Suzi Gibbs-Chalmers, Wellbeing coach, shares her mental health focus with The Hunts Post.
“I am a great believer that we all have mental health issues but no one needs fixing - we just need to sometimes take a look at our life experiences.”
These are the words of wellbeing coach Suzi Gibbs-Chalmers, from Brampton, who is supporting The Hunts Post's We Need To Talk focus on mental health.
Suzi, who runs Topaz Health Training, is set to launch a new coaching room in Huntingdon once restrictions ease.
She has more than 20 years’ experience in health and fitness; having worked alongside Huntingdonshire District Council and the NHS.
“I really got interested in how emotions and feelings lead behaviours and have an impact on mental health,” she explained.
“You can have had a fantastic upbringing but inherited a value that could be holding you back from moving forwards in life.
“I am a great believer that we all have mental health issues but no one needs fixing; we just need to sometimes take a look at our life experiences.”
Suzi, who has tutored for leading fitness industry trainers, offers tailored sessions to her clients who may be struggling with their mental health.
Her calming approach lets people explore the best ways to cope if they are finding certain situations difficult, but also the importance of improving their physical health too.
“There is so much research on how physical symptoms we experience can be caused by mental health,” Suzi said.
“For example, if we’re experiencing a lack of sleep then the body cannot heal or recover the way it should.
“Meditation is a great way to bring awareness to what we may be feeling".
“If you sit in silence and breathe deeply it’s amazing how that can be really calming, so then when you have a challenge to face that can really improve how you handle it.
“I think that people are aware that they need to get regular exercise and take time to rest but they just find it difficult to actually do certain things as something may be holding them back.
“They know that they need to change but they are just struggling with it.”
Topaz Health provides a safe space to help people overcome challenges and limiting beliefs to achieve their full potential.
Suzi also volunteers for the CALM Town initiatives in St Ives helping to reduce depression and loneliness within the community.
While Suzi hasn’t been able to officially open the Topaz Health office in Huntingdon yet, she has still been able to support people struggling in lockdown and even set up a help group for women during menopause.
Suzi has continued has also continued to provide her clinical case work for the NHS and pick up shifts for the ambulance service.
“Everyone is managing the best that they can right now,” she said.
“But it can be hard when you have no control over the situation. All age groups have been impacted in different ways.
“It’s been heartbreaking for people not to be with loved ones, especially if they have lost someone.”
Her tips to help people feel well during the coming weeks include get a daily dose of nature and keeping connected with friends.
Artile by Clare Butler - The Hunts Post
Published: 9:00 AM February 16, 2021
Wellbeing Café - The “M” Word Series starting February 2021
To provide a confidential, fun, and friendly space to talk about the “M” word. A community group for women of any age who are or have experienced challenges pre, during and post menopause. If you are finding life and the ups and downs of hormones a bit of a challenge or maybe you can offer some help and advice to other women, join in and share your experiences and wisdom.
The group is facilitated by Mindset & Development Coach Evanthia Steadman and Health & Wellbeing Coach Suzi Gibbs-Chalmers who dare we say it, is about to turn the big 50 this year.
The Menopause seems to be the last taboo; heaven knows why as we all go through it, so let’s talk. It can be a bit lonely and maybe family are not always the best people to share feelings around the emotional and physical changes you are experiencing. So, we thought there must be other women out their wanting a safe space to let off steam, connect and have somewhere to laugh about the changes and sleeping with window open when it is -2 outside!
The “M” Word Series 1
Our first Zoom meeting will be 4th February 2021, 7.00pm to 8.00pm. It will be an informal session getting to know each other so just come along, listen, share, and enjoy with a cuppa. As a group, we can then plan future sessions, dates, timings, and topics you would like covered. There will also be an opportunity to do a guided meditation at end of the session if you would like to stay online for this.
Last month we really enjoyed getting to chat and share our experiences with laughter being the best medicine! We spoke about HRT and supplements that have been useful for the group and finished the session with some visualisation relaxation/meditation. This week we’re looking at how we can embrace our bodily changes using reframing and positive mindset with everyone contributing to what works for them.
