The Barbell Squat and Deadlift Alternative

If we learned anything from our time in quarantine when gyms were closed, we learned we could make do without a gym. We can train to get stronger and more fit in our living rooms, backyards, or garages without machines or even barbells.


We can use bodyweight exercises and something simple, like a medicine ball, for a great workout.



The medicine ball clean and squats are powerful and athletic movements that you can use in place of individual barbell movements like deadlifts and squats.


Why Do The Medicine Ball Clean and Squat?

This exercise saves time by linking some basic compound lifts you’d normally do separately into a smooth movement.


It’s a practical way to train your general conditioning and develop strength and skill to move athletically.


This is a result of the dexterity you develop while moving through the clean and squat repeatedly.


Gripping and moving a heavy object that’s not easy to grab will build your ability to quickly stabilize your trunk, something you won’t always train doing conventional barbell lifts.


You can learn this pretty quickly and easily with this exercise if you understand the basics of balance, stability, and movement. And if you don’t, check out my course.


Doing a similar movement with a barbell takes more skill and much more dedicated time.


But with the med ball clean and squat, you can build full-body strength, improve endurance, and practice two basic compound movements.


Who Could Use These?

It’s a great choice for:



  • Anyone who still can’t go to a gym
  • Someone who prefers to work out at home
  • Someone who doesn’t have space for a barbell and a rack like you would need to do back squats.
  • Anyone who doesn’t want to worry about what surface they train on.


Even the heaviest medicine balls won’t do much damage to a floor if you drop them.


Medicine balls are sold in many sizes and weights. You can start pretty light and buy heavier ones over time, so you can slowly but consistently progress just like you would with a barbell when you’d add more plates.


They’re also great as an alternative for anyone who doesn’t quite like the idea of doing barbell lifts. Barbells don’t sit well with some.


Some have a movement practice where barbell lifts don’t quite fit in, and there’s really nothing wrong with that.


They can still do resistance exercises. Resistance doesn’t mean barbells or dumbbells; we need to remember what we’re really doing with barbell lifts.


It’s a loaded movement, and It doesn’t matter where or what the load is.


Maybe you’re more comfortable with the idea of hugging a heavy med ball close to your chest rather than balancing a bar on your shoulders. It may seem more intuitive to you.


And that’s just fine because exercises like this can do just as much good for you, maybe even more.


Target Muscles

I call this exercise a clean and squat to call attention to the two separate movements.


This exercise really trains three distinct movement patterns:


  1. A deadlift or hip hinge pattern – We need control and strength in our hips and hamstrings to hinge over, brace, and deadlift the ball.
  2. A quick upper body scoop or rowing – We need a strong grip and supportive back muscles to lift and pull close to our bodies, an object that’s difficult to hold.
  3. A squat pattern – To clean the ball from the ground to chest height, we train a quick upper-body athletic movement.


That means we’re creating coordination in our body and developing timing.


We also train our trunk muscles in a way that a barbell or dumbbell often can’t.


Hugging an object close to your body and keeping your upper-back from rounding forward demands you completely engage your trunk, building stability and strength.


How to Do a Med Ball Clean and Squat

Place the medicine ball on the ground between your feet a little closer to your toes than your heels.


Make sure to set your feet wide enough to get down into the squat without your elbows hitting your knees.



Hinge over keeping your back flat just as you would in a deadlift.


You will have to drop your hips slightly lower than a conventional barbell deadlift to keep your hips from shooting up and letting your chest drop on the clean.


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  • Breathe, brace, grab, and go. As you stand from the squat with the ball in your hands, start by bending your elbows and using your upper back to pull the ball close to your hips.

  • As you stand further, shrug your shoulders and shoot your elbows up, keeping the ball so close you feel it lightly brush against your body.

  • Pause at the top before you squat to make sure your elbows are high, balance is set, and that you’re braced.



Complete the squat focusing on keeping your elbows high and making sure they fit between your knees at the bottom of the squat. Drop the ball if you can, or squat down and lower it with control.



There’s a couple of reasons you may want to change things up.


  1. You may not have the mobility to get in a good position to pick the ball up from the floor. It’s lower than a loaded barbell would be. If that’s where you struggle, place the ball on a small box or something similar to raise the height of the starting position.
  2. You may want to work your hip muscles a little more. If that’s the case, you can do the exercise from the hang. Deadlift the ball up with arms straight, then hinge over, floating the ball above the ground before doing the clean.



Keep It Smooth

A heavy medicine ball can be difficult to move. It’s oddly shaped and hard to grab. So it’s important to keep the movement fluid to keep from getting hurt. After you grab the ball, make sure you keep your back in a good position and drive it up with your legs.


The closer you keep the ball to your body, the more efficient the exercise will be.


Too much space between your body and the ball, and you’ll catch it in a bad position putting needless stress on your back.


For the More Experienced Lifter

If you’ve practiced quick dynamic exercises like this before, try doing a full clean instead of separating the movement.



You may want to rush into doing the exercise like this initially, but you should really see this as progression if you’ve never practiced other loaded movements like this.


We want to separate the two movements when first practicing these because of how important it is to make sure that we’re balanced and braced before going down into the squat with the ball at chest height.


It’s not easy to first relax the tension in your body only just enough to explosively shrug a ball upward and then immediately become rigid under its weight to reverse back into a squat.


But if you’re ready for it, give it a shot with the heaviest medicine ball you can find.

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CDC study finds coronavirus rarely kills children, but minorities at higher risk

Children from ethnic and racial minorities, those with underlying health conditions and those between the ages of 18 and 20 are more likely to die, a CDC-led research team wrote in a study published Tuesday in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The report also showed just how unusual it is for children and young adults to die from coronavirus. Among the 190,000 deaths tallied in the country, only 0.08% — or 121 — were reported in those under 21. The most updated report from the CDC shows 377 children, teens and young adults aged up to 24 have died from coronavirus.

The researchers asked 50 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands to submit information on coronavirus deaths in those under 21, between February 12 and July 31. Forty-seven jurisdictions responded.

Among the approximately 6.5 million Covid-19 cases in the country, the researchers found a total of 391,814 cases of Covid-19 and MIS-C in those under 21. While people under 21 make up 26% of the US population, they make up only 8% of all reported cases.

Hispanics, Blacks and American Indian/Alaska Natives were disproportionately affected.  A total of 44% of the 121 who died were Hispanic children, 29% were Black children, 4% were American Indian/Alaska Natives and 4% were Asian or Pacific Islander. While these groups represent 41% of the US population under the age of 21, they accounted for approximately 75% of deaths in that age range. Fourteen percent of the deaths were in white children.

“Infants, children, adolescents, and young adults, particularly those from racial and ethnic minority groups at higher risk, those with underlying medical conditions, and their caregivers, need clear, consistent, and developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate COVID-19 prevention messages,” the researchers wrote.

While 25% of the deaths were in previously healthy children, 75% had at least one underlying health condition and 45% had two or more. The most frequently reported medical conditions were chronic lung disease, including asthma; obesity; neurologic and developmental conditions and cardiovascular conditions.

The breakdown among the different age groups varied substantially, with those in the younger age groups doing better than adolescents and young adults. Approximately 10% of the deaths were in infants under the age of 1, an additional 9% were in children between 1 and 4, with another 11% in the 5-9 range and 10% in the 10-13 range. But almost 20% of the deaths were seen in teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 and more than 40% were in 18 to 20 year-olds.

This matches up somewhat with earlier CDC statistics that found 0 to 4-year-olds are four times less likely to be hospitalized and nine times less likely to die than 18 to 29-year-olds, and 5 to 17-year-olds are nine times less likely to be hospitalized and 16 times less likely to die than 18 to 29-year-olds.

Boys fared worse than girls: males accounted for 63% of the deaths compared with 37% for females.

Even children with no symptoms can spread Covid-19, CDC report shows

Even though children are reassuringly less likely to get severely ill and die, they can still get infected and transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others, according to numerous studies.

For example, in one study published last week in the MMWR, researchers analyzed contact tracing data from 184 people with links to three child care facilities in Salt Lake County from April to July.

They found at least two children who had no symptoms not only caught the virus, but passed it to other people, including one mother who was hospitalized. One eight-month-old baby infected both parents.

“The infected children exposed at these three facilities had mild to no symptoms. Two of three asymptomatic children likely transmitted SARS-CoV-2 to their parents and possibly to their teachers,” the researchers from the Salt Lake County Health Department wrote in their report.

Kids can carry coronavirus in respiratory tract for weeks, study suggests
Another study out of South Korea analyzed data on 91 asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic and symptomatic children diagnosed with Covid-19 between February 18 and March 31 at 22 centers throughout that country. It found that 22% of the children were asymptomatic. The study was published at the end of August in JAMA Pediatrics.
“This highlights the concept that infected children may be more likely to go unnoticed either with or without symptoms and continue on with their usual activities, which may contribute to viral circulation within their community,” wrote two doctors from Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, in an accompanying editorial.

The CDC researchers of the current study said it is important to keep a close eye on children infected with Covid-19. “Although infants, children, and adolescents are more likely to have milder COVID-19 illness than are adults, complications, including MIS-C and respiratory failure, do occur in these populations. Persons infected with or exposed to SARS-CoV-2 should be followed closely so that clinical deterioration can be detected early,” they wrote.

Jacqueline Howard, Sandee Lamotte and Lauren Mascarenhas contributed to this report.

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Podcast: Reframing Past Traumas

What is your life story? Do you feel like a victim of your circumstances? And if so, how does this affect your future? In today’s show, our guest James Sweigert, who struggled out of a traumatic childhood, shares how the power of his thoughts and the spoken word changed his life. 

Are you ready to make some edits to your life story? Tune in and James will help you go from your head to your heart so you can win the game.






