Mental Health check-in time is now; learn how

Mental Health check-in needs to be regular Mental Health check-in is an important aim of Mental Health Week. Hopefully it’s helped you and your loved ones discuss how each are coping with life generally, and particularly emotional and psychological challenges. This year has of course delivered some serious stressors for individuals, couples, families and the … Read more

Distracting herself from anxiety

Distracting herself from her apprehension about the visit to Alida’s grave, Sophie absorbed the scenery outside the window during the train trip to Maastricht. This was where she felt most at home outside of her Australian birth region. Now Bea no longer lived seven kilometres from the city centre, Sophie headed to her favourite souvenir … Read more

Best things in life include good communication

Best things are Simple and Free Best things in healthy relationships include Love, Respect, Helpfulness and Good Communication which are the building blocks to true happiness. Just like good medicine from the garden they are free, although some investment of time, effort and a little financial outlay is needed at the beginning … You’ll reap … Read more

Pandemic psychological help for families

Pandemic psychological aftermath planning Pandemic associated concerns impact on our mental health and must be considered in health planning. Stress on couples, families and those living alone has been discussed in all forms of media since Australia went into lock-down in March. The good news is that there is abundant advice and tips to be … Read more

Returning home to safety or is it unsafe?

Returning home can be comfortably familiar Returning home to Anna’s, Sophie packed away the dishes and leftover ingredients, while Anna took her Alsatian out for a walk. When she returned she said, ‘The only problem is that my mother has got locked out of her apartment for the last two Sundays.’ Anna chuckled. ‘She phones … Read more

Focus on your health builds Resilience

Focus on your health gives you a sense of control Focus on your health in uncertain times is something that you can do to feel good & positive about your marriage and other relationships. Many people are turning to gardening this year, to enjoy life NOW and look to the future as a couple, individual or … Read more

Recycled materials save money & environment

Recycled Timber and Roof Sheeting build a  Verandah Recycled roof sheeting came from the old roof, removed from existing flat has a shiny, clean underside which is the side most visible in this situation. The idea to create a wood channel to slide the recycled roof sheets into, drew warnings from some professionals:- “Secure the … Read more

Mother’s Day celebrations are important

Mother’s Day is time to honour the significant women in our lives Mother’s Day with no mother for the first time. Sophie’s first thought was like a lump of lead in the pit of her stomach. Gives me a glimpse of what it must have been like for Mum at three-years-of-age when she lost her … Read more

Divorce month due to unknown traps

Why has January become divorce month? Divorce Month is January, some even say 8th is danger day. Although a study from the University of Washington found that the most divorces actually happen in August and March, the courts still see a spike in divorce filings right after the new year. The problems are a build up … Read more

Communication diversity enriches our life

Communication diversity increases tolerance of others Communication diversity expanded with the arrival of Bea’s youngest daughter Anna, together with her 20-year-old deaf daughter Flavia. The weather is perfect for travelling in the car to find castles in the beautiful Limburg region, thought Sophie as her face shone like the sun. As Anna drove at a … Read more