2.6 Challenge for Grace House

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Wellbeing Connection is committed to promoting wellness in all its forms. Now, more than ever, charities need our support!

We’ve chosen to raise money for Grace House as it’s a local charity who’s cause is close to our hearts. The provide short breaks and respite for children with complex needs and autism as well as supporting their parents and carers. The 2.6 challenge is a great opportunity to get active, involved, and raise money for the charities we care about most.

Let’s all support each other as much as we can during this time!

Meditation

Blog Post 22nd April 2020

Meditation

Many of you will know what I mean when I mention the word “meditation”, but you may all have a different experience or understanding of it.

I wanted to share my experiences and some of my learning around this, as over the past few years I have come to love meditation and the fascinating journey it has taken me on.

I’ve been a clinical hypnotherapist for almost four years, and hypnotherapy has served as a gateway for me to explore meditation on a number of levels.  Hypnosis is a very similar state to that of being in meditation, you have a heightened state of focus, often on someone’s voice or a symbol or thought, which encourages your cognitive or thinking brain to relax and allows your unconscious mind to take the lead.

The benefits of meditation have been the subject of a wide range or research in recent years, with scientist attempting to discover how it improves mental and physical wellbeing.  Researchers have found a number of differences in the brains of people who meditate regularly and those who don’t.  There have also been studies which suggest meditation plays a role in changing us on a  genetic level, therefore influencing our predisposition to develop (or not develop) disease. 

My own experience of meditation as a healing tool started about three years ago when I needed investigation into a physical condition causing abdominal pain.  I was being investigated to rule out ovarian cancer. I had a slightly raised blood level on the CA-125 test and the doctor ordered a scan. She didn’t feel it was urgent, and there was a bit of a wait, but I was ok with that. 

I had the scan and my ovaries looked nice and healthy.  However, at the scan my womb showed thickening of the lining, and there was a concern that this could also be cancerous, so it was more investigations for me. 

In the wait for more tests I decided that I was not going to have cancer, that I hadn’t got time to be ill and so I wanted to do something about it. (I don’t mean to sound flippant, and Im aware that many many people unfortunately do experience cancer, and they aren’t as fortunate as I was at this time.)  That week a lovely coach told me about a healing meditation and she suggested that it might help, at least with my ability to relax.  The meditation was just short, 15 minutes, and was specific for self-healing .. and I loved it. I also explored further self-healing guided meditations and used a range of these on a daily basis.   They kept me focused and helped me calm the anxieties I had around my health at the very least.  The magic thing was that when I got my results – everything was fine!! Now I cant say whether the meditation physically healed me, because no one knows whether there was anything wrong .. but I like to believe it played a really important role in my good health.

I meditated regularly after that and Im so glad I did.

I had another health scare a year later with something very different.  This time It included dizziness and tinnitus and extreme anxiety.  Being a therapist and experiencing severe anxiety yourself is problematic. How can you help your clients if you aren’t ok yourself? It rendered me unable to work for weeks.  I turned once again to meditation and gratitude. And once again Im certain that it helped me physically as well as emotionally.

Then last year I discovered the work of Dr Joe Dispenza, an American author, scientist and speaker (among other titles) who takes meditation to another level. He delivers a range of workshops and retreats where his students learn to meditate in a particular style. He matches the art of meditation with quantum science to explain how, when you are in a meditative state, your brain waves are working to a particular frequency.. and in that state you are able to influence the world and your physical self.

Dr Joe teaches that you can use meditation to attract situations into your life that you want or desire, because we enter the quantum or unified field when we are in this meditative state, where infinite possibilities exist.  There are countless stories of how people have focused on things they wanted to attract into their lives, such as health, opportunities or relationships, and that shortly after their meditative practices those things showed up in their lives.

There will be some of you who feel that this is the stuff of fairy-tales, but let me tell you in no uncertain terms, without meditation my life would not be the way it is now.  I am enriched with opportunity, friendship, good health and many other things. I would not be where I am today without it.

This is really just the beginning for me in terms of exploring meditation.  Before Covid-19 I had started to lead a meditation group, enabling me to develop my own delivery style, incorporating some of the styles I identify with.  I am currently working on developing an online meditation group and so would invite you to follow with interest if that is something you might want to explore.

I’ll finish with saying that I continue to meditate regularly, particularly focusing on healing, immune response and also to put out good intention and healing to others and for the world in general. Lets face it, we all need something to help us feel good at the moment, and meditation can help you achieve that.

Wishing you all safety and good health – Suzanne

Wellbeing Wisdom Episode 1: Cabin Fever

Wellbeing Wisdom is a weekly live broadcast where Suzanne Milbourne and CiCi Reagan Twining (along with guests) will discuss different topics related to wellness and tips for coping- and thriving!- especially during this challenging time.

Subjects covered include cabin fever, fear of illness, anxiety, meditation, boosting your immune system, financial fears, etc. Let us know if there’s something you’d like us to cover!

You don’t need to do anything- just tune in on Thursdays at noon to our Facebook page.

This week, we had our first episode, and discussed 16 tips for thriving during this challenging time. Check it out below!

Suzanne Milbourne:- Transformational Coach, Trainer and Therapist is a well qualified and experienced Life Coach, Trainer and Therapist. She uses a range of techniques including Coaching, Neurolinguistic programming (NLP), Thought Field Therapy ( TFT), PsyTap, The Lightning Process, Hypnotherapy, Old Pain 2 Go, Kinetic Shift Technique and Law of Attraction.

She has a background as a registered nurse, trainer and manager and has worked with people from all walks of life. She is committed to helping others make positive changes in their lives.

