Shar­ing happy thoughts for health

Melville Times - - NEWS -

NA­TALIE Barker has spent a lot of time think­ing about hap­pi­ness.

Speak­ing ahead of Men­tal Health Week, which starts on Oc­to­ber 7, the Palmyra res­i­dent has re­flected on her own bat­tles with de­pres­sion.

“I think it came from be­ing a sin­gle mum and there is de­pres­sion in my fam­ily; I bat­tled to be happy,” she said.

“I started my re­search into pos­i­tive psy­chol­ogy at ECU in the 2000s; I thought I had noth­ing to lose.

“Ev­ery­one is on their per­sonal growth jour­ney to work out what makes your heart sing.

“For me it was about ap­ply­ing strate­gies such as ex­er­cise, med­i­ta­tion and pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships to over­come those is­sues.”

Ms Barker is run­ning a seven-week Path­way to Hap­pi­ness Course at the Girl Guides Hall in Ap­ple­cross from Oc­to­ber 16.

“The idea is to help peo­ple cre­ate pos­i­tive con­nec­tions and to find hap­pi­ness,” she said. “I want peo­ple to re­flect on each les­son and how they can make life changes.”

Ms Baker said she spoke about hap­pi­ness to pri­vate clients and through her blog Hello Hap­pi­ness.

“I’ve no­ticed that stress is some­thing most peo­ple are af­fected by; it low­ers their well-be­ing,” the health coach said.

“Dur­ing Men­tal Health Week, I’d en­cour­age peo­ple to visit a ser­vice and do some­thing for them­selves.”­mu­ni­ d487142 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Palmyra res­i­dent Na­talie Barker is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to think about hap­pi­ness dur­ing Men­tal Health Week.

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