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C an’t believe that we are well into 2021 and still feeling the aftershocks of 2020. The year 2020 has knocked us all out of balance and we are reeling. I hope it is enough to say 2020 without going into the morbid details of what made the last year so terrible? We’ve all been there! We know!

But the imbalance has stayed. This may be because although there is a considerable effort that has gone into rebuilding, renewing and reviving a whole bunch of things – from our economy, housing, governance, healthcare infrastructure to the job market, very little has been done about an essential component of our living – self-care.

This means there is no concrete way of managing the heightened stress that everyone is experiencing. Lockdowns, isolation, travel restrictions, constrained living, reduced socialising, social distancing – we are all experiencing substantial anxiety from a combination of these events. There is also some fear – for our own health and safety as well as the health and safety of our near and dear ones.

Okay, we have been fortunate here in Western Australia. But that hasn’t been nearly enough for us to fear less for our countrymen from other parts who may be suffering or for our loved ones who are too far away from us and in some danger.

What is the end result of all of this? Stress of this kind has a way of accumulating and then manifesting. It is wreaking havoc and damaging our health.

It is time to learn to prioritise self-care – beyond just wearing a mask or doing a diet or two. It is about enhancing your inner “core” strength; so, you can cope better and grow from the experience; so, you can restore balance back into your lives.

I am here to guide you throughout the way, but it is time to make 2021 THE year for self-care. Here’s how you can do it:


  1. Learn to destress through meditation

I can’t recommend this enough. As an experienced practitioner of Transcendental Meditation™, I can vouch for its effectiveness. In the words of Hugh Jackman himself, “Nothing has ever opened my eyes like Transcendental Meditation has. It makes me calm, and happy, and, well, it gives me some peace and quiet in what’s a pretty chaotic life.”
Learning to meditate can be the single most empowering thing for you. It will help destress you and alleviate anxiety from your lives. You will be able to better organise and deal with the situation.


  1. Practice mindfulness

Practising mindfulness can be another powerful tool in your arsenal for defeating stress. Mindfulness is about becoming aware and taking cognisance of your situation without applying any judgement. As you become aware of your thoughts and what is happening around you, you will be able to disassociate, become objective and harness creative solutions.

“The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.” These famous words by Thích Nhất Hạnh shed some light on the whole process. He is a Buddhist monk, author, and mindfulness teacher who was also nominated by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize.


  1. Take the BalanceTest

In all the tenets that I have followed, this is the one that I will and do recommend the most. Take the BalanceTest. The BalanceTest is a great way of uncovering the truth about – why your body is not in balance, what are the reasons behind the symptoms you are suffering from, and what is the way forward in resolving this imbalance.

Whether the imbalance is major or minor – the BalanceTest can help you understand it. Morten Aamodt, the 2nd naturally strongest man in the world, says “This is a part of my daily regime.” “It is for everyone…Regardless of being active or inactive, whether in top shape or just starting a wellness journey, we all need balance.”

Here is the link to my page that discusses the BalanceTest in more detail.


Consult with a Balance Coach

Achieving balance can be a simple and easy matter – with the right guidance.

Whoever you are and wherever you are in your journey, know that balance is achievable. It is possible to eliminate stress and grow your inner “core” strength so you can cope with ANY situation.

All you need to do is to follow some simple and concrete steps – like the ones that I have discussed in this blog post.

As a Balance Coach, it is my job to help you discover the right steps and bring you closer to your goal of achieving complete balance.

Talk to me today. I am eager to help and only a phone call away.

Reena Strehle

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