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By: Hannah

Why should you come to my Mindfulness classes? Well, let me answer that for you

For those of you that have seen my ‘about me’ video or read the article I wrote about my weight loss journey, you will know that I wear my heart on my sleeve. It isn’t an easy thing to do some times, however, I want to connect with those people that are in similar situations and have been through though times and can identify with me. I hope to give those in darker times, confidence that things can change, it just needs a change in habits with a hand of support.

My experience of Mindfulness started 13 years ago. I was in my early 20’s (shown in pictures) and had been through a tough time dealing with the present as well as the past. Growing up I had a bumpy ride at times with family and then being bullied at school by those that had been closest to me throughout my early childhood. By the time I got to my early 20’s, it didn’t take much for me to come off the rails a little. Weight piled on as well. I ended up having a breakdown and was referred to the Priory Hospital for help with my mental health. Each week I would go and meet with my therapist (who I can only say saved my life and I will forever be grateful) who took me through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. This is a form of Mindfulness and at the time, wasn’t as out there as it is now. I lapped it up. Everything became clear and within a few months, I was back on my feet and although I have suffered from times of depression, I have never relapsed back to the way I was then. A huge part of that is because I was given a mental tool kit of how to help myself and identify situations as and when they happened. It took hard work, a lot of soul searching, realising that the world didn’t owe me a favour like we often feel at 23 and I started to live for the moment. Now, I am not perfect. There have been times where that has still been hard to do. But when I focus, stay on the right path and use the Mindfulness techniques I learnt, only good things happen. I have been blessed with the fact that every job I have ever applied for, I have got. Every client I have been in front of, I have won and added to my business portfolio. I was in sales (recruitment) for many years and this change in mindset helped me be as successful as I became.

Like everyone, I have faced some challenges since then and today is in fact my birthday! It’s always a time that I spend 5 minutes reflecting on all of the good things that have happened since this time and give myself a little pat on the back.

13 years on I often reflect on that wonderful man, my therapist was who took the time and invested his faith in me, to help me live. I actually became featured in an American book which was based on a study of CBT. This was because I just took to it like a duck to water. That isn’t an easy thing to do I was told. I think I was so ready for someone to step in and just guide me into a new chapter of my existance that I absorbed everything I was taught.

This is what I hope to help you with you when it comes to Mindfulness techniques. I am not saying that it is going to be easy to learn Mindfulness. It takes practise, tenacity and an open heart to look after yourself. I am so passionate about reaching those people that often find it hard to step out of the shadows to find help. It is so much easier when stress, depression and anxiety (to name just a few)  take hold, to stay home, in your safe place and hide or keeping going to work and crying in the toilets all day because the stress of your job is just too much. If you are like I was, I wanted help, but I just didn’t have the get up and go to find it myself and to be honest, I used the lack of time as an excuse too. I was too busy with work. I had too much to do at home. It was all a smoke screen.

I hope by sharing my experience it has struck a cord with you. Come along to one of my Mindfulness classes, give it ago. You will be in a relaxed, comfortable, non judgemental environment. It’s not like AA meeting or anything, I wont be asking everyone to share their experience, only those that want to can, so don’t worry, your private life is just that. But what I will ask is that you give it a try and be open minded.

Drop me a line on [email protected] to book or ask any questions. The schedule of classes and workshops are on my front page along with the pricing information too.

Hopefully you have read this with a non judgemental mind 🙂

I look forward to meeting you 🙂

Take care,

Hannah

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