Revolutionising kids’ education to boost mental health from early age

Now THIS is the kind of revamp to kids’ education we have all been crying out for.

While focusing on how to teach teens about mental health and diversity, we seem to have created a huge blind spot – forgetting about preschoolers.

With 50% of mental health problems already established by age 14, it’s clear early intervention is vital so children can get to grips with emotional learning when they’re tiny tots.

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This means, as they grow up, they are already well-versed with understanding their moods, what social inclusion looks like, and, crucially, how to ask for help if they need it.

So, please put your hands together for the incredible Think Equal.

This charity is on a crusade to rewrite history by equipping young people with awesome, age-appropriate wellness tools to become their best selves.

With a little help from some well-known pals, Think Equal have teamed up with Olivia Colman, Helen Mirren and Stephen Fry to spread the message far and wide.

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Together, they are launching a new book series called EQlicious, in which the high-profile celebs will narrate a collection of animated stories for kids, aged three to six.

The initiative will also see an array of activities, games, song, and prompts for meaningful conversations gifted to families to help them introduce wellbeing into their living rooms.

Chatting about their goals, national treasure Mirren said that “empathy is the most important human emotion” and that these exercises will help our offspring develop more of it.

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Meanwhile, Peep Show icon turned Hollywood star Colman said there are no quick fixes, so for truly impactful change, we need to play the long game.

Colman said: “We have to start early so that we can prevent discrimination and mental ill health and create peaceful societies with generations of happy, healthy and successful human beings.”

Think Equal are dedicated to tackling the current crisis, in which the Department of Health and Social Care spends £105billion a year on mental health disorders.

Founder Leslee Udwin, who has a background in filmmaking, explained: “We are calling for a systemic change. Studies show that the best time for pro-social foundations and co-creating positive neural pathways in the child’s developing brain, is before the age of six.”

Sounds like we could all benefit from their books, not just the little ones.

To get involved, just click here: EQlicious.

Reinventing school dinners: Student food never looked so delicious

Now, don’t get us wrong, we have very fond memories of that chocolate sponge cake drenched in chocolate custard that only schools seemed to serve.

But every day? Nah.

We can’t expect kids to thrive, mentally and physically, if we’re not nourishing them and educating them on how nutrition can influence their wellbeing.

This is why we wish hard that Chefs in Schools existed when we were young!

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As the name suggests, they are literally chefs who work in schools.

Thanks to their culinary backgrounds, they bring expertise into the classroom to inspire young people to make smart choices and show that healthy eating can be fun.

The brainchild of Nicole Pisani, she quit her job as head chef at top London restaurant, Soho’s Nopi, to become a school chef at Gayhurst Community School in Hackney.

Chatting about the unconventional role switch, Nicole said she had lost her passion for food in the corporate world and wanted to reconnect with her fondness for it.

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Nicole said: “The reason I fell in love with food was to see people enjoy it and to feel like you’re connecting with someone because you’ve cooked for them.

“But the longer you spend in restaurants, the less of that good feeling you get.”

She continued: “Cooking with children is what I love most. You turn into a five-year-old yourself. It’s hard not to be happy.

“They’re literally excited about grating cheese. They love going up and down the grater.”

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What began as a mission to encourage children in socially deprived areas to have access to good food, has now bloomed into a project with trained chefs in 44 schools across the UK.

Today, Chefs in Schools strive to deliver clean, healthy, inexpensive, and mind-opening food, enabling schools around the country to follow their lead.

They do this by sending a team of chef trainers who go from school to school showing kitchen staff how to cook and serve up nutritious meals made from scratch, so it’s out with processed ingredients while responsibly sourced fresh and seasonal produce are in.

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Nicole and her squad also help schools design menus, support them to learn the dishes and help from afar once they are up and running.

Last but not least, they recruit chefs for schools, helping foodies make the transition from professional kitchens to a busy canteen.

The crew are also passionate about fighting the obesity crisis, with diet-related disease costing the NHS £6billion a year, and believe knowledge is power.

As Nicole put perfectly: “Food can either be medicine or it can be poison. It’s our choice.”

For more info, click here: Chefs in Schools.

Life is tough, but so are you: Tips to beat the blues and boost positivity

While many of us relish Christmas and the excitement it brings, there are those who fear it.

