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Alex of all trades.

Alex of all trades.

This month we shine a spotlight on Alex Ryan from Prime Accounting. He is a great Accountant but unlike others, in his spare time he plies his trade in two very differing activities. Alex also contributes to his local community doing what he loves, balancing the books.

Alex has a keen interest in a variety of sports and activities which keep him busy when he is not in the office or at home with his young family.  You can find Alex with his local dive club down at Shelly Beach, Freshwater or Curl Curl SCUBA diving on Sunday mornings, exploring the many reefs and shipwrecks that line Sydney’s northern beaches.  When time permits, Alex also enjoys taking his family on holidays which are coincidentally located close to popular diving spots.

If you can’t find Alex underwater, then the next stop is at his local Brazilian Jiu Jitsu club in Hornsby.  Alex has been training “BJJ” for over ten years and has attained the rank of brown belt.  Alex also shares his passion of BJJ as a coach at the UFC gym in Castle Hill.   Alex is very keen to resume training once the gyms reopen after the Corona Virus shutdown.

Alex’s young family consists of his partner Adria, children Hector (6) and Cara (8), and their dog Reggie.  Both children attend the local primary school where Alex also serves as Treasurer for the School’s Care Centre.  Alex has been assisting the Care Centre during the Corona Virus shutdown, especially in relation to the Centre’s access to Government stimulus payments, and payment relief packages offered to the Centre’s families who have been financially impacted by the Virus shutdown.

We wish Alex well with his pursuits and contributions to his local community.

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End of financial year transaction cut off dates.

End of financial year transaction cut off dates.

With the end of financial year fast approaching, it’s important to plan ahead and ensure your requests are processed before 30 June. 

Key dates:

Macquarie Wrap – 5pm Friday 19th June for all EFT and Bpay contributions. For the full PDF click here.

HUB24 – 5pm Thu 25th June for all EFT and Bpay contributions. For the full PDF click here.

Asgard – 5pm Friday 26th June for all EFT and Bpay contributions. For the full PDF click here.

 

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Our health in times of uncertainty.

Our health in times of uncertainty.

Our work and personal lives can be stressful at the best of times. Enter Covid-19 and everyday challenges can feel enormous, particularly for those of us who have underlying mental and physical health challenges. We know from research that high levels of stress and sustained unpredictability can worsen our mental health. If there is no opportunity to recuperate, our physical health can also take a beating. Calls to Beyond Blue have gone up 30% in recent months and given 1 in 3 related to Covid-19, points to the current levels of anxiety and worry out there.

Humans have highly evolved brains; however, our primitive brain continues to serve its primary role of keeping us safe.  It has no idea we are living in 2020, it simply wants to keep us alive by running from perceived danger.  Physical and psychological stressors cause our primitive brain, more specifically the amygdala (aka our built-in danger detectors) to switch on. The Covid-19 pandemic is a significant physical stressor. Coupled with psychological stressors such as uncertainty, loss of control, loss of predictability, and the perception that things are worsening, it is not surprising that most of us are feeling some level of stress.

And if we think about it, there was very little time to prepare for all this change. No six-month change management plan to ensure the disruption to people was minimised.  No project plan with objectives and milestones to execute before Covid-19 was coughed on our shores. In fact, one day, I was the only person in the family working from home, peace beautiful peace, and the next day there were four little vegemite’s under one roof.

So, what can we do to manage some of the unique and ongoing challenges we are facing you may ask? Here goes…

CHAOS AND ROUTINE 

Many of us moved to work at home fulltime with little, or no notice. There was no adjustment period. Looking for the ideal work-station in the dining-room, home-schooling our kids and living under the same roof, 24/7 became a reality. To cut through this chaos, creating a routine is crucial. Our brains love routine and so focusing on regular sleep times, meal-times, break times and generally structuring the day makes it ‘feel safe’ and our stress response calms down.

UNHEALTHY HABITS AND SELFCARE

It is so easy to get into the habit of ordering takeaways, reaching for sugary snacks in the pantry cupboard and grazing all day when we are at home. Not to mention reaching out for the wine glass at 5pm and binge-watching Netflix until midnight. It takes discipline to proactively institute self-care strategies and combat our unhealthy habits. Daily exercise, cleaning up our sleep routine, eating well and drinking lots of water are vital areas to focus on. Our bodies and minds will thank us in the long run.

