WellbeingFIT was inspired by my own personal experience of mental health.
Underpinning everything I do both as a personal trainer and in my work to change our perceptions of mental health, are my beliefs that:
· Stigma’s surrounding mental illness need to be challenged – this can reduce the level of suffering for many people.
· We can work collectively as communities to support and empower each other.
· Exercise can positively affect our mental health – by simply moving our bodies in ways that we ENJOY, we can begin to prioritise ourselves and focus on increasing our level of self-worth.
Essentially, I want to help others in ways that I know it would have helped me during my most difficult times. If you suffer (or have suffered) with depression or anxiety and you feel that you need support to get moving and connecting with others, then get in touch.
I work within East Sussex and Kent. To see what I am doing at the moment keep an eye on my Social Media #wellbeingfitwithellie and check out my blog #WeGotThis.
A MESSAGE FROM ME
I am a mum of three and I have suffered from depression and anxiety since 2010. In addition to GP-prescribed medication, exercise gave me a sense of self-worth and achievement. Whilst I benefited from the advantages of exercise, I was unable to access any peer group and associated support – there simply were none. Therefore, my loneliness and detachment persisted.
In 2018, I had a lightbulb moment – I could combine fitness and mental health as a personal trainer! I attained my qualification as a Level 3 Personal Trainer with Exercise Referral in London; and I can now use my experience, qualifications and passion to enable fellow mental health survivors to sweat, connect and support.
Seeing what you are physically and mentally capable of can be incredible for your sense of wellbeing. Exercise is for everyone - so consider putting your misgivings and lack of confidence to one side and give it a try.
Love Ellie x
Tel: 07931 671 369