Category Archives: Coaching

Presentation: Sports Psychology For Wellness Coaching

Sports psychologyCome and avail yourself of the mental management tools used by top sports performers.

Whatever you want to achieve, there will be a mental component.

Harness the power of your mind to maximise your chance of success whether in sport, business or health.

In this practical session you’ll have the chance try out some techniques that you can apply in any situation.

Sporting performance is a combination of technique, fitness, equipment and mental stability. The higher the level of competition the more the mental game becomes the deciding factor. At the very top it’s 90% of what matters for sporting success.

Jackie competed in archery at the highest level for over two decades and was British Field Archery Champion 6 times. She studied sports psychology while representing Great Britain at internationals. She now works in business and nutrition coaching, devoting her time to helping people improve their lives.

Presentation: The Balanced Mind-Body Diet

Mind-Body Diet

Photo courtesy of bigbrand .

You may have heard about the benefits of a balanced diet?

In this workshop we are looking at what activities, when consistently present in our everyday life, build up towards and increase our balanced Mind-Body well-being and resilience.

I wonder where do you feel your thoughts.

Where do you think your feelings can be found?

How about your bodily experiences?

How do you know when your hunger is a real hunger instead of fancying something or that someone kisses you better than no one has ever done before?

Or on the other hand, how do you detect a half-hearted handshake from a genuine one?

Our mind-body experiencing can be seen like the movement of a swing; what matters is not the highest two points, but the relationship between those two highest points and what happens in that space where the swing swings between them.

We feel and think with the means of our body: our brain, nervous system, hormones and muscles do the job for us. Equally, we recognise and evaluate our bodily experiences, for example pain and pleasure by naming and grading them in our mind.

This workshop is about the concepts “mind” and “body”; how they are linked to each other AND how they can also be seen as “one and the same”, an organism that has different aspects in our inner experiencing.

Our session consists of fun and practical learning activities. We will play with the concepts “mind” and “body” using them as a pair of useful “ideas” AND explore how it can also be helpful to see “the Mindbody” as one. The aim is to create some new or strengthen present awareness on what benefits using mindbody-link has when you’re looking after your emotional resilience and wellbeing in your everyday, real life.

“Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create” – Jana Kingsford

Presentation: Create Your Master Dream List

Master Dream List“Go Confidently in the Direction of Your Dreams.  Live the Life You’ve Imagined” – Henry David Thoreau

To create change in your life the first thing you must do is dream!

Dream of your future.  Dream of what you want. Imagine your life as you feel it ought to be lived.

Why?  Because dreams shape goals! Goals drive us forward.

In goal-setting, the reason why most people are generally unsuccessful or fall short is because they do not know where to begin.  The use of a Master Dream List not only develops your Plan of Action, it also generates the re-birth of your natural creativity.  It reschools you in imagination and inventiveness.  You give yourself permission to write down any wish, want, or desire regardless of how ridiculous it may seem.

You need to bring with you a pen and plenty of paper.  First, you write down anything that comes to mind, then you categorize your dreams into sections. Sections may include a Social Dream List, Spiritual, Mental Development, Financial or Family Development.

This is a fun workshop.  The objective is to help you go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined.

Presentation: How To Manage Your Inner Tortoise

Inner TortoiseHow to manage yourselves (and others) who default to tortoise mode when unwanted change or conflict is on the horizon.

In my last ChangeCamp session on managing your emotions in conflict, most of the tools were for managing anger.

This year, I’ll concentrate on tools to help you manage fearful and anxious reactions to conflict.

So instead of going from beast to Buddha, I’ll be talking about how to stick your neck out.

This session covers how to over your fear of conflict, learning how to say what you need, saying no nicely and sticking to it. (And still like yourself!)

“We can say what we need to say. We can gently, but assertively, speak our mind. We do not need to be judgmental, tactless, blaming or cruel when we speak our truths.” ― Melody Beattie

NB: You don’t need to have attended the previous ChangeCamp session to go to this presentation

Presentation: Create Your Own Confidence

Image courtesy of Chris & Karen Highland

Image courtesy of Chris & Karen Highland

Most of us may have had times where we wish we had been able to be more confident in a situation.

It may have been at a job interview, completing a presentation, talking to someone, learning a new skill or being able to start a new venture.

Often when we look back at situations that have happened and we did not think we came across as confidently as we could have or should have; we give ourselves a hard time and go back into that same mind-set when a similar situation occurs.

During the session there will be demonstration and practice techniques using NLP and mindfulness on how to create your own confidence when you need it and how not to give yourself a hard time if situations don’t go as well as you had hoped for.

Whether you have wanted to improve your confidence for years or just recently decide to, this session will give you strategies that you can use to improve your future confidence.

Presentation: Is Your Life In Need Of A ‘Wellness Boost’?

