Our friend Stacie Clark runs creative workshops and sessions, providing support to improve mental health. The workshops focus on exploring self-expression through mark-making, painting and illustration, or through crafts like crochet and knitting. Better still, you have opportunities to collaborate with one another, as well as New Day Knitwear, to design exclusive products!
Lovely Lizzi invites you to come and have a go at yoga. It's ok if you're an absolute beginner. This small and friendly, lighthearted class is adaptable for all levels. In this stunning location, overlooking the sea, you'll soon see yoga is for everyone. Join Lizzi on Thursday evenings 6pm - 7.15pm. Her contact details are on the Facebook page.
This is a shout out for Becci, a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist who's on the SSE Cornwall programme with me. I've been really impressed with her knowledge of gut health and it's links with anxiety - something we all need to understand better. Becci can work with you to create a personalised nutrition plan so you can be the very best version of yourself.
Fiona is a personal trainer specialising in helping people with anxiety and depression get fit and healthy, becoming the strongest version of themselves. Fi knows firsthand what a positive effect exercise can have on confidence and mental health and joining exercise classes helped her with social anxiety. Fiona can put together a fitness programme that suits your goals and needs, supporting you along the way. She also leads a running group for beginners based in Helston.
If you love live music but you're overwhelmed by the noise and the crowd, then come along to Live Lounge Cornwall because they have the answer! I'm pretty sure these are the most chilled out events in Cornwall - and every one has been incredible! It is literally awesome music in the lounge of wonderful friends of mine and they've been very generous in opening their home to others. Some of our quiet community have already joined us and loved the experience so if you'd like to come along too, make sure you follow them and look out for their next events... see you there 🙂
If you're making the transition from university to your first graduate job, take a look at Unlocking Potential. Hayley and Michele met on their 'stand out from the crowd' course which develops employability skills (a super confidence-raising opportunity!). They also match undergraduates with short-term placements to gain valuable career experience and you can apply for graduate job roles that are initially supported by Unlocking Potential with access to mentoring and workshops to gain new skills.
Personality tests are not who you are. It's difficult to capture who you are in just a few questions about how we respond to life when much of our behaviour is context-specific. People change from moment to moment, and the results of a personality test can do too. Whilst a self-test might give you insight into how you're behaving right now, please don't allow it to define you forever more. One day I come out as an INFP and the next I'm an INFJ.
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
We talk a lot about the importance of breathing well to manage anxiety and to help you with this, you can download balanced breathing pacers (my personal favourite is Tibetan Cymbals & Ocean Waves). Or, if you'd like more guidance, you can listen to Marvin Oka, the co-creator of mBIT coaching, walk you through a balanced breathing exercise here.
Jenn Granneman from Introvert, Dear is on a mission to let introverts know there’s nothing wrong with them and since 2013, her little blog has grown into a wildly popular information source for introverts and highly sensitive people, by introverts and highly sensitive people. You can also join her Facebook group by clicking here to request membership.
Dr. Elaine Aron has been researching high sensitivity since 1991. If you want to know more about highly sensitive people, you'll find research, books, articles, self-tests for you or your child, and a database of HSP-knowledgeable therapists on her website.
Susan Cain continues her mission to unlock the power of introverts for the benefit of us all, co-founding the Quiet Revolution. Read articles on the subject of introversion and hear from quiet revolutionaries with stories to laugh and cry to.
Author of The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide, The Highly Sensitive Person’s Companion and The Strong, Sensitive Boy, Ted Zeff is an important voice for sensitive men. You'll find articles, tips and workshops on his site.
For the introverted entrepreneurs out there, Beth Buelow serves as a guide to amplify your strengths and build sustainable, energetically aligned businesses. Check out her website for podcasts, blog posts and other useful resources for building your biz.