Mum on a mission to build emotional resilience
A MUM of four from Longwell Green has written a book to help those suffering from low mood and anxiety after experiencing loss, grief and struggle in her own life.
In little over a year, Clare Davis’s brother died, her house burnt down, her four-year-old went missing for five hours and she was diagnosed with skin cancer.
These events happened in Australia, after Clare moved back to the country of her birth with her young family in 2007.
She said: “I had felt like I was being attacked on all sides, but these events were a wake-up call about what really matters in life.
“This included looking after my own emotional wellbeing so I could better face challenges.”
Clare, her husband Jonny and their children, returned to the UK in 2010 and settled in Longwell. Clare works as a corporate trainer, running Nova Associates. She has become a Mental Health First Aid Instructor – a nationally recognised qualification set up to support the workforce.
She helps businesses spot the signs of ill-health among their staff, have conversations about mental health concerns and take positive action using preventative measures
Clare also runs free mental health chats on YouTube and a podcast to raise awareness of difficult topics such as anxiety and suicide. Clare has released a book called Emotional Fitness: A-Z for Positive Mental Health – a practical guide to maintaining wellbeing and preventing downward spirals.
She told the Voice: “After I started to run mental health first aid courses in schools and businesses, I realised preventative measures were missing and started to think about how we can stop people developing poor mental health before it spirals out of control.
“Through my podcast I have interviewed mental health professionals from all over the world, and all have said that early intervention is important and can help people think more positively earlier.
“My book is very action orientated and includes activities for people to do every day to bring emotional fitness into their lives. They can use it as a journal, and there are also illustrations to colour in, and the idea is to train the brain for emotional resilience every day for 5-10 minutes.
“The key thing I want to make people aware of is that although we are always told to look after our physical fitness and wellbeing, we are not often told about the importance of emotional fitness and how we can get positive mental health into our day. My book is not for designed for people who need medical help with their mental health or have been diagnosed with depression, but for those who are struggling in everyday life before they get to that stage.
“Positive mental health is like a muscle, which we can work on. It helps us to cope with difficulties and improves performance, relationships and our physical health. My mission is to help as many people as possible, as these are really hard times we’re all experiencing.”
For more information, visit Clare’s website: www.novaassociates.co.uk/mental-health-book