I am determined to demystify mental health and raise the bar to what we are offering to our communities. People are lonely, stressed, depressed, anxious and sick and it needs to stop. As a wellness professional, I want to empower people to deal with life challenges, even when they cannot afford it.
My desire is to make a shift in the industry, away from this crazy times of mental disorders and poor health. Many of these issues are coming from a place of lack of self awareness, overload of information, life pressures, unreasonable expectations, poor emotional support and low emotional intelligence.
Overly busy lives are taking over our mental functioning, not leaving much space for self reflection, stillness and useful habits that nourish our minds, bodies and soul.
I provide a number of free resources in my website, blog and social media posts: make the most of it! There will be more free offerings, so watch the space.
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Meditation is the best tool to raise self awareness, create a sense of calm and joy, being more present, manage stress and anxiety, improve your overall sense of wellbeing.
Some people struggles with starting to meditate, there are some devices out there that can assist you in your journey and record your progress.
Alternatively, you can learn to meditate with me or another teacher plus adding: continuity, persistence and discipline.
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I love reading books, mostly for personal development, self education, interesting ideas, opening my mind and potentially evolving in some kind of way.
Because most of the books I choose to read are to learn from them, I can take ages to get through one as I go back and forwards through chapters and take notes most of the time.
Since I discovered audio books, I can get through at least 1 book per month and I love it! If the book is super interesting I also purchase the hard copy as I love to keep them as life manuals, which I may even give away to someone who needs it :)
Some of my favourite books from my 2018 reading list are:
- Lost Connections by Johann Hari
A story and worldwide research about the different causes and cases of depression and ways to recovery that have nothing to do with drugs. Amazing eye opening information for those who suffer it and those who wish to understand it. A fresh and current way of looking at this incredible world issue.
- Breaking the habit of being yourself by Joe Dispenza
Ground breaking research and scientific explanation of what is reality, how do we create it and how to change what doesn't serve us. Practical exercises, meditations and sound information that will open your understanding of what we are as human beings and how far we can go. Fascinating.
- Becoming supernatural by Joe Dispenza
The continuation of the above, more mystical and explanation of how understanding quantum physics we have the ability to bend reality. Mind-blowing
- Mastery by Robert Greene
What is mastery and a practical guide on how to achieve it. How can we become masters at our lives and make the most of it. I love it, simple, engaging and inspiring to listen too our inner selves and have the discipline to follow on that inner guidance and work at always doing the best we can and being excellent.
- Being Yoga by Stuart Watkins
A personal journey to yoga, humble, inspiring and filled with love. What it means to discover yoga, what really is for a westerner, practical ideas and tips on how to be love, look after oneself and our environment (people, our home and nature). Beautifully written and fantastic photos that will take you on Stuart's journey step by step.
- Daring to lead by Brene Brown
Im still reading this one. What is to lead? leading from the heart, with vulnerability, authenticity and inspiring those around you. A new way of working and living life is developing and evolving, time for change and new thoughts, actions and bigger picture. Fantastic book to start planting ideas on how to be a leader of your life.
More titles? I can help myself and have to add some more titles that I love:
- The autobiography of a Yogi by Paramansa Yogananda
- The values factor by John Demartini
- The gratitude effect by John Demartini
- The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
- Living the wisdom of the Tao by Wayne Dyer
- How to make friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie
- The 7 habits of highly successful people by Stephen Covey
Do you have any favourites you would like to recommend to the world? Please share :) xoxox
To CHANGE BEHAVIOUR there needs to be a deep desire to let go at your old self or a part of you that doesn't serve you anymore. You need to schedule the change and do it for 90 days. Your body and mind needs time to get used to it for it to stick.
You need to be patient and keep the goal in mind and when setbacks bring you down: stand up and go again until the mind and the body have learnt the new YOU.
My challenge: I avoid feeling cold and getting wet without a wetsuit, warm weather is my comfort zone.
