Puka Up with Wayne Schwass (AUS)

There is growing evidence that gut health plays a significant role in our wellbeing and overall physical and emotional health. Food and mood are intricately connected and understanding the relationship between our brain-gut axis, good bacteria, probiotics, prebiotics and a balanced diet means we can have the power to positively change our gut health within days. In this episode, Wayne sits down with Simone Austin. Simone is a qualified dietician, she has worked with the Australian Cricket Team and is currently working with the Hawthorn Football Club and Swisse. In this episode we discuss: ? Gut health, what is it ? How you can change your gut health within days ? Food is important for your mood ? Positive affect gut health has on your wellbeing ? 3 things you can do today for your gut health www.pukaup.com www.pukaup.com/help www.facebook.com/pukaup @pukaup (Instagram) @pukaup (Twitter) @wayneschwass (Instagram) @wayneschwass (Twitter)

Puka Up with Wayne Schwass (AUS)
00:46:32 1/16/2019

Past Episodes

The connection between improved mental health, wellbeing and horses isn't an obvious one but there is growing evidence that equine psychotherapy is helping people with mental health conditions. Dean Migehll from the 'Path of the Horse' explains what equine therapy is, what horses can teach us, how these herd animals help people heal and the benefits this form therapy can provide. In this episode we discuss: ? Equine therapy explained. ? The connection between horses and mental health ? Horses help us to calm ? Benefits of equine therapy http://www.pathofthehorse.com.au https://www.facebook.com/pathofthehorse/ www.pukaup.com www.pukaup.com/help www.facebook.com/pukaup @pukaup (Instagram) @pukaup (Twitter)
00:53:52 2/28/2019
The impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is significant for many people living in our communities - especially people working in emergency services. Understanding what causes PTSD, the warning signs, the cumulative effect of trauma and why it's so important to get the right diagnosis in order to receive the correct treatment, is paramount. In this episode, I sit down with PTSD & Stress expert Dr Peter Cotton to discuss this important topic that affects a significant number of people every day. In this episode we discuss: ? PTSD explained ? The impacts of PTSD ? The warning signs of PTSD ? Advice for family, friends and colleagues Reference Lifeline 13 11 14 - we mention suicide www.pukaup.com www.pukaup.com/help www.facebook.com/pukaup @pukaup (Instagram) @pukaup (Twitter)
00:23:45 2/21/2019
Some stress in our lives can have a positive effect on our wellbeing. But an overwhelming sense of stress can become distress and cause significant challenges. Understanding what causes stress, the warning signs, the negative thinking patterns that can contribute to feelings of stress and how stress is a risk factor for mental health conditions empowers us to be able to identify when stress is impacting our lives and importantly begin to make positive decisions to address the underlying issues. In this episode, I sit down with Stress & PTSD expert Dr. Peter Cotton to discuss this important topic that affects a significant number of people every day. In this episode we discuss: ? Stress, what is it ? What causes stress ? The warning signs of stress ? Negative thinking patterns ? Stress is a risk factor for mental health conditions www.pukaup.com www.pukaup.com/help www.facebook.com/pukaup @pukaup (Instagram) @pukaup (Twitter)
00:40:43 2/14/2019
Providing all women with opportunities that encourage them to begin to focus on their physical, emotional, spiritual and environmental health is both empowering and important. In this episode, I sit down with Nat Kringoudis to discuss women's health, the unique and sometime complex challenges many women face and why it's never been more important for all women to start putting themselves first without it being seen as selfish. In this episode we discuss: ? Women's health ? Is it possible for women to have it all, work, family, marriage & career ? What women struggle with the most in this day and age ? How women can bring their bodies back into balance ? 3 simple things you can do today to help you prioritise your health https://www.natkringoudis.com https://www.facebook.com/nataliekringoudis @natkringoudis (Instagram) @_NatKringoudis (Twitter) www.pukaup.com www.pukaup.com/help www.facebook.com/pukaup @pukaup (Instagram) @pukaup (Twitter)
00:41:49 2/7/2019
It seems our lives are only getting busier, things are changing faster, life is speeding up and our ability to deal with an increasing level of stress is having a detrimental impact on our health and wellbeing. In this episode, I sit down with Simon Davey Co-Founder of the Happy Melon Studios. Simon believes busy is a reality, pausing is a necessity and stress is a choice. Developing our ability to slow down, giving ourselves permission to pause from the everyday busyness of life and choosing different responses to stress can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. In this episode we discuss: ? Stress is a choice ? We're choosing to be busy ? Having people in our networks who are prepared to tell us things we aren't prepared to tell ourselves is vital ? Pausing from the busyness of life has never been more important ? 3 simple things you can do today to help you pause https://happymelon.com.au https://www.facebook.com/happymelonstudios @happymelonsstudios (Instagram) @_HappyMelon (Twitter) www.pukaup.com www.pukaup.com/help www.facebook.com/pukaup @pukaup (Instagram) @pukaup (Twitter) @wayneschwass (Instagram) @wayneschwass (Twitter)
00:44:10 1/31/2019
Gratitude allows us to appreciate the things in our lives we may fail to see. It shifts our focus away from what we don't have to what we do have. Empathy allows us to develop kindness and kindness has been proven to have a positive effect on our mental health and emotional wellbeing, and Mindfulness teaches us to be calmer and more present so we can enjoy the things we do have. In this episode, Wayne sits down with the founding director and facilitator of the Resilience Project Hugh van Cuylenburg. The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs and businesses, providing practical, evidenced-based, positive mental health strategies to build resilience and happiness. In this episode we discuss: ? Why gratitude, empathy & mindfulness are important skills ? Practising gratitude for 21 consecutive days can have a profound impact on your wellbeing ? 6 weeks of practising gratitude, research suggests you are less likely to get sick ? Empathy helps develop kindness ? Mindfulness teaches us to be calmer and more present ? 3 simple things to help you start practising gratitude www.facebook.com/resiliencep www.theresilienceproject.com.au @theresilienceproject (Instagram) @ResilienceP (Twitter) www.pukaup.com www.pukaup.com/help www.facebook.com/pukaup @pukaup (Instagram) @pukaup (Twitter) @wayneschwass (Instagram) @wayneschwass (Twitter)
00:48:00 1/24/2019
Happiness means different things to different people. Many of us find ourselves caught in the endless pursuit of happiness, always looking for the next thing that will result in everlasting happiness but never quite achieving the goal. Are there things we do that limit our ability to achieve happiness and equally are there things we do that can enhance our ability to be truly happy. Dr. Tim Sharp is the founder and 'Chief Happiness Officer' of the Happiness Institute as well as being a clinical psychologist. Tim knowledge, experience and expertise was the driving reason behind his decision to create the Happiness Institute and focus on this important topic. In this episode we discuss: * What is happiness * Happiness consists of positive emotions, purpose, healthy lifestyle & connection * Traps that impact our ability to be happy * Things we can all do to help us reach a state of happiness * Practical advice to help get your started on your journey towards happiness * Social Media * Mindfulness & meditation * Tyranny of when Contact Tim https://www.drhappy.com.au @the happinessinstitute (Instagram) @drhappy (Twitter) PukaUp www.pukaup.com www.pukaup.com/help www.facebook.com/pukaup @pukaup (Instagram) @pukaup (Twitter) @wayneschwass (Instagram) @wayneschwass (Twitter)
00:50:54 1/10/2019
The relationship we have with food can have a significant impact on our physical and mental health. Understanding the relationship between our foods and moods can be difficult but learning about our diet allows us to begin to make different, positive decisions that lead to healthier outcomes. Joel Feren, aka @the_nutritionguy is a qualified dietician and nutritionist. Joel has a passion for food and helping people and businesses understand the role food plays and how to make positive changes in their lives. In this episode we discuss: * The relationship between food and our moods * Moods influence our food choices * We are eating our way to sickness * A healthy diet is a form of self-care and should be part of your toolbox * Small subtle changes can lead to significant positive changes * Weight loss should not be the focus, health and a healthy life style including diet should be the goal * Gut-brain axis Contact Joel https://thenutritionguy.com.au/about/ @the_nutritionguy (Instagram) @the_nutritiong (Twitter) https://www.facebook.com/thenutritiong/ PukaUp www.pukaup.com www.pukaup.com/help www.facebook.com/pukaup @pukaup (Instagram) @pukaup (Twitter) @wayneschwass (Instagram) @wayneschwass (Twitter)
00:33:14 1/3/2019
Living in a stressful and face-paced world the ability to slow down and tune in to our internal world is a skill that often evades us. Meditation is a tool that can help you develop your self-awareness and importantly help reduce stress. In this episode, Wayne sits down with Tami Roos (wife to Paul Roos) to explore the practise of meditation, to understand the difference between meditation and mindfulness and the many benefits a meditation practise can bring to your life. In this episode we discuss: * Meditation is a relaxation tool * Meditation helps to develop a level of self-awareness * How to choose a practise that is right for you * The only way you 'fail' with meditation is by not doing it * Meditation is a cumulative practise, the more you do it the better the results * If we don't develop our mind muscles, then we will always be reactive * We have prioritised our mobile phones over our minds * Meditation helps us look after our minds * The number 1 benefit of meditation is the 'reduction of stress' Contact Tami @tami_roos (Instagram) @tamiroos (Twitter) PukaUp www.pukaup.com www.pukaup.com/help www.facebook.com/pukaup @pukaup (Instagram) @pukaup (Twitter) @wayneschwass (Instagram) @wayneschwass (Twitter)
00:47:10 12/27/2018

