Since finishing my Mindfulness Trainer course and preparing my first deliveries for January, I often get asked if I can solve Mental Health issues. The answer is â€˜noâ€™, as I am not a therapist.
When you get asked what mental health is, I bet you say something like â€˜itâ€™s a disease or illness of the mindâ€™. But is it?
For me that sounds really bad. An illness, a disease. Wow. But, you arenâ€™t wrong, and often we put it down to stress, or someone not being able to cope. But mental health, and I need to stress again that I am not a health professional, can be anything from a mood disorder like depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety, personality and psychotic disorder. It can result in eating disorders, trauma related disorders and lead to substance abuse.
I looked that up, admittedly, as I didnâ€™t want to miss out on anything. This is huge. Letâ€™s just take a moment and reflect on the extend of those disorders, and what it means to you and people around you.
I openly admit having had anxiety. Yes, that is very common, but up until a few years ago, people didnâ€™t talk about it. Most of my anxiety came into play when I took redundancies, or when restructures happened in companies where I was involved in. Restructures, in my mind, lead to redundancies. But be reassures, they donâ€™t always do.
But I donâ€™t want to talk about my journey here, as I grew more resilient to anxiety, as I started doing my own thing; I started managing my thoughts through a daily mindfulness practise I established over five years ago or longer even. I started my first meditation course in 2006, and if I hadnâ€™t been involved in mindfulness practise throughout my career, I am not sure I would be sitting where I am today.
What started with an interest in Buddhist philosophy and personal development, turned into a life saver on a few occasions over the years. For that, I want to be thankful.
Hence, as I announced this week, I am joining Moment Pebble to support the start-up idea of bringing micro-moments to the workplace or your personal life for that matter. The idea is to carry a pebble in your pocket, disconnected from your phone or other electronic devices, which reminds you to be mindful.
The concept of carrying a pebble isnâ€™t new. The concept of having one that lights up, that guides you, is. This product is the start of a long term ambition to eradicate stress and associated disorders as mentioned above, from anybodyâ€™s life. Studies show that a regular mindfulness practise reduce stress.
So this is a job, but it is also a mission. A vision to help others to cope better with mind challenges they might have, and combat those through mindful moments.
Any support on the journey is appreciated.