Mindfulness: Wishy-washy?

Many schools and other educational institutions have invested enthusiastically in mindfulness and mindset programmes but are not entirely sure how to work with them or even if there will be any benefit at all from such programmes.

From his article in TES: Willem Kuyken, a leading advocate of mindfulness, aware that there are many teachers having doubts about its practice particularly because, unlike in Health Authorities where there has been research into its benefits, particularly in the field of Mental health, there has been little or nor researched in its efficacy in education. Kuyken also knows that some teacher have an outright hostility to its adoption in schools. Despite his belief that mindfulness has its place he agrees that teachers are right to be sceptical.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm [about] mindfulness and we think that the enthusiasm may be ahead of the research,” says Kuyken, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford and director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He goes on to say “I completely see why people might say it’s wishy-washy, which is why we’re working to ensure there is good research answering important questions about whether it works, how it works and how it can be best implemented in school systems”

It would seem apparent that Kuyken has not come across Bounce, The Thrive Programme in Education. Bounce is a skills based and practical programme that teaches people the skills needed to be the very best versions of themselves. People develop a real understanding of how they tick, they become more aware of their unhelpful attitudes, thinking style and limiting beliefs and most importantly they learn how to think positively about themselves and hence improve their sense of self worth.

Bounce, not only allows pupils and their teachers to get a clear understanding of how they tick but also it will pinpoint aspects where positive changes can be made. More importantly children will learn how to make those positive changes simply and easily. The outcome of these changes will be that people will feel better about themselves, they will worry less about what people think of them and they will feel more in control of their emotions.

Bounce Thrive in Education is a complete programme with a beginning, middle and successful end. Bounce provides an outstanding opportunity for personal growth. All the component parts of Bounce are evidence based.

To find out more about Bounce, The Thrive Programme in Education contact us now.

TES Article

Beth’s fear of being sick!

Beth says “I really wish there was something I could do to stop being like this. I feel like I’ve tried everything.” There is!! Cure Your Emetophobia and Thrive. The only successful, predictable, proven cure for a phobia of being sick.

Nobody enjoys being sick or being near someone who is threatening to throw up.

But for psychology student Beth Elliott the fear is so overwhelming that it can lead to full-blown panic attacks and stop her leaving the house.

She says she will only eat certain foods, won’t touch alcohol and has doubts about ever wanting children – because she doesn’t know if she’ll be able to cope with their constant vomiting.

“I would genuinely live my life without a leg or an arm if it meant I was never sick again,” she said.

“If you have a fear of heights you can get back down, or if you have a fear of spiders you can just walk back out of the room.

“But with this, once it’s there you can’t escape it.”

Full Article from Wales on Line

Men get emetophobia too!

If anyone knows about emetophobia most people think it only affects women. About 95% emetophobics (fear of sick / vomit) are women. It affects millions of men also. David, from Brazil: “You know emetophobia is taking your dreams and your happiness out of you – you are always worrying and always anxious. But I believe in you – you can start Thriving too!”

Contact us now to find out how you can overcome your emetophobia. Face to face, via Skype, Facetime, Zoom

No! Not CBT exposure therapy. Yes, the Thrive Programme!

My daughter has a terror of vomiting

Sometimes she wakes up in the night panicking that she is going to get sick

My nine-year-old daughter has always had a fear of vomit. She was triggered recently by a girl vomiting in her class. The next morning she wanted me to bring her brother to school first. She felt sick and was terrified she was going to vomit. She had what looked similar to a panic attack. She was physically shaking. Nothing could distract her.

Most nights before bed she feels sick, looks at the mirror and sticks her tongue out and asks, “Is my tongue white? Am I pale?” She sometimes feels sick during the day. Recently, I got a call from the principal to say she was sick and was very pale. I explained to the principal that she sometimes worries that she is going to vomit. I got on the phone to her and asked, “Is this the worry bug back again?” I explained that I had a meeting but will have my phone on, and if she still feels sick to return to the principal’s office. She returned to the class and was fine.

Full article Irish Times

After 50 years Rebecca cures her emetophobia!

My client Rebecca talks about how she cured herself of emetophobia, after trying everything, with the Thrive Programme.

 Like many of you reading this, I read the testimonials of those who had been through the Thrive programme for Emetophobia and couldn’t help but be impressed with the apparently positive results. Yeah, yeah, thought I,  but I’ve had emetophobia for 50 years and if CBT and hypnotherapy haven’t worked, how is this going to? However, nothing ventured, nothing gained. So I signed up to the programme with a Thrive consultant. As others say, you have to put in the work. It’s not difficult, although you will of course need to challenge your deeply held beliefs and limiting thought patterns. This is interesting as it threw me into a bit of an existential crisis – who am I, if not a manifestation of this set of beliefs and patterns of thought and behaviour I have held for the past 50 years of my life? It unlocks the mind and therefore a new way of thinking and being, so like peeling away layers of an onion, a different manifestation of thoughts and behaviour emerges. It’s curious and exciting.

If, like me, you have tried cognitive behavioural therapy, you will wonder how the Thrive programme differs from this. As far I can understand and have experienced, CBT enabled me to identify and recognise my thinking styles – black and white thinking, catastrophising, etc, but then what? Thrive is about developing the wherewithal to replace the thinking style, with a more positive and helpful way of thinking. It’s a toolkit for the mind. The exercises as part of the programme are designed to help you identify, change and reinforce your new, positive and helpful ways of thinking.

So, how has this all worked for me? I have recently finished the book and my meetings with the consultant. During the programme, I felt the shift. It is true to say that the debilitating levels of fear and anxiety around the emetophobia have reduced considerably. I have challenged myself to do things which would previously have been a complete non starter. I have noticed the impact on other areas of my life – I’m much more relaxed about work situations that would have caused me stress and anxiety, leading to nausea and even more anxiety.

I do feel I have a new lease of life. Now that the programme is over, I do have the occasional concern in the background that it might all return, but if that’s the case, it will be my choice and I know that I have everything I need to get me back on track, thanks to Thrive.

If you are thinking about this programme, just do it. What price a release from crippling fear and a life half lived? I wish I had discovered it years ago, but better late than never. Here’s to the power of the mind!

If you want to know how you can cure your emetophobia contact us now.