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Announcer: You’re listening to the Psych Central Podcast, where guest experts in the field of psychology and mental health share thought-provoking information using plain, everyday language. Here’s your host, Gabe Howard.

Gabe Howard: Welcome to this week’s episode of The Psych Central Podcast, calling into the show today, we have James Sweigert. He is a television and film producer who has worked for many major brands and studios such as Apple, Netflix and Hulu. He’s also the author of the new book, If You Say So, which discusses the power of the spoken word and the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. Welcome, James.

James Sweigert: Thank you very much. It’s great to be here.

Gabe Howard: Can you tell us a little bit about your story and how and why you changed it?

James Sweigert: Sure, the title of the book, If You Say So, the subtitle is My Story and How I Changed It to Save My Life. And I came from a pretty tumultuous childhood. I was the youngest of 12 kids. There was a lot of abandonment, abuse. It was chaos. It was complete pandemonium. And so as a result and being the youngest, I got left behind. A lot of people think, oh, you’re the youngest, you’re the baby of the family. But there were just too many kids. And my mom also ran a daycare out of the house. So it was pretty crazy at the house. And having gone through a lot of things like being left at gas stations and left at school and left at grocery stores and that sort of thing, I started to develop stories around these events that happened to me, including abuse. I was molested by relatives and a neighbor from the ages of seven to 12. Because of just overlooking, I just felt like I didn’t matter. Nobody was out there protecting me. Everybody was too busy on survival mode. A lot of the older brothers and sisters found drugs and alcohol, which I eventually found at the age of 12 and used as my coping mechanism through adolescence and early adulthood. And I ended up a drug addict, alcoholic, dealing with severe depression and suicidal tendencies and ultimately a suicide attempt that I was lucky enough to survive.

James Sweigert: So we all have stories, right, because we’re all going to be victims of something in life. And it’s how we respond to that. Out of these events, I started to develop stories early on that I don’t matter. I’m broken, I’m unlovable. They’re going to figure me out. I’m a phony. All of these stories that I tended to loop into my head well into adulthood and they didn’t serve me. In fact, they just compounded my depression. And I was just pretty sure that the world would be a better place if I wasn’t in it. What happened for me is I asked for help at the age of twenty five. I was despondent. It was following a suicide attempt and help arrived in the form of a number of teachers, a brother that helped me find those teachers. And I was able to get clean and sober at twenty five. And I met some amazing teachers that helped me realize that I was telling myself stories that weren’t true and that I could change the story. And it’s through a lot of hard work. There’s a train metaphor I use about doing the work we have to do to go process and feel these unfelt feelings. You know, we have a baggage car, we have a passenger car, we have a bar car and the caboose.

James Sweigert: Some of us spend a little too much time in the bar car. That was part of my story and on the caboose, reflecting on what coulda, shoulda and woulda been. And then also spending too much time in the baggage car, just looking at all my bags and staring at it and not doing anything about it. And we’ve got to get rid of that baggage. We’ve got to feel those unfelt feelings and process that stuff so we can move on and be free from it and forgive and ask for forgiveness. And ultimately, the work I need to do is being up in that little steam engine locomotive with my overalls on, pick up the shovel and start shoveling coal into that furnace, which powers my train and moves my train forward. And that furnace is an analogy for our passion, our soul’s desire, if you will, and there’s work to be done in order to come out of our old stories. And that’s the shoveling coal part of doing the work we have to do, whether it’s going to therapy and feeling those uncomfortable feelings and processing them. Someone once told me a great line. They said, if you’re going through hell, keep going. So that’s kind of how I changed my story.

Gabe Howard: I love any analogy that involves a train, I think that it is an underutilized form of transportation and analogy. Let’s talk about the book for a moment, because in the book,

James Sweigert: Sure.

Gabe Howard: One of the things that I noticed is that you mentioned helpers and takers. Can you explain

James Sweigert: Yes.

Gabe Howard: How those two groups differ?

James Sweigert: Absolutely. And thanks for pointing that out. You’re the first person to pull that out of the book and ask me that question. I think there’s two kinds of people. Ultimately, there’s helpers and there’s takers and the takers are easy to spot in this world. I think we can see who the takers are. But the greatest people in history, the greatest people of all time have always been the helpers, the Mother Teresa of the world, the Princess Di’s of the world, the Martin Luther King’s of the world and their helpers, their selflessly giving of themselves was taking a lot of risk. And really just following their passion and their passion was to help people, to help liberate people, to help give people dignity and to show love. And to me, I want to be on the right side of history. And that’s why I’ve been really blessed with a great life. I was able to come out of the darkness into the light and ultimately succeed at being a very successful producer in Hollywood and living in Beverly Hills. My life is a dream. So now that I’ve accomplished so much, it’s really my intention to give back whenever I do a speaking engagement. I also offer an unpaid speaking engagement to an underfunded program, inner city schools, charities. And if anybody listening to your podcast has an organization where they feel they could benefit from me coming to speak, talking about the power of the spoken word and how we can change our stories and how we can actually change our stories to find happiness and true fulfillment, I’m happy to come and talk. What I do and I just love helping people and fulfills me. It gives me a great sense of purpose and duty. And when I get a letter back or a note or a comment on how my book even has changed so many people’s lives already in a short period of time, it just that’s everything for me. That’s my furnace. Right. That’s my soul’s desire is to help others to find what I was able to find.

Gabe Howard: Let’s talk about how you described your life as blessed and the reason that I’m going to zero in on this is because in your introduction, you talked about having a really, really rough childhood. But of course, that’s not what you’re focusing on. You’re focusing on where you are now and all the success that you’ve had. I imagine that’s difficult for some people. It’s a lot easier to dwell on the well, the really traumatic things that happened to us as people. How did you manage to escape that?

James Sweigert: Yeah, for me, there’s a great line, I heard somebody said, you’ve got to hit your head on the bottom of the pool in order to find out how deep it is sometimes. And for me, that was the case. Like I said, we’ll all be victims of something. And I think when we’re in enough pain and that’s when it comes time for us to be willing to change and to change the story, because we see those people out there who are negative all the time and you have to pay attention to what you’re focused on. I just can’t focus on the darkness because I’ll get more darkness. The universe will give you whatever story you tell it. And we know those people out there that are cynical and negative and they’re watching the news all the time. It doesn’t matter if they’re blue or red consuming the news all the time. It’s just the negativity and the the sensationalized news on either side of the aisle. It’s hard to be happy. And if that’s what I’m focused on, the noise, all that’s going to come out of me is noise, and it’s going to be impossible for me to be happy. And so what I had to do is I had to really pay attention to what I’m focused on. And it’s my choice. Every morning there’s a great Abraham Lincoln quote that people are as happy as they make up their minds to be. And for a long time gave I didn’t know I had a choice. And that’s really the intention of my book, is to let people know you have a choice. You are not the victim of circumstance.

James Sweigert: You have to take personal responsibility for yourself and you can actually create your own, whether today it’s just the law of attraction. You get what you’re focused on. And I have people that have come to work for me where their cell phone screen is always broken. They’re late to work. The computer’s cracked and it doesn’t work. And you hear how they speak about themselves in the world and they’re just negative. And it’s we’re never going to make it and they never make it. Conversely, when you see people who are focused on what’s good and what’s working and they’re speaking positively about themselves and others and they’re speaking in the direction of truth and love, like Don Miguel Ruiz’s four agreements, the first of the four agreements is be impeccable with your word and don’t speak against yourself or others and always speak in the direction of truth and love. And I think for any malady, whether it’s depression or alcoholism or drug addiction or suicide, the remedy for that, it’s a body, mind, spirit, solution. Dr. Karl Young wrote about it. William James wrote about it in the eighteen hundreds that it’s not just mental and it’s not just physical, but to there has to be some sort of spiritual shift. And I don’t care. I coach people who are Muslim. I coach people who are Jewish and Christians across the board. As long as you believe in something that is great and that is love and that is in favor of all peacefully cohabitate, because that’s an important ingredient. As you can hear, I’m very passionate about this subject, so.

Gabe Howard: It’s a great subject and I’m inclined to agree with most of it, because you’re right, we can all agree that words can be used for good or evil. And it’s not even really about the words. It’s the context. It’s how we make people feel with our words. It’s about how we make ourselves feel with our words. And that’s what you explain in your book about how the power of words can shape your life. And

James Sweigert: Absolutely.

Gabe Howard: You really talk a lot about the power of the spoken word. Can you expand on that for our listeners?

James Sweigert: Absolutely. If you think about it, Adolf Hitler in the 1930s used the power of the spoken word to almost exterminate the race of people, and that was using the power of the spoken word for evil and for hate. It’s incredibly powerful. I think that’s a testament to it. Conversely, let’s think about what we could do going the other way with it. Think about the intention of the power of the spoken word in the direction of truth and love and compassion and support and encouragement. Someone asked me the other day, they were like, you’re like a life coach. And I said, no, I’m more like a life cheerleader. You know that you already have the playbook inside of you. It’s my job just to help you go from your head to your heart to crack open your playbook so you can win the game. And that’s really the best way to describe what I do and how I help people, because I’m not going to tell people what to do. And that’s the beauty of the title of this book. My niece Julia is she’s smart as a whip, and she gave me some great feedback on the book in relationship to how I was going to navigate writing about my family because I didn’t really want to hurt anybody. This was not a tell all book. This is a helpful book.

