Did you hear about our launch?

It was a great afternoon launching the day and it’s theme to York and area wellbeing businesses, how to get involved, what’s going on and a lots of networking and meeting others in ‘the business’.

I have sent quite a few emails out about the day, so it seemed to make sense to produce a weekly email to let everyone know how it’s going, who has signed up to host a pop-up event or have a stand at the Wellbeing Evening at Hotel du Vin.

Keep an eye on your inbox, every Friday (if you don’t want to hear about it, let me know and I will just email you about our other events and workshops).

So who has signed up to the York Wellbeing Day?
I am very pleased to welcome:

Kirsty Smith of Stobohealth Ltd
Hypnotherapy from David Sear
They are exhibiting at the York Wellbeing Evening at Hotel du Vin

Kicking off our Pop Up events during the day on 4 October
is Helen Thorburn
Helen is running a wellbeing event with her colleagues (theme to be confirmed!)

Those who have signed up will receive their leaflet bundle, posters and wellbeing branding soon!

You can create your own event and invite people along, you can go into a business/organisation and invite employees to attend, you can collaborate with others and do a joint event, you can target people already using your business or brand new people.

Have you got your idea together for a pop up?
Would you like a stand at the Hotel du Vin?

You can come along to our Wellbeing Meet-Up and brainstorm your idea with others.

Do you have a question? Would you like to run your idea past me? Would you like to collaborate with someone but not sure who? Do you need a venue?

Give me a shout and I’ll do my best to answer your question.

Juliet

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It Won’t Surprise You to Hear

It won’t surprise you to hear….
that I found doing a variety of crafts and making as therapeutic and supportive.

I found it a distraction, something utterly absorbing, I found being part of a group who often you could speak openly with as a wonderful break from some very difficult things for me.

I usually did half day or day long workshops (sometimes quite challenging) as a way of getting away from home, a way of producing something to take home and be proud of, I usually chose something I could wear or use such as jewellery, hats, bags, coasters etc. It was a great way to improve my self-esteem and a great way of meeting people, some of whom I have kept in contact with.

Craft Workshops were very much a way of taking care of myself and I loved them.

Of course people take part in arts and crafts for very different reasons, a circle of people or working alone, it’s a personal choice.

It seemed natural to me to move from my wellbeing evenings to a craft evening, and it’s lovely that some of the people/businesses that I went along to their workshops or who made things for me and my children are joining us at the event.

They are lovely, relaxing evenings, you feel like you are getting away from it all for a couple of hours, meeting friendly, helpful people and it’s not just about looking at products and finding out more about the maker and how items are made, you can also have a go at making and creating.

So far we have the following:

Stands
Glass crafts with Naomi Whitaker, Naomi’s Glass
Soy Wax Candles & Melts with Wendy at PQ Soy Wax Candles
Crochet crafting and soft furnishings with Nicola – Three Bears Crafts
Soft furnishings with Eleanor at Elly Jules
Jewellery with Helen at Silver & Stone

Workshops
Create bead and silver jewellery with Helen, Silver & Stone
Create Bath Bombs and DIY beauty products with Juliet, Choice Oils
Writing for Fun with Claire Davies, Greedy Wordsmith

We have a couple more to add, I’m just waiting for confirmation, so it’s coming along nicely.

Tickets are £15 and include a hot drink and biscuits or you can upgrade to a £25 ticket and have Prosecco and canapes.

We would love to welcome you to this event.

Bye for now
Juliet

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Our Fabulous Line Up at the Choice Self-Care Evening on 16 May

Hello

We are so pleased to be back at the Natural Entrepreneurs Workspace in Fulford, it’s a perfect venue with a warm welcome, lots of space, a separate room to run the workshops and talks, free parking and tucked away from it all (but still accessible from the A64 and A19).

So who is going to be at the Self Care Evening on 16 May, here is our fantastic line-up of therapists, practitioners and consultants?

Marianne Freeman – Restore the Balance – Hand Massages
Sherrie Wood/Kirsty Pearson – Relax Kids & Just Relax – relaxation for children and adults
Debbie Thurlow Complementary Therapist – A range of taster Massages (shoulder, neck, arms, legs etc)
Ruth Charlton – Neal’s Yard – Skincare Consultations
Yvonne Lynn – Your Spirit Matters – Reiki & Personal Energy Consultations
Kate Bunney – Magnetix Wellness Bunney – Gorgeous magnetic therapy jewellery
Jayne Brown – Healthy Horizons – Reflexology tasters
Laura Richardson – Freedom of Choice – Forever Living products
Angie Taylor – Arbonne – Facials & Skincare Consultations

Elena Holmes (Nutrition Consultant) – Mini Workshop – “Nourished Gut – Nurtured You”
Claire Davies – The Greedy Wordsmith – Mini Workshop – Writing for Wellbeing
Juliet Powell – Choice Therapy – Mini Workshop – “Creating your Survival package!”
Sherrie & Kirsty – Relax Kids & Just Relax – Relaxation for all the Family

WOW!

