In a fast paced world -
can lead us to be stressed and overwhelmed. Stress can cause mental health problems, and make existing problems worse, especially if you often struggle to manage feelings of stress and anxiety.
Expressing yourself through poetry enables you to be free to be you and to find your voice, without criticism or someone’s bias. You can relax and release stress as you find yourself unwinding in the words and enjoying the sentiments because YOU have chosen them.
Poetry can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle armoury in a fast paced, competitive and busy world, where one is seeking for ways to combat and cope with life’s challenges.
This form of creativity can help you to:
The pharmacist Eli Griefer, who was also a poet, offered people poems on prescriptions and eventually created "poemtherapy" groups at hospitals. People facing adversity use poems as a coping mechanism, such as soldiers Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen, known as the War Poets, who are referenced in higher education. Then there's the incredible "I have a dream..." speech by Dr Martin Luther King Junior, the Civil Rights Leader whose word mastery motivated generations.
By no means a modern phenomenon, since thousands of years ago the ancient Egyptians wrote words down on papyrus and dissolved them in liquid as a medicine to heal their sick.
SO POETRY IS GOOD FOR YOU!
I have worked in the corporate sector for thirty years, mainly in high pressured sales and sponsorships. Speaking to a diverse range of people especially ’C’ level executivues, as well as in my own life journey has given me real insights into the emotional strain and stress levels that many people go through, compounded by the complexities of external relationships, with family friends and partners.
As a published and performance poet, reciting poetry at events including at The House of Lords, as well as on the international stage, poetry has become an integral part of my life. The performing and the writing is pleasure enough, however the real joy always comes from the impact on and the feedback from the recipients. This moved me to start looking at how I could develop poetry to help people, without it being clinical or used in formal therapy..
I learned how to reduce stress through the use of poetry as a coping mechanism and with coaching includes relaxation techniques. Poetry has helped me to express emotions whilst enjoying my creativity and I have used it through my tumultuous young adult years, through to adulthood and raising a family, as well as through decades of pressure of working in a target driven sales role.
Having developed a deeper interest in areas like around anxiety, stress and things that affect productivity and performance, I became a certified Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) , and learned that every one of us has difficulties; can become anxious, depressed and stressed etc, whether we recognise or acknowledge these feelings.
As a poetry health coach I aim to help others to use poetry and the power of words to find their voice without the walls of clutter surrounding their heart and mind, to have fun and to step outside of their circumstances into the exciting world of creative self expression.
Your journey begins with both of us, as I lead you into this exciting new world and it ends with your freedom to be you.
As a poetry Health coach, please note that the services I provide do not diagnose or treat illness, prescribe medication, or perform the functions of clinical therapy. They can however include relaxation techniques and help people to know how to reduce stress levels. My expertise is derived from life experience, short courses and as a practioner.
(Please note the pictures on this site are not of Jessica or her clients but are purely for aesthetics)