpers! - Pippin understands that family members, carers and friends certainly wants their best sent to their ill loved ones. She also knows of the struggle they often face to find that perfect gift – one that speaks from the heart. Sometimes the individual simply does not have the time to spend sourcing the right gift, therefore READ ON
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    Oncology Nurse & Creator of Hospital Helpers Up Close! - Meet Pippin, a dedicated nurse who has vast experience for the past decade, with employment predominantly in the oncology and haematology space. Pippin realises that, due to the complexities in understanding the operations of a hospital environment, this time is often an intensely stressful period for patients and carers. While sad, it is undeniably true, READ ON
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    Self-Help! Pilates – The Powerful Gateway to Meditation - Self-Help! Pilates - The Powerful Gateway to Meditation Maggie says that Pilates can be a powerful gateway to meditation. Practices which helped her get to a point where she could meditate were running, yoga and, more recently, Pilates. After a Pilates session, she was able to enjoy the quietness of her body and mind which READ ON
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    “Why is Self-Care So Hard When Caring For a Loved One?” - “Why is Self-Care So Hard When Caring For a Loved One?” Maggie poses the question: Why is self-care so hard when caring for a loved one? You want to do everything you can to support and provide for your loved one who is suffering and their needs seem much more important than yours. The result? READ ON
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    Breath & Vitality – Coping Mechanism of a Carer - Breath & Vitality - Coping Mechanism of a Carer Throughout her mother’s illness, Maggie was massively into running which was to her, a valued coping mechanism. During this period, she learned much about diet and lifestyle through caring for her mother and about the huge impact lifestyle has on one’s health. This awareness made her READ ON
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    How We Shared The Pain! Talking Vs Activities - How We Shared The Pain! Talking Vs Activities Each member of Maggie’s family were not big talkers; rather they threw themselves wholeheartedly into caring for their mother. They did not largely speak of the pain they were individually experiencing or share their emotions with one another. Rather, they dealt with feelings personally by taking time READ ON
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    I became a Carer and It Changed My Life! - I became a Carer and It Changed My Life! Meet Maggie, a young woman who acted as a carer for her mother since the age of sixteen. Seven years later, the battle ultimately took its awful toll on her mother, taking her life. Maggie relates details of her dear mother’s illness and how she, along READ ON
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    Dealing with a cancer diagnosis? Be Aware – The system is disjointed! Learn More.. - Dealing with a Cancer Diagnosis? The System is Disjointed - Learn more and Join us on the Couch!! The Carers Couch is a great place to sit, Zoe says…As a carer, allow yourself the opportunity to sit, to relax, know that you have been heard, receive support and share your wisdom. This is the purpose READ ON
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    Cancer Diagnosis? Patient! Set your Carer Free…!! First Hand Energy Healer Caring Tips! - Cancer Diagnosis? Patient! Set your Carer Free...!! First Hand Energy Healer Caring Trips! As a patient, if you see your carer struggling, you need to find the strength to help pep them up. Make them take time out even if you are desperate for their presence. Let them recharge – insist. Think of other avenues READ ON
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    Alternative or Orthodox Cancer Treatments? Energy Healer Expert complements both! - Alternative or Orthodox Cancer Treatments? Energy Healer Expert complements both! The question is posed: why are people particularly drawn to orthodox modes of treatment? In this episode, Zoe explains that for one who has just received a diagnosis, the first port of call should be ‘the system’. That is, the current healthcare system and standard READ ON
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    Cancer Care – What’s the primary issue carers face? Find out more… - Cancer Care - What's the Primary Issue Carers Face? Find out more... Zoe believes that the primary issue that carers face is simply giving too much. In this episode, she explains that those thrust into the role of a carer will fit into one of two areas of the spectrum; they immerse themselves fully or READ ON
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    Cancer Diagnosis? Energy Healer Caring Tips Right Here…. - Cancer Diagnosis? Energy Healer Expert Caring Tips Right Here.... Patients face many stages throughout their health journey - diagnosis, treatment and remission in many cases. Each stage severally presents its own challenges and trials. Throughout each patient’s journey, the opportunity should be taken to learn more about oneself and to truly observe personal emotions and READ ON
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    Energy Healer offers support through Flower Essences - Energy Healer Supports Cancer Patients and Their Carers Through Flower Essences In this episode, Zoe speaks of her background as an energetic healer and the positive effects she has personally observed in private practice using her own range of flower essences. These essences provide a further level of self-care for both patient and carer alike READ ON
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    Energy Healer Expert Advice – Emotional, Mental and Physical Benefits of Meditation. - Energy Healer Expert Advice - Emotional, Mental and Physical Benefits of Meditation. Amongst Zoe’s array of services, she includes the ‘how to’ of meditation. In her line of work, she finds that individuals often turn to mediation when passing through a period of great stress such as a terminal illness. Zoe explains that clinical studies READ ON
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    Energy Healer Supports Cancer Patients And Their Families Through A Range Of Services. - Energy healer Supports Cancer Patients And Their Families Through A Range Of Different Services Meet Zoe Alexander, an energetic healer and transformational coach who works with people, both locally and internationally, to meet their individual needs. One may ask, what does an energetic healer actually do? An energetic healer is one to whom you may READ ON
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    Palliative Care – “NO ONE TOLD US” - Palliative Care - "NO ONE TOLD US" Watching a loved one’s illness slide into the point of no return is a frightening and confusing experience, especially when palliation is put on the table. Khoa shares his intensely personal experience of his Dad’s health declined into palliative care and beyond. RELATED STORIES VIEW MORE
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    Palliative Care – “No second chances” - Palliative Care - "No second chances" “Guys Cry”... Khoa challenges the gender stereotypes of how carers should react to the emotional side of caring, and hits hard on the importance of being real, regrets and the realities of the emotional rollercoaster ride that is caring. His key takeaway... don’t regret anything. RELATED STORIES VIEW MORE
  • Diagnosis or death sentence - Diagnosis... it can feel like a death sentence. Getting the diagnosis can be just as traumatic as the disease itself – in that split second, our life is forever altered. Someone else, in a position of power has exercised control over the life of our loved one and is pointing the bone... “they’ve got a READ ON
  • Keys to Make Recovery a Reality - There are things we can do to get better - to survive, heal and recover - from traumatic events such as accident, disease and disability. Even when we are handed an apparently final situation or when things are hopeless and it seems all is lost, it is completely possible to make a come back. Big READ ON
  • 6 Rules to Fuel your “Body Vehicle” - Our body is under a lot of stress as a Carer, and generally speaking, we have a consistently higher stress threshold than the average person. Loving and respecting our own body, helps our body help us, to help them! Whew... Say that 10 times fast! Seriously though, nothing could be more true. How we fuel READ ON
  • 10 Self-care Tips To Be A Better Carer - So what can you do to get a little ‘me time’ amongst all the responsibility? Here are 10 simple self-care moments you can integrate into your everyday to give yourself a little love: Go outside and pick some fresh flowers or foliage for the kitchen table. Make a point to breathe in the fresh air READ ON