BRAIN FOG AND CREATING CALM

Some days we may feel that we can’t even think straight or make a simple decision. Staring at a computer all day and being on back-to-back zoom calls can make us feel mentally foggy. Relaxation techniques such as mindfulness, yoga and meditation can help create some calm in our day and ground us in the present. Creating structure, focusing on today’s tasks versus a long to-do-list, and putting the TV off can also help clear the fog.

REACTING AND PUSHING PAUSE

When we are stressed, we tend to be more emotional. It is that pesky primitive brain again wanting to run screaming at the top of its voice to make sure we stay out of danger. There is no time to think and rationalise that it is 2020, and we live in a first-world country. Many of my clients have reported being more impatient, easily frustrated and less tolerant over the last few months. Before our emotions get out of control, we need to push the pause button.

This provides an opportunity to calm down and get our thinking brain back in the driver’s seat. Given our emotional centre can hijack our thinking brain, managing our emotions when they are still at low intensity is critical.  Particularly if we want to successfully coax our anger down.

LONELINESS AND CONNECTION

There is a lot of research showing that loneliness can be detrimental to our mental health. If we are feeling isolated, pick up the phone and connect with family, friends or the local community. There are also several helplines that we can call (Lifeline on 13 11 14). And don’t forget to look out for those who may be on their own and have limited support. Take the time to check in with them to see if they are OK.

OXYGEN MASK AND PUTTING IT ON FIRST

Selfcare is not optional. Just like breathing through an oxygen mask in a flight emergency isn’t a nice to have.  Focusing on our emotional, mental and physical health is mandatory and should be at the top of our list. We should look after ourselves daily, and not reserve it for the weekends or those annual vacations under palm trees sipping shocking pink cocktails. You get my drift as my father used to say.

So let me ask you, where does self-care appear on your to-do-list? If towards the bottom, then wake up, smell the coffee and do something about it.  If in contrast it is a scrawled one liner in the top three, then keep up the excellent work!

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A key player on and off the field.

A key player on and off the field.

This month we share how PrimeWealth’s Senior Advisor, Angus Rodgers, has contributed to his community while doing what he loves. Since the age of ten Angus has been playing AFL and his love for the game continues today.

Angus began playing AFL at school before playing reserve grade for the Sydney Swans and has since played for Macquarie University for the past 10 years. He has been a key player on the field winning the competition’s best and fairest ‘Snow Medal’ in 2016. He is a team player and currently participating with his club in the push-up challenge for mental health commenting, “as COVID is presenting many challenges, one being we cannot train at all, it is a great way to check on your mates.”

Off the field, Angus has also been a key player at Macquarie University AFL as both a committee member for 3 years before contributing to the club at an executive level for 2 years. Angus assisted in ensuring the long-term viability of the club and establishing an inclusive culture for its 150 players, 5 teams, stakeholders, coaches and more. He was crucial in securing long term sponsorships and creating a diverse portfolio of funding to ensure the clubs 150 members, female and male alike can continue to play the sport they love. Angus is most proud of the clubs Woman’s premier team who won the premiership last year and has formed a strong relationship with the GWS Giants. He says, “It is awesome to see Woman’s AFL growing the way it is”.

Angus has been a key player on and off the field and the team at PrimeAdvisory commend Angus on his service to the community. We wish him and the club all the best for the interesting season ahead!

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Six questions to get you thinking about your own self-care.

Six questions to get you thinking about your own self-care.

Selfcare is all about being proactive and deliberate about our health and wellbeing, physically, mentally and emotionally. If we plan what we need to do on a daily basis and take a few minutes each morning to think about what we are going to focus on, we will keep our energy tanks full. In this video, Dr Leanne Wall will explore six ‘quarantine’ self-care questions we can ask ourselves every day and if actioned, will keep us on track to feeling great physically, emotionally and mentally!

Enjoy, https://vimeo.com/412613252/973488bd32

View the six daily selfcare questions handout here.

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