Emily, North London
“I have suffered with anxiety since I was at university. It’s always been there but always got worse when I was less busy (being a teacher this was school holidays). Medication and reflexology has always helped me but after my dad passed away closely followed by the arrival of my beautiful son, things got a lot worse. Days of tears, fear, panic and intrusive thoughts were dark and scary when it should have been the one of happiest times of my life. I ended up getting diagnosed at the priory with OCD (Pure O) with intrusive thoughts. Part of my weekly CBT homework was to meditate. This would not only calm anxiety levels, and therefore thoughts, but it would train my brain to think differently and allow me to observe my thoughts in a different way. So that’s where sunshine brain came just at the right time. I bought a journal and off I went. I set aside time each day to watch the videos and complete the activities. I would always look forward to new meditations and each one helped direct my brain to start to think differently and to start to be more ‘present’. Sometimes I got confused if I was doing the right thing but a quick post to nia in the fb group always reassured me. That is the beauty of sunshine brain. You can share experiences (positive and negative) with people who are very similar to you. At the same time, there’s no pressure or judgements if you miss a day or can’t communicate for a while. Nia is always there to motivate you again. Once I downloaded the meditations, i can listen to them anywhere. I’ve even just listened to one (the sound one) during Peppa pig at the cinema. I also found that downloading them onto my underwater headphones has helped build my new habit by tagging it onto another hobby.
I would highly recommend the amazing Nia to anyone who is thinking about adopting meditation into a daily practice.”