I found the health and well-being group very helpful as it made me look at my issues in a different light. I found that going to the group open my mind to having a more positive look on my life. I felt comfortable being around people who had similar thought and feeling to myself, it was an good inviting space for us to express ourselves and to have contact with others. The information provided was very uplifting for me.
I would gladly attend another one of these groups.
I was very much cut off, I only ever left my house to go church on sunday and do my shopping on friday. I was not active at all, all my activity was in my head but that was not doing me any favours. I had no self esteem or motivation. So my doctor referred me to the center which I knew nothing about. I met with my mentor Hilna and we had a long chat, we arranged to meet at the centre and do a walk as I did not mind walking. This was a wet day and muddy but i still came and did it. After my walk that monday Hilna encouraged me to try the circuit class i really did not want to participate, but she did not give up. Hilna joined me in the class that day. Thus all happened back in February we are now in May and i can say today that i am more active the centre has helped to change my life style, i love meeting new people now and I didn’t before, i have changed the way i eat, and the way I see myself. My self esteem is at a all time high and i have in all gone from 17stones to 15.4stones to this current day. I truly feel that the centre has given me a new lease of life, and even after my 13weeks i will still attend even if it is only one class a week.
I just wanted to catch up and tell you how I’ve been getting on since the Positive Self-Talk course finished.
Before the course started I was very depressed and anxious, especially around other people which interfered with my getting a job and having a social life. I didn’t think I deserved to have a life, but the exercises we learned meant such thoughts could be challenged and a more “realistic” conclusions could be reached that are helpful in all areas of life: work, mental health, motivation, social life etc. They were such long term conditions for me that I often doubted that they would ever improve. By the end of the course I had started a job in retail and was able to recognise how much more confident I felt compared to other jobs I had worked at, especially returning after the heart attack and triple heart by-pass of last year. The job is great, am starting part-time and hope to increase my hours in the future. Also, forming relationships with colleagues is easier than it ever has been.
Thank you so much Hillna. Hope you can run the course again.