Welcome reminder to breathe

Nanango residents enjoyed coffee while learning about wellbeing and mental health. 253249_03

By Neesha Sinnya

This week journalist, Neesha Sinnya took a drive to Nanango to see for herself how Bunyarra Counselling and Mediation’s community wellbeing sessions ran.

Here is what she learnt from the experience:

At the moment I feel like my brain has a thousand tabs open, and I’m sure many of you can relate.

Life moves quickly – between work, family, our social lives, and staying on top of the never-ending to-do lists.

That’s why I was so relieved to finally settle in for a mindfulness grounding exercise as part of Nanango’s wellbeing initiative, mastermind of Bunyarra Counselling and Mediation.

After closing my eyes and taking a few deep breaths I suddenly felt a sense of calm overtake my busy mind.

Sure, my mind didn’t stop altogether but it did feel nice to settle back into the moment, take in my surroundings and finally catch my breath.

The free wellbeing training is designed to remove the stigma around mental health and empower the community to do their best to improve their own wellbeing while noticing how our loved ones are doing too.

The program had a successful uptake in participation through the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce Industry’s NICL (notice, inquire, connect, and link) training for businesses.

It has now been launched for the Nanango community with the support of NaTDA and the Heritage Nanango Community Fund.

The first session was rolled out on Tuesday, 5 October, and saw a small group of locals listen eagerly to Bunyarra’s Michael and Narelle Sanford as they shared their counselling knowledge.

The session began with defining what mental health is, the science of wellbeing and the power of positive emotions.

I liked this part, understanding how the brain works helps me to bring some meaning to my emotions and is a reminder to reconnect with the simple stuff.

I learnt that everyone needs adequate sleep, good nutrition, movement, safety, connection and positive emotions.

It’s not rocket science but so often we sacrifice these things in pursuit of reaching our next work goal or putting others first when our tank is running on empty.

It was a welcoming and open space where participants could share as much, or as little, as they wanted with the group.

The most astounding fact I learnt was how much of our happiness is actually in our control.

I won’t give that one away, head to the next session to find out for yourself.

Next, the session covered how we can best look after our loved ones, notice changes in their own mental wellbeing and give them a helping hand.

If you are looking at taking the next step on better understanding your own mental wellbeing I encourage you to sign up for the free session.

You can find more information at Bunyarra Counselling and Mediation’s Facebook page or by contacting Heritage Nanango Community Bank or the Nanango Tourism and Development Association (NaTDA).