Three questions to ask yourself before enrolling in a natural therapies course

Sep 11, 2014 by

Natural therapies. Hmm. The jury really is out in regards to whether or not natural therapies are an effective form of treatment. Given the huge range of therapies out there; from cupping to qigong, it’s pretty hard to give a thumbs up or down to natural therapies as a whole. However, millions of people from around the world can’t be wrong in their belief that healing can be achieved via natural holistic methods, so there’s no doubt something to it. The trick is to find out whether or not it’s for you.

Any course of study (yes, even coin rubbing) is beneficial, as there is an opportunity to learn and discover new things. What’s more, given the complementary therapies industry in Australia is now worth over $1.2 billion per annum, you might be considering a course of study in order to get a piece of that lucrative pie. If this is you, stop right there. You need to ask yourself these three vital questions before you go any further.

Question 1: Am I a hippie at heart?

Yes, it true – you need to have a bit of a hippie nature to embark on a natural therapies course. The people who run these kinds of courses are often big believers in natural therapy, not just as a treatment option, but as a way of life. They take their practices seriously. If you subscribe to a hippie ethos, then go for it; enrol in a course; any alternative therapies course. You’ll find like-minded people and learn new skills. However, if you are a bit of a sceptic who would readily choose 2 paracetamol and a fry up as a hangover cure over milk-thistle, natural therapies might not be for you. 

Question 2: Would I choose a natural therapy as my first treatment option (ahead of seeing a doctor)?

Headache?  Chest infection? Swollen joints? If your first instinct is to book in to see your GP then you may very well not be suited to natural therapy. An alternative medicine-type person would likely reach for the aromatherapy oils or herbal concoction before entertaining the notion of going to the doctor. They may not actually have a doctor.

Question 3: Do I like spreading the word?

A curious aspect of those who practice natural therapy is the manner in which they can talk endlessly about their chosen treatment method to just about anyone who’ll listen. You’ll need to get comfortable steering conversation towards natural therapy, even if you are watching the footy at your local pub. You’ll need the tenacity to keep talking even if your audience looks as though they’d rather clean the pub toilets than listen any longer. In fact, it’s best if you understand that these people in particular are the ones who desperately need your services; in fact – have some business cards handy (preferably ones featuring butterflies). 

Natural therapies definitely have a place in today’s world. However, they are not for everyone. Think seriously about your answers to these questions and I’m sure you’ll find (or avoid) the right natural therapy course for you. For more information, contact a school like Om Shanti College.

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How to Open Yourself Up to More Construction Job Opportunities

Sep 11, 2014 by

Getting a job in the construction industry can be a great way to learn new skills, work with your hands and make quite a bit of money, but you could be unsure about how to secure one of these careers. Luckily, following these tips can help you qualify for more construction job opportunities and can help you get a job more quickly.

Consider Seeking Additional Training

Although many people dive into the construction industry without any formal training, taking a few courses can help you secure more job opportunities. For example, by attending EWP training, like with Australian Construction Training, at a local technical college, you can gain knowledge, experience and credentials related to working at heights. This can help you qualify for more job opportunities, plus your training is sure to help you feel more confident when you do snag a good job.

Work as a Handyman

If you are out of work right now, consider working as a handyman to make extra cash. Not only will this help you make a living while you are waiting for more secure employment, but it can also allow you to gain experience in various types of repair and construction-related tasks. You can make sure that you keep your skills up-to-date while you’re waiting for a good job to come along, and you might even learn a few new things along the way. Plus, you’ll be able to list some of the things that you do as a handyman on your resume to help show that you have plenty of knowledge and experience.

Take the Time to Create a Good Resume

Many people think that resumes are only for individuals who are looking for office jobs, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Having a well-written resume can help you score lots of jobs in the construction industry, so it’s worth your time to create one before you start looking for jobs. Take the time to compile a list of your references, and make sure that you have all of their full names and telephone numbers. Also, list all of your construction-related experience, including any classes that you might have taken, any apprenticeships that you might have done and all of the jobs that you have had. By listing all of your credentials and experience, you can hopefully wow potential employers and snag a good job.

Getting a job in the construction industry might seem tricky, but following these tips can help. If you keep them in mind, you might be surprised by the wonderful, exciting and lucrative opportunities that can come your way.