First, I looked for a way to learn techniques that assist my body and mind when overcoming discomfort, so I learnt the Wim Hoff breathing technique to help me overcome the nervous and body tightening feeling I had when I looked at the water in a chilled morning.
Today, I got up at 5am and head to the beach for a swim. I could feel the discomfort rising and I chose to ignore my nerves. Then, I did the breathing and run into the waves and didn't stop even when my body kept trying to stop me!
Once I was in, my body relaxed and enjoyed being in the water, beautiful surroundings, so calming and refreshing. I felt alive and awake.
When I got out, I felt so powerful and inspired! The soul loves challenges so it can overcome them and show us that we can always go further, we are magnificent.
Try something out of your comfort zone and let me know!
"People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success " Norman Peale I went to the movies and watched "Bohemian Rapsody" the story of Freddie Mercury. I was so moved by his belief in his vision and how that confidence in his gift gave him the power to unleash his maximum potential. I find that is true to each one of us, we can achieve what we believe we are, that belief will drive your actions and decisions and how you allow your magic/talents to unfold into incredible outcomes. That is called flow and people truly value watching others in flow. Unleash your potential.
The fasting experience
The fasting day started great and continued by few moments were I really wanted to chew on something! especially after a phone call that had unexpected disappointing news. I noticed that my urge to eat increased after the emotional trigger happened. So I put into practice few breathing techniques to centre myself, it took about 3 minutes to get over the urge. Then, I could focus more in something creative and positive like finishing my new workshop presentation.
Science has proven when we do something we are not used to doing, when we stop any habit (including eating for a day), it creates a change in our nervous system, a new neuro pathway has to be created and new sensations in the body are experienced. After, a new behaviour has a chance to emerge, therefore, new ideas and experiences follow.
I am passionate about behaviour change, because is the precursor of changing reality (your reality). The more we do different things, we get a chance to experience different results. For that, we need a strong mind and continuous change of our usual patterns and neuropaths.
I invite you to try new things whenever you get a chance, get yourself out of your comfort zone.
From eating something different for 90 days, taking new routes to work, try a new sport, drink water instead of any other beverage for a while... anything!
I will continue with 1 day a week fasting and tomorrow I will start my day with an ocean swim at 5.15am every day until Christmas, I managed to convince my husband to join me and I'm so excited we can do this together! I can't wait to start. (please note: I find very hard to get in the cold water without a wetsuit even in summer time and specially in the mornings... so discomfort: here I come!
Enjoy life! Evolve into your magnificent self
Just over 12 years ago, I found myself struggling through the most challenging time in my life. I was in the process of a divorce, had severe depression, cried constantly, and could not focus on my work. On a friend’s recommendation, and at one of my lowest points, I decided to try yoga as a last resort.
Two weeks after starting my practice, to my surprise, I found that I could experience regular moments of peace and positivity, and I could relax my body and mind on command. I stopped crying, started having deep and restorative sleeps, and generally felt calmer and emotionally stable. Yoga had become my source of energy, the fuel for my wellbeing.
I know my experience of suffering is not unique. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that almost three million Australians live with depression and/or anxiety, which affects wellbeing, personal relationships, career and productivity. The suicide figures in the last decade have skyrocketed, and young people are now more likely to die from suicide than car accidents. It comes as no surprise to learn that GPs in Australia claim that over 60% of people seek medical advice because they are suffering from depression or anxiety.
Next week is Mental Health Week in WA, which brings a great opportunity for us to raise awareness on these issues and share ideas that may help our community.
After exploring and enjoying various styles of yoga on my own for some time, I decided to train to be a yoga instructor so I could share this ancient practice and its benefits with others. I have become very passionate about mental health and wellbeing, and have now taught yoga to many patients and professionals from the mental health industry in Perth. They all agree that yoga aids with increasing awareness of thoughts, creating a positive perception of reality, relaxation, better sleep and less stress.
Many scientific studies present evidence showing that yoga can help reduce the symptoms of depression, anxiety and trauma.
