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Britta Schuessler

My name is Britta Schuessler. I am passionate about wellbeing. I have been a psychotherapist since 2003 and have run mindfulness courses since 2015. When I first came to Scotland in 1992 I learned about mindfulness and I have practiced it ever since. I am a certified Mindfulness teacher trained by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. Mindfulness has been very important in my life. It helped me through some very difficult times including a relationship breakup, bullying and chronic illness. It has also been one of the most important things I learned that helped me to live my life fully, enjoy myself and feel resilient, no matter what life is throwing at me. Mindfulness has enriched my experience of life, strengthened my emotional core and has made my relationships so much more effective. Therefore I want to share this with as many people as I can. I think Mindfulness is what most people need to feel healthier and happier.

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About this course

When it comes to health, but in particular to mental health good sleep is fundamental. Unfortunately, when we are in the grip of anxiety or depression sleeping and sleeping well seems to become a very difficult thing to achieve. According to a study that came out in October 2019 people loose ups to 5 hours of sleep a week due to their anxiety about work. Not sleeping well is really bad news for your wellbeing and in particular for you ability to stay calm and relaxed. Let me explain:

Your central nervous system is the information highway of your body. Sleep is necessary to keep it functioning properly, but chronic insomnia can disrupt how your body usually sends information. Not sleeping well affects your mental abilities and emotional state. One 2007 study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Medical School used MRI scans to show that after sleep deprivation, the brain's emotional centers were more more than 60 percent more reactive. Without adequate sleep, the brain seems to revert back to more primitive patterns of activity. This means that you are unable to put emotional experiences into context and produce controlled, appropriate responses. ”Emotionally, you're not on a level playing field.” You may feel more impatient or prone to mood swings. You become more likely to feel anxious, depressed and to act impulsively. Depending how bad it gets you start to have suicidal thoughts.

Sleep deprivation can compromise decision-making processes and creativity. It leaves your brain exhausted, so it can’t perform its duties as well.Therefore you may find it more difficult to concentrate or learn new things. The signals your body send can also be delayed, decreasing your coordination and increasing your risk for accidents. Being exhausted zaps your focus, and can render you more forgetful. On top of that, sleep is thought to be involved in the process of memory consolidation, according to Harvard, which means shortchanging it can make it more difficult to learn and retain new things.

Given all of this the question arrises: Are you anxious and therefore you cannot sleep? Or is it the other way round? Whatever the answer may be, a good night sleep is vital for our ability to function well in the world and it will help you to be less anxious. Reclaiming the night for you to sleep better might be the most important step you can take in your journey towards managing your anxiety. I therefore invite you to take this small course as your first step towards regaining calm and peace in your mind and body.