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World Mental Health Day

This Sunday is World Mental Health Day and I will be giving a free talk on understanding mental health in COVID times and looking at coping strategies.

Join us at Marketplace by SOS on Sunday 10th October for the first in our Wellbeing Workshops, to raise awareness of World Mental Health Day and meet with resident counsellor Romi Grossberg.

To mark the event Romi will be sharing simple take-home tools we can all do for ourselves to keep our family, friends and community safe and emotionally healthy.

COVID has been really tough for many and has increased our levels of stress, uncertainty, depression and anxiety.  The greater the number in the community who understand the impact of mental health and with the skills to relieve some of these emotions, the more we can support and help each other from things like ‘collective anxiety’ or ‘contagious anxiety’.  So let’s come together, learn together and support together.

We’ll be providing complimentary tea and homemade cupcakes donated by the lovely Moran.

Only 20 spots available.  So register early to save your seat.

Date:  Sunday 10th October

Time:  10:30am – 12:30pm (includes morning tea break)

Location: Marketplace by SOS, behind the Buffalo Steakhouse (Chaweng Ring Road).

Cost:  This event is free to attend, but a small donation on the day to Sisters on Samui would be appreciated.

 

More Info and Registration here.

Battling COVID frustrations. What can we do?

“Many of us at the moment, are feeling frustrated and even out of control. In this new world of restrictions being put in place and then lifted, students being taught in the classroom then online, over and over again, going to work, staying home, being let out, and then arguing about it all online or in the home – we can wind up feeling powerless. Frustrated. Overwhelmed. Angry.
 
So what CAN we do to help bring back a feeling of control? Whether you are living with restrictions or not, there is always something you can do for yourself that doesn’t involve anyone else making decisions on your behalf.”
Read full article to find out what you can do for yourself today.

‘How to Clear the Chaos of our Minds simply by Journaling.’ Elephant Journal.

“For those yet to discover journaling, are apprehensive about it or basically think it’s a whole lot of bullshit – Let me try a different tact.

Imagine we all have a whirlpool swirling just above our heads. Inside are our thoughts. Half thoughts, full thoughts, bits of memories, a couple points from the to do list, an annoyance from earlier on, a flashback to something last year, a millisecond of feeling we’ve forgotten something, a worry about something next week, a nanosecond from a recent dream, some uncertainty about the future, mixed with the shopping list and what’s for dinner.

These thoughts, memories and fears flash and jump, sink and disappear, reappear, whirl and swirl until we are not sure if we have remembered or done anything today and all we know is that we feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious and can’t quite focus.”

 

Full article published in Elephant Journal,

Gaining Clarity & Trusting Your Gut – Podcast interview on Sanctuary Wellness, Thailand

‘Gaining Clarity & Trusting Your Gut’

I was honoured to be invited by good friend, colleague and host Faith Hill to speak on Sanctuary Wellness podcast. Faith interviews a variety of healers and therapists from around the world to hear their stories.

“Welcome to the Sanctuary Wellness Podcast featuring inspiring and informative interviews with wellness experts in a huge variety of mental, physical, and spiritual practices.

In each episode, your host & life coach, Faith Hill talks with a different guest who shares their expertise and knowledge on a valuable wellbeing practice. In addition, each guest shares a personal insight into themselves as people;

what inspires them, what drives them, what fascinates them.

This podcast is brought to you from the Sanctuary Thailand Wellness Resort on the tropical island of Koh Phangan. 

Wellbeing, health, life balance, mindset, alternative therapies, vitality, happiness, detox, yoga, meditation, nutrition, positivity.”

 

Faith also published a 10-minute Mindfulness Meditation of mine a few weeks ago.

Mindfulness Meditation, Sanctuary Wellness Podcast

Bonus: Mindfulness Meditation with Romi Grossberg

Sanctuary Wellness Podcast, Feb 2021.

Calm your mind and body with this 10 minute mindfulness meditation led by holistic counsellor, Romi Grossberg.

PLAY 10-minute Mindfulness Meditation

 

Every second week host Faith Hill posts a short meditation.