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Signs that Your Marriage Can Benefit from Counselling

Aug 27, 2014 by

If two people in a relationship are committed to making the relationship work, then marriage counselling can be quite beneficial. However, if one of the people in the relationship isn’t really interested in making it work, no amount of counselling is going to help. Here you can learn about some of the signs that relationship counselling may work for you and your spouse. Use the information here to evaluate your relationship so you know if the time has come to go that extra mile.

Love Still Exists

Loving someone and liking them are two different things. You can love someone and not really like them, so love is an important part of making a relationship work, but it isn’t the only thing that matters. If you love someone, but you can’t live with them or you are complete polar opposites on issues that are important to you both, it’s going to take some hard work and compromise to make things work. However, if there is no love left, then there isn’t much motivation to keep the relationship going or make it better. Do you see some of the signs of love in your marriage as described below?

  • You and your partner demonstrate or feel concern about the other’s well being.
  • There is an understanding that you both deserve to be happy.
  • There is a mutual respect between you.

You Have Good Things to Say About Each Other

One sure sign that a relationship is over is when neither of you has anything good to say about the other. Even when you’re angry, you should be able to come up with something decent to say about your partner. Ask yourself the questions below and answer them honestly to learn if you still have a solid foundation to work with in your relationship.

  • Does your spouse have any qualities you admire?
  • Does it bother you when other people talk badly about your spouse?
  • Can you name five things you respect about your spouse?
  • Are the traits you don’t like about your spouse simply annoying or do they go against your own morals?

If you can still think of things you admire or respect about your spouse and your spouse can do the same for you, then marriage counselling might help. You can learn how to get back to focusing on those traits instead of the small things that might just annoy you.

Are You Having the Same Arguments All the Time?

It can be exhausting to have the same conversations or arguments over and over. Most of the time these conversations come down to a miscommunication. You’re repeating the same things, hoping they will be understood in a different way. In the meantime, your spouse is doing the same thing. A large part of any type of relationship counselling is learning how to speak and listen to each other. What you hear or interpret might not be what the other person is really saying. Marriage counselling involves learning techniques to help you communicate with each other clearly so you can avoid these repetitive arguments that often take a heavy toll on a marriage.

Some couples go into relationship counselling with the expectation that the counselling sessions will include blaming or a quick fix. Neither of those things exist in quality counselling. However, if you are both willing to work hard and make a few changes, that alone is a good sign that marriage counselling, like that at Inner Dimensions, can work for you.

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Tips for Preparing Autistic Children for Primary School

Aug 20, 2014 by

Everyone stresses when it comes to making a change, but autistic children struggle with it more than most. For these children, stability and a firm schedule are the foundation that helps them maintain a sense of calm. As a parent, there are a few things you can do to make this transition easier on your autistic child.

Change the Schedule in Phases

Your child may need to get out of bed earlier for school then he or she would otherwise. Instead of making this change in one leap, try waking him or her up a few minutes earlier each day. The change won’t be quite so noticeable if you do it in small steps.

Coincide with the School Schedule

Primary schools tend to function on somewhat rigid schedules. That means a dunny break happens at a certain time instead of at random intervals. Younger children tend to enjoy a bit more flexibility with this particular issue, but meals and subject changes have to work within a set schedule to accommodate other classes. Find out what the school schedule is and try to align yours with it. Take into account some of the details below.

  • Sitting down at a table or desk to start the day

  • Putting things away at certain times

  • Getting out new materials at certain times

  • Changing subjects on a schedule

  • Keeping supplies in one place for more timely access

  • Eating lunch and breakfast on a schedule

  • Taking scheduled breaks

One issue that may be particularly difficult for your child to get used to is going outside at specific times. If your child has a fear of bugs or does not like to be outside, you may need to discuss other options with the teacher or try to get your child used to being outside on a regular basis.

Your child may learn at the same rate as other children, but getting used to a new schedule, as well as a new place to be during the day, may be difficult. Most professionals in primary schools, like Catholic Education Services, are aware of this problem and will most likely work with you to resolve it. Before you make any changes, it may be a good idea to speak with your child’s future teacher to learn about adaptive devices and other resources the school may have available. You can also discuss the schedule and how any problem areas might be handled or details that need to be managed.