Whether because of financial woes, toxic families, or isolation, sadly Santa can’t always give us what we want.

However, there are ways we can boost mood over the holidays that are simple, speedy, and most importantly, free.

So, while we may not be able to wave a magic wand to change the cards that life has dealt us, by practicing wellbeing little and often, we can learn to combat stress that harms us.

The positively positive peeps at the Power of Positivity (try saying that after your third Snowball) have whipped up the best exercises you need to revamp your outlook. Check them out below!

As they say, it may be easier said than done, but it’s easier done than not.

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1) Believe in yourself

Sounds too simple to work, right?! Yet it is proven that self-belief triggers a pattern in people where they experience less anxiety and more fearlessness.

Start by setting some goals and believing that you can achieve these targets. You may well stumble along the way, and that is fine, learning to accept your blunders is part of the deal.

However, the key to success lies with being able to pick yourself up and start again.

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2)  Stop creating excuses

Ready for some tough love?

Then it’s time to quit making excuses about everything you can’t do and start making declarations about what you will do.

Change your attitude and watch all the amazing things that start happening to you. Sure, there will still be obstacles, that’s life, thought procrastination is what will hold you back.

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3) Count your blessings

It’s not always easy to practice gratitude during dark moments.

Yet the art of being thankful has incredible benefits, from boosting the immune system to improving relationships to increasing optimism.

So, rather than focus on what you don’t have, try shining a light on what you do have.

With a roof over your head, phone in your pocket, money in the bank, and a beating heart, many people would give anything have those things – don’t ever take it for granted.

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4) Overcome painful past experiences

You don’t have to forget, but rather not dwell.

We all have gnarly moments from our past that given the opportunity, we would erase. But truth bomb, no amount of reflection will change the outcome.

So, stop turning around to look down memory lane or ask, ‘What if I’d done that differently?’ Keeping your mind focused on the present will help you to towards the life you want.

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5) Stop beating yourself up

They say many of us wouldn’t talk to a friend in the same way we talk to ourselves, so why do we berate ourselves over mistakes?

There is no such thing as perfect and sometimes we mess up or fail. C’est la vie.

If you can learn to let go and stop being so hard on yourself, you will notice the building blocks to self-esteem start to empower you. Negative self-talk will get you nowhere fast.

Yes, life is full of trauma and unfortunate events. It is tough. But you got this!!  

For the full article, click here: Positivity Exercises.

A giant leap for self-esteem! Adverts to be positive and inspiring

The wallpaper of our world, whether we like it or not, is the adverts that adorn our streets, tube stations, bus journeys, and TV channels.

Yet soon big brands pushing their agendas on us with visuals that we know influence our self-esteem and how we view society, could be a thing of the past.

Instead, we would see our towns and cities booming with positive and inspiring stories.

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The trailblazers of this movement hail from São Paulo, Brazil, after they banned nearly all corporate advertising in 2007, removing 15,000 billboards and 300,000 shop-front signs.

Following in their footsteps, Grenoble in France stripped their streets of bullying messages and replaced them with trees and community noticeboards in a bid to reduce citizen stress. 

Then Amsterdam wanted in on the action, and last year became the world’s first city to ban adverts that promote high-carbon industries.

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Here in the UK, we are also waking up to the idea that residents have more power than we think when it comes to saying no to aggressive marketing in our neighbourhoods.

One powerhouse group, Adfree Cities, are proudly supporting locals to oppose billboard planning applications then together creating a new vision for the space.

Instead of companies pushing their latest product on you, they are asking communities what they would like to see in lieu of, such as a mural, planting trees, or building a climbing wall.

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Meanwhile, over in Bristol, Adfree Cities’s parent company Adblock have created an installation of art by local folk on a billboard that was previously used for commercial ads.

Chatting about the impact it is having, a member of the group, Benoit Bennett, said people are benefitting deeply from the changes to their surroundings.

Speaking to Positive News, Benoit said: “The contrast between that and a commercial billboard, so alienating to a lot of people, is huge. It shows that these spaces can be ours.”

Other areas are joining the race to make sure future generations are motivated by their world, instead of beaten down by it.

In particular, special shoutout to Norwich city council who voted a new motion in this summer to support ethical advertising as a duty of care to residents.

