Every new year no matter whether I’m enjoying family time at the beach or visiting friends elsewhere across the globe, I make sure I have time on my own. I’ve had the opportunity, through many years of yoga practice and teaching, to witness the evolving benefits born of mindful time and have explored different ways to access my inner wisdom.Read More
I recently finished an 8-week student-program at a primary school that centred around building confidence, resilience and social/emotional skills.
The program provided a content mix of inspiration and reflection to encourage a deeper understanding of themselves. It was wonderful to witness the student’s growth, each with their own unique learning style and lens on life.Read More
There is some conjecture on how many emotional states human beings experience. One of the prevailing thoughts is that there are six basic states: happiness, sadness, surprise, anger, disgust, fear. But not everyone agrees with this idea. Regardless of the exact number of emotions that we’re able to feel and name I’d argue that learning to sit with thoughts, feelings and emotions, the good and the bad, is essential for our emotional health and our relationships. This includes our most intimate relationship, the one we have with ourself.Read More
Creativity means different things to different people. To me, creativity is allowing a natural and innate flow to occur. Writing prose is my minor (but meaningful) creative practice and a way of creatively communicating to others about some fundamentals which influence my personal philosophy and work. I invite you to reflect on creativity in your life, or your student's lives, and how it can enhance learning in even the smallest ways.
During my conversation with Deb, I learned that one-in-five young Australians are currently experiencing a mental health condition, including depression and anxiety. Deb’s work aims to support and improve their self-care and to facilitate happier and healthier lives. She believes that teaching emotional resilience is vital for our community’s future wellbeing.Read More
I've been travelling for the past few weeks and as I head north to Canada having been to South America and the USA I've been reflecting on my experiences and I'm feeling grateful for what comes my way!Read More
This short poem was written with the help of three children aged 9, 11 and 15 and it’s a reminder to take time to ‘smell the roses’ and see some sunrises and sunsets.Read More
When our expectations are so far from what is feasible or realistic we set ourselves up for never being satisfied. Sometimes that leads to you feeling like you never measure up, no matter what you do. It leads to feelings of failure too. Yes the F-word…Read More
I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with a cohort of primary school students aged 7-10 (years 2, 3, and 4). They've been part of my SOS-Care program (SOS stands for Support Our Self). Many feelings and experiences are explored, and many of the students open up in this forum, as a safe space has been created…Read More
Dear Principal, executive, well-being staff and teachers, it would be my pleasure to support you, your staff and your school community by providing an introductory hour of self-care free of charge through a complimentary (two for one) SOS- Care seminar offer…Read More
You may find it ironic or even amusing to know that the feelings of fear, anxiety and excitement come from a similar part of our brain. Essentially the limbic system comprises the regions of the brain that are all connected to the hypothalamus, which controls the body’s stress response…Read More
The work we need to do to self-validate is a patient but deliberate process. Being compassionate to ourselves through that evolution and development is fundamental…Read More
This week's blog is a poetic meditation on exam anxiety, an emotion that many of us, and our families, experience. Let me know what memories or experiences this poem brings about for you? Or the ways you navigate the emotion of anxiety when it arrives. SOS-Care by Deb Roberts aims to normalise discussions on emotional health and well-being. Please contact us for more information.Read More
Resilience is a word being bandied around by various experts, various philosophies and across industries. I hope that the term is not being overused to the point that people are tiring of talking about it or discussing it’s importance. The essence of resilience is about the ability to bounce back from adversity and challenges.Read More
Today's blog post is a poetic reflection on being thankful and on mindfulness. I hope you enjoy it.
Be kind to one another, Deb.
A poem sharing thoughts about the challenges in sitting with sadness in life. Please share it with anyone you think may benefit from it this week, and let them know about the SOS-Care mission which aims to normalise discussions about mental health and well-being with young adults and school communities.Read More
So why can’t we be more open and accepting of our mental health? Because society still deems it weak and being vulnerable is largely seen as a weakness even with renowned author and researcher Brene Brown maintaining that it is strong to be vulnerable.Read More
I know these things to be true: I don’t need to do work to be worthy, I don’t need a job to be worthy.Read More
Giving and receiving space is a relevant and poignant matter. If one gives space to themselves and others there is a sense of fluidity and flexibility. There are options, opportunities and a vastness.Read More