The Resilience Project is the name for my aim to help people make lifestyle and nutritional changes in order to reduce, prevent and avoid common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
After studying and working as a mental health nurse I went onto to study nutritional therapy, life coaching and am currently training to be a Certified Functional Food Coach specialising in nutrition specifically for stress, anxiety and depression.
I work with individual clients as well as giving presentations, talks and demos to assess and support lifestyle and nutritional changes to support a healthier, happier and more fulfilling lifestyle.
My Resilience Project is a holistic approach in the prevention of common mental health problems. This blog shares my knowledge and experience to encourage and support people to make small or large life changes that result in a healthier and happier life.
MIND: Whether someone you know or love suffers from severe mental illness or you suffer from regular bouts of depression and anxiety, its a topic that touches us all. After working for a year post qualification as a Mental Health nurse I felt i was sticking a plaster on a deep seated cut that needed much more attention. There are many aspects of our society and western world that need to be addressed to help prevent common mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression. I believe that by taking ownership of OUR lifestyle, nutrition and minds it is possible to prevent some of the major mental and physical problems without the need for medical intervention.
NOURISH: Our mental health starts in our gut. The link between nutrition and mental health is undeniable. We can not expect to have a healthy mind by eating a bad diet of processed foods and sugar just as we would not expect to have a fit body. When I left my career as a mental health nurse I studied Nutritional therapy and continue to develop of my knowledge on the subject of whole foods and mental health. The recipes I create are based on local, seasonal and sustainable produce to help ensure nutritional density and variation as well as being affordable and accessible to all. I am currently undertaking a unique course to be a Certified Functional Food Coach specialising in food for mental health. This will allow me to carry out assessments and advice informed lifestyle and nutritional changes supported by recipes, coaching support and recipe plans.
INSPIRE: The topic of mental health can be quite isolating. Especially in our current society where the varsard of social media leads us to believe that we are alone in our imperfections and lack of fulfilment. We can easily be lead to believe everyone else is living a happy, successful life when actually the reality behind the virtual presentation is very different. Its s important you create your own community of supportive and inspiring people that make you feel motivated, confident and most of all, not alone! Thats what I intend to grow from this blog. So as opposed to having a social media feed full of impossible pictures of perfect bodies and unaffordable superfoods, one a month I will be posting an interview. The interview will consist of ‘Balancing it out‘ questions about routine, habits, fears, challenges and the grounding reality of that persons everyday life. The aim is to shed light on a variety of people from different cultures, background, continents and lifestyles and what they do to take care of themselves as well as the challenges they face in the process.
From my personal research, experience and observation I believed that the root causes of mental illness were being paid no attention.
I qualified as a Mental Health Practitioner in 2013. I found that through my many years of placements and during the course I found I was feeling less hopeful about what I was trying to achieve.
Through various placements and a year of post grad working I felt frustrated and disappointed. I did not feel that I was making much of a difference, neither did I feel I could eventually make any difference if I carried on down this path.
I felt that there was a need for alternatives other than pills or ward admissions in this western society. From my personal research, experience and observation I believed that the root causes of mental illness were being paid no attention.
As well as political and social issues in the western world I couldn’t help noticing how poor our general diet and approach to nutrition was. Food and fitness was always something I had a personal interest in so I observed the impact a variety of diets and lifestyles had on my own lifestyle as well as friends, family and service users. There is a lot of research supporting the impact nutrition has on mental health. After further independent research and observation I decided to embark on a Nutritional Therapist course with a particular interest in mental health and overall wellbeing. Other wise known as the holistic approach. In addition to this I studied and registered as a Life Coach. For my very open and honest account of how I ended up here please see How I ended up here
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Featured in February 2017 issue of Devon Life