Weekend Retreat - 22-25 September

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Weekend Retreat - Pilliga Pottery Farmstay.
Come for half a day, or more., whatever you can spare in your busy life.
Book in for 1-on-1 sessions with Helen, or book in for group workshops. Get some help to deal with anxieties, phobias, insomnia or performance issues, in a beautiful relaxing setting. Meals included. I look forward to helping you.
#retreat #pilliga #narrabri #dubbo #anxiety #insomnia #phobias #braincoaching

Carers NSW Sleep Workshop

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“Sometimes carers are so busy looking after other people that they often don’t have the time or energy to look after themselves.

Thank you to Carers NSW for inviting me to speak at a conference they held in Narrabri last week, for a number of local people who are caring for other people.

And to this end, Carers NSW asked me to present my workshop on the Importance of Sleep. If we get consistently good quality sleep, we are doing ourselves a favour in looking after our own health, and when we do that, we are in a better position to look after others.

Testimonial from Clayton Johannesen the Champion Weight-lifter:

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“You can train every day, diet for months and have perfect recovery. But there is one thing that separates good from great, it is the mental game and toughness needed to achieve greatness. Without it you will fall short, how can I say that? Because I’ve lived it. Working with Helen unlocked my true potential and the mindset needed to separate myself from the crowd. Every mental blockage was overcome with her guidance and I reached levels of performance and results that I thought were impossible, to begin with. So I guess you have to ask yourself whether you want to be good or great.

Teachers Workshops

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From late 2021 and during 2022, Helen was asked to present a series of workshops to teachers and Ed Dept staff at various locations around NSW. The theme was “Retraining your Brain – getting the best out of yourself and those around you”.
It wasn’t about curriculum or how to teach. It was about understanding yourself and being able to encourage others – no matter how difficult they can be!


Sleep Workshop

Sunday 4th December

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Recently I held a workshop for people about how to get a better night’s sleep. We all know the importance of how a good sleep makes us feel. So what is stopping us? And what can we do about it?
All participants were given a workbook and we went through it and answered as individuals – what would work for each of them?


Insomnia, Psoriasis, Nocturia, Anxiety

#insomnia #urinatingduringnight #psoriasis #anxiety #braincoaching #relief

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(Nocturia is the need to get up and urinate during the night)
(Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy scaly patches, and is known to become worse when stressed)
They are all connected!
Recently I had a client who had all of the above, and their life was very stressful, not only because of these issues but also because they had a busy job managing a business with 20 employees, dealing with clients, as well as trying to make a profit.
Thomas is in his late-30’s and trying to do the best he can for all concerned, and look after his own family.

Spider phobias

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It is ok to have a fear of spiders – they can be poisonous!
We should all have a healthy respect for danger, no matter what that danger is, for example, a spider web strung across our path, or a hole in the ground with a spider in it. It is when this fear becomes irrational and/or impacts your life, that you need to do something about it. If, for example, just looking at a picture of spiders on the TV will bring on heart palpitations and sweating or may be refusing to go into your own house if you think there is a spider in there and then yelling and screaming uncontrollably – very debilitating reactions!

Frog Phobias

Phobias, - overcoming them and getting your life back

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Can you imagine being so scared of frogs that you couldn’t sleep in your own bed, if there was one at the door? or get out of your car if there was one in your driveway?

People know that most of the ordinary frogs in Australia are harmless, they are not poisonous, they don’t bite. They are slimy, noisy and they jump though. Why do some people get heart palpitations and start to feel panicky, just by looking at a frog?

This is what is known as a phobia is – “an irrational fear or aversion to something”

Sleep Survey Summary

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First of all, thank you to everyone who filled out the sleep survey on my website. Your time and effort in responding to the questions is really appreciated. Every single respondent took the time to write comments about their sleeping experiences. This information will be so useful in relaying to other people what works and what doesn’t, (in real life), and what some of the consequences are of not sleeping well. Your efforts and comments may help someone else to improve their sleeping habits.

The following is a brief summary of the statistics from the survey:

Tradies Insight

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TIS is honoured and privileged to be collaboratively working with this brilliantly gifted brain coach from Australian Brain Coaching. Helen Dugdale has been conducting workshops, training seminars and personal coaching throughout Australia and internationally.

When change is around us, fear and anxiety can creep in

The Courier Article September 30th 2021

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“Fear of the Unknown” – most anxieties are caused by this. When things around us start to change from what we have always known, then fear and anxiety can creep in. All the ‘What-if’s” start popping up in our brain – ‘What if I get sick?’, What if I can’t earn a living?’, ‘What if I accidently pass it onto someone else?’, “What if this cough or throat tickle is COVID?”

COVID has brought such a momentous change to our way of life, it is understandable that there is so much anxiety about it. When the first lockdown happened last year in March 2020, it was almost like we were in a science movie – loss of freedoms, people wearing masks, shopping was limited, home schooling, pressure of working from home, no socialising, checking in everywhere you go, people losing work, front-line workers were asked to work longer hours, delivery drivers and food providers were flat out. It all seemed very unworldly, as we knew it. So many new things to deal with.

Brain coach seeking input for book about poor sleeping habits

Article from The Courier September 2 2021

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Helen Dugdale has helped a number of people overcome their fears and anxieties with Australian Brain Coaching.

The local brain coach is one of only three people in Australia skilled in the method and able to coach clients, having been trained herself by a German psychologist.

Her coaching covers a wide range of topics, but one particular area she sees many struggle with is sleep health.

Put Insomnia to Bed

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Good morning Insomniacs! I would love to hear from you if you have ever suffered from or still suffer from sleeping problems. I am writing a book about it and for my research I would like to include data from people who tried different things to help overcome their insomnia.

Covid Notice

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Covid notice, due to lockdowns and uncertainty, I won't be travelling for awhile, in fact, I haven't been to see clients in Tamworth, Port Stephens and Sydney for weeks! Dubbo people were visited 3 weeks ago. However if you need some help, I am taking bookings for Video link sessions at half my normal price. 

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