I live with Generalised Anxiety Disorder which means I’m anxious, worried and have a feeling that something terrible will happen most of the time. I’ve had anxiety for most of my life, it’s all I know. This year I decided to go back to Uni to do a Masters degree, and, I turned Smiling after PND into a business. As soon as I do something new, feel a bit vulnerable and uncertain – in comes my little friend anxiety at peak levels. It is exhausting. It questions everything I do, fills me with doubt and can be overwhelming at times. I have professional help to manage my anxiety, however, when it is at peak levels, I need to access other tools in my tool box to keep my little friend at a manageable level. If I don’t, I know I will get depressed. One of the tools I recently learned about is mindfulness.
Once I had done a bit of research on the topic, I thought to myself, I would love to share this with you all, and, so began my first workshop on mindfulness and meditation. I engaged Suzanne and Amanda from Present Mindfulness Academy to talk us through how we can achieve mindfulness and meditation in our daily lives.
In the two hour workshop, we learnt about what it means to be mindful, the benefits of being mindful, the importance of self care, and, how easy it is to incorporate self care and mindfulness in our every day lives. We enjoyed morning tea and a massage from Jayne from Mama’s Angels.
Overall, it was a great learning experience and I was chuffed to have those who attended the workshop, report back to me that they are now more mindful in their lives and happier for it. Since the workshop, I now put a buzzer on my phone to remind me to breathe, I start the day more positively, my husband and children are better for it and I am happier and more present. I’ve also re-engaged with Yoga which I gave up when I was depressed. More on that in another post very soon!
Finally, I am so pleased to announce that we also raised $200 towards PANDA from ticket prices. The donation will enable PANDA to train community champions volunteers, to share their stories in local communities so people understand perinatal mental illness and expecting and new mums and dads aren’t left to suffer alone. Stay tuned for the next one…….
Much love and smiles xxx