We look forward to seeing you there.
The “M” Word Series 2
Tuesday, 2 March 2021 at 7.30pm-8.30pm.
This month’s topic will look at having a positive mindset through life’s changes can help reduce and even eliminate symptoms. With a talk from Evanthia Steadman Mindset Coach and personal -development coach & Suzi Gibbs-Chalmers Health & Wellness coach.
The group will then have the chance discuss and share their experiences on staying well during the perimenopause & post- menopause.
Topaz Health announce launch of their new coaching room located in the heart of Huntingdon.
If this last year has left you worried, anxious, sad, unhappy, lost, unmotivated, stuck in a job you are no longer passionate about and you need some support and direction to move forwards then personal coaching could pave the way to lasting and positive life changes.
Benefits of coaching include: Reduced stress and anxiety, better mental health, overcoming fears and phobias, greater wellbeing, increased self-awareness and confidence, stronger relationships, enhanced life skills and opportunities and a clearer focus and direction in life.
Suzi has more than 20 years' experience in health, fitness, and wellbeing. She has been a programme co-ordinator and managed health schemes for Huntingdonshire District Council, been a lead exercise specialist with NHS programmes, and tutor for the leading fitness industry trainers.
“I've worked with Suzi on a number of occasions and she's kind, compassionate and professional. She puts you at ease straight away and is both an interesting speaker and a great listener. Highly skilled professionals like Suzi that can also be on a level that makes you feel comfortable are a rare find. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone.”
As a senior health and fitness practitioner, Suzi realised early on in her career the need to balance physical, emotional and mental health when working with customers and patients experiencing illness and depression. She became interested in personal coaching after the sudden death of her father and found a natural transition from physical coaching to embedding coaching throughout her training and coaching of others.
She delivers a worldwide community group to aspiring coaches and is on the board of volunteers for the CALM Town initiative in St Ives helping to prevent depression, loneliness and suicide.
“We all need a coach in our corner from time to time.” Investing in yourself is just as important as investing in your career, family, friends and home. If you feel happier and fulfilled it impacts all your relationships in a positive way. I still check in with my mentor from time to time to continually develop myself and the services I offer.”
What Suzi loves most is supporting people to feel happy, fulfilled and find their purpose in life which is her ‘First Aid’ for living.
Suzi is available for a FREE 30 min discovery session. As a welcome to new clients, Topaz Health are offering 25 percent discount on all hourly and coaching packages throughout January 2021, just quote 'LockdownFAMH21'.
Find out more here: Wellbeing Coaching >
Please contact Suzi on 07974095011 or at email@example.com to arrange a FREE 30 min no obligation Zoom consultation.
This is when I started my coaching journey... learning, developing and qualifying to be able to support other people who are experiencing difficult times, thoughts, feelings and emotions.
I remember nearly walking away from one of the best training jobs I have ever had because of feelings of not being good enough. Thankfully, a good friend talked some sense into me, and I attended the day long interview with 16 other applicants, and guess what I got the job. I was defiantly out of my comfort zone, there was strong competition, and I was extremely nervous during that day. Life might have been vastly different if I had walked away from this opportunity because of the fear of not being good enough.
Inspired by Others
I have been inspired by those that have overcome physical and mental challenges. Working as a tutor on the Aspire InstructAbility project training disabled people to become Fitness instructors was one of the most rewarding roles I have enjoyed. The newly trained fitness instructor specialises in working with other disabled exercisers and other gym users. Watching a military triple amputee set up a concept rower with the help of prosthetics limbs and teach another student how to row was a humbling experience. I realised that day the old saying “there’s no such word as can’t” was true! It is only our belief of what we can and cannot do that either pushes us forwards or holds us back.
Conquering our Self-doubts
To follow the career of Rick Long, now a L3 Fitness Instructor and a World Disabled Strongman after losing his leg and the death of his TT racing partner in a terrible accident inspires me to keep working towards my own goals. To overcome sadness and loss we must focus on how to move forward with love for ourselves and others, helping others can really open our eyes to what we have to be thankful and grateful for.
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Coaching is Empowerment
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