The Mindful Florist supports Mind BLMK
Updated: Aug 6
With the stresses and strains of everyday life getting more intense, having to get used to a new way of living due to the pandemic and with our world rapidly changing - anxiety, depression, panic, stress, PTSD, social disorders, OCD are just a few of the mental struggles that we face because of it.
We are all in the same boat and at some point in our lives we will face at least one of these mental health issues. To some they will come and go over time but for others they struggle with these feelings everyday which heavily impact their lives and their families lives.
Sure I get it, some of these are good for you, they can promote drive, energy and the ability to multitask. On the flipside these strong thoughts and feelings can easily get out of control and cause real damage to our mental health.
My journey as The Mindful Florist comes hand in hand with some of my own struggles, how I have controlled and overcome these, and how I want to go on and help others to do the same so here is my story……
I cannot pinpoint the first time I had that anxious feeling, at the time I probably had no idea that's what it was. Brushing it off like I had heartburn or blaming my flushed face on the hot weather. I was far too busy with a career in London, living the highlife, working, socialising, exploring, travelling and partying to worry about how this crazy busy lifestyle could affect me and my mental health in the future.
Moving on a few years, mortgages, weddings, keeping on top of my career and then adding children to that mix, I had never given myself the time to reflect on how I was feeling and to understand what was making me feel like that.
As my adult responsibilities grew, so did some of my previously brushed off symptoms. I can remember feeling worried about everything and everyone, I over thought every situation, believed I was always the weak link, feared normal everyday situations.
By this time “mental health” had hit the media, it was talked about, and posters were stuck on to pinboards in workplaces - word was getting out and people were beginning to sit up and realise it was a big issue that we needed to face. I think this is when I finally put two and two together.
It suddenly all made sense, I could finally put a name to my racing mind and my gut-wrenching nervous feelings. This was the turning point for me.
Caring for my own mental health then became a priority so I could be the best version of me for all the people I care about. I became mindful about myself and the world we live in, taking stock of the things that really mattered, and found coping mechanisms to overcome my anxious thoughts and feelings.
The Mindful Florist was a concept born during lockdown, from wanting a job that gave me flexible living to look after my family, allowed me indulge in my passion for nature and flowers and a way of giving back to our local community. It also gave me a focus and something positive to channel my thoughts and energy into and it has become my way of beating anxiety.
It’s a brave decision to share my experiences with you, but I feel passionately that we need to start talking amongst ourselves, explain how we feel and start recognising what we can do to make ourselves better. After all we are only human.
The charity Mind BLMK do incredible work helping all different kinds of people from all walks of life. They work across communities to support positive mental health and wellbeing. Working closely with a range of partners, they offer a number of activities from wellbeing centres and local venues to make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of people in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. Their aim is to simply make sure that no-one has to face a mental health problem alone.
Their services are in demand and they do need our financial support to be able to keep these services available to people who need it urgently. The Mindful Florist is committed to aiding them to achieve just that by raising awareness and funds. For every bouquet sold £1 will be donated to this great local charity.