I will help you find your natural state of calm and joy. Together, we assess where you are, and build the practices best suited to help you transform.
Your body is designed to move, but it has to be the right type of movement for you. I will assess what you are physically capable of, and help you to increase mobility and strength.
For example, those of us with anxiety are often drawn to similar movement practices – dynamic yoga, HIIT classes – which may seem to be a ‘useful’ way to burn up the nerves but could be exacerbating the problem.
Those of us suffering with frustration and anger may be drawn to ‘punishing’ types of movement such as hot yoga, running in the midday sun or boxing – again, which may seem to be a useful way to burn up that hot energy but again, may be escalating rather than balancing. However, these types of movement can be very beneficial for those of us who are feeling sluggish or depressed.
There is a way of moving that is appropriate for you. I can help you find it!
Practice optimal breathing patterns that dial you up or down, depending on what you need. Understanding your breath is one of the most important yet underrated ways to balance your nervous system.
The best thing about breathing is that it is always available to you, no matter where you are – in bed, sitting at the computer, during conflict with family or in the work environment – and the more you practice, the more your nervous system ‘remembers’ and works to help you rebalance.
Learning how to concentrate (which is all meditation really means) is the third pillar of Merry Therapy. Learn how to rule your mind, or it will rule you.
Your brain loves routine thinking, and over time you may notice that your mind just loves to return to ‘old favourites’ – overthinking, catastrophising, worrying, blaming, and a whole host of others – which may seem to be useful but in fact, are just avoidance techniques that you have trained your mind to believe are helping you stay safe and secure.
There are a lot of ways to practice concentrating – or meditating – and again, the right technique for you will depend on your circumstances. The right technique may be sitting and concentrating on your breath; moving with focus; eating mindfully; or even contemplating washing your hands.