There are some silver linings. I have been very heartened by the community response. As always, we are capable of great things when we want to, including great kindness, and personal sacrifice. Please be assured that I and my team at Newquay Hypnotherapy will do everything we can to support our clients, their families and the communities in which we live. Please let me know if there is anything at all we can do to help.
As you may have read, or assumed, all our appointments are now happening online, via video-call or phone. This is something we have always offered, it works very well and there are some benefits. You don't have to go anywhere, for example! All you need is an internet connection or phone line, and a comfy-ish chair.
I am finding a surprising number of pets are also joining in with the therapy. As usual, they sometimes demand part of the attention, but overall I'd say they are net contributors!
I look forward to catching up with some of you. My thoughts are with you all and your families.
CORNWELL Festival of Wellbeing is on 31st October 2019, from 10am until 5pm at the wonderful Bedruthan Hotel and Spa. It's free to attend, and there'll be lots of interesting people and lots of things to explore and experience, including dance and martial art demonstrations, live music, lots of exhibitors and a series of workshops on wellbeing, including life planning, meditation, mental health at work and at home, and plant-based medicine.
There is also a networking lunch, and a unique and luxurious Spa Garden experience - see below for booking details.
The event has evolved from monthly meetings run by a group called Healthy Minds Newquay, which meets at Coffee on the Corner in Newquay at 10am every 2nd Monday of the month. The Festival of Wellbeing is being run by a team of volunteers from this group - showing the power that exists within our community to look after ourselves and each other. The event is all about conversations and connections - so come along and see who you might meet. Find out more at www.cornwellfest.com or register here.
We just competed our first live team meeting for "hypnotherabots" - our brand new project developing automated, online conversations so people can access help wherever they are, whenever they want, without even having to engage with another human. Sounds strange, but sometimes this is just what people need. Or so we think... we're going to find out.
We also want volunteers and early adopters to try out the online tools. The only way to learn is by doing. If you'd like to join in, go to www.hypnotherabots.com - we look forward to seeing you there!
There's an extra helping of events happening this month starting with Newquay's first and very own HEALTH & WELLBEING FAIR at Steam Bar & Cafe (Great Western Hotel) on Saturday 11th May - 10am-4pm. With over 25 organisations represented this will be a brilliant event bringing together and celebrating a wide range of Newquay-based providers, and the chance to sample some of their health-giving services. The organisers of Art8 - Newquay's Arts & Culture Festival - have chosen the theme of this year's festival to be Health & Wellbeing. This Fair is bursting on to the scene and we will start as we mean to go on - one for the calendar.
Then of course it's Mental Health Awareness week starting on Monday 13th May. The theme this year is Body Image which will make for some interesting and valuable conversations. Please feel free to start and contribute to threads on the Healthy Minds Newquay page. So much going on - and of course at the centre of it all is conversation and connection - things that make being human beautiful.
OneWave Newquay kick off their Summer sessions this Thursday 9th May with a royal visit from Grant Trebilco. Grant founded OneWave in Australia and hosted Harry and Meghan at his base at Bondi Beach.
The usual mix of informal drop-in sessions continue with the next one on Monday 13th May at Coffee on the Corner - see below for details. Then on Monday 27th "It's good to TALK" will take place as usual at Sprout Health Foods - with a growing band of experienced volunteers on hand to lend a judgement-free, listening ear.
As always, everyone is welcome to all Healthy Minds Newquay meetings. Just come along, or get in touch, or see us on facebook if you have any questions at all.
I had a wonderful success story from a client this week, and want to share the joy and excitement! This is from a mum who brought her 8 year old daughter to see me. What an amazing duo! Here's what the mum reported to me earlier this week:
"I just want to share Charlotte’s success this weekend. She and her pony Buttons took part in their first hunter trial (basically riding across the countryside, jumping various obstacles and jumps). Anyway, a few months ago Charlotte would not have even considered taking part, but since your sessions her confidence has grown and grown, and she wanted to have a go.