‘Reignite your inner sparkle’ Middle-aged women, get your life back!

They say life begins at 40, and hell, you better start believing that.

You might find yourself resisting that mantra though, especially if brain fog, hot flushes, and weight gain seem to dominate every waking moment.

Yet your very own Christmas pixie is here to shake up your 2022!

Meet Alison Bladh, sprinkling her fairy dust to help you regain confidence and start living again.

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As a nutritional therapist, she helps women manage the negative symptoms of menopause by reevaluating their diets and exploring how food can restore health.

Speaking exclusively to InspoDaily, Alison revealed why she is passionate about addressing this time in a woman’s life and how she can transform low energy and high stress into vitality.

Alison said: “My journey into health and wellness started when I was young. I was lucky to be brought up on a farm in the south of England, which gave me a great love of nature.

“On top of that, my mother was a chef who allowed me to help in the kitchen. She had a wonderful vegetable patch and lots of fruit trees, we had access to lovely homegrown produce.”

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She continued: “I have also travelled extensively and lived in different parts of the world, this has given me the opportunity to experience an array of cultures, cuisines and lifestyles.

“I truly believe that with good nutritious food and lifestyle choices, the body can heal itself.”

Alison kickstarted her journey in the wellness industry as a beauty therapist, working mainly with middle-aged female clients struggling with their skin.

She helped many of them around the time of perimenopause and menopause who developed skin problems later in life, although always felt a piece of the puzzle missing.

Then, a chance encounter with one client set Alison on a new path.

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Alison explained: “I worked with a woman for many months, and her skin did not improve as much as we had hoped. I didn’t see her for six weeks and when she came back, I couldn’t believe the change in her! All her acne had cleared up and her skin looked amazing.

“After questioning her about what she had been doing, she said she had changed her diet. She had cut out all processed food, sugar, dairy products, and her a glass of wine in the evening.”

This example of ‘we are what we eat’ led Alison to start noticing similar experiences in other middle-aged clients and close family members.

Soon, there was no denying that the power of nutrition really helped them get through this difficult time period, with incredibly positive effects on their health too.

It was then that Alison decided to go back to university and study nutritional therapy, before launching her own practice, ACB Nutrition.

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Now, she works with busy midlife women who have lost their zest for life.

Alison said: “This can be a very stressful time for most women as they may have aging parents, still working in a career, and most have children. They have no time for self-care, they are stressed, have lost their confidence, put on weight, and feel a shadow of their former self.

“My mission is to support my clients with bespoke changes to diet, health and lifestyle so they can harness their hormones and get their confidence and sparkle back.”

She continued: “I believe that all women, no matter what age, deserve to reclaim their health and feel great. Life is too short to suffer symptoms that hold you back.”

However, this change does not mean a life devoted to salad leaves alone!

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By teaching women how to look after themselves, through realistic nutrition, Alison says women can go on a journey of self-discovery without restriction.

She is also a strong advocate that lifestyle changes should not cause extra stress, nor be about ‘following the rules’, but actually be fun.

Alison concluded: “I believe every woman has the right to feel healthy and happy. It’s heartbreaking when I see women give up on themselves.

“Many of my clients want help getting back to feeling how they used to feel before they were hit with sleep issues, hot flushes, lack of self-confidence, skin ageing and loss of libido.”

She added: “I help them regain the energy and confidence to enjoy themselves again instead of feeling grumpy, unattractive and unenergetic. I always say, you can be vibrant and sexy at any age.”

All those in favour, can we get a ‘Hell yeah!’

Download your free ebook: Reset Your Body Today.

To kickstart your wellness journey, click here: ACB Nutrition.

Wellbeing real talk: The Insta account that lifts self-esteem in an instant

While it’s a breath of fresh air to see mental health discussed so openly today, it can mean the wellbeing world is extremely saturated.

Consequently, it’s tricky to know who just masquerades as a guru and who truly has the knowledge that will impact our mindsets.

This is why we’re all starry-eyed for Marie Klamer, otherwise known as Positive Minded Life.

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She is on a mission to boost your wellbeing with fun, bitesize tips that are rooted in clinical study and translated from text-book jargon into Instagram magic.