This year, Australian psychologist Dr Michael De Manicor, shared outcomes of a study he conducted to test the effects of yoga practice on patients suffering from depression and anxiety. His findings show that six weeks of yoga combined with psychological treatment resulted in a 34% improvement in patients; those who were not practising yoga as part of the treatment improved by only 4%. The 34% who improved with the help of yoga showed significant reduction in psychological distress, lower frequency of negative experience, improved resilience, and an increase in positive thoughts.
Yoga is a practical and sustainable tool for mental and physical health, and is one that is increasingly encouraged in schools and workplaces. Be a friend to someone during Mental Health Week and carpool to a yoga session together or share your experience of yoga with them. You never know how you may help improve someone’s life or health.
Thrive Experiences will be offering by-donation community classes weekly in the Cottesloe and Claremont area for all newcomers to yoga. These will be expanded to other Perth regions in 2018, and will be particularly aimed at those suffering from financial hardship.
I hope you can join me or join the movement to give back to the the community.
I have always enjoyed learning and growing and I am particularly interested in how I can serve the world better.
For the past week I travelled to San Diego (California) to take some further training in Strategic Intervention with the professionals I consider being the best in the world.
To my surprise the training took place in Omni La Costa, which is the home of the Chopra Wellness Centre, which was my dream to visit one day (one dream amongst many). I loved every minute of it! The training was hard: 12 hour a day learning how to help people to achieve more of what they wish for their lives.
The strategies were amazing, very enlightening and practical, full of empathy and love, as well as director and practical action. We also learnt how to truly listen and tune into other people's real intentions, see the greatness in everyone (including our selves) and much more. How powerful is that?!
I feel so empowered is overwhelming and beautiful at the same time, I also had the great pleasure to meet people who also want to give to the world, they have so much love and have achieved great things already, improving other people's lives at great extent without asking for anything in return. Outstanding.
I still haven't finish digesting all experienced and learnt but one thing im sure about: this is just the beginning of a new chapter to make a great positive impact in people's lives.
Love to all
Sometime ago, I was driven by my emotions. While emotions are necessary to understand what is going on inside of us, they are a great tool but not the best driver of our lives.
Emotions can override thinking and if they get out of control can lead us to be reactive and may damage relationships and many other areas of our lives.
I remember the last time my emotions were in control of me:
I felt I was alone, I was going crazy and everything seemed stressful in my life. I started to disconnect with myself and other people because it was too painful to face that I was disappointed with how life was going for me.
My body was also showing me all signs of discomfort.... it was unwell: i had indigestion no matter what i ate, had headaches and backache.
I started to drink more coffee as I was always tired and drunk more alcohol (without realising I was trying to distract myself from the pain)
One day I saw a dear friend, who is also a yogi, and he asked me to STOP running away from myself, he suggested to do 3 yoga classes a week for 3-6 months and then see how things where going. I needed to get grounded - come back to re connect with my self and truly feel what I needed to feel and let it go.
I accepted and started to practice yoga 3 times per week, after 2 weeks I felt so much better, something was shifting....
The third week, i started to meditate: only 20 min a day or every other day... and i used a guided meditation as I was finding it too hard to just sit and breathe.
After 6 weeks I felt happy, the kind of happiness that hasnt got anything to do with things you have or other people, I was just content with me...
About a year later, my yoga practice got to a new level as well as my meditation and I can say : I have never looked back. I could not imagine living without mediation and yoga.
The sense of joy and fulfillment is bigger than I have ever felt before, it doesn't not come and go, is constant.
Challenges in life, look like simple obstacles I come across but they dont throw me anywhere i dont want to go... the roller-coaster ride has come to an end.
I am immensely grateful to my dear friend who show me the path, im also grateful to myself for facing my fears so I could over come them. It takes courage, resilience, perseverance and discipline to get where I am right now and IS WORTH IT a thousand times.
This the is reason why, Thrive experiences was created: to share ancient wisdom that can lead you to a peaceful, joyful and fulfilling life.
Love and light to all
All you need is inside yourself - discover it.