James Sweigert: And Julia came to me because you know what I love about the title of your book? She said, you can’t argue with it. And I love that. I just love that I’m not out here trying to convert anyone because that can be a real turnoff. But what I do want to do is reach the people that don’t know they have a story or they don’t know they can change it. And it starts with how we speak about ourselves, because people who have come through childhood trauma or any kind of trauma, for that matter, they create a story about that. And I’m not talking about the true stories. I’m talking about the stories that we tell ourselves in the dark when we’re sick and we don’t feel well. Those are the stories that I want to get to and that I want to shed light on so that people can see those. And in my workshops and in my seminars will do that. People start to uncover their stories and shed light on that. And then we start to talk about what do you want your new story to be? And let’s focus on that. Let’s write that. What’s the news story? And one of the things I do is I get people to really look at their lives and say, look, are you grateful? Is there something in your life you’re grateful for? And I’ll have them close their eyes and think about that.

James Sweigert: And I said, focus on that thing. Whatever it is, it can be your dog or cat, be your wife or your husband. And I said, Now, what I want you to do is open your eyes, stand up and say, I am so grateful and I love my life and yell it together. And all of a sudden you see, using the power of the spoken word, you can literally change your now because I said, do you feel the energy change inside of you when you yelled that out loud and everyone said yes, overwhelmingly, did you feel the energy change in the room? Absolutely. And so that’s one little exercise that people can employ right now. Just think of something you’re grateful for and then just yell it out loud how grateful you are for it. And that literally can change the energy in your now. So bring your chin up a quarter inch so you can start to focus on what’s good, what’s working and start to move in the direction of your happiness, your dreams. And that’s true success to me. I don’t know. Money’s obviously not the measurement of success, but you know how fulfilled you are and how happy you are is really the measure of your success.

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Gabe: We’re back discussing the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves with author James Sweigert.

Gabe Howard: Let’s play devil’s advocate for a moment, because I know there’s somebody listening to this and saying, so what you’re saying is if I’m in a bad way, I just tell myself I’m in a good way and poof, all of the sudden everything is better. And I imagine that that’s not what you’re saying. There’s a lot more steps than that. But to somebody listening to this and says, listen, you’re just repackaging the power of positive thinking and reselling it to me. What do you have to say for those people?

James Sweigert: I have a young man that I mentor and and this goes back to what I was saying earlier, where we’re all going to be victims of something in life. And I’m not talking about a Pollyanna attitude where you just ignore difficulties and challenges in real life events. It’s not what I’m talking about. It’s how we respond to those, because they’re going to happen, right? There’s going to be death, there’s going to be loss, there’s going to be pain. And one of the young men who I mentor, he’s about thirty seven. He and his wife had a baby, little Charlotte, just about two or three years old. They got pregnant again with their second daughter, Lily and Lily. They were doing the early tests while Fran was still pregnant. It was determined Lily did not have a right ventricle. And they did all of the research. They talked to all the doctors. They in particular happen to be Catholic. So they talked to their priest and their clergy about what should we do here? And basically some of these kids, when they’re born, they go into open heart surgery right away. And some of these children survive and have normal happy lives. Some of them don’t make it. And so what they did with their faith and they prayed on it and they said, we’re going to give the best chance at Lily having a good life. So they chose to go through with everything. And right after Lily was born at UCLA Hospital three days later, she went in for open heart surgery as this tiny little fragile infant. She was hooked up for about a month and a half, two months on life support and tubes and wires.

James Sweigert: And we went up there. I was up there every day with them. And I’ll just back up and say there’s nothing in this world more painful than losing a child. There just isn’t. And this is what they were faced with. And so by employing their faith, their courage, they walked through this event with so much dignity and so much grace. And we’re of service to that child. And there’s a couple of months later, there comes the time where they have to take the baby off life support to see if it can survive or not. And in that time, it come and they pulled the baby off life support and the baby didn’t make it. Now, I will say to you this. I do not have children. I was not able to have children. But there is nothing more painful than that. And I watch because when we were praying for Lily, we had prayer circles. And at one point I out loud, I was praying for Lily to survive and the medical issues. And Devon, her father, looked over to me, put his hand on my shoulder and he said, you know what? We’re not going to pray for Lily to live. We’re going to pray for God’s will. For Lily do is like a ton of bricks hit me in the chest because I realized that he knew that child belonged to the universe. The child didn’t belong to him and his wife. It showed me such extraordinary faith and courage and dignity.

James Sweigert: And the way they walked through that was absolutely incredible. Of course, it was painful. Of course, there was anguish and mourning grief. And we all went through that. And I was by his side every step of the way. And we went through that horrible situation, that tragic event in their family. And they moved on. They kept her memory alive and they acknowledged her in the home. They didn’t do it. A lot of people do. We’re not going to talk about it again. I have some friends who’ve lost siblings, and they’re just the families said we’re not talking about it ever again. But they kept it alive for Charlotte. They talked about her sister, that she’s with God now. And what was amazing to me was that because of their faith, in my opinion, they didn’t give up. And two years later, a friend got pregnant again. They had a beautiful new baby daughter, Zoe, and now they have two wonderfully beautiful children. And this memory of how they were able to get through something very difficult, but not let it dictate their future and ruin their lives, because I’ve seen that happen to people where they make it about themselves and they want to play the victim and they remain the victim for decades. So if you’re out there struggling, I hear, how do I use the spoken word? What if I don’t believe it? This is where the spiritual component comes in that I believe in a great spirit and the power of the universe. I believe in a spiritual entity that wants us all to be happy. I really do.

James Sweigert: I think plants and trees and the great sequoias, they grow up defying gravity. And I believe that the universe wants that for us as well. And so you have to believe you can start today by saying, you know what, my best days are ahead of me. You might be in a hole right now. You might be in a dark place. But there is hope, because even for when I was having suicidal thoughts, my mentor said to me, he said, James, what if when you killed yourself, the pain didn’t go away? And he said, worse yet, what if when you killed yourself, the pain got worse? Because we’ve read about people who’ve died and started to go to the other side and seeing light and all these kinds of stuff, and there’s the guy that jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived it. The first thing that he thought when he left off the bridge was, oh, my God, what am I doing with regret? So that’s why I tell people like I just start saying my best days are ahead of me. And people say, how are you doing? Not so great, but I’m getting better. And you’re leaving room for improvement, leaving room for opportunity. So I don’t believe in denial and not acknowledging where you’re at, what’s going on. You have to address that stuff, but you have to believe it can get better. And then there’s some people that just want to sit in the mud. And I’m like, the universe will give you whatever story you tell it, but you do have a choice.

Gabe Howard: One of the things that you say, of course, is that the universe will give you whatever you tell, it will give you in, and I certainly believe that in many ways. But but in other cases, like really extreme examples, war or poverty or of course, in the lives of children, that rings less true. Is there an outer limits to if you say so, where does it end or where does it begin?

James Sweigert: Interesting questions. Let’s talk about the and you’re in the business of the mind, so let’s talk about the power of the mind. One of the examples I will point to is the placebo effect. Right. What’s the explanation that a sugar pill give a human being the same benefit, the same medical benefits that the actual medicine gives people? And I’m talking about significant numbers that there’s people who actually benefit from just the thought that they think they’re taking something that will help them in their condition. That’s the power of the mind and that’s the power of belief. You’ll get whatever you believe. And so if you’re believing negative thoughts, you will get that your point in that shift towards the dormancy. You’re going to get rough sailing. If I point that ship towards the beautiful sunset, it’s going to be smooth sailing. It’s just the law of nature. That’s just the way that things work. There is no limit. There’s a limit. If you say so, you’re talking about war. And a lot of people throw this out. When I start talking about the law of attraction, when I say that life is always good, it’s just our perspective of it that changes people fight me on. What about 911? What about school shootings? And as I mentioned earlier, that we don’t have control over everyone else, but we do have control of ourselves over what we’re focused on, what we’re saying about ourselves and what we’re saying to others. That’s what I focus on is what I really have power over of my voice and my word. And so we’re all going to be victims of something. I love parents who always buy their kids a goldfish when they’re children.

James Sweigert: It’s a great lesson of this experience in this human life that this imperfect world where we’re animals. So when a kid has a goldfish and then he comes home one day from school and the goldfish is floating on top of the water, what do you do? You grieve the loss of the goldfish. You have a little ceremony in the backyard. You bury it in the flower bed, you put a little headstone and you grieve the loss of your goldfish. And that’s to prepare us for bad things happen in life. But we’re not in control of all of that. But what I do know is this is when I’ve changed my story and I started to speak differently about myself and others. And when I started to pay attention to what I was focused on and I started focusing on what’s good and what’s working in my life, I attract a lot more of that. And I’m a lot more peaceful in my life. I have a lot more healthy, loving, nurturing relationships of people that make me a better me. And I’m happier and I’m more content and I’m comfortable in my own skin and that’s my evidence. And literally hundreds of thousands, if not millions of other people in the world that do the same thing. Because I was stuck in the darkness, I did not know I had a choice. And that’s really bringing it back full circle to this. That’s really what the book is about, is to let people who are struggling know that, hey, there are some things you can do right now to start to turn this thing around.

Gabe Howard: One of the things that you talk about openly is that you’re a survivor of sexual assault. I just like to give you the opportunity to talk about that because it goes into what you were saying, that people always push back. What about 9/11? What about war? What about famine? You have your own personal hell that you’ve dealt with. Can you expound on that for a moment?

James Sweigert: One of the greatest pieces of feedback I got on the book was got it’s really raw. You’re incredibly vulnerable in that. And yes, I had to tell my story because I don’t want to keep looping the story about all the negative, horrible things that happened to me and things that I had done. I wanted to put a period at the end of that story and move on. And again, what I’m really focused on, you know, how I am so lucky and blessed and grateful of this great life that I have. But I write about a lot of really tragic events. And what I’m finding is I’m having a lot of people direct message me on social media saying, you know what, that happened to me to thank you for sharing that. I’ve never been able to talk about that when a lot of the work that I do, especially with men, because I think for men, the stigma around M.S., the shame that comes with that and the stigma around that was one of the things I said I would never, ever tell anyone. And someone who one of my great teachers and great inspiration to me is the famous champion boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard. And he wrote a book called The Big Fight. And it was about his battle with alcohol and drugs being the biggest fight he ever had in his life. And he wrote in his book about how he was molested twice when he was a young teenage amateur coming up in the boxing ranks.

