You attended one of our Thrive taster events. What made you think the programme was right for you?
A long history of depression, stress and anxiety. I’d also gone through various types of therapy which just didn’t work for me; together with being pretty heavily medicated for depression I needed help. I was invited to a Thrive presentation where I heard how other people overcame similar issues by working through The Thrive Programme and I saw how positive and passionate they were about it. Everything I heard and saw at the presentation just made me think that this was exactly what I had been looking for and it has lived up to that and more.
What did you get out of going through the Programme?
A new life. My life has changed completely. I am no longer on medication for depression and I feel better than I think I have ever felt as an adult. Not only am I much happier, stronger and more resilient but it has had a really positive effect on my family too. I have a new purpose in life, I had lost all motivation and belief in myself and my self-worth, and now I know exactly what I want to do with my life and I am working towards it every day. I also think I’m a pretty awesome person now, I used to think I was pretty awful…
Was there a core thing within the course that stood out for you?
Changing my limiting beliefs was at the core of it for me. Once I realised that a lot of what I believed was a load of rubbish and started to change those beliefs everything else followed. It was like coming out of the dark and into the light for the first time in my adult life.
Did you enjoy the experience?
I loved it! It was all so very positive.
What surprised you?
Feeling excited about things. I had come to believe that excitement was something that you only feel as a child when you believe in all things magical. I’m just a big kid now.
Oh and I swear more. Haha.
Does The Thrive Programme work?
HELL YEAH! As long as you put in the work and effort. Thrive doesn’t get done to you or happen to you, you learn the skills you need to Thrive. This enables you to change your limiting beliefs, raise your self-esteem and reduce your social anxiety. All in all you feel so empowered, strong and resilient and generally don’t give a monkeys what the world thinks of you because you realise that self-worth and self-esteem come from within. It is a very liberating process and experience.
I am pushing myself physically to reach some important personal goals. I want to make sure I am the healthiest version of myself physically; when you’re mentally pretty rotten this tends to show up in your physical health. I have taken part in some pretty awesome training and events this year – the highlight so far was achieving Tough Mudder status! I’m already signed up to do it next year with my eldest son as he has been inspired by the new me….