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Ellie – Young Ambassador

Ellie – Young Ambassador

Where do you live?

I live in Studland, Dorset.

What is your role within Dorset Mind Your Head?

I am a young ambassador.

What led you to Dorset Mind?

I’ve always wanted to help people in some way. Through developing an interest in mental wellbeing and how it impacts our lives and my own lived experience, this was the path I wanted to explore further. I found Dorset Mind when researching local volunteering opportunities and saw the amazing work they do and services they offer, and I wanted to get involved.

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy yoga, free-from baking, sharing thoughts on my blog, listening to music, reading and going on long walks in Studland with my cavapoo Maisie. I love everything to do with mindfulness and self-care.

What is your story in relation to mental health?

When I finished school, I embarked on a journey into wellness, determined to educate myself and start living a healthier life after a period of feeling very stressed, tired, low and generally rubbish. I began eating more balanced, nutritious food and exercising regularly, I introduced meditation practice and gratitude journaling into my daily routine. I then started to notice positive changes in my mood, how much my headspace and outlook had changed from before and how joy in the little things became easier to find. The importance of mental wellbeing was talked about more and more in the things I was learning about, and my interest in it continued to grow.

In the last two years, I experienced my own struggles with anxiety, recurring low mood and feelings of loneliness. I felt the impact poor mental health has on our physical health. I now hope to help other people going through similar feelings, to get the support they need in their own journey.

If you could give someone a piece of advice, what would it be?

Be honest with yourself and be true to yourself. Honour yourself, your heart, your dreams. Don’t be afraid to live your truth, openly and unapologetically, and you’ll inspire others to do the same.

What is one self-care tip that you have found helpful?

Carve out the time do something you enjoy and that nourishes your soul. Make a date with yourself and stick to it. Set weekly or monthly ‘soul goals’ so you’re not putting yourself at the bottom of the list.

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