James Sweigert: And and I was so moved by his vulnerability and his honesty that it inspired me. I said, you know what? I need to tell my story. I need to share my truth as well so that I can help hopefully crack open other men and women who kept that a secret because we’re as sick as our secrets and those secrets and those resentments and that rage and that anger that we have towards our offenders, that breeds illness, breeds tumors, it breeds I had asthma because of it. I had colitis because of it, because I was suffering from this rage inside of being wronged and being violated. And not until I was able to learn about forgiveness. And ultimately, when someone explained to me that forgiveness isn’t about letting anybody else off the hook, it’s about letting ourselves off. And that was a huge revelation for me. So, yeah, the world’s not perfect. And that’s exactly what my book is designed to help people and how they respond to tragic events and horrible things that have happened to them. Because if I continue to fight things but there’s a saying, what we resist persists, stop fighting. I put my weapons down and now I’m really focused on what’s good, what’s working in my life, focused on gratitude, focused on love and focus on helping others. And as a result, I couldn’t be happier. I love what I do and I love everybody I do it with. And I’m really lucky.

Gabe Howard: James, I love everything that you’ve said, I love your outlook on life, and of course, I’m I’m really glad that you’re out there helping people. Where can people find your book?

James Sweigert: My website is, and that’s S W E I G E R T, You can also get the book through there. You can also book me for speaking engagements. Or if you’re looking at lifestyle coaching, I’m happy to help anyone I can. And yes, the book is available on Amazon, hardcover, paperback, Audible as well as Kindle.

Gabe Howard: James, thank you so much for being honest. Thank you for being here and we appreciate your time.

James Sweigert: You’ve got it, Gabe. Thank you so much for having me on your podcast. I appreciate it and hope you have a great day. Unless, of course, you have other plans.

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Immunonutrition may improve COVID-19 patients’ recovery

Researchers duo Emma Derbyshire and Joanne Delange from the Nutritional Insight, Surrey, United Kingdom, explore the role of immunonutrition – nutrition that boosts or influences the immune system for those over 65 years of age in COVID-19. Their study titled, “COVID-19: is there a role for immunonutrition, particularly in the over 65s?,” was released in the latest issue of the BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health.


The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), since its emergence in late December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, has infected over 60 million people worldwide, with over 1.43 million succumbing to severe COVID-19 disease. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a pandemic on the 11th of March this year, and since then, the pandemic remains one of the most significant public health problems in recent human memory.

Public health strategies to prevent the spread of this highly infective virus include social distancing, prevention of gatherings, wearing masks, and hand hygiene. The focus has not been on the immune system and foods that could help boost the immune system, write the researchers.

This review attempted to gather the present evidence in favor of immune-nutrition or nutrition and diet that helps boost the immune system, especially among the elderly who are more susceptible to the SARS CoV-2 infection and its complications.

The researchers call immunonutrition a form of prevention of disease or “prehabilitation,” which could help the “body to cope with potentially lethal viruses such as coronavirus.”


The researchers explain that the definition of prehabilitation in scientific literature says these are “interventions that can help improve patient’s health in advanced of being exposed to a physiological stressor, so they are then better able to cope with that stress.”

Nutrition and disease

The researchers say that there is ample evidence that poor nutrition, protein-energy malnutrition as well as deficiencies of micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals are part of “related lifestyle factors” which can contribute to a suboptimally functioning immune system.

Certain components of the diet, including fruit, vitamin C, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and probiotics, are termed as immunonutrition that could help boost immunity and have a possible role in “resisting respiratory viruses and diseases,” write the researchers.

SARS CoV-2 and immune system

The COVID-19 pandemic raging around the world is caused by the SARS-CoV-2, which is part of the coronavirus family. At present, there are no safe and effective treatments against this virus nor vaccines to prevent infection. SARS-CoV-2, in some vulnerable individuals, especially the elderly, may lead to atypical viral pneumonia. Some may even need oxygen or artificial ventilation and ICU care. Elderly with other health problems such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc., may have a greater risk of developing complications such as acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), leading to multiple organ failure and even deaths.

The immune system has four components – T cells, B cells, the complement system, and phagocytes. There are two arms of the immune system – innate and adaptive immunity. These protect the body against infections. A healthy diet and nutrition boost the immune system.

The team writes that Professor Philip Calder, an expert on immune nutrition, says in his paper, “Feeding the Immune System,” that the immune system functions by acting as a barrier against incoming infections.

Age and immune system

With age, the immune function declines. This is called ‘immunosenescence.’ Both innate and acquired immune systems decline with age. The reasons for this decline include:

  • Reducing functions of the T cells due to involution of the thymus gland and also reduced production of new naïve T cells
  • “Inflammaging” or inflammation associated with aging processes
  • Poor nutritional status associated with age. There is typically micronutrient deficiencies seen in the elderly
  • Menopause and andropause can also contribute to nutritional deficiencies

Immunonutrition and COVID-19

Some of the main findings from the scientific literature search by the researchers were:

  • A healthy immune system requires vitamins A, D, C, E, B6, B12, folate, copper, iron, zinc, and selenium. There is an interplay of these nutrients in a healthy immune system
  • Immunonutrients of considerable importance are vitamin C, D, and zinc.
  • Vitamin C helps in the development of the epithelial barrier functions of the respiratory system that prevents invasion by pathogens. It can help prevent pneumonia.
  • Vitamin D is a powerful immunoregulator. B and T lymphocytes, macrophages, and monocytes are some of the immune cells that have vitamin D receptors on their surface. Vitamin D has a protective role in respiratory infections
  • Authors write, “Zinc is regarded as a ‘gatekeeper’ of immune function.”


The researchers wrote, “The general public and indeed the aging population should be encouraged to follow guidance from Public Health England and continue taking supplements containing 10 μg of vitamin D daily…”. They recommend foods rich in vitamin C (broccoli (60 mg/100 g), blackcurrants (130 mg/100 g), fortified breakfast cereals (up to 134 mg/100 g) and oranges (37–52 mg/100 g). They recommend foods rich in natural zinc such as “canned crab (5.7 mg/100 g), canned shrimps (3.7 mg/100 g), canned adzuki beans (≈2.3 mg/100 g) and boiled eggs (1.3 mg/100 g)”. The recommendations are for vitamin D supplementation with an upper limit of 50 µg/day and an upper limit of daily zinc at 25 mg/day.

Future directions

There is a dearth of studies that examine the effects of immune nutrients on “vulnerable groups such as those aged >65, with underlying health conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, and heart disease, or who are immunosuppressed”.

The research duo feels that public health strategies should also focus on immunonutrition as a form of prehabilitation to prevent the spread of the infection, boost recoveries and reduce the burden on the healthcare systems due to an increase in hospital admissions.

Journal reference:

  • Derbyshire E, Delange JCOVID-19: is there a role for immunonutrition, particularly in the over 65s? BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health 2020;3, doi: 10.1136/bmjnph-2020-000071,

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Juliet Amelia: Internationally Acclaimed Playboy Model talks about her Workout, Diet and Beauty Secrets

Juliet Amelia is an international model with over seven years’ experience including covers with Playboy, BADD, FHM, RHK,  Mancave, Luxury Trending, Lifestyle, Swimsuits & Sports, Lingerie Plus, IOB, Lifestyle for Men, Muscle & Fitness Hers and other magazines. Her experience includes fashion, glamour, swimwear, runway, print, and workshops.

Her special skills include British accent, Yoga and being a fitness model. She is also a licensed massage therapist.

Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar did a candid interview with Juliet Amelia, Playboy Model, Playmate of the Year and an exceptionally talented international model where she talks about her workout, diet, hair & skincare, and her success story.

Namita Nayyar:

You have been an International Playboy Playmate and Playmate of the Year. Walk us through your spectacular modeling journey and tell us how it all began?

Juliet Amelia
Juliet Amelia:

I was discovered by a modeling agency on Facebook.  We created a comp card.  Then I started a Model Mayhem profile that introduced me to many photographers which enabled me to build my portfolio.  I was contacted by Playboy photographer Steven Ruegnitz who was mentored by one of Playboy’s most famous photographers, Arny Freytag.  Steven inspired me to follow my dreams to be a Playboy model.

I traveled and did many shoots. I am learning and gaining confidence from each shoot. 

My first Playboy pictorial was for Slovakia July of 2018 with a photographer that had never been published in Playboy before.  I knew that to get more publications and to further my modeling career, I had to work with the best photographers.  The door to do this was now opened and through social media I met and then had the opportunity to work with many creative talents.

I was Playmate of the month for Sweden in December 2018.  I was asked by the magazine to work with one of their favorite photographers.  We submitted some of my best work to date, shot in Las Vegas which became my Playmate of the Year for Sweden issue.

Namita Nayyar:

Introduce us to a day in your life.

Juliet Amelia:

Even though I’m British, I don’t drink tea.  My latte coffee with a protein bar in the morning is the most important thing! 

Before the stay-at-home order I worked out 3-4 times a week with a personal trainer.  Now that Covid-19 has closed the gym, I have a different routine.  I now follow a mixed cardio and strength training virtual work-out for 30 minutes almost every day.

I then normally check my social media and email during breakfast. 

During the day, I like to go for a two mile walk on the beach listening to music or Podcasts.  I also like to do virtual Yoga practice which keeps me present, mindful, centered and home.  I like to read spiritual and personal growth books and lately I’ve been working on my own book.

