As we enter the second national lockdown of this year, we understand that this is an incredibly difficult time for many of us who are battling to take care of our mental health. From working from home to the turbulent uncertainty that many of us our facing in our industries - there is struggle and difficulty and we feel it too.
Ssōne has teamed up with Reebs - a mental resiliance practitioner who works with an organisation called Tough Cookie - and would like to offer our community a complementary one hour introductory session with Reebs hosted on zoom as part of our Ssōne Circle events.
Register for the event here.
We caught up with Reebs prior to the event at her home in Margate to catch up on mental health, and how our collaboration came together.
How did the collaboration come about between yourself and Ssōne?
My friend Charlotte Hall introduced us. Charlotte came to the first ever mental resilience course I ran from my living room. My background is in mental health, commissioning and community engagement. Charlotte joined the dots and visioned that there could be an interesting collaboration between myself as a community-minded, mental resilience trainer, and Ssone - who hold wellbeing and community at the heart of what they do.
When was the first time you felt called to do what you do?
In 2017, I did a 10 day silent meditation retreat, where we spent 10 hours a day practicing two core meditation techniques. Like many others have found, this was an incredibly intense, but profound experience. I remember feeling, at some points, very angry that I had not been taught these skills earlier in my life, and recognising that I could have responded more skillfully to some of the pain I experienced in my life, had I been better equipped. I left feeling grateful for the experience and a strong sense of responsibility to share these techniques with others, which I do now through Tough Cookie, and our Mixed Mental Arts programme.
Who, or what, has been your greatest influence?
Discovering the feeling of belonging within a community and the experience of being supported by a network of creative change-makers and social entrepreneurs. This gave me the courage and confidence to take risks. It was only by stepping out into the unknown that I was able to create a more grounded, healthy and better life for myself.
Do you have any daily rituals?
Yes, absolutely. The rhythms and rituals of my day are the cornerstone of my health and wellbeing. I wake up obscenely early, around 5am. This allows plenty of time to mediate for 30 minutes and drink some hot water with lemon before my toddler wakes up. I recently left London and moved to Margate. I love being close to the sea. I've been going for morning sea swims in the quest to feel more free.
What clothing do you wear to work in?
Warmth, durability and comfort are ultimate qualities when it comes to clothes I wear. I opt for loose clothes, things I can bend, and move around in, that aren't fussy and can get messy. Fabric, and it's feeling, has always been very important to me. I wear a lot of wool, corduroy and cashmere. Although, my current uniform seems to be a rather unglamorous double fleece situation. Like I said, warmth is paramount.
What’s your view from your workplace? What does it smell like? What can you hear?
My space is a big old Victorian room with a door out to the garden. There are lots of random objects in here, like a trampoline, a hunting knife, and a chinese medicine mannequin. In summer the door is open and I can hear seagulls and kids playing in the neighbour's garden. Now that it's colder and the door is shut, I can't hear a thing, which feels like a luxury coming from London. I often have a scent burning, Neal's Yard Remedies Vitality is my favourite.
What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired?
The beach is a sanctuary and a constant source of inspiration. I have a practice that I keep coming back to where I comb the beach for interesting pieces, usually shells, pebbles and broken fragments. I imagine wearing them as a piece of jewellery. I delight in finding pieces that sit nestled in the curvature and creases of my own body, and working out ways in which I can curve and extend into nature.
The zoom event is open to all and will take place on Friday 13th November at 1pm. We would love for you to join us.
Please register for the event here
Zoom details available upon registration.
We can't wait to see you there.
Reebs wears our Ritual All in One