The Christmas holiday period can be a wonderful time spent celebrating with family and friends. It is also a stressful and difficult time for many people within our families and communities.

What do we do during these challenging times if we feel overwhelmed, stressed, emotional or living with mental health conditions? Equally, it can also be difficult to know what to do if we are concerned about a family member or friend.  

In this special Christmas episode, Wayne sits down with psychiatrist and former Australian of the Year Pat McGorry to discuss some of the early warning signs of stress and potential mental health conditions, what to do if we identify with any signs, what strategies we can use to help cope with stressful situations or emotions. 

Pat also offers some important advice for anyone who might be suicidal as well as advice for family and friends who are trying to support a loved one who is suicidal. 

In this episode we discuss:

* Early warning signs of stress and potential mental health conditions

* What to do if we identify with any warning signs or symptoms

* Types of behaviours, decisions that are not helpful 

* Strategies that we can use to help ourselves

* Strategies that family and friends can use to help a loved one

* What to do if we are feeling suicidal

* What to do if we are concerned about a loved one who is suicidal

Getting Help

Emergency support 000
Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyondblue 1300 22 46 36
Sane 1800 18 72 63
Panda 1300 72 63 06
Mind Australia 1300 28 64 63
Mensline 1300 78 99 78
Kids Help Line 1800 55 18 00
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 65 94 67
Qlife 1800 18 45 27


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00:23:54 12/19/2018

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