Being Strong from
the Inside Out
A whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly all the other parts will be affected. In this way if people have imbalances in their lives it can negatively affect their overall health.
We work to treat the root of the problems not just the symptoms. By going in to schools and running projects working individually and in groups with students, we address issues such as inactivity, self confidence, lack of human interaction and a need of immediate gratification.
I believe that nutrition and exercise has such a positive effect on mental health it has the power to totally transform your life.
Self confidence is a super power. And once you start to believe in yourself, that's when the magic will happen.
I have worked as a Counsellor for 8 years supporting people in varying ways. From working as a high school counsellor, to the bereavement field, to stress and alcohol support. It has been a privilege to work with people to help them gain in confidence and to move on from some of the most difficult life experiences imaginable.
More recently my work has led me to focusing on the present and future with clients and supporting them to achieve goals they set and shape their future how they wish. It is this work that led me to gaining my Diploma in Life Coaching and to working in Schools. Stress, lack of confidence and anxiety can all be found in teenagers today and so dealing with these at a younger age is an incredibly valuable life skill. I believe we can control much more in our lives than we think is possible and that we have the ability to achieve anything we want too.
Tel: Alison 07889 689 862 or Holly 07896 876 150
We work with 6 - 8 students per project.
They each have 4 individual sessions with Holly
During these coaching sessions, we will work on any aspect of life the student wishes too, be it building confidence, dealing with stress, coping with anxiety etc. This will take the form of helping the individual to understand where they presently are and what they would like for their future. This is then broken down in to goals of how to achieve this. Worksheets will be used in the sessions and as part of homework tasks and aid the process.
Working with students to help them take responsibility for their selves and their actions encourages them to live a happier positive life and achieve what they want too.
Also 7 group sessions with Ali. These sessions focus on active participation in physical activities. Often physical activity that is not usually taught in schools such as yoga and walking. These help the individual to feel involved, make choices and feel empowered. This will support the student to make decisions and choices which will help their intellectual need. Supporting the individual to decide on an activity they will enjoy or be satisfied by will help their emotional needs and deciding who will assist in the task or be present will support their social requirement.
By using sports and physical activity we can build a lifelong relationship with mental and physical wellbeing.
"Just over 1 in 10 girls at the age of 14 are currently meeting the official guidelines for physical activity, half the number of boys that age"
Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation (2012)
"Inactive individuals are more likely to suffer from depression, distress and dementia than physically active adults who have a 20-30% lower risk of getting affected by such conditions"
British Heart Foundation National Centre (BHFNC) for Physical Activity and Health, Loughborough University (2013)
Costs of Physical Inactivity
Presentations are the first step to helping students learn their triggers of anxiety and how their body reacts to it. Gaining this understanding is needed to be able to respond appropriately to this. By having the tools to identify and manage, they are learning to control their anxiety rather than being controlled by it. This knowledge will be an invaluable skill throughout life as well as the build up to exams.
Teachers can attend workshops facilitated by us to gain an insight into how it feels to grow up to be a millennial child. These interactive workshops aim to highlight areas of the students’ lives that can potentially be confidence blockers. The workshop will help teachers gain a deeper understanding before moving on to Ideas on how to unblock these issues and look at life through another lens.
Enrichment lessons can be delivered to focus on wellbeing and confidence. First of all, there is a need to understand how students feel about themselves. This gives them a solid foundation in which to work on and see how the outside world is having an impact on them. Then they learn invaluable tools to move forward and cope with modern stresses and strains. How living a healthy and active lifestyle can have positive physical effects as well as hugely impact your mental health.
These lessons can be delivered by us but can also be lesson plans that your teachers deliver after they have attended an educational workshop
87% of young people aged 11-18 think that all teachers should have basic training in mental health
67% of young people aged 11-18 think that their school should place more importance on mental health
YoungMinds Mental Health Stats
“82% of teachers agree that the focus on exams has become disproportionate to the overall wellbeing of students, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by the charity YoungMinds, while 70% think that the government should rebalance the education system to focus more on student wellbeing.”
"Every state funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life."
National Curriculum in England - Key Stage 3 & 4 Framework. December 2014
I believe that nutrition and exercise has such a large effect on mental health. I teach a variety of adult yoga classes and love how it doesn’t only have physical postural or straightening effects, but how people comment on how it can help sleeping, clearing very busy minds and give them better perspective. I studied to be a personal trainer, have completed courses on nutrition and behavioural management and now work with clients as a wellness mentor to develop a healthy relationship between mind and body.
As I know that habits are formed in childhood my interest has focused more on this stage of life where a solid foundation can be laid and built upon. I teach children's yoga in PE lessons at Primary Schools which teaches them life skills to keep them fit and active but also how to cope with the busy lives we now lead and encourage kindness and tolerance.
Millennial kids have grown up in an age where technology is part of their lives. They can access information at the touch of a button and contact people instantly on the other side of the world. But it is becoming more evident that this technology comes with negative aspects. Psychological Today describes their weakness as;
"They seek constant feedback and immediate gratification. They multi-task and can't focus. They are sensitive to criticism and unable to work alone."
This is often brought about by the need for outside validation from the 'likes' you get on Facebook or the followers you have on Twitter and the lack of face to face communication as interaction is done over the internet. It can also lead to increased anxiety and inability to form meaningful relationships.
We come in to schools, we run projects and present seminars to build self-confidence. Our programmes are designed to give students and teachers a chance to stop and think about what their values are in life, what they are currently doing and where they are currently going. Working both individually and as part of a group highlights strengths and weaknesses and starts to shape their self-worth. A far cry from getting external validation we focus on students self-esteem, belief in their own talents and build on them.