I do a sexy slow motion run on the beach in my red Baywatch swimsuit (just checking to see if you were reading this ha ha).

I try to not miss a sunset on the beach.  Having grown up in England, it is a real blessing to see natures fireworks display and awesome beauty.

I like to cook and I eat healthy almost without exception.  For dinner, my favorite is chicken, fish or steak and vegetables on the grill or spicy stir fry in the wok.

I end the day with a good book or movie.

Namita Nayyar:

What exercises comprise your fitness regime or workout routine that you may like to share?

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Juliet Amelia:

I do alternating High Intensity Interval (HIT) combined with weights training. For example, I do a 15 minute cardio warm-up followed by 3-4 circuits of a set of 5-8 exercises consisting of lunges, squats, planks, wall sit, mountain climbers, pushups, sit-ups and bench press to name a few.

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Sickness presenteeism


Why is it still prevalent amid the pandemic?

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian had carried on working for up to two hours last week while awaiting the results of a rapid COVID test. Sadly, she was not the first Australian to “soldier on” in the face of health concerns and a big day at work. Most certainly, she won’t be the last.

“Sickness presenteeism” or soldiering on is prevalent even in 2020 despite the work from home arrangements. Numerous people from state premiers to minimum-wage workers feel the need to show up because they don’t have a choice, feeling like their whole job depends on it.

It is cited that managers and leaders are shown to model good behaviour and foster a healthy workplace culture in which soldiering on isn’t celebrated as heroic.

A Pathology Awareness Australia report last 2016 had estimated the economic costs of workers turning up sick or putting in unnecessary extra hours at more than $34 billion a year. This is due to productivity loss and the spread of infection to co-workers.

A 2019 statistics revealed 6,387 women going to work while sick due to workload pressures and the thought that they are not sick enough to stay at home.

The prevalence of COVID-19 has become a significant public health dilemma as well, as cases have been traced to workers spreading the virus at work, including abattoirs and health-care facilities.

Soldiering on is found throughout the employment spectrum, but is mostly among “essential” workers, health care workers and the like, who felt “socially obligated” to attend work.

There is a need for businesses and organizations to ensure a safe working environment, which means establishing clear expectations and protocols regarding staying home when unwell. Businesses should also include the opportunity for remote working when workers feel well enough to work but may still be infectious.

Hence, organizations should offer medical and well-being support and care to employees to provide confidence to their essential workers. More broadly, managers and organizations should also understand that tacitly encouraging people to come to work even unwell could impair the organizational performance.

That being said, managers are encouraged to prepare contingency plans for absences to be able to maintain the momentum of the organization.

Natural ADHD Supplements | Gym Junkies

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is something millions of people throughout the world deal with on a daily basis. It is a mental disorder that can cause people to suffer from higher than normal hyperactivity and it may lead to impulsive behaviors.

If you or a child suffers from ADHD there is a struggle to focus on a single task or from sitting still for long periods of time. As researchers have learned more about ADHD it has lead to an additional diagnosis of not only children but adults as well. Many adults are diagnosed with the condition as proper ADHD testing and research wasn’t prevalent several decades ago.

Now, there are medications that can help address focus and attention while reducing impulsive behaviors, but many of these medications come with secondary side effects while also impacting a person’s personality. You likely don’t want your own personality to be affected, and if you have a child you won’t want their personality to be stunted either. That is why you may want to look at other ways to help address ADHD.

There are a number of natural ADHD supplements that may help, depending on the severity level. Extreme cases of ADHD may still need the aid of medication, but before you go down that road, you should consider some of these natural supplements instead. 

Vitamin D

If you live in a warm-weather climate where you spend a good amount of time outside you may already have the necessary levels of Vitamin D.

However, millions of Americans do not receive the kind of Vitamin D they need to throughout the year. If you live in an area of the country where the weather turns cold you might not be outside as much. Children who spend hours playing video games or watching television also will not receive the kind of Vitamin D they need. This can lead to a number of health concerns.

Now, ADHD is not caused by a lack of Vitamin D, but the symptoms can be reduced with the right level of the vitamin. So if you or your child is not getting outside while the weather is warm do whatever you can to change this. Adding a Vitamin D supplement may also reduce some of the symptoms, so you should consider adding the supplement to the diet.

Research is still in its infancy with regards to how Vitamin D can improve how someone experiences ADHD, but most studies do indicate children with ADHD tend to have a far lower level of Vitamin D in their body than children who do not suffer from the mental disorder.

According to research published in the Iranian Journal of hild Neurology (2015), deficiency of Vitamin D in other psychiatric diseases has been well established, and conducted research indicated children with the disease had near a third less of the vitamin within their body than children in a control group. So adding the supplement to a dietary regimen should help with some symptoms and may boost other supplements taken for ADHD.

Fish Oil

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Fish oil is truly a wonder supplement. It helps combat inflammation, which is perfect if you work out and you want your muscles to recover faster.

The omega-3 fatty acids provide your body with a number of other health benefits as well. In terms of helping combat ADHD, it has been proven that omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce hyperactivity and improve attention.

Now, we’re using fish oil as the supplement, but there are other omega-3 fatty acid supplements out there. Krill oil, for example, maybe even more impactful than fish oil. It has a higher consistency of the fatty acids, it just happens to cost far more than what you would pay for fish oil (it also isn’t as widely available as fish oil).

There are different levels of fatty acid fish oil supplements, so when looking through the supplement selection at your local grocery store you may wonder which to go with.

If you have a young child (such as under 10), you’ll want to shoot for a supplement that has around 1,000 mg of the EPA and DHA fatty acids. You can scale this up to 2,000 mg for an adult (so as your child ages you can slowly increase the mg per day).

Generally speaking, you’ll want to skip out on the gummy supplements. Not only do many of these gummy supplements come with coats of sugar, but the desired EPA and DHA levels are not reached.

According to Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivy Disorder (CHADD), results from omega-3 fatty acids are modest, but this may be all you’re looking for if you or a child suffers from modest ADHD. You may also see improvements when combined with some of the other natural supplements on this list.



One of the most common symptoms of ADHD is hyperactivity and feeling agitated quickly. In order to help combat this, it is recommended to look at a magnesium supplement. Magnesium has not been directly connected (as of yet) with ADHD.

However, it has been proven to help with hyperactivity. If you or your child does not suffer this symptom you may not need to add magnesium to the diet. However, if hyperactivity is a symptom (which it likely is), it is highly recommended to add the supplement to your diet.

Magnesium can also help with children who currently take ADHD medication. ADHD medication is not constantly in the system. It will have to wear off point. When this happens some children experience what is known as a rebound effect.

The rebound effect occurs when their brain returns to ADHD functionality and basically bounces back from the medicated state to the non-medicated state. Sometimes the brain can overcompensate for this, which makes the rebound that much more noticeable. If you have a child who demonstrates these symptoms and the rebound effect it is a good idea to consider using magnesium to reduce this effect.

When choosing magnesium supplements you should pick out one that is combined with  Vitamin B6. B6 helps improve the body’s absorption of magnesium.

According to the International Society for the Development of Research on Magnesium, during a clinical trial children suffering from ADHD between the ages of 7 and 12 were given 200 mg of magnesium (with B6) a day for six months.

At the conclusion of the six-month trial, it was determined the children who took the supplement experienced a reduction in hyperactivity when compared with children of a control group who did not take the magnesium supplement.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba

This supplement has long been known for its ability to improve cognitive capability. It also helps children who suffer from ADHD. According to the ADDitude Organization, during a recent trial, children suffering from ADHD partook in a double-blind, randomized study where some children added ginkgo to their diet while others took a placebo.

Those who took the supplement experienced a boost in their response rate and saw an improvement in their attention span (although it did not reduce their hyperactivity). It is recommended to take 60 mg of the supplement twice a day to fully experience the benefits of the supplement.



Iron is an extremely important supplement when it comes to brain function and activity. Found in the body’s bloodstream, without iron the brain is unable to process information as quickly.

Additionally, individuals who suffer from ADHD tend to suffer from a lack of iron, which may be one reason why it is difficult to focus on one specific task without getting up and needing to do something else (or losing interest). The addition of iron into the diet may help improve brain function and assist in boosting focus.

One thing to keep in mind though is iron is something you need to measure before taking the supplement. Your body can have too much iron, which will cause other side effects and problems. You need to know what kind of iron level is in the bloodstream before adding it to your diet. So while the other supplements are easy enough to add to your diet, you should consult with your primary healthcare provider about a blood test.

During an iron blood test, doctors will look for a handful of readouts.

The first is they will test for hemoglobin and hematocrit, which is the overall level of iron in red blood cells. While these levels are typically normal in those who suffer from ADHD, it is the levels of ferritin that are lower in ADHD individuals. Ferritin is the measurement of circulating iron.

Iron in the blood is important, but it also needs to circulate and not lay dormant. According to the ADDitude Organization, children with ADHD typically had a level of 22 ferritins in their bloodstream, which is half that of children who do not suffer from ADHD.

When asking for an iron level test, make sure your doctor does look at the ferritin levels and not just hemoglobin and hematocrit.

In Conclusion

Few people want to go onto medication if they can avoid it. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with ADHD you’ll probably want to do what you can to address the symptoms without impacting personality.

These natural supplements may exactly what you’re looking for. Now, it is recommended to discuss the supplements with your doctor, especially if you have other health conditions, dietary restrictions, or you’re already taking other medication as some supplements may counteract the benefits of the other medications.

Whatever the case may be, if you and your doctor believe it’s an avenue worth checking out these natural supplements may end up being all that is needed to improve ADHD symptoms and to allow all parties involved to live a healthy, normal life.