Wellness

Photo courtesy of Michael Havens

We all understand that wellness….. happiness….. is the way.

We do, right?

And yet, we often still don’t practice what we preach, or walk our talk, or just give ourselves enough time and space and awareness to enjoy ‘wellness’, or the state of ‘feeling happy’.

In fact, as you are reading this, perhaps you can become more aware now, appreciating and even exploring more new ways to support your ‘wellness way’ even more.

The thing is, we can focus on ‘wellness’ etc. for a while and then, somehow, magically, we slip back, into stress or worry, or whatever if could be for you. Really what we decide to do is to choose ‘unwellness’ over wellness’… Crazy isn’t it?

Isn’t it time to nail this?

Isn’t it time to nail this enough to be also fully who you want to be right now?

Isn’t it time to make this the year that you truly want it to be right now?

Maybe our focus just needs more focus.

You are the only one of you there is (everyone else is taken too), so I ask you,

Are you being the best version of YOU, you can be, right now?

Let’s do this!

Presentation: Introducing Rising Strong

Image courtesy of BK

Rising Strong is a strategy and model for failing and getting back up again, based on the research of Dr Brene Brown.

The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall.

Rising Strong is a book about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending.

Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and Rising Strong, our clearest path to deeper meaning, wisdom and hope.

How well do you cope with failing? With criticism? With feeling inadequate? What’s your relationship with feeling your feelings? With courage?

Come and explore the Rising Strong model and approach to start discovering where you ‘get hooked’ by emotion and how to rumble with some of the toughest stories you are telling about some of the circumstances, events or people in your work or life.

This is an introductory session – no experience necessary – just bring an open mind and heart and a willingness to rumble with your thoughts, feelings and behaviours!

Presentation: Conflict And Unwanted Change

Punch and Judy

Image courtesy of Alex Brown

Evolution hardwired us to react to change and conflict with the fight, flight or freeze response.

But the world has moved on, and this instinctive response often ends up making the situation worse.

The physical dangers and stresses of the past have morphed into more intellectual and emotional challenges which require brain not brawn.

Yet for most of us, just when we really, really need to get it right, the primitive response kicks in, switches off our brain and pours in the steroids.

Some people hide or deny emotion, but this ends up in an explosion, corrosive behaviour as it leaks out or  ill health when turned inwards.

The good news is that you can manage your reaction to conflict and change and handle physical, intellectual and emotional challenges more appropriately.

In this session, Nancy will help you recognise the signs of impeding hijack and give you some tips on how to acknowledge and handle your own emotions. You’ll learn some ideas of how to support yourself and relationships through periods of change and conflict.

Sailors can’t control the wind, but skillful use of the sails helps bring them safely home. Just like them, we can’t completely control our circumstances, but can do much to create a positive outcome.

Presentation: The Unhappiness Vaccine – How To Seduce Yourself To Happiness

The Unhappiness Vaccine

Image courtesy of Kate Ter Haar

I hope you can help? As a participant of this workshop, I want to share some ideas and exercises that when practiced will make you happier.

My request for you is to share these ideas and exercises with people in your life. My idea is sharing what easily makes us happier will in a small way make the world a better place. Thank you!

Workshop Details
Many people often feel unhappy and more often than not this is not a good thing. Why not? We are habit making organisms who’s habits are constructed over time. We are massively influenced by our environment and how we react and respond to this.

By understanding a little bit about the differences between memory and experience ( Daniel Kahneman ) and utilising what and how we use our bodies consciously, and this is the key, conscious effort, just a few minutes a day, can change our complete outlook, to rewire thoughts and thinking patterns is amazing.

Did you know while reading this you have either shaked your head yes or no, in considering this information? Those who have nodded agreement, within this short description, are most likely to attend. How we physically respond to a suggestion is one topic of this workshop. Another topic is how we focus attention, so that means prioritising what is valuable in the moment.

Hope to see you here.

Presentation: The Mind Body Connection

Image courtesy of Run On Beat

Image courtesy of Run On Beat

We have all heard about positive thinking and how we need to look after our mental and physical well-being.

How many of us actually take time out for ourselves it are busy lives to do just that?

In this workshop we will be looking at the mind and body connection in our everyday life, how it impacts us in a positive and negative way and how simple changes in one or the other can improve both.

We will look at simple yet effective examples of small changes in body position can help both physical comfort as well as have a dramatic effect on your mood.

We will work through the circles that bind us, negative body postures, habitual patterns etc that stop you living in and enjoying the moment and activities that can bring further balance into your life.

We will be exploring ways to allow you to get the most out of your body in a safe and pain free way that in turn will allow your mind to be free from emotional binds that you back.

So if you have chronic pain in your back, shoulders, knees or just injuries that you would like to work on, join me to see how much better you can feel.