ActiveBeing was formed in the summer of 2020, following a need to provide mental wellbeing support and some respite for mums known to The Vench, in Lockleaze. Walk and Talk was set up, accessed by those who needed it, and had a hugely positive response.
The need for provision locally was clear. Support as part of the 'Sport England Tackling Inequalities Fund' was granted and in addition to Walk and Talk, Active Mums Wellbeing groups were started. The sessions were uplifting for all involved - and then they were halted by Lockdown!
From the start of 2021, and amidst another National Lockdown, programmes have continued to be developed and ActiveBeing will became a not-for-profit organisation in March. There is a huge need for proactive services to support the high demand on the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) pathway, and provision for mental health across Bristol and North Somerset. ActiveBeing aims to provide that proactive service to individuals. Ensuring they have the support that they need; to be active and mentally well, to manage positively in their daily lives, or to have access to wellbeing guidance whilst waiting for specialist mental health services or before reaching a crisis point.
Me - An educator, mental health advocate, lover of sport and music, parent, partner, daughter, sister.
Someone that became 'broken' under the load that was being carried.
My journey through accepting that I was suffering from high functioning anxiety, depression, PTSD, and secondary traumatic stress (compassion fatigue) was a challenging one. One where I had to feel the pain, feel my emotions, be pro-active in supporting myself, make conscious decisions to put myself first - that I was worthy of time, that my self-esteem could be shaped by me, understand what boundaries were and how to manage what I need.
There are many different elements that have helped me get to a place of strength;
Walking Crying Being near Water Jogging Writing Meditation Reading Sleep Family Knowledge Being Outdoors Understanding of Self Boundaries Decision Making Honesty Social Connection Acceptance Breathing Courage
Self Compassion Taking Naps Art Team Sport Giving to Others Medication Laughing Dancing Core Values
Vitamins Music Hydration Talking Sugar Reduction Inspiration Reframing Negative Thoughts Sunflowers
Nutrition Yellow Wellies Mental Challenges Hugs Purposeful Activity Self Belief Appreciation Active Listening
There isn't a quick fix to improving your mental health. In my experience it takes time, acceptance, perseverance and support from those around you. It is a process that continually evolves as you grow in strength and understanding of yourself. The ways in which I look after myself are always changing as I adapt, learn and face new challenges in my life - however there are consistent themes; physical activity, time for self, sleep, social connection and purposefulness.
My personal and lived experiences are invaluable in the way that I work with clients; enabling connection and open, honest conversations to find a positive way forward.
Thank you to;
C,C,B-HH, my Family H, GP, my Brizzle Family, NH, SD, LW, & AW for helping me get to a stronger place and founding ActiveBeing.
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