I Completed a 6-month shopping diet, so what did I learn?

This week marks the completion of 6 months for my shopping diet. Back in January, I knew things had to change. I felt time poor and knew I was spending too much time and money purchasing things I didn’t need. I would scroll through one particular online site (and I won’t mention them in a bad way cause I still love them) spending hours making wish lists and sending more clothes to my front door. I would have a meeting in the city and wander the shops for an hour or so feeling guilty for every moment that passed and every purchase I made. It was as though I felt a rush of happiness when I got something new but it soon followed by anxiety and guilt about the money I was spending.  I no longer enjoyed shopping and felt anxious because I knew I shouldn’t be. Before I sound…

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Find the Gift

Recently I met someone who was telling me a story about a friend whose daughter recently had a baby and was then killed in a tragic car accident whilst living overseas. After this, they had a breakdown and sought help where a therapist starting asking them – but where is the gift? Have you been over to see your granddaughter? She pointed out that even though this loss was tragic, he was able to spend so many years with his daughter when many do not and now she had given him a granddaughter. Two days later he was a plane to see the baby. When I look around, it seems that we have become a society that is only able to focus on what didn’t go right instead of what did. We focus so much on the negatives that any positives can’t be seen. Maybe we have social media to…

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A sexologist explains why happy people are horny people

The key to spicing up a relationship involves more than just intimacy. Listen to Healthy-ish, available to download at Apple iTunes here or wherever you go for your podcasts. No matter how lavish and big your wedding is, it doesn’t guarantee a happy marriage. In fact, according to a study by two economics professors at Emory University, couples who spend more than $20,000 on their wedding are 1.6 times more likely to end up divorced down the track, compared to those who spend between $5,000 and $10,000. Yep, looks like you’re better off having it at the local pub and spending the rest on yourselves. So if money can’t buy happiness, what can? Sexologist, relationship expert and author, Dr. Nikki Goldstein explains that thought and consideration is all it takes for a happy relationship. “Foreplay is thought and consideration and that’s what people don’t get. Especially as women, we just…

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A sexologist reveals the 6 things to make or break your relationship over summer

One of them is pictured – can you guess? Have you ever found your relationship suffering over the festive season and wondered why? Isn’t this supposed to be a time of joy? There are various factors that might be playing havoc with your love life that you need to consider before you hit the silly season. 1. Alcohol A few drinks can help you get into the mood and assist you to relax, but let’s face it, who stops at just a few over the festive season? Alcohol can have a negative impact on the best of days, but add in a pinch of stress and chaos and it’s a recipe for fire. Before you have a boozy night out, consider first where your relationship is at. If there’s already tension, you might want to stop after a few, otherwise things could be said that cannot be taken back. While letting your…

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