My 2022 Lessons + Switching Off for the Holidays

Hello to my inspiring community,

2022 – you were certainly a biggie… but we made it!

Well done on everything you have managed to achieve and complete in 2022.

There is no doubt many of us found 2022 to be a heavier, more challenging year – the hangover from the pandemic was real and exhausting for so many. The change in pace and mentally adjusting to the world again was a lot. If you experienced this, it’s even more of a reminder to be gentle and kind with yourself.

Perhaps you had an amazing year – and that makes me happy! I’m sure whatever 2022 was like for each of us, we can look to the lesions we found in it.

Know that I am sending you all my love and am so grateful to have been on the journey of these last 12 months together as a strong

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My Favourite Foodie Spots in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs

Everyone who knows me knows how much I occasionally love enjoying a soul nourishing meal at a cafe or restaurant with Dean, my family or friends. I truly adore preparing meals at home or making my go-to breakfast and lunches during the week in the JSHealth office, however it’s also part of my balanced lifestyle to dine (sometimes with wine!) out.

The holiday season is the ideal time to try a new brunch spot or dinner destination, so I’m sharing my foodie favourites – Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs edition!

Love Jess x

Bunch/Brunch Spots: 

  • Lox, Stock and Barrel – a little Bondi institution with divine bowls!
  • Harry’s (Bondi) – Perfect to stroll to after doing the Bronte to Bondi coastal walk.
  • Dunbar House (Watson’s Bay) – Simply the most beautiful setting in my neighbourhood.
  • Rocco’s (Vaucluse) – For coffee and croissants when I’m feeling the French breakfast vibes.

Lunch spots:

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How to prevent sepsis: 5 actions you can take to reduce your risk – Mission Health Blog

What is sepsis?

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening and life-altering system response to infection, Dr. Guy explains. “It causes an exaggerated immune response that can end up damaging key organs like the heart, lungs and kidneys, and potentially lead to death.”

He compares sepsis to an ember that sparks from a small campfire, suddenly threatening the whole forest. If it isn’t treated early, sepsis can progress into septic shock. Patients may need medications to support their blood pressure and a ventilator to breathe. “Their kidneys are at risk, and they could go into kidney failure and need dialysis,” says Dr. Guy. “These are the folks who are at highest risk of losing their lives.”

Sepsis can affect anyone, but taking action to reduce the risk of infection can help prevent sepsis before symptoms begin.

Sepsis is more common than one might think. It can happen in response to any kind

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Types of suicide prevention: What they are and how to get help – Mission Health Blog

What are the warning signs of suicidal behavior?

There are several warning signs that someone may be considering suicide.

“The first two are helplessness and hopelessness, as if their life doesn’t have meaning, or what they do doesn’t make a difference,” says Dr. Frank Drummond, national medical director for Behavioral Health at HCA Healthcare. “You might hear them make statements like, ‘No one would care if I wasn’t here anymore,’ or ‘What’s the point of going to work,’ or ‘What’s the point of taking a shower?’”

Access to care, including mental health hotlines or therapy, is important for suicide prevention.

However, suicidality — the risk of suicide, which is usually indicated by suicidal ideation or intent — can also be a symptom of depression, Dr. Drummond says. Other symptoms of depression can include:

  • Increased or decreased sleep
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Crying spells
  • Withdrawal from loved ones and
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When to visit the emergency room for an allergic reaction – Mission Health Blog

What are the different types of allergic reactions?

“An allergic reaction is a hypersensitive reaction that your immune system has to a certain substance,” says Dr. Josephin Mathai, medical director of the emergency department at HCA Florida St. Lucie Hospital. “Every person can have a different trigger, and the level of reaction you have is different for everybody.”

Allergic reactions can range from mild to severe. With severe allergic reactions, it’s important to administer epinephrine and go to an emergency room.

Shellfish is the most common allergen for adults, followed by peanuts and tree nuts, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). For children, the most common allergens are milk, eggs and peanuts. Some people may have only a mild reaction if they are exposed to an allergen, while others may have a more severe reaction.

There are four main types of allergic reactions:

1. Anaphylactic:

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