CiCi Reagan Twining founded Brilliant Estate Planning because estate planning is not always as straightforward as other financial services. It can be an uncomfortable, emotive subject for many people, which may be why so many adults in the UK don’t have Wills in place.

After working in financial services and helping two other UK companies launch and maintain their Estate Planning divisions, she decided to branch out on her own, adding her specific brand to the industry.

Brilliant provides clients with polished, unparalleled professionalism balanced with empathy, all whilst ensuring that their wishes are protected and families are cared for well into the future.

Weekly Wellbeing Wisdom

Wellbeing Wisdom is a weekly live broadcast where Suzanne Milbourne and CiCi Reagan Twining (along with guests) will discuss different topics related to wellness and tips for coping- and thriving!- especially during this challenging time.

Subjects covered include cabin fever, fear of illness, anxiety, meditation, boosting your immune system, financial fears, etc. Let us know if there’s something you’d like us to cover!

You don’t need to do anything- just tune in on Thursdays at noon to our Facebook page.

Suzanne Milbourne:- Transformational Coach, Trainer and Therapist is a well qualified and experienced Life Coach, Trainer and Therapist. She uses a range of techniques including Coaching, Neurolinguistic programming (NLP), Thought Field Therapy ( TFT), PsyTap, The Lightning Process, Hypnotherapy, Old Pain 2 Go, Kinetic Shift Technique and Law of Attraction.

She has a background as a registered nurse, trainer and manager and has worked with people from all walks of life. She is committed to helping others make positive changes in their lives.

CiCi Reagan Twining founded Brilliant Estate Planning because estate planning is not always as straightforward as other financial services. It can be an uncomfortable, emotive subject for many people, which may be why so many adults in the UK don’t have Wills in place.

After working in financial services and helping two other UK companies launch and maintain their Estate Planning divisions, she decided to branch out on her own, adding her specific brand to the industry.

Brilliant provides clients with polished, unparalleled professionalism balanced with empathy, all whilst ensuring that their wishes are protected and families are cared for well into the future.

Join our Wellbeing Connection Crew Facebook Group

Wellbeing Connection exists to promote mental wellness and prosperity in the workplace. This group is for individuals and business owners alike to support each other.

Please join Wellbeing Connection Crew for information, support, events, live broadcasts, videos, webinars, charity information, and loads of dog photos!

It costs nothing to join and is so important during this time of physical isolation. See you there!

Join John for this exclusive coaching session

John Taylor, one of our WC practitioners, will be running a free coaching session Wednesday 8 April at 2pm through Zoom. Please register as space is limited.

Using the PACER model (Positive, Achievement, Context, Ecology, Resources) he will guide you through setting short and long term goals based on your personal aspirations and help you achieve structure. This will help you improve performance and guide you to better wellbeing though this testing time.

Become focused on your life. Set goals. Stay in the game.

John has asked if you can kindly make any donations to Grace House North East for his time delivering the session. Laura from Grace House will be in attendance and can answer any questions you may have.

Grace House provides short break and respite care for children and young people with complex needs. They are based in Sunderland here in the North East and in addition to their short breaks they support the whole family with services including free holistic therapies, counselling, group support and family activities. Please do give if you can- they need your help now more than ever.

Donate here:
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Meeting details:
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Wellbeing Connection Online Networking Meeting

We all need to stick together during this time of uncertainty and we are doing all we can to facilitate a sense of community and reduce stress. Please join us!

This weekly meeting will be held on Zoom and will focus on varying topics- how we are, what we’re doing, what are our worries, how we can help each other, etc.

Details Below:

Topic: Wellbeing Connection Networking Meeting

Time: Mar 24, 2020 10:00 AM London

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Mar 24, 2020 10:00 AM

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Financial Wellbeing in Challenging Times

The director of Brilliant Estate Planning, CiCi Reagan Twining, will be going live on our Facebook page on Friday 3 April at 12:00pm to discuss some of the solutions available to you and alleviate the concerns many of us have during these challenging times.

Money is no one’s favourite subject, and it can be difficult and emotive to talk about wills and other estate planning. However, so many people these last few weeks have expressed to me that they are more concerned about their families being financially protected than ever before.

For these reasons, CiCi will be explaining the benefits of having a Power of Attorney in place for those more vulnerable family members, why will provision is something you need to seriously consider, and some other frequently asked estate planning questions.

If you have something you’d like to be covered, please comment it in this event or send us a message.

We look forward to seeing you then!

Wellbeing Connection Networking Event

Please join us for our first networking event of 2020 on 18th February at 5:30pm. Held at the premiere wellness hub in Newcastle, Ocean Zen, this evening event blends informal, open networking, with a cosy atmosphere and information about promoting wellness- and profit- in the workplace.

Designed with business owners in mind, Wellbeing Connection exists to help you promote employee prosperity within your workplace, save you money, and provide solutions to corporate responsibility by reducing stress and increasing productivity.

According to multiple studies, mental ill health is responsible for 72 million working days lost and costs conservatively £34.9 billion each year. 1 in 5 people take a day off due to stress. Yet, 90% of these people cited a different reason for their absence due to the ongoing stigma and lack of support surrounding mental health. Every year it costs business £1,300 per employee whose mental health needs are unsupported. 84% of UK line managers believe they are responsible for employee wellbeing, but only 24% have received training. 49% of line managers reported a wish for basic training in common mental health conditions. We can help.

To learn how Wellbeing Connection can help, as well as network with other professionals in the North East, please join us! We look forward to seeing you!

Register on Eventbrite for the event!