“Don’t ever assume what somebody else is thinking and get furious. Half the time we don’t even know what’s going on inside our own brains.”
On the latest episode of the Oxygen Advantage® podcast Patrick talks with former Hollyoaks star and current yogi, hypotherapist and life coach, Gemma Merna.
Despite enjoying a very successful eight-year career with popular TV soap Hollyoaks, Gemma Merna faced many issues with stress and anxiety from a young age that were only worsened when under the pressure of the bright lights of fame.
Towards the end of her time on the soap, personal loss and not dealing with the resulting trauma would lead Gemma to exiting the role. However, her choice to leave would be the first of many steps on a journey of learning and self-improvement.
Finding comfort and even therapy in yoga practice, Gemma was able to start dealing with her anxieties and started making small steps to pursue a new career in health. Those steps included learning hypnotherapy, and of course, discovering the importance of breathing to help calm and focus the mind.
This self-improvement journey would eventually lead to Gemma establishing Mind and Wellness with a goal to “give individuals the tools to discover themselves again”. By learning to be patient with herself and by “retraining” her brain with positive improvements, hypnotherapy, breathing to down regulate and of course yoga, Gemma admits she is now living the life she wants to live.
This podcast is a personal and informative look, through the lens of Gemma’s experience, at how we can all better our circumstances if we take the pressure off ourselves and work to improve our physical and mental health.
To learn more about what Gemma does or to book a course, visit https://mindandwellness.co.uk/
Alternatively, you can listen on Spotify at the link below.