Plymouth mum turns mental health struggles into mission to make people feel happier, healthier and more resilient

A Plymouth mum who struggled with psychological and bodily well being points in the course of the Covid pandemic is organising an enormous wellness competition for town which goals to depart folks happier, more healthy, and extra resilient. Lauren Packham stated she acquired the thought for the Wellness Fair after struggling to juggle being a mum with working full time in the course of the Covid pandemic.

Lauren has since arrange a social enterprise referred to as Pillars of Wellness & Wellbeing CIC which seems to be to assist folks by the “key pillars of wellness and wellbeing” which work “synergistically to carry you into a spot of steadiness and therapeutic”. The pillars are vitamin, meditation and rest, sleep, connection, yoga, train, hydration and nature.

And she has now organised a wellness occasion at Devonport Guildhall, the place her group curiosity firm is predicated, from 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday, June 18, with the purpose of serving to others and elevating money for good causes.

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It will characteristic meditation, yoga, dietary recommendation and train courses, with audio system delivering displays, stalls for wellness-focused companies, three workshops, and two train courses with the primary 50 to e book receiving a free lunch. Speakers embody David Rees, on meditation, Jo Thyssen from Plymouth’s The Yoga Loft, Carlie-Jean, talking about vitamin/food plan, and ex-professional footballer turned life coach Martin Pemberton. Michael Allison, from California, will ship a presentation about “a science-backed method to optimising resilience”.

Laruen stated: “This occasion is for people who find themselves struggling, however who’re keen to listen to the recommendation and take the steps required to get themselves happier, more healthy, and extra resilient. We all have the facility inside us to assist ourselves, and with NHS providers stretched to their limits and ready lists being so lengthy, now could be the time to take care of ourselves and one another.

“It is commonly those that want the assistance essentially the most that want to listen to concerning the issues they will do, who must be empowered to assist themselves and realise there’s hope. So if you’re somebody or you understand somebody who’s scuffling with their psychological well being or a persistent situation, come alongside and spend the day with us – it might simply change your life.

“So the thought of this occasion is to supply folks with some helpful instruments that they will take away and implement into their lives. There is a wealth of data, and by coming alongside and listening to our audio system and visiting our stall holders, you might be sure to seek out one thing useful that you simply did not find out about, that may assist along with your psychological and bodily wellbeing.”

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She added: “This occasion was born out of necessity. As a mom working full time, which was arduous sufficient pre-pandemic, Covid made issues a lot worse and it will probably’t be simply me feeling that means. Pre-existing psychological well being points surfaced, in addition to being recognized with CFS (persistent fatigue syndrome), and it was whereas this was at its worst that I realised there isn’t any magic tablet, and it is a mixture of many issues that make you properly, not only one factor. I additionally wish to share some particular info that has been extremely useful to me; that is one thing that’s not ‘mainstream’ however has been very efficient.”

Lauren developed her enterprise and occasion after attending the Techstars start-up weekend, for entrepreneurs with enterprise concepts, on the University of Plymouth. She stated: “My concept for a wellness centered enterprise got here second on the occasion the place we pitched concepts, voted and the highest 5 had been labored on and offered to judges. Coming second, my group received membership with Real Ideas. I’ve been utilizing their co-working house and receiving enterprise assist from head of regeneration Ed Whitelaw who has helped prepare the occasion house.

Lauren stated the occasion is free for anybody on a low revenue “however this would possibly not be policed”. She stated: “We are asking folks to purchase a £2 ticket upfront so we will get an concept of numbers.”

Anyone pre-booking, free or paying, shall be entered right into a prize draw, the cash raised by ticket gross sales will go to Plymouth Samaritans. Entry on the day shall be £3 if you wish to be entered into the competitors, or donate, or free with out.

“Anyone who makes a donation to enter on the day – prompt quantity £3 – shall be entered into the prize draw, as will anybody who reveals us they’ve walked to the occasion or travelled on public transport,” stated Lauren, including that extra raffle tickets might be bought for a care bundle prize value greater than £200 and together with a hyperbaric oxygen remedy session, yoga classes, sports activities therapeutic massage, a £40 voucher for Cosmic Kitchen, and extra.

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