Together we book you in for one 15 minute taster session, and you can book yourself in for further sessions for the evening when you arrive, you can attend as many workshops as you can squeeze in!

Don’t forget you also got a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival.

Grab one of our remaining tickets

See you there
Juliet

Self-Care – why it’s so important

I read an interesting article this morning and I thought I would pick out the interesting bits to share with you. The original article was aimed at therapists who work with clients who have experienced significant trauma. It was extolling the virtues of self-care for the therapists. I can see how the explanation could be relevant for so many people, so this is my take. I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

We know that self-care is talked about a lot, we are encouraged to look after ourselves, take time out, and have some ‘me time’. It feels indulgent, maybe even a waste of money, however, what follows may change your mind.

In order for me to function at a high level for my family and work, I need a support package, a support framework in order to operate at those high standards, this translates as my ‘me time’.

It is no accident that many of the self care experiences we enjoy most, are things that link us to childhood experiences of nurturing – such as hugs, massage and being read to (and in my case chatting to a trusted person).

So we have to take action, we can’t ‘think’ ourselves into better self care, it’s about taking action. These actions support the healthy function of the lower parts of the brain. A lot of self care does not involve words it is something we ‘experience’ and these experiences are usually body based and help us to feel safe and well and support our brains and body experience regulation. (control, management)

If our brain and body feel regulated, we feel calm and vice versa. Being able to stay calm through the use of regular self-care enables us to think more clearly and deal with all that life throws at us and in my case deal with the people I encounter in my business and life.

A one off experience is not going to cut it, in order to build strong habits of self care and therefore a stronger brain (with strong neural connections) we need repetition (this is the same for all activities). A one off class or treatment is lovely, however, it won’t make a significant difference to our wellbeing, we need lots of practice!

Someone else may recommend a course of action, a type of therapy, a class. You are unique and have unique needs for your self care blend or package. My ‘package’ consists of a monthly massage, a monthly reiki session, twice a week fitness class, regular meet ups with like minded business owners, regular bubble baths, regular craft workshops, yoga sessions and hugging my children. Yours may well be zumba, reading, shopping and meditation!

I feel a seasonal snowflake analogy coming up! Like snowflakes we are unique, vary in size but are all beautiful. So do yourself the best favour ever, you owe your body, brain and ability to feel calm to your self-care.

Self-care enables me to do the job I love and take care of the family I love. It doesn’t bear thinking about where we would be without it.

Take care
Juliet x

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“Don’t Big Up Your Part!”

What one thing would you NOT say to a parent of a child with additional needs or adopted child?

When discussing my contribution to my children’s education that very phrase was uttered by a member of school staff.

To a parent who has tirelessly advocated and campaigned for their child, the endless meetings in school and at the council offices, the parent in the playground (the one you back off from) when the TA, teacher or headteacher approaches, “Can I have a word, Mrs Powell?”.

The parent who volunteered to go into school one afternoon a week to support their child in the face of nothing else available.

The parent who was telephoned that often the she developed a fairly debilitating phobia of the telephone.

The parent who had to read negative comments ad-infinitum in the school planner about behaviour from teachers who had little or no knowledge of attachment in the classroom and when I answered the comments was told to STOP (trying to silence me?!).

The parent who has faced discrimination and misunderstanding at every turn.

The parent who went part-time and then gave up work altogether to support her children.

The parent who re-trained as a counsellor so she could better understand her children and help them, who ran support groups for parents (and school always came up as an area of difficulty) who did workshops and worked one to one with parents and now runs health & wellbeing events, many of which are attended by parents.

The parent who keeps going when she feels like knocking her head against a brick wall with school.

The parent who is watching their child’s mental health deteriorate as a result of lack of understanding in school (and on suicide watch).

The parent who will never give up.

DON’T BIG UP MY PART!?

I should be shouting it from the rooftops – I should be in ‘The Press’ (I have about my parent support groups), I should be in the national press and magazines – (I was about school transition), I should be on the local radio (I have on many occasions about parent support groups and my wellness evenings), I should be on national radio (net yet), I should be on national TV (I was once invited).

I should be paid handsomely for advocacy, campaigning and negotiation skills (chance would be a fine thing).

DON’T BIG UP MY PART!?
I’m the reason my children get up for school every single day and do their best.

Here I am “bigging” up my part.
My tireless, relentless, tenacious part as a parent and advocate for my child in school.

I have a BIG part, a HUGE part to play as has every parent in how their children do in school.

Is that clear? (I am shouting now!)

Juliet

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