-Terry Asher

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After changing his best friend’s life by helping him lose over 70lbs, dropping him down to an amazing 7% body fat, Terry was inspired to be a full-time internet trainer knowing he could do the same for many more. In 2010, Terry published his own diet and fitness e-book that can be purchased on this website. Let Terry help you change your body for the better!

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The ACT Mental Health Consumer Network is a consumer-led peak organisation representing the interests of mental health consumers in the ACT in policy and decision-making forums. The Network is committed to social justice and the inclusion of people with experience of mental illness. Their aim is to bring about a higher standard of health care in the mental health sector through representation, lobbying and active involvement in new developments in the mental health sector.

Anglicare Tasmania Inc
Anglicare TAS: Mental health is for everyone. We all have to face challenges in life.  People who have good mental health are more likely to be able to cope with the ups and downs. Our mental health is made up of our psychological, emotional and social wellbeing. This means it affects how we feel, think and behave each day. Our mental health also contributes to our decision-making process, how we cope with stress and how we relate to others in our lives.  Anglicare has a number of services to support people who are affected by mental health issues.

Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria
The Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCVic) is a state-wide, specialist mental health organisation, providing support, recovery and educational services to people and families living with anxiety disorders. They aim to support and equip people with knowledge and skills that will build resilience and recovery and reduce the impact of anxiety disorders.

Arafmi Ltd
Arafmi is a not for profit community organisation that has been providing quality supports to carers of people with mental health illness for over 40 years. We support our carers with services including carer support groups, carer education workshops and a 24 hour support phone line. We also support their loved ones with NDIS services including respite accommodation, support workers and support coordination. The message from Arafmi to our carers is: you are not alone.

Australian Red Cross
Australian Red Cross is building a better society based on people helping people.
They save lives and support people before and after disasters strike. They work to alleviate suffering during wars and conflict and promote the laws of war. And they work to assist the most vulnerable community members – no matter their circumstances.
They work with politicians, policy-makers, organisations and the public to improve the situation of the most vulnerable people in Australia and around the world.
They advocate based on direct experience and evidence, and empower people to speak out and take action to improve their lives.
They will always focus on the needs and perspectives of vulnerable people, in their areas of expertise.
They are bound their Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary service, Unity and Universality.

Being – Mental Health & Wellbeing
Being is the independent, state-wide peak organisation for people with a lived experience of mental illness (consumers) in NSW. They work with consumers to achieve and support systemic change. BEING acts as a bridge between mental health consumers and the government. An essential part of their role is to encourage mental health consumers to provide input into decision making at all levels concerning the way mental health services are provided. They gather information and lobby the decision makers about issues relevant to the mental health system. They seek to influence legislation and policy introduced by the government where it affects the lives of mental health consumers. BEING also keeps people informed of what is happening in the state through their Network.

Black Swan Health
Black Swan Health was established in 2014 as an independent not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Its primary focus is the provision of high quality primary and mental health services that achieve positive health outcomes for the community. Black Swan Health emerged from changes in the funding and service delivery model for primary health care and in 2015, acquired all direct service delivery programs previously provided by Panorama Health Network (formerly known as Perth North Metro Medicare Local, Osborne GP Network and Osborne Division of General Practice). In 2016 Black Swan Health also acquired One Healthy Community (formerly operating as Fremantle Medicare Local). Black Swan Health and its related entities has operated primarily in the health, community and mental health sectors since 1993, developing a considerable body of knowledge in the delivery and evaluation of programs and services. As a registered provider of disability services, Black Swan Health has also embedded the principles of person centred practice into its day to day service delivery and has well established outcome based reporting and measurement systems in place across all areas.

breakthru is a national for purpose company that has worked with 1000’s of Australians over the past 25 years to access the services they need to live their best life.  Through the provision of high-quality person-centric programs, we enable  people to address mental health, employment, disability, homelessness and training needs.  At breakthru we deliver a range of mental health services that provide support to people to assist with mental health concerns to maintain the best possible social and emotional outcomes, and meet personal recovery goals.

Brisbane North PHN
Brisbane North PHN: Our vision is a community where good health is available for everyone. We work with others to create and deliver the best possible health and community care system for the people of our region.  We are one of 31 Primary Health Networks across Australia.  We support clinicians and communities in Brisbane’s northern suburbs, Moreton Bay Regional Council and parts of Somerset Regional Council.  Our region covers approximately 4100 km2 of urban, regional and rural areas, with a population of over one million.  Our key objectives are to:  * increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients—particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes * improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Care Connect
Care Connect is a not-for-profit home care services organisation that has been providing aged care services at home, for over 20 years. Their expertise is providing the right advice and guidance for home care, and then finding and managing the right home care services to help people at home with day-to-day activities. Those activities can range from gardening or cleaning out the fridge, to joining an exercise group or seeing the grandkids play sport. They have no vested interest other than people’s wellbeing. They are not connected to a residential aged care provider or any religious organisations. They’re completely independent. They only employ independent Client Advisers with extensive experience in home care who provide genuine, independent home care advice. Care Connect have the largest network of trusted services providers nationally, offering people full peace of mind and the widest range of home care services in Australia.

Carers ACT
Carers ACT is the peak agency for Mental Health Carers in the ACT. We work in collaboration with mental health carers to ensure their voices are heard in the policies and programs that affect people with mental health conditions. We also work to raise awareness of the health and well-being needs of mental health carers and advocate for services and system changes that support mental health carers to improve their wellbeing. Our Mental Health Carers Voice program adopts deliberate democracy practices to ensure the voices of carers are considered, evidence based and representative of all.   

CatholicCare NT
CatholicCare NT is a not-for-profit organisation, providing counselling services and programs to individuals, couples, families, children groups, schools and agencies across the Northern Territory. They provide counselling and other support services in Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs, Ltyentye Apurte, Finke, Titjikala,Tennant Creek, APY Lands, Nauiyu, Palmerston, Tiwi and Wadeye. CatholicCare NT is a social services agency of the Catholic Diocese of Darwin. And, is a member of Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), a national body representing the Catholic social services sector. Funding for their services is provided by both the Australian and Northern Territory governments.

Centacare Catholic Family Services
Centacare Catholic Family Services strive to support people in the community who have been marginalised and who are experiencing hardships and challenges in their lives. For the past 74 years, Centacare has worked to help people reach their full potential so they can participate in the community, regardless of their circumstances. Today this commitment underpins the 80 community services they deliver in 35 sites across the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, in metropolitan and regional South Australia.

Centacare, Catholic Diocese of Ballarat Inc
Centacare Catholic Diocese of Ballarat deliver an extensive range of social welfare and outreach services across the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat and the Western District of Victoria. They provide services that support individuals, families and communities empowering people to bring about positive change while building community capacity.
Vision – Life giving communities in a Just Society.
Mission – To provide services which empower people to live with choice and opportunity.

Central Coast Family Support Service Inc
Central Coast Family Support Services Inc. was established in 1985 and is a not-for-profit community based service supporting families on the Central Coast of NSW. Their programs consist of:
• Family Support Home Visiting Program for families in the Gosford local government area with children 0 – 12 years.
• Young Parent Program for young parents and parents to be aged 13 – 19 years, covering the Central Coast.
• Early Intervention Disability Family Caseworker for families who have a child 0 – 8 years with a diagnosed disability, covering the Central Coast.
• Grandparent Support Program for grandparents who are the primary carers of their grandchildren, covering the Central Coast.
• Parenting Educative Program for families with children 0 – 8 years, covering the Central Coast
Vision – Central Coast Family Support Services Inc. is committed to a safe and just world in which difference is respected, learning is reciprocal and everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH
Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) is a NSW state-wide organisation which is a major rural initiative of The University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Health and Medicine and the NSW Ministry of Health. We are committed to improving the mental health, wellbeing and resilience of rural and remote residents and we provide leadership in rural and remote mental health research and program delivery, working closely with rural communities and our valued partners to provide evidence-based service design, delivery and education. The CRRMH focuses on the promotion of good mental health and the prevention of mental illness; developing the mental health system to better meet the needs of people living in rural and remote regions; and understanding and responding to rural suicide. We are based in Orange NSW and our staff are located across rural and remote NSW. Our flagship Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) works on the frontline to inform, educate and connect individuals, communities and workplaces with appropriate services and programs. RAMHP has 20 Coordinators based across regional, rural and remote NSW who link people to local mental health services and resources, educate workplaces and communities about mental health and wellbeing and respond in times of natural disasters and severe adversity.

cohealth is a not-for-profit community health organisation that strives to improve health and wellbeing for all and lead the way in reducing health inequity in partnership with people and the communities in which they live. We have developed a unique model that provides a financially sustainable and impactful way to address social and environmental challenges and make a real difference.

Connections is a not-for-profit community service organisation that provides individual support, training, programs and advocacy in the support of mental health and wellbeing. Connections vision is to Improve Mental Health in the Community and achieves this by providing relevant evidence-based learning and life skill development programs that assist in the facilitation of recovery. Connections is committed to supporting people to be well resourced and make choices regarding all aspects of their individual support.  We encourage the people we work with to make informed decisions about every day and long-term lifestyle issues, and to direct their own journey towards well being and recovery.  Each person’s individual needs are identified, and the planning offered will be responsive to these needs. Connections acknowledges its responsibility to respond to the individual need of each participant, and ensures that the persons plan is guided by their individual goals and aspirations.

Consumers of Mental Health WA (CoMHWA)
CoMHWA is Western Australia’s peak body by, and for, people with a lived experience of mental health distress. Our core purpose is to strengthen and advance the voice, leadership and expertise of people with a lived experience of mental health issues and/or distress. We educate and raise awareness on consumer rights, promote peer support and the peer workforce, lead change with consumers and promote and support recovery and wellbeing with and for consumers.  