Every other second week host Faith Hill interviews a different therapist or healer. In March we had this interview together too.

‘3 Ways to Step into 2021, Without the Weight of 2020,’ Thrive Global.

“2020 felt like a pretty horrible year to most people no doubt. Understandably, we just want to walk (or run!) away from it.

As much as we would like to switch off the memories, we can’t. Carrying the feelings, fear or anxiety of the past year into 2021 won’t benefit us as individuals, or as a collective.

So how can we prepare for 2021?

The reality of the world right now is that many of us will be spending what is normally a huge celebration – New Years Eve, alone or in small groups. Here are 3 things we can do on our own, with a friend or with a family member on new years eve itself, or during this week.

Grab a pen and 3 pieces of paper and let’s begin.”

 

Photo by Anthony R Turner, Art of Love Photography.

 

MASTERCLASS: ‘The Art of Saying No.’

MASTERCLASS video here: ‘The Art of Saying No.’

Practical information and things we can do in Setting Boundaries.

Empath’s find it particularly difficult to not only set boundaries, but to keep their boundaries. In this workshop learn to understand why we all need boundaries. Learn how to say no without guilt and stress. Boundaries are empowering and keep us safe. Whilst many put a negative connotation on the word, boundaries is not a dirty word.

I was fortunate to have been contacted recently by the lovely Cassandra Michael, a Positive Psychology & Mindset Coach for empaths and highly sensitives. After a Zoom meeting and some emails back and forth she has invited me as a Guest Presenter on her online course. I will be facilitating a workshop on boundaries.

Positive Emotional Health & Well-Being, Online 6-part series

This course goes Live in September @ The Sanctuary Wellness, but you can join any time.

The Positive Emotional Health and Well-Being course aims to support you to live a socially, emotionally and mentally healthy life. It covers a range of topics over six videos offering practical and actionable tools and techniques to help you step forward and lead a confident, empowered and balanced life.

1. Free Your Mind

2. Letting go

3. Breaking Free of Negative Thoughts

4. Intuitive Decision-Making: Making choices that are right for you

5. Perfectionism, Success and Failure

6. Combatting Anxiety

Also check out my 6-part online course on Effective Communication.

Effective Communication, Online 6-part series

This course goes Live in September @ The Sanctuary Wellness, but you can join in any time.

The Effective Communication course aims to support you to better and more effectively communicate. The six videos contain a wide range of communication skills and techniques. Some cover self-talk (yes, we all do it) and explore our role, behaviour, language, triggers, thoughts and emotions. Other videos focus on communicating with other people, understanding our body and emotional reactions and how we land in arguments.

1. Understanding Emotions and Arguments.

2. Interconnectedness of Mind and Body

3. Pressure and Guilt Words

4. Reaction v. Response

5. Perfectionism, Success and Failure

6. Breaking Free of Negative Thoughts

Also check out my other 6-part series course on Positive Emotional Health & Well-Being.

‘3-Step Process to Calm Anxiety,’ Thrive Global.

“Many of us have felt anxiety at different times in our lives to differing degrees. I think we can all agree it doesn’t feel nice at all. For some it can present as a shortness of breath, a rapid heart beat, a knot in the stomach or nausea, a racing mind, or a feeling of loss of reality and perception. However you may feel it, the great news is there is something you can do to help yourself in these moments. Let’s start by understanding anxiety.

Anxiety put really simply is when our mind runs ahead to imagining the worst-case scenario. We often then believe this worst-case scenario is true (because it feels that way) which can lead to further anxiety or a panic attack. Our mind has become disassociated from our body and from reality.

Anxiety-driven thoughts can be about anything, from COVID19 related issues to love or family relationships, jobs, shopping, driving and anything else. I want to teach you a 3-step process to help combat anxiety and calm down the escalation from a thought or fear to an anxiety-driven thought.

Many people think that Step 1 is taking deep breaths but if you are feeling anxious or having a panic attack, you are not yet ready or often even able to take a deep breath.”

 

Read full article here: ‘3-Step Process to Calm Anxiety,’/ Thrive Global.

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