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July Workshop: How to identify, manage & heal stress


This months expert Chintal helps “busy” women to manage stress, cultivate calm, improve their wellbeing and heal to
lead a healthier, happier and balanced life.

What is your background, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

By profession I’m an Occupational therapist within the NHS for over 15 years and have vast experience within different areas of physical and aspects mental health. I was born and raised in Mombasa Kenya and moved to the UK at the age of 12.

Just over 2 years ago, my life was very different: ill health, stress, burnout, overwhelm, anxiety, depression, constant hustling, juggling mum and work life all got a bit too much. The powerful question ” Who Am I” and ” What is my purpose?” was staring at me in my face- this was my reflection in the mirror. That day I set the intention and commitment to turn my life around, enough was enough. I embarked on my own journey of self discovery, healing
and managing stress.

During the pandemic in 2020, I qualified and certified as a life coach, Reiki practitioner and Mindfulness and Meditation teacher.

How has the holistic approach to stress management helped you on your journey? 

Being an OT, our profession is very holistic, what I realised was I was not adopting those principles. By implementing a holistic approach in my life i was able to understand more about myself, my beliefs and stressors. It helped me to understand how my illness was due to my life being out of balance- Physical, Mental, Spiritual. We all tend to work on a surface level and focus more on the outside. Infact it is the opposite we need to work on the inside, It helped me to reconnect to my spirituality and higher self, I learnt to let go of what was truly not serving me. I learnt how alot of the beliefs I had were not mine at all, it was what I say “handed to me” and over time I believed they were mine.

The holsitic approaches opened up so many new doors for me that were in alignmnet with who I truly am, step into my authentic self, step into self love and create healhy boundaries. I built resilience to navigate through challenging
situations and understand my emotions or behaviours. I feel at peace with myself and came off medications as was managing my health in a complete holistic way.

Why is it so important women learn to manage stress? 

Women juggle so many roles and duties, we manage homes, families, kids , work and everything else but put themselves at the bottom of the list. Stress management is vital for women as it helps them to navigate through challenges in life in a manageable way without burnout or overwhelm, they are able to make decisions that are heart led and be more responsive rather than reactive. It helps to build better relationships with themselves and
others around them. Women tend to be the pillar to all those around them and equally end up people pleasing, managing your stress helps you to create healthy boundaries as well.

Can you share a story about how the work you do has impacted one of your clients? 

Ahhh so many to share but one that stands out to me is a client who’s main focus was to obtain a specific goal. However, client was holding onto a lot of what had happened to her, very emotional and was struggling to understand it all. In our sessions we started to explore all areas of her life and did some deep inner level work. Initially she found it very uncomfortable but she was in a safe space and was guided throughout our time together. From lack of boundaries, constantly feeling tearful and upset, people pleasing, lack of self worth, confidence and me time she is now in a place where she has healthy boundaries in place for her personal and work life, navigating through challenges with resilience, responsive not Reactive, prioritises her self care time which is a non negotiable, improved her nutrition and physical activity, tapped into her hobbies she enjoyed as a child, most of all her relationships with her child, husband and parent has improved.

What will the workshop be about? What will you be teaching our members? 

The workshop is going to be about all of the following:
 What is stress and types of stress
 Impact of stress on our Mind, Body, Behaviours and Emotions
 Holistic approach to stress management

Become a member

Every month we have a new workshop and a new expert sharing their knowledge, offering tools and resources to aid personal, emotional and spiritual growth. You will have unlimited access to this workshop while you are a member and a chance to discuss your thoughts with the expert. If you want to join the members club, you can sign up here.

March Workshop: An introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

EFT Workshop with Tamara Donn

An introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) with Tamara Donn

The March Workshop will be run by Certified Master EFT Trainer Tamara Donn. EFT also known as Emotional Freedom Technique is well known for helping to release various emotions. Tamara predominantly helps people regain their calm and get more done. Tamara is in the process of writing a book called “Frazzled to Fabulous in 5 Minutes a Day” due to be published later this year.

