• Jade Ecobichon-Gray

Mindset Matters has Launched!

Read on to learn more about me and my new business venture, which aims to change the perception of wellbeing, one mindset at a time.

Good Health Starts With a Positive Mindset

Hi there!

If you are reading this, it hopefully means you have meandered around the Mindset Matters website and you're now intrigued to know a little bit more about me and my new business. I thank you greatly, and welcome you to Mindset Matters :-)

Mindset Matters was born out of my own personal journey to wellbeing. My desire to change my mindset in order to reach new goals, live a more authentic life, and learn to walk in my truth. Whilst all of that may sound a little woo woo! I would urge you to keep reading. Because if you have made it this far, it would suggest to me that you are seeking additional knowledge around the concept of Mindset and the role it plays in personal and professional growth, holistic wellbeing and the formation of a stronger, more positive, and more reflective self.

My mindset shift certainly didn't happen overnight, there was no magic button and I questioned myself A LOT along the way. It is also worth saying that personal growth doesn't have a finish line, there is no end point at which you shout AH HA! I have mastered my own mind!

Nurturing and developing your mindset is a process, and I continue to learn more each day. I still have my moments, where I feel shaky in my self-confidence, or become distracted from my goals and my purpose. Times when I am a little too quick to react negatively to situations beyond my control.... You get the gist!

But, I have found that I no longer allow such instances to become a bad day, a bad month or a bad year. Changing my mindset has provided me with a wonderful thing called perspective. I can better rationalise the negative moments and reflect on them from a place of objectivity and calm. And trust me when I say that has not always been the case!

My wellbeing journey originally started when, at the age of 30 I experienced a long-term relationship breakdown, professional burn-out, poor physical health, and to top it all off my skin suddenly decided that it wasn't willing to play nice anymore. I have always believed, and continue to believe that you have to focus on the cause and not the symptoms. My initial thought was that following a difficult year, I was run-down, had not paid enough attention to my nutritional needs and general wellbeing, and perhaps what I really needed was my own take on Eat, Pray, Love!

So, being the person I am, I decided that the best remedy was to go and live in a favela in Rio de Janeiro for 3 months and volunteer in the local favela school! Now don't get me wrong, Brazil was the most fantastic, eye-opening experience I have ever had. And my Eat, Pray, Love inspired adventure culminated in a flight to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to Machu

Picchu. BUT, it was nonetheless a very large distraction from my life. A distraction from my feelings and my bouts of ill health and an attempt to put a colourful, carnival inspired plaster over my wellbeing wounds. And so, when I returned to the UK, I decided to tackle my wellbeing in the best way I knew how... I began a healthy eating, exercise and supplementation crusade! I call it a crusade because it really was... I was determined to fix myself, and it became an all consuming quest to achieve better emotional and physical health, and the now elusive clear skin of my past.

I am laughing as I write this, thinking back to the days when my supplementation regimen would require getting up half an hour earlier to knock back all the pills and powders known to man. The days of drinking so many green smoothies I was convinced that one morning I might wake up with a hulkish green glow! I began working out, I put myself on various 'healthy eating' plans and I persevered. And guess what..... I was miserable! I was toned, yup! I do have to give myself credit there. But my skin certainly wasn't any better and, worse than that, I was now experiencing bouts of anxiety and depression.

So here I was, thinking I'd ticked all the wellbeing boxes and yet I felt further away from it than ever before. And then I began thinking, what if it wasn't just my physical health that needed to be nurtured? I reflected on my difficult year and realised that the one thing I had failed to nurture in all this time was my mind. Which, by now, was a chaotic cacophony of negative thoughts, lack of self-confidence, and a sense of being hopelessly lost, both personally and professionally!

So I began to invest in my mindset, it seems laughable now, that as an MSc Health Psychology graduate, and certified Wellbeing Practitioner, this had not been my first thought. But I think wellbeing has become so synonomous with exercise and nutrition that our mindset is often the afterthought. We want the instant gratification of physical results and shy away from the longer-term work required to change a fixed mindset. And yet, I have come to realise, a healthy mind nurtures the body that carries it. When you start with your mind, your body will follow. You can drink all the green smoothies, and read all the positive instagram quotes you want, but if you haven't mastered your mindset, the truth is, you haven't achieved real wellbeing or self-growth.

I am pleased to say that I now have a more balanced perspective when it comes to nutrition and exercise. I now consume Green Smoothies in moderation ;-) and I know that my skin is a work in progress, and there will be good days and bad days. Overall I am calmer in my mind, which means I am kinder to my body. I am striking the right balance and I now take one or two supplements, as opposed to clearing out the shelves at Holland & Barrett!

Which all brings me to the launch of Mindset Matters. Part of my fixed mindset was the limiting belief I held, that I was not capable of starting my own business. That despite my Masters Degree and seven years experience in the field of coaching and personalised support, it was somehow out of reach. As my journey to a growth mindset progressed, I began to challenge myself. I left my life in London and moved back home to Jersey. I became determined to find a more holistic lifestyle that allowed me to flourish, and I started to identify and write down my goals. I sought the advice of fantastic people who were building businesses in the field of wellbeing, and I grew in my own self-confidence.

My goal with the launch of Mindset Matters is to start to deconstruct the word wellbeing, to work with you to recognise the importance of mindset in relation to your own wellness, and to empower you to nurture your mindset and begin a journey of self-growth and positive self-talk.

Because when you move from a fixed to a growth mindset, when you understand what real, holistic wellbeing actually means, you move through the world differently. You grow in self-confidence, you attract positivity, and you start to identify your purpose more clearly than ever before.

We offer 8-week Mindset & Wellbeing Programs based in Jersey, in addition to 1-1 Mindset Coaching available in Jersey and the UK. Please do check out both options on our services page, if you are interested in taking the next step on your journey to self-growth and improved wellbeing.

Thank you so much for reading!

Please sign up with your email, and your chosen password to leave me a comment below, I'd love to hear all about your own journey to wellbeing. What worked, what didn't, what you learned about yourself along the way?!

I hope my blog posts are the start of building a Mindset Matters Community so we can all support each other. Because self-growth can't happen without shared learning :-)




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