Who its for
The Power of YOU is for women who are struggling with mental health issues and low self esteem. It’s aim is to initiate openness with each other. We must remember we are all human, NO ONE is perfect, and EVERYONE makes mistakes.
Let’s ask ourselves…
Why are we constantly searching for the perfect life, when it simply does not exist?
Why do we often yearn for the qualities within someone else, rather than nurture our own unique talents?
We can be so busy envying others and what they have, we barely recognise our own abilities and strengths.
The society we live in does little to help the human mind relax. Let’s remind ourselves of some of the stresses we may have encountered, could encounter, or are encountering now. A few examples might be – parental worries, carer responsibilities, financial difficulties, partnership issues, work disputes and coping with a mental, or physical illness.
Some of life’s difficulties are unavoidable, but there are so many unnecessary burdens that we force upon ourselves too. A mind constantly in worry is not only bad for our health, but it can also block out the source of our own personal ingenuity. And while many of us have learned that daily exercise and a nutritious diet helps to preserve our bodies, we are still a long way from valuing the importance of conserving the mind.
We encourage children to compete.
The simple egg and spoon race in early education, soon evolves into relay races at the annual school’s sports days. Even at this stage in our life, we have already started to compare ourselves to others.
Exam results then follow, which now sits alongside possible cyber bulling, or the addiction to social media popularity. Flawless images and heavenly life-style pictures litter the various on-line platforms and endless advertisements try to convince us that we must look and be a certain way. It is no wonder there are high levels of low self-esteem.
Materialism, consumerism, image, and status have played a far bigger role within society than they should. They override much more important factors within our lives and are often the root cause of our insecurities.
Up until 23rd March 2020,
in-between our hectic work schedules, we had probably met up with good friends in a favourite wine-bar. Maybe, we had just booked our summer holiday. Perhaps, we had visited a busy shopping arcade to browse for a new outfit, or just reserved a table at a plush restaurant to celebrate a family member’s birthday. We were simply enjoying life as we knew it.
But, suddenly our yoga classes, coffee mornings, fitness groups, network meetings, local gyms and best-loved bistros were no longer an option. Working from home became the new normality, and social distancing a key phrase.
It’s around this time ‘The Power of YOU Interactive Journal’ came into fruition.
Just before lock-down, I was already facilitating a successful well-being workshop on behalf of ACV Foundation CIC. Held at Derby Women’s Centre and called ‘The Power of YOU’,
I had to postpone some of the sessions because of the pandemic. The urge to continue the workshop during the lock down period overwhelmed me. The attendees needed these sessions more than ever, and I knew I had to find a way of delivering them on-line. Linking up with a local graphic designer Julie Waring, together we created ‘The Power of YOU Interactive Journal’. The perfect accompaniment to the workshop Zoom sessions.
‘The Power of YOU Interactive Journal’ and workshop is for YOU!
CV19 has brought about an even bigger increase in low self-esteem and mental health issues due to numerous reasons. Isolation, loneliness, domestic abuse, job loss, financial worries, fear of the unknown and even the death of a loved one to the virus.
The Power of YOU’s aim is to bring women together and initiate openness with each other. We must remember we are all human, no one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes. The purpose of the sessions is for YOU to find the strength to overcome your personal difficulties. However, depending on the severity of your problems, this journal alone may not be enough. If this is the case, hopefully the workshop will help spur you on to seek further help.
ACV Foundation CIC’s The Power of YOU Workshops have now received funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund.
Book your place and find out more here www.acompassionatevoice.co.uk/events/the-power-of-you-workshops/
“I believe, there is a vast amount of untapped talent hidden away, because we so often fail to recognise our own true potential through a lack of self-esteem.” – Sharon Bull ACV