As a master student of psychology, Marie understands the nitty gritty of science and health, making her posts educational, creative, and, ultimately, based in research.

She hopes that by sharing her passion and wisdom, she can provide inspiration and tools to live a happier and healthier life.

We caught up with Marie to find out more about why she believes in sparking conversations about mental health and reducing the stigma surrounding it.

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Marie said: “Positive Minded Life began as a space to share knowledge and tips around psychology, healthy habits, and productivity on a daily basis.

“I’ve been learning a lot about these topics, inside and outside of my education, and felt the urge to share what I’ve learned with others.”

She continued: “Many of the things I talk about are habits and tips that have changed my life for the better, so I hope that it can do the same for others.

“I realised that this project would combine many of my passions – including psychology, productivity, writing and graphic design – which is why I started the account.”

Having received an incredible response so far, Marie now plans to build her online community even further and has set her sights on starting a YouTube channel.

Going forward, Marie hopes she can empower people to take responsibility and work towards their dreams so they can reach their full potential.

She concluded: “What is most rewarding is the chance for me to connect with people who are interested in the topics I talk about, through messages and comments, and also with other women who work on passion projects themselves.”

To get connected, click here: Positive Minded Life.

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How to manage your child’s anxiety: Boost self-esteem and banish stress

While every parent wants to wrap their child in cotton wool, it’s impossible to shelter them from external stressors, such as peer pressure or exams.

As we can’t control these rites of passage, the next best thing is to equip kids with armour to tackle any challenge that comes their way.

And what better way to shimmy a shield that can not only protect them but also serve them!?

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This is what Kate Scott believes, the proud founder of Little Sunshine, who uses yoga and meditation on lil’ ones to help them find their zen.

She does this by delivering workshops in primary schools, on a quest to reach children at an early age so they develop skills for life.

Currently, holistic classes tend to start at secondary school, when high levels of stress have already manifest and teenagers are on the back foot trying to manage their mental health.

By educating our future generations as early as possible, we arm them with the tools needed to fight the anxiety monster before it enters their world, so they are prepped when it arrives.

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We caught up with Kate to find out a little more about her mission and why she believes meditation should become part of the national curriculum.

Kate said: “Little Sunshine began five years ago. I have worked with children for 25 years and have always wanted to make a difference.

“When I found yoga and mindfulness, I knew that this was something special and needed to be brought into schools to help children with their emotional development.”

She continued: “We have evolved to provide self-esteem programmes, mindfulness, meditation, teacher training, and parent support in over 60 schools. 

“We also have published a book earlier this year, Taking Worry Out of the Classroom, and created a yearly website subscription for schools to support teachers with PSHE activities.”

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Kate and her team are dedicated to creating activities that become “life-long tools” to help reduce anxiety and build resilience in students.

It is proven that yoga not only manages stress levels, but can improve focus, memory, and classroom behaviour, meaning academic performance can skyrocket.

It also has the power to build strength, coordination and flexibility, while encouraging body awareness and self-esteem too, consequently giving children a better sense of self.

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Spreading their wings across the north-west of England, Little Sunshine also offer their sessions to universities, charities and other organisations to showcase how yoga can improve wellbeing.

Kate added: “We hope to be delivering more training for teachers in the future, so each school has a designated mindfulness/meditation teacher.

“We are excited about the future and how this supports children’s mental health.”

Just off to work on our warrior pose!

To get involved, click here: Little Sunshine.

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The real reason boys are not seeking mental health support

The term ‘mental health crisis’ or ‘low self-esteem epidemic’ are often bandied around yet focusing on the problem often means we forget to look at the root cause.

By looking at the root cause, and deep diving into the whys, whats and whens, we can armour ourselves with better tools to help those struggling.

This is why a new mental health survey from youth charity stem4 holds such clout as it gets inside the minds of boys and young men battling their demons to help others understand.

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Of 1,100 young people who took part, almost half said they would not ask for help for a problem that was making them upset, anxious or depressed, “even if things got really bad”, predominantly because of “pressure from peers to behave in a dominant masculine way”. 

When asked what was stopping them, 36% said they didn’t have the courage, 32% said they “don’t want to make a fuss”, and 30% said they would feel weak or ashamed.