Converge International Ltd
Converge International: With over 60 years’ experience, Converge International is one of Australia’s largest and most trusted providers of EAP, critical incident, and wellbeing services.  Today we support over 2 million Australians through our extensive network of customers spanning all industries and sectors.  This depth of expertise enables us to share proven insights into the world of workplace behaviour, mental health and wellbeing that build mental fitness for employees and reduce people risk for organisations.  

Eating Disorders Queensland
Eating Disorders Queensland is a statewide, community-based not-for-profit organisation. We provide community support and treatment services for individuals and families living with and recovering from eating disorders, their carers and loved ones. By the sharing of recovery wisdom we aim to involve people with a lived experience, carers and family members and loved ones. We promote positive body image and prevention of eating disorders. Therapeutic interventions for individuals living with eating disorders and carer coaching/ support families/key support  and friends are also offered.

Employee Assistance Professional Assoc of Australasia
The Employee Assistance Professional Association of Australasia (EAPAA) is a National Professional Association with International Affiliation which aims to ensure the highest professional and ethical standards in EAP provision in Australasia. The role and responsibility of EAPAA is to:
– provide guidance for quality control for EAPs in Australasia
– define professional and ethical standards in EAP provision
– to provide recommendations for qualifications and issues of accreditation in service provision
– to provide information and advice to organisations with regards to standards of program design and operations
– to promote the concept and implementation of EAPs throughout Australasian organisations
– to support, provide research, development and training within the EAP profession to provide a forum for networking within the EAP community

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
Founded in 1991 Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), formerly known as the Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science (AAESS), is a professional organisation which is committed to establishing, promoting and defending the career paths of tertiary trained exercise and sports science practitioners.
Vision – To enhance performance, health and well-being through the science of exercise and sport.
Mission – Lead and promote the excellence in exercise and sports science for the benefits of society and the professions.

FearLess Outreach
FearLess is a charity that works with people living with the consequences of post traumatic stress (often referred to as PTSD). We also help family members in any way affected by it. Our members come from all walks of life including those living with PTSD and their families or people who want to do their bit to make the lives of people living with post traumatic stress more enjoyable and fulfilling. Our work complements the activities of other community-based organisations and government agencies that provide services to people with post traumatic stress.

HelpingMinds offers quality and confidential mental health support to the family and friends of people living with mental health challenges across WA & Darwin. We also help people navigate the NDIS system and are a registered NDIS provider.

JobCo Employment Services Inc
JobCo. Employment Services Inc. is a community based not-for-profit employment service provider which has been delivering a comprehensive range of employment solutions to employers and jobseekers in the Melbourne and metropolitan region since 1994. JobCo’s mission is to ensure that any person seeking employment services, training, counselling or support is assisted. For all clients they will provide a unique and individual experience of service where people feel listened to and supported in overcoming barriers, achieving equality and meaningful inclusion into their local community. Their values are reflected both in the services they provide and in the investment of staff from a broad range of disciplines and cultural backgrounds.

Junaya Family Development Services
Junaya is a Community Based Family Support organisation for families with children 0 – 18 years old. JFDS runs a specialist project which supports families with children or young people experiencing learning difficulties and/ or challenging behaviours within the Blacktown LGA. We also offer Family Development Programs for the broader Western Sydney area that provide empowering, effective, efficient, and potentially transforming strategies, tips and resources which families can use to make positive change in their lives.

Lamp: Community base not for profit mental health support service working with consumers, carers, families and communities throughout the Lower South West WA. Lamp provides in home, school and community supports, centre-based and accommodation option. NDIS provider, Support Coordination and recovery Coaching programs. Children at risk and Indigenous youth and family services mental health.  

Lutheran Services
Lutheran Services provides quality and contemporary support and accommodation for older people, young people and their families, those living with disability or mental illness, and people experiencing domestic violence and hardship.  

Marathon Health
Marathon Health is a not-for-profit, registered charity delivering high quality health and wellbeing services to people in country NSW and the ACT. We are one of the few health organisations based in country Australia with the core purpose to identify, deliver and sustain services to people within these communities. We are passionate advocates for equal access to quality health services for people wherever they choose to live. We are a strong voice for rural health: we live here, we work here, and our future is here.

McAuley Community Services for Women
McAuley Community Services for Women provides much needed services for women and their children who are escaping family violence, and for women who are homeless. McAuley was created in 2008, when the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea joined two of its long-running services – McAuley House (formerly Regina Coeli) and McAuley Care (formerly Mercy Care). Today, they offer three programs for women and their children to help them rebuild their lives:
• McAuley House provides welcoming accommodation for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and supports them on their journey towards independence.
• McAuley Care provides 24-hour crisis accommodation as well as refuges for women and their children escaping family violence.
• McAuley Works is an integrated and holistic program assisting women who have experienced family violence or homelessness into the workforce.

Mental Health Partners
Mental Health Partners offers help and strategic planning for workplace mental health and provides accredited or custom-designed mental health training courses which come with complimentary 24/7 support and aftercare from experienced professionals. Fully accredited, and highly knowledgeable, the Mental Health Partners team is always there when you need us, we’ll help you create and maintain a mentally healthy and productive work environment.

Mentally Healthy WA
Mentally Healthy WA is a community-based health promotion campaign that encourages people to take action to improve their mental health and wellbeing. This evidence-based campaign was developed primarily from research undertaken by Curtin University into people’s perceptions of mental health and the behaviours they believed protected and promoted good mental health. Following a successful pilot phase in six regional communities in Western Australian (2005–2007), the campaign was expanded state-wide.

Mentis Assist
Mentis Assist is one of Victoria’s primary not-for-profit, non-government, community managed mental health service providers supporting people with mental illness and psychiatric disabilities. With a 30 year history in the provision of high quality mental health support in the Southern/ Bayside/ peninsula region and more recently in the areas of Casey and Cardinia, they have supported thousands of people from all walks of life as they achieve their goals. Mentis Assist supports individuals and their families, offering a range of services including one on one outreach and in office support, service and care co-ordination, group activities, family support and a suite of training and meaningful activity options.

Micah Projects
Micah Projects is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing services and opportunities in the community to create justice and respond to injustice. We engage with people experiencing adversity due to poverty, homelessness, mental illness, domestic violence, disability and all forms of discrimination. Micah Projects works to break down barriers that exclude people from housing, healthcare, employment, meaningful connections, and to give people a voice. We assist and support each individual or family including children, to resolve crisis, break social isolation, have a home, access health and community services, and build community. Micah Projects provides a range of support and advocacy services to individuals and families according to their needs and capacity. We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia (First Peoples) as the traditional owners of this land and support the right of Indigenous people to self-determination and cultural expression. The Queensland Government supports Micah Projects in our mission to build community and break social isolation through funding agreements for the provision of services in the community.  

MindShift Foundation
Led by Founder and CEO Elizabeth Venzin, Mindshift are a small but passionate group of industry leaders who donate theirtime and expertise with unrelenting dedication to promoting the importance of positive mental health. Mission: To help individuals, families, communities and workplaces recognise the importance of self-worth, to encourage preventative mental health intervention, and to offer support to the community through awareness campaigns, resources and public discussions. Vision: That a healthy wellbeing and positive mental health can be achieved by any person of any age and from any background.

Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men. Movember’s areas of focus include prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Movember looks at mental health through a male lens, focusing on prevention, early intervention and health promotion. We’re working towards a world where men take action to be mentally well, and are supported by those around them.

Open Minds
Open Minds is a leading provider of mental health and disability support services in Queensland and Northern New South Wales. With more than 100 years of history, Open Minds is committed to its purpose of enabling an independent and positive future for people living with mental illness and disabilities. Open Minds is also a registered NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) provider, with more than 400 employees spread across 35 locations.  We provide Support Workers and other professionals to enable our clients to live as independently as possible. Our services include: Supported Independent Living, Support Coordination, Community Access, Complex Care, and more. We believe in working closely with the individual, their family and carers, professionals, and other stakeholders in their life, to deliver high quality support services suited to their unique needs.

Pathways SouthWest Inc
Pathways SouthWest was established 27 years ago and is a unique organisation which partners with its consumers and carers to reduce the impact of mental illness. We promote recovery by providing specialised non-clinical mental health support to people in the community who experience serious and persistent mental illness, as well as carers (those people who provide care and support to consumers). Based in the south-west of WA the consumer program is constantly evolving but always maintains the core values of being relevant, accessible, purposeful and valued. The program adopts a recovery approach that clearly identifies that recovery is more likely to occur where the individual has opportunities to engage and participate in society.  Other facets of the consumer programs include social activities that offer a supported environment where consumers can undertake the gradual process of enhancing their social skills and developing an improved sense of self-worth. Staff also work on an individual basis to support consumers to focus on individual goals and achieve desired outcomes. Recovery Workers form a partnership with consumers utilising a goal orientated care plan utilizing the Mental Health Recovery Star model of intervention.  Collaboratively the Recovery Worker and the consumer will develop a Recovery Plan that works for the consumer and which will be periodically reviewed to measure success and will include the use of outcome measurement processes. The carer program support includes individual psycho-educational counselling and group activities which include the Wellways suite of courses which are structured peer facilitated psycho-educational courses developed to build resilience through knowledgeable peer support. Pathways SouthWest is a NDIS registered provider. Pathways SouthWest provides benevolent landlord support services through the WA Independent Living Program.    

Primary & Community Care Services Ltd
Primary & Community Care Services (PCCS) is a local health organisation working to make it easier for people to access the health and community services they need. We provide access to community-based services that include nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, care coordination and psychological support services.  Working in partnership with funders including State and Federal Governments, insurance providers and other bodies, PCCS develops and delivers meaningful health programs and services for local communities.  Our specialist care and coordination services are targeted toward people living with: complex health issues, social and welfare needs, long term mental health issues, psychosocial disability and others with complex needs.