What is your background, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My first job was working in the IT industry in the city. I was a square peg in a round hole. It took about 10 years to realise that I could enjoy life a lot more doing other things. I retrained as an aromatherapist, a holistic childbirth educator and eventually came to EFT. Together with my husband, we run The EFT Training Centre and until recently ran trainings in the UK and abroad. Now most of it is online! I am also in the final stages of publishing my book Frazzled to Fabulous in 5 Minute a Day for stressed, overwhelmed and exhausted mums to regain their calm, enjoy their kids and get more done with EFT.

What is EFT and how did you learn about it? Can you give a brief description? 

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) or Tapping is a powerful tool that can be used on ones own as well as with a practitioner to release negative emotions, limiting beliefs, emotional aspects of physical pain, cravings, phobias and more. It can also be used to help you align more fully with your goals and intentions. EFT is like acupuncture for emotions without the use of needles. The results are often fast and permanent and it is simple enough that even a child can get great results with the basics. 

How has using EFT helped you?

Where shall I start! I am a completely different person from the one I used to be 10-15 years ago. I use EFT every day to start my day with a bounce in my step, release stress, overwhelm, anxiety etc. I use it before I go to sleep to have a good night sleep. I have used EFT to support me in becoming a better parent and I use it with a practitioner to work on releasing my limiting beliefs and core issues.

One of the personal experiences I have had was when I joined a choir, after the first 3 times of attending I had a bad pain in my throat. After doing some tapping and uncovering and releasing my belief that I can’t sing (created when I was not allowed to join my school  choir at age 8), the pain disappeared and I was able to enjoy singing and performing in the choir. 

What impact has it had on your clients? Do you have any stories to share? 

So many transformations. Some brief stories include a woman who had pain for 15 years and needed codeine to get out of bed each day, within 20 minutes of tapping, was permanently pain free (I checked in with her a few years later). Women with fertility problems conceiving after sessions with me. Mums doing my 30 day tapping challenge reporting not needing a glass or wine or chocolate at the end of the day and husbands asking their wives what they have been doing because they seem so happy. Mums tapping on their kids and helping them with their self esteem, confidence, anxieties, sleep issues, eating problems etc. Birth trauma and general childhood trauma resolving.

What will the workshop be about? What will you be teaching our members? 

This workshop is an introduction to the power and magic of EFT. You will learn the basics of tapping, have an experience of tapping to release anxiety, improve general wellbeing and get a good night sleep. The workshop is titled ‘An introduction to the magic of Emotional Freedom Technique’.

Become a member

Every month we have a new workshop and a new expert sharing their knowledge, offering tools and resources to aid personal growth. You will have unlimited access to this workshop while you are a member and a chance to discuss your thoughts during the coaching call led by the expert. If you want to join the members club, you can sign up here.

September Workshop: Journaling for Personal Growth with Renu Ravalia

Journaling for personal growth workshop

The power of journaling with Renu Ravalia

Renu is a Spiritual Life Coach & Mindfulness Meditation Teacher & founder of The Grow Me Project. She works with women who want to increase their self awareness, build self belief & live a happier, more well balanced life. Her coaching style involves using personal growth and spiritual tools and focuses on 4 main areas: self love, mindfulness & mindset, aligning with your true self & finding inner happiness.

Why is Journaling such an important technique for personal growth?

Journaling has been part of my spiritual practice since 2012, as a tool, I have used it to get clearer on thoughts and feelings. Over the years I have tried lots of different styles and have seen great benefit when I stay consistent. In everything you do consistency will be the key! Remain open and be ready to try everything is the advice I would give.

Journaling is such a powerful tool and will be one of the most important ones you use as part of your growth journey and this is exactly why I have decided to make this the first workshop of the project and one that I will be leading.

What will this workshop include?

Whether you journal on a regular basis or have never done it before, here is what I will be covering in this workshop:
– Benefits of journaling
– Different styles and techniques of journaling
– What to journal on
– Questions you can be asking yourself on a daily basis

Each workshop includes a task or resource you can use, this is so you can remain accountable. This one will include a a challenge and as always, I will be checking in on you and we will discuss progress via a coaching call where you will also be given the chance to share your learnings and ask questions.

Become a member

If you are already a member, you will have access to this workshop as soon as it is live and if this is something you want to learn about then come and can join The Grow Me Project!