If you’re a regular reader of this blog (or follow any of my other stuff for that matter!) you will know that my passion for physical health is second only to my passion for mental health. After being under control for years my mental health took a huge dive earlier this year. For a while I felt like I was back at square one and that all the progress I had made over the past few years was all for nothing… depression can lead to these kinds of thoughts! But on the days where the clouds would clear and I could see the sky again this depression was different from all of the others that had come before, it brought with it days of profound inspiration.
In that period I wrote my previous article – How To Work Out When Suffering From Depression – and have spent the rest of year so far practicing the guidelines that this article laid out (with great results may I add). But in one particularly bad day I was lying on my couch, curled into the fetal position, hiding under a blanket and crying to myself about how “no one is coming to save me”. Now normally once I’ve reached this point I would repeat this malicious mantra over and over, feeling worse and worse in the process. But on this day as I sat repeating it the tone of my inner voice suddenly changed, it still said “no one is coming to save me” but instead of as a self pitying cry for help it was a huge eureka moment, I knew that I had to save myself.
However it didn’t just stop there. At once I was hit by this sudden realisation: I can’t be the only person who is feeling like this, who thinks that no one else is coming. As soon as this hit me I knew what I needed to do, I needed to become that someone, the one who comes to help, but not as a crutch, as an example of how you can grow to help yourself. In fact you can grow beyond that and be able to not only help yourself, but to help others too!
So I launched a service that I had no time slot for, no venue for, no audience for and no real clue how it would all work out and I trusted that if I set myself a date, then the rest would all have to be ready in time. That service is called Matter Over Mind and now at only 6 weeks since it’s launch has already helped 20 people to realise how either improving our physical health or our mental health can have a positive impact on the other side; and best of all it is 100% free.
Every Monday we meet for 2 hours at Transform Ladies Fitness/Men’s Blast Bootcamp in Southport. We have 1 hour of group physical training, followed by 1 hour of informal chat about either our own mental health or a general mindset topic that the whole group can benefit from. On top of this we have launched a Facebook group where members of our team (I say team because I see them as friends rather than customers!) can share useful links or stories and interact with one another. We have already cultivated a loving and caring environment that is inclusive of all levels of ability in 6 weeks and I can’t wait to see what the next 6 months or 6 years brings!
There’s still space for more in our class so if you can relate to all of this and you want to get involved then get in touch, we’d love to meet you and have you as a part of our growing team. Helping each other to make progress, both physically and mentally!
Your progress is our passion!
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