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S5 Playbook2021-03-30T09:00:07+11:00

S5 Playbook

Real life stories written by our team and those want to share stories to empower others. This is a community space, we are all in this together! Check out our S5 skills section for upcoming self-development courses.

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Community

5 mins with…Starting Five’s Co-Founder, Mel

  5 min with Starting Five’s Co-Founder Mel Lionnet covering her ‘why’, her hope for Starting Five and more. I am a certified life coach, have a bachelor of business and am currently studying counselling and psychotherapy. I have now dedicated my life to helping people give up alcohol and implement positive daily habits.    Spend 5 mins getting to know more about Starting Five’s Co-Founder Mel...   What’s your [...]

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5 mins… with Starting Five’s Co-Founder, Paul Elderkin

  5 min with Starting Five’s Co-Founder Paul Elderkin covering his ‘why’, his hope for Starting Five and more.   Starting his career as a professional basketball player and coach, studying sport and health as an undergrad and then a masters in management, Starting Five Co-Founder Paul moved into project management and currently works at a digital tech company. But it’s his work with Starting Five where we find the [...]

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How you can Show the Earth Some Love, Every Day.

Dappled sun, gently crashing waves and the soft hum of a buzzing bee.  These senses and sounds surround us on a daily basis, but all too often our non-stop lifestyles prevent us from taking the time to notice the simple joys nature gifts us daily.  We take for granted the natural environments that surround us.  From tree lined streets to public gardens and the shade of a solitary gum tree, [...]

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Is it Time to Re-Evaluate

  My thoughts at the moment seem scattered. In fact, I think what’s happening right now may lead a lot of us to feel a bit scattered and uncertain. How are any of us supposed to have clarity given what has happened and is happening around us? While our individual challenges may look a little different, over the past few months we – as a global community – have faced [...]

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Body

The relapse- why am I still drinking?

Alcohol, it was only yesterday I was confused about our relationship. I thought we could be casual, I thought having a relationship with you could be on my terms but I have quickly realised this is not possible. The worst is you make me hurt other people and myself. You aren't my friend, you are secretly trying to ruin me.  Well I just read that and it sounds, dramatic. To [...]

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S5’s Five Tips for Getting Back into Fitness

  New to fitness or taken a break due to Covid? Sometimes getting back into exercise and building habits after a period of time off can be quite challenging.  I know for me that the first few sessions back always seem quite overwhelming, my body feels weak, the thought of running, doing yoga, or lifting weights sucks the energy out of my body before I even get started. I can [...]

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Mind

Why do we replace bad habits with other bad habits?

One year ago, I gave up drinking. A habit I thought I would never be able to break. People often ask me if I will ever drink again? I find it hard to comprehend why I would ever choose to drink again.  I talk about drinking as a habit rather than an addiction because it was not just the alcohol that made me crave a drink, it was the feeling [...]

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The ongoing road to recovery

This is a personal account of my road to recovery, an ongoing road that does not have a finish line. A road that will have its fair share of ups and down, of smiles and frowns, of happiness and sadness, and of loss and of love. December 2nd, 2019 was the day my life changed. The day I experienced, first hand, the severe and devastating impacts of mental illness. On [...]

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How do I STOP Negative Thoughts?

Are your negative thought patterns affecting your life? Are you making choices that are based on self-negative beliefs? It is all too easy to forget the positives and focus on the negatives. For years I believed that my negative thoughts were something I had to listen to. That these thoughts were part of my identity and I would build my life around them. Did I know I was doing this? [...]

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The relapse- why am I still drinking?

Alcohol, it was only yesterday I was confused about our relationship. I thought we could be casual, I thought having a relationship with you could be on my terms but I have quickly realised this is not possible. The worst is you make me hurt other people and myself. You aren't my friend, you are secretly trying to ruin me.  Well I just read that and it sounds, dramatic. To [...]

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Losing a loved one to suicide

  When someone dies by suicide, there are many impacts for the survivors. The one story we'll never fully understand is the story of those who took their life. This is my story, as a survivor of losing a loved one to suicide. On the 2nd of December, 2019, I lost my partner. Someone I wanted to see experience all the joys of life and someone who had so much [...]

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Food

How Nutrition can Support Mental health?

We have most likely all heard the phrase from Hippocrates, ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’. The ways in which nutrition and the foods that we eat can influence our health is quite remarkable and it’s also incredibly empowering for individuals to know the ways in which our daily habits, such as what we eat, can have profound effects on our wellbeing and mental fitness.  Technology [...]

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How to kickstart healthy eating habits

  Everyday, multiple times a day, we are faced with the decision of what to eat. Most of us are creatures of habit - we buy the same foods, make the same recipes and are comfortable in our ways. When you know your diet isn't great and need motivation to make that initial change - it can feel extremely overwhelming and daunting. This is completely normal - even the best [...]

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S5 Skills

Power of the Breath Course

  These interactive classes will cover a range of breathing techniques with practical and theory components to improve breath awareness and connection with mind and body to optimise your life. For best results from the course there will be home work and practice every week. We have seen fantastic results in previous courses. The many Breath techniques include Super-ventilation (the Wim Hof Method is the most well-known variation) Pranayama (yogic [...]

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