As she entered the warm up arena – the old ‘un-confident’ Charlotte started to appear, with lots of comments of ‘Buttons, is going to be naughty, I can’t do it’ etc. etc.! I simply asked her, did she think that it was her primitive brain talking, because Buttons has never done anything naughty. She agreed that yes it was, because she KNEW that she and Buttons could do it, and she could visualise them having a great time going over the jumps.
And with that, she was off – cantering across the countryside, having an amazing time – jumping everything she had the chance to jump! And when she got to the finish line – she asked to go again!
It never ceases to amaze me how powerful and effective the knowledge you have passed onto us both is. So excited for Charlotte and Buttons future!"
Cue tears of joy.
We are pleased to be hosting a week of community events in Newquay, bringing people together to understand stress and what we can do about it. As part of national Mental Health Awareness Week 14th-20th May (organised by the Mental Health Foundation) the sessions take place in businesses throughout the town including The Wave Project as well as Coffee on the Corner and Sprout Health Foods.
Events are generally informal drop-in sessions with health professions on hand to discuss: stress and what can be done to alleviate it; young people and stress; mental health awareness for men; and a closing party / fundraiser at Newquay Hypnotherapy. The keynote event is a talk all about the neuroscience of stress and how to manage it.
Monday 14th May
Stress: what's what, who's who and what can we do, at Coffee on the Corner, 10-12pm
Young people and stress - how can we help, at the Wave Project shop, 1-230pm
Tuesday 15th May
Curry and Chaat - informal chat and knowledge sharing, Sprout Health Foods, 12=2pm
Wednesday 16th May
The Neuroscience of Stress - a talk by Adam Pearson, Sprout Health Foods, 730=930pm
(free, ticketed event)
Thursday 17th May
Men and health - interactive session for anyone interested in men and health, at the Wave Project Shop, 1-230pm
Friday 18th May
Curry and Chaat - closing party and final presentation, at Newquay Hypnotherapy, 730pm
Related links and information:
More details and ticketing options can be found on our Facebook page.
I'm very excited to be joining the Yurt Academy in Brighton this week, delivering a couple of sessions on the Brain, and Positive Psychology. The Yurt Academy is all about flexible, face to face, bite-size learning - on a range of topics from the practical to the personal. You can 'learn anything and learn together' and you can also learn from some smart people ... er... that'd be me, apparently :)
I'm delighted to be invited. A poet (now you know it). And you can find out more, book a seat, or express your demand for more courses here:
Here's a free relaxation audio session. You can listen to it any time of day, you just need 5 minutes and somewhere to sit or lie down where you probably won't be disturbed.
There'll be more to come - sign up to our mailing list if you haven't already and we'll be sure to let you know.
Please feel free to share this link with anyone else you think will enjoy being in touch, and let us know any comments below.
Anyone who read my blog last year about Sandy who lost 22 lbs in 11 weeks (through self-acceptance and love, not will-power) will be pleased to hear she has achieved her goal of losing 60 lbs. She has now achieved her target weight and she is for the first time back to the weight she was before surgery and events changed her life 10 years ago. Bearing in mind that her surgery involved having part of her brain removed, this is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations Sandy.
At a more detailed level, this is a triumph of neuro-plasticity. The human brain is a master of regeneration and repair. And it rebuilds itself - physically! - based on what we focus our attention on. So the choices we make are important. Sandy chose this year to accept that she was worth looking after. She focused on herself, and her value. She decided to love and accept herself.
Sandy's story is proof that self-acceptance and love can be way more powerful than will-power. Emile Coue was a brilliant French chemist and pharmacist, but is most famous for his realising that "imagination is more powerful than the will".
What is life like when you love yourself? What do you imagine is possible?
To mark World Mental Health Day this coming Tuesday (10th October), Newquay Hypnotherapy will be holding a special Tea and Talk event at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay from 9am-5pm.
The idea is to get together for - as the title suggests - a cup of tea and a talk with the aim to do nothing more than listen and be listened to - building and strengthen relationships with your fellow tea drinkers. Such a simple act can go a long way to boosting mental health. In the process, people are invited to make a donation to the Mental Health Foundation, which is encouraging groups to hold similar events across the country.
If you would like to be listened to - all you have to do is show up. If you are volunteering to be a listener click here to register, entering your name and time/s when you'll be there.