Meanwhile, a fifth (21%) worried that people would laugh or think less of them, 14% said they would “feel less masculine”, and 15% said they don’t know how to ask for help.

This is evident that toxic masculinity is still festering, despite efforts to encourage men to talk more and phase out harmful language, such as ‘man up’.

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Over a third of participants, aged between 14 and 21, said they were currently experiencing mental health difficulties. Of these, 51% had not spoken to anyone.

Speaking about the findings, stem4 CEO Dr Nihara Krause, said we live in a culture that puts huge pressure on boys and young men to behave in ways that risk their mental health.

Dr Krause said: “Our survey shows exactly why this is so damaging, with many suffering in silence, even when they’re approaching crisis point.

“If we’re going to tackle boys and young men’s mental health, we have to address the cultural blind spots to male mental health.”

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She added: “It’s also time to start listening properly to boys and men, understand how they express their needs, and provide services that will benefit them.”

On their mission to focus on root cause and solution, stem4 host parents events to offer support where they explore practical strategies for families, how to spot early signs of mental ill health, and how to start conversations around mental health difficulties.

They are also taking lead from the boys and young men recently surveyed, who suggested positive steps that could be put in place to improve the mental health of young people.

These include regular mental health check-ups (just like going to the dentist), safe places in which to ask for help, one-on-one therapy, better PSHE education in schools, as well as recognition that loneliness is real for boys and young men and that they are not a tough as they portray.

For more info, click here: stem4.

Male suicide prevention: Help save a life by joining this walk on Sunday!

When we talk about suicide, it can often sound quite abstract like something that happens to ‘other people’ unless we’ve experienced it ourselves.

Yet when you consider three out of four suicides in the UK are men, with 13 taking their lives every single day, male mental health clearly affects society as a whole.

And now you can help!

In honour of the 4,657 men who took their own lives in 2020, the Rise Against Suicide Sunrise Walk is challenging the public to raise money for blokes in need of support this Sunday.

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To represent those lost over the past year, a metre for each man lost to suicide will see the 4,657m expedition take place in major cities across the UK on November 28.

All you need to do is show up at one of the locations – including Manchester, Belfast, and Brighton – or walk in your local area and get your mates to chip in, sponsoring your efforts.

So, for less than three miles, which is the equivalent of 15 laps around a football pitch, you will literally be saving lives as all money raised is being donated to HUMEN.

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The London-based charity work tirelessly to be a voice to men, on a mission to change the face of what it means to be a man.

They do this by providing anonymous, non-clinical spaces for fellas to talk, listen and connect on a regular basis so that they can prevent issues from festering inside.

Their campaign, in partnership with sports brand Decathlon, has attracted support from some well-known faces – including Alan Carr, Bill Nighy, and Emma Ribgy.

Rigby, who rose to fame in Hollyoaks, said she was devastated to learn of the suicide rates in her local area and is calling for the public to help.

 She said: “I am from St Helens, Merseyside, which has the highest rate of male suicide in the UK.

“I began to learn more about the horrific statistics around male suicide and self-harm admissions after hearing MP Conor McGinn speak during a House of Commons debate.”

Emma added: “I urge anyone who can to join me on November 28 to walk in honour of those lost, and to prevent further damage from being done to underprivileged communities.”

Meanwhile, River Hawkins, founder and CEO of HUMEN, said he kickstarted the charity to address the root causes of this epidemic of suicides in men rather than only the aftermath.

Hawkins said: “HUMEN focuses on preventative action, prevention is better than cure because there is no cure once someone has ended their life.

“We can’t always see the battles our fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, and friends are facing.”

He added: “We want to honour those men we’ve lost to suicide to rise against it, the sisters, mothers, wives, girlfriends, and friends of these men and to encourage men who may be struggling to see another sunrise, begin anew and keep going. Who will you rise for?”

To get involved, click here: Rise Against Suicide Sunrise Walk.

For the list of locations, see below. All walks are 06.45am arrival for 07.15am start.