Ruah Community Services
Ruah Community Services: Working in partnership, Ruah Community Services aim to empower and inspire their clients to achieve their personal aspirations. Vision – Flourishing communities through active participation and wellbeing of people with complex needs. Mission – Empowering vulnerable and disadvantaged people to create meaningful change in their lives through provision of quality support services. Values – Respect, Grassroots, Partnerships, Integrity, Creativity.

Star Health Group
Star Health is a leading not-for-profit provider of primary health and community services in the inner south of Melbourne and surrounds. Operating from a social model of health, we provide a comprehensive range of holistic, wrap-around services including mental health, GP, dental, allied health, alcohol and other drugs, Indigenous health, aged care, homelessness and family violence. In working towards our vision of Health and well-being for all, Star Health has a strong focus on social justice, and specialist expertise in engaging, supporting and advocating for our most vulnerable community members. We engage in community building and health promotion activities to build the health and well-being of our local communities.

Tandem is the trusted voice of family and friends in mental health in Victoria.  We are the Victorian peak body representing organisations and individuals advocating for family and friends of people living with mental illness.

TeamHEALTH is a for purpose organisation that supports people dealing with mental health concerns or mental illness. We seek to create community capacity for good mental health so that all people may lead a full and valued life.  

Tully Support Centre
The Tully Support Centre (TSC) is a recognised provider of high quality, accessible and inclusive support services, that acknowledges the uniqueness of their region and of the discrete communities that make up that region. The TSC undertake a social justice model of service delivery upholding the principles of collaboration, empowerment, equity, accessibility, valuing diversity and human rights. The TSC asserts that respectful, positive, targeted and individualised engagement is the foundation of good practice that promotes the safety, wellbeing and improved outcomes for individuals and families within the Cassowary Coast. The TSC also undertakes and supports a number of community development activities within the community.

Victorian Mental Illness Council VMIAC
The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) is the peak Victorian non-government organisation for people with lived experience of mental health or emotional issues. VMIAC works to educate the community about mental illness from a consumer perspective, and provide information and support for mental health consumers around the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). They also provide advocacy services to assist consumers and improve the mental health system. VMIAC’s vision is to create a world where all mental health consumers stand proud, live a life with choices honoured, rights upheld and these principles embedded in all aspects of society.

WayAhead – Mental Health Association NSW 
WayAhead We work towards better mental health and wellbeing through:  The co-ordination of mental health promotion activities such as Mental Health Month NSW, WayAhead Workplaces and Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week Free anxiety support groups throughout NSW The provision of mental health information – the WayAhead Directory, mental health factsheets Education seminars such as or Understanding Anxiety Forums and Professional Development Workshops – for people living with a mental health condition, the public and health care professionals Small Steps workshops for parents and school teachers to raise awareness and improve recognition of anxiety disorders in children.

Wellways Australia
Wellways Australia is a provider with 40 years’ experience, we specialise in mental health, disability support and carer services. We dedicate resources to advocacy, to ensure systems are responsible and equitable, and society is inclusive. To us recovery means all Australians lead active and fulfilling lives in their community.  We work with individuals, families and the community to help them imagine and achieve better lives. We provide a wide range of services and assistance for people with mental health issues, disabilities and those requiring community care, as well as carers as a Carer Gateway regional delivery partner throughout Queensland and the New South Wales regions of South West Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains.

Wise Employment Ltd
WISE are an Australian not-for-profit employment services provider with offices in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory. Since 1992 we have been connecting and empowering job seekers and employers because we believe our community benefits when everyone is supported to achieve their potential. Their Vision is: Inspire, transform and enable people to realise their potential. Their Mission is: Empowering people to enrich the community.

Women’s Information, Support and Housing in the North
Since 2002, Women’s Information, Support and Housing in the North (WISHIN) has been helping women in Melbourne’s north to create the life they deserve. WISHIN provide specialist support across two service systems: Homelessness and Family Violence. They support those experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness. Many of the women they work with experience housing crises due to family violence. They work with a Trauma Informed Practice to provide a holistic wrap around support which acknowledges the complexity of issues women and children face in their lives. Run by women, for women, WISHIN provides a safe, compassionate service for overcoming trauma and getting lives back on track.

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8 Unique Gift Ideas for People With Anxiety


Do you want to find something meaningful, fun, or personal for someone you know that has a hard time with an anxiety disorder or that gets very stressed? The following gift ideas for people with anxiety are interesting and different than the norm. As someone who has experienced anxiety on a high level for most of my life, I wanted to put together the ultimate list of things that I would like to receive myself, when I’m feeling highly anxious or stressed. Most of these gift ideas for people with anxiety are found on Amazon at great prices too!

So, Christmas, birthdays or any other occasion, these items make great gifts!

1. The Rustic Good News Mindfulness Jar

This Jar is something very unique. The ‘mindfulness Jar is packed with a month’s worth of heart warning feel good news stories. The angle of the jar is to pick you up. With so many bad and negative news stories (the stuff that gets air time) it’s easy for us to constantly feel like we need to live in fear and go into ourselves.

This jar mindfully gives us one positive news story everyday for 30 days. This gift idea for someone with anxiety makes a great present because there’s not too much else like it. It could also help you get out of a rut of negativity when you’re pulling out a good news story each day.

This jar would work magic if you stopped watching the news for a month and just read each and every story from the jar instead.

2. The Mindfulness Jar

Here’s another jar… I don’t know what it is about these rustic mindfulness jars but I just love the way they look! This jar is similar to the jar we mentioned above but it’s main function is to teach you mindful practises over 31 days.

The idea is to use each mindfulness practise one day at a time so that you can build up the habit of mindfulness in a no pressure way that will help to develop this way of thinking and behaving. This jar is a great idea because not only does it look great but it uses the idea that forming new habits takes about 30 days.

The mindfulness exercises are folded up in with unique designs that open your mind up to a new way of thinking everyday for a month. If you want to give a loved one the gift of learning mindfulness in an easy to manage way, this jar is perfect. Did I mention it also looks awesome?!

3. Stress Less Cards

Another neat thing I found is stress less cards. These cards are already recommended by health care professionals for people who deal with anxiety and stress on an everyday basis. They look great and they also work well.

There are 50 cards in this pack. Each card has a different exercise to follow containing mindfulness, meditations and stress relieving techniques.

I like these cards because you can carry them with you anywhere. When you’re feeling stressed of anxious you can shuffle your deck and pull out a card to follow the exercise.

A simple idea yet an effective one.

4. Smiles In A Jar

Smiles in a jar is exactly that. Smiles. This jar is packed full of brightly coloring cards which have moving, motivational, humorous, and loving messages on them. This gift idea is great for those who are anxious or stressed because it provides a little pick me up.

This jar is also a cool idea if you’re struggling to find a cost-effective but meaningful gift for someone’s birthday of secret Santa present.

It works wll for dad, mum, a brother, sister or a grandparent or anyone really..

Although it’s not marketed at the anxious or stressed, you can’t help but feel calmer when you have a loving message every day of the month.

5. I Am Here Now

I Am Here Now is a super unique idea. It’s basically a book of mindfulness exercises that’s useful for beginners and also mindfulness veterans. What makes it so different from anything else on the market is it’s creative approach.

Instead of just learning about Mindfulness, the guide book gets you stuck in with proactive activities. Like all good mindfulness guides, the book is designed to open your mind creatively, bring awareness to you sense and understand your thoughts and emotions with it’s thought provoking words.

It’s created by mindfulness teacher Tara Brach. The guide gets you to do lots of activities to start thinking mindfully like drawing around your hand, and placing both hands on the book to connect with the rhythm of your pulse.

The interesting and unique illustrations of emotions and situations in your life make this a very special present. You can also use the journal pages in between activities to jot down you thoughts.

With some very positive reviews on Amazon, this one’s probably my personal favorite on the list of gift ideas for people with anxiety.

6. How To Stop Worrying And Start Living

Another book that makes a great gift for someone with anxiety is Dale Carnegie’s How To Stop Worrying And Start Living. It’s probably the most talked about book when it comes to how to stop worrying. And for good reason – Dale’s book is straightforward and easy to read. It provides practical techniques that you can use to break the habit of worrying, before it breaks you.

The book is a full of real life examples about people, some famous, some not, who have learnt how to handle worrying and fear. The stories flows into each other beautifully and are highly relatable. The book covers all aspects of what the modern person worries about, money, relationships, work, etc and provides actionable exercises to stop worrying. If there is an ultimate book on learning how to stop worrying, it’s this one, which makes it a highly useful gift if the recipient is experiencing anxiety.

7. The Worry Plaque

The next item on the list is something very unique and interesting. This is the worry plaque, which can be mounted on your wall. This gift for someone with anxiety is just a bit of fun, but it’s sure to bring a smile to someone’s face. The idea is to place your hand in the print. By doing so, the green light turns red, which means you have successfully passed your worry into the ‘worry fairies’. Everytime you’re feeling very worried about something, place your hand in the print and imagine your worry being passed into the plaque, freeing you from it.

If you want to give something truly unique as a gift, this is the one for you! There is also access to video content where you can stream positive affirmation on the companies website.

8. Weighted Blankets

There’s something incredibly relaxing about weighted blankets. They make great gift for guys with anxiety or girls experiencing anxiety. Until I tried one myself, I thought they sounded a bit suffocating, however, I was completely wrong. Instead, there is something calming about having the lightly weighted blanket over you. It feels as if you are being cradled in your bed, being put into a deeply calm state. This is slightly more expensive than the other gift ideas for people with anxiety, but it’s a great investment and a highly practical gift idea.

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