How do we talk about women's cycles? Is menstruation still something we keep hidden and don't talk about? Does sex education only concentrate on the function of a woman's body for pregnancy, or making sure we don't get pregnant? And how many of us have described our menstrual cycle as a curse, an inconvenience, or have tried whatever means possible to stop their period coming?
If that is the case, what would the impact be?
Would we not understand why we feel tired, cranky, get cramps, have difficulty conceiving?
Sara Harris from Living Stillness and founder of Follow Your Flow explains how our body has a cycle which has different seasons just like the seasons around us. If you want more information about the different quality and stages of the cycles, check out Sara's amazing and programs through Follow Your Flow. She also has audios and blogs that can support a deeper relationship with your cycle - enjoy all the website has to offer!
Parents can be full of helpful advice, yet it can get heard by adolescents as criticism. Listen to Gabe, Annette and Lucy for some insights into how we develop the way we hear words and how intention and reception can be very different. This two part series is an incredible opportunity to consider the impact of the way we communicate in relationships, in our families. Gabrielle Caplice, Annette Baker and Lucy Dahill consider what criticism looks, sounds and feels like and how that plays out for children, teens and adults alike.
Robyn Jones, Tony Sambell and Stephen Gammack were my guests this week to talk about toxic masculinity. What was clear by the end of this show is this is a conversation that goes beyond gender and is about the small things we brush over, the small elements of abuse we ignore till they become normalised and accept till we have an 'extreme' case which ends up being front page news. All too often it them becomes a 'gender' issue with two sides drawn and no true way forward. There has to be a better and more loving way to be with each other.
I feel very honoured to have been able to facilitate this show.
Parents play a vital role in safe party practices for teenagers growing up from offering a safe space for teenagers to learn how to party safely but also how to offer the boundaries that they may not feel strong enough to make for themselves. Tenee Arthur, Jessica Curran and Nathalia Bennet represented the Mount St Benedict College Future Problem Solving team who are just about to head to Wisconsin in the USA for the International Conference.
There are some great tips offered by students who know first hand the support they need to be safe
What is your Party Plan? Join Dusana and Tenee two members of the Future Problem Solving Team as they share with us their project called Wise Decisions all about safe party planning. Role modelling of alcohol use and parties by adults and parents also came up as a hot topic. well worth a listen! To see the top tips for having and going to parties below as well as links to useful websites.
David Citer and Jenny Hayes join Lucy Dahill to talk about the ripple effect of suicide and how we, as a community need to be prepared to be part and parcel of that early intervention to stop the rising rates of suicide in our communities.
There is a real mix in this episode - children's meditation with Vicky O'Leary and homelessness awareness with Sleep in Your Car. Because they are so different I have actually split the downloads - enjoy!
Vicky and Ashleigh O'Leary and Clear Minded for Life
Daniel Neil, Amy, Adam and Rachel from Sleep in Your Car with Fusion
What patterns do we lay in our youth that affects our outcomes later in life? I have two interviews today which give examples and perspectives on the importance of addressing our hurts and experiences when young as they affect so much of our social and emotional outcomes.
My guests are Rachel Andras and Simone Isemann
David Citer and Anne Kenyon were my guests in the studio today to talk about body image, what images we are subscribing to and how it is having a detrimental affect on our physical and mental health. We all called for a revolution of loving ourselves and each other for who we are, not what we do or what we look like! Read more for Anne and David's top tips
As a society and as parents we need to be aware of the language we use around children and how this can have long lasting effects on mental as well as physical health.
Three members of the Stress Less Future Problem Solving team from Mount St Benedict Emily, Nicole and Jess were in the studio with me today - hot on the heals of their win in the USA.
And it is the start of Children Week 2016 this week and the theme is 'Children have the right to reliable information from the media.' I discuss with Nadia Kudiarskyj the ways the media influences and how we can be the influencers.
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Lucy Dahill is the presenter of Stay in the Loop with Lucy, she has a passion for offering people the platform to share their voice. Young, old or somewhere in between we all have wisdom to share if we trust our hearts over our heads.