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Decathlon Manchester: Ashton New Road, M11 4BD

Decathlon Cardiff: Culverhouse Cross, CF5 6XQ

Decathlon Greenwich: Greenwich Shopping Park, Bugsby Way, London, SE7

Decathlon Brighton: Unit 3, 134 North Street, BN1 1RG Brighton

Decathlon Nottingham: Giltbrook Retail Park, Nottingham Road East, NG16

Decathlon Edinburgh: Hermiston Gait Retail Park, Edinburgh, EH11 4DG

Decathlon Poole: Poole Retail Park, Redlands, BH12 1DN

Decathlon Oxford: Seacourt Retail Park, Oxford, OX2 0JJ

Decathlon Newcastle Gateshead: Team Valley Retail Park, Team Valley

Decathlon Liverpool: Huyton Lane, Liverpool, L36 7TX

Decathlon Belfast: Holywood Exchange Retail Park, Belfast, BT3 9EJ

Your own 4,657 metre walk in your local area

‘I was too busy partying to check in on myself’ Man reveals why slowing down can revolutionise your life

While practicing ‘Me Time’ is fast-becoming as common as washing your hair, it can be a major turn-off when someone is spouting wellness jargon.

Despite good intentions, when gurus and elders pass on their teachings in a way that doesn’t resonate it creates disconnection and we likely disengage from their doctrines.

This is why we are crushing hard on The Conscious Health Hustle, a health champ who educates people with his lived experience and translating what he learns into real talk.

Jose Contreras actively disassociates from the ‘guru’ tag, aware that nobody is perfect (even the masters) and it’s all about figuring out what works best for you.  

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We caught up with Jose to dig a little deeper and find out how he found his self-care groove.

Jose said: “The Conscious Health Hustle started off as organic happenstance and turned into a passion project to awaken, inspire and consciously practice working on oneself indefinitely in all areas of holistic health. I think that’s what makes it a bit of a hustle.

“I used to party a lot and never took care of myself. When you’re too busy partying, drinking, and smoking, you have no time to listen or check in with yourself. I was so good at it though, that it wasn’t until my mental health declined and my body started yelling at me, that things took a turn.”

He continued: “It is said not all storms come to destroy your life, some come to clear a path. This was definitely the case for me when I got my DWI [driving while intoxicated].

“It was then I finally paused and really took a deep look at myself and asked myself what I’ve been doing, what direction I wanted to be going in, and what do I actually care about?”

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Taking a break from partying helped Jose revaluate his life, focusing on his mind and body, which was battling debilitating lower back pain, acid reflux, digestive issues, and acne.

It was during this time that Jose happened to watch a documentary and read a book associated with Gerson therapy, a way to restore the body to health by removing toxins.

Jose said: “I was blown away from the now overly used famous Hippocrates statement, ‘let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’.

“I immediately started devouring books and doing research on how I could heal myself physically. I became my own health coach. I did water fasts, intermittent fasting, juice cleanses, I was vegetarian, I was then vegan, and then I even went raw for a bit.”

He continued: “I am not saying none of this works or that it all worked, what I am saying is we are all different and I was getting to know myself and what worked for me.”

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Two modalities that Jose credits with saving him are yoga and meditation, thanks to their ability to help him slow down and do things with intention.

Having started his wellness journey a decade ago, he still remains committed to these tools and practices them multiple times per week alongside teaching his classes and coaching services.  

Jose said: “We all want quick fixes, and we want to be told what to do and what diet we should be on, but convenience harms and it can sometimes kill.

“You are not going to know what works for you unless you try it. Give yourself time, focus, and heal. Sit with yourself. It sounds a bit woo-woo but it is the best thing you can do for yourself.”

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He added: “My aim is to inspire others to make wellness a journey and lifelong practice. I want to make it as accessible as possible to everyone.

“It does not have to be all or nothing, black and white. Start small, experiment, see what works with you, your lifestyle and body, then run with that.”

Jose may be modest when it comes to seeing himself a regular Joe, but he has big aspirations.

The New Yorker has set his sights on launching a retreat location in the mountains near water where people will visit to practice all things health, wellness, and community.

Jose concluded: “I am obsessed with tribe, so making people feel that they have a place to go and someone to talk to is what it’s all about for me.

“I am literally laughing as I say this because it sounds like the commune which I’ve always joked about with my friends and maybe it sounds crazy or weird to some, but I think it sounds lovely and if you do too then this place is for you.”

Brb, just off to join Jose’s tribe!

To get involved, click here: The Conscious Health Hustle.