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Pre-School Tantrums…Making Goodbyes Pleasant

Aug 19, 2014 by

Helping kids adjust to preschool, like Centenary Hill Pre-School, can be a testing task, especially if a child’s strategy is to throw tantrums. However, there is a lot you can do as a parent to ease the situation.

Arrive Early: Kids are smart. They will come up with all manner of delaying tactics when it is time to exit the car. Be sure to allocate sufficient time to answer questions about their imaginary friend and to adjust the suddenly uncomfortable shoe. Rushing makes the child anxious and will fuel more tantrums.

Make The Journey Happy: Play or sing her favorite song as you drive or walk to school, play a game and keep the child’s mood happy. A playful mood makes the child look forward to more play with other children, and they will probably be running off before you can say goodbye.  

Change Is Disastrous: If you drive your child to school, don’t attempt to take the bus before the child is comfortable enough. If you pick your child up early, do so consistently. Being late will make your child scared and make separation more difficult in the days that follow.

No Fanfares: When it’s time for the child to leave the car, keep your goodbye sweet and short. While lingering on for long feels like a more loving thing to do, it makes separation more difficult for your baby.

Customize Your Ritual: A “goodbye” ritual can be as easy as a special wave or a counting to ten then your child runs off to class. It makes separation easier since the child is already prepared for what is coming. A new practice can make the child panic.

Go Back To Pre-School: Ask the teacher if you can stay for at least one class. Sit at the back but at a spot where your child can see you. Avoid unnecessary interventions or doing anything disruptive. How long you stay depends with how soon your child feels safe with the teacher and other children.

Treat Extreme Separation Anxiety: If your best efforts have failed, and your child still suffers intense separation anxiety, seek medical attention. Excessive anxiety interferes with the child’s normal activities, such as friendships, and can be a sign of a larger problem.

No matter how long it takes for your baby to get comfortable with going to school, be proud of them. They love you and still feel safer with you. Plus everybody is anxious about change; they are not trying to punish you. Patience in this case is a big asset.

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Fundraising Events: Finding the Child Care Centre Support You Need

Aug 19, 2014 by

Child care centres are a vital part of every day life for most working class families. They provide a safe haven for children while the parents are away at work. The children play but also learn some very important skills. Without community support, the centres would not exist, and without the centres, many children would have fewer opportunities for early education, physical health and social and emotional growth. To get your community involved in supporting your child care centre, there are several fundraising ideas that can help.

Honouring National Holidays and Fundraising

A popular method of fundraising, you can sell items related to the holiday or season to raise money for your centre. For example, on Good Friday or the Saturday following, your centre could bake several hot cross buns with the children and then sell them to the families and community surrounding the centre. It is a fun activity for the children, a wonderful way to celebrate Easter and one excellent way to raise money for new equipment and toys for the children in the care of your centre. Sometimes mums and dads like to get involved with the baking too, which really brings people together.

Encouraging Literacy and Fundraising

Several times a year, your child care centre can effectively promote literacy through the sale of new and gently used books. Your community will recognize the efforts you are making towards improving the future educational success of the children, and the profits from the sale of the books goes directly into your support account. Many parents who have children in your centre will buy books too, when they see something they know their children will want to read or have read to them.

Raffles and Silent Auctions

Adults can purchase tickets for items they would like to win in a raffle or you can set up a silent auction. The silent auction allows adults to sign in on a piece of paper and place the bid for items they want. In both cases, the proceeds cover the costs of the items in the raffle or silent auction, and the remainder of the money helps support the needs of your centre. These types of lottery events are favorites close to the holidays because people can win items already wrapped and ready to give as gifts. However, you can conduct a raffle or silent auction any time of the year.

Volunteers Make a Difference

With all of these fundraising event ideas, the most important aspect is the number of volunteers who are willing to help. The best child care centre support comes from these volunteers, and recruiting them is not always easy. Those that volunteer to help in your centre, like The Childcare Centre Desktop, every day should be recognized publicly, as well as those who volunteer for fundraising events. Let them know how valuable they are as child care centre resources and how the centre really appreciates their help.

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