1.0 Setting the Scene

Listen, we get it.

We know sitting here to do this might feel a bit strange, different, weird, scary or different. Or you might be fine.

In both cases the first thing to say is nice one for giving it a try. Its good to take yourself out of your comfort zone every once in a while and try new things, especially when those things are about developing yourself, learning new skills and working to improve your emotional wellbeing.

At the same time becoming part of a national movement of like-minded people, opportunities, stories adventures and communities of support.

Its great that you’re here, hopefully it’s the start of something exciting.

We’ll go on to what Bazaar is in a minute but it makes sense to first spend a bit of time getting to know your mentor. You’re going to be spending the next 7 or 8 hours together so it makes sense to say hello, introduce one another, tell each other a bit about your story and then we can get underway.

Click on the timer to get underway.

START 5 MIN TIMER

Let's get the housekeeping underway.

We need to be sure you’re safe, and we wont skirt around asking the questions to check in that you are.

So each week, before you get underway, there are a few standard questions which we will ask you. At the same times as checking you are safe and if needed getting you additional support you may need, we are going to record these scores each week as a way of tracking your progress through Bazaar.

We are totally confident that if you invest a bit of time in the things you learn, build a bit of routine around the course and go into this from a position of total honesty and openness, you will see these scores improve. Ultimately though, you will feel the benefit first and foremost.

Answer these now. Again, the more honest you are and the more you put into Bazaar, the more you will get out of it.

Now, take a moment and watch the following videos to get a greater sense of what Bazaar is all about and to find out more about our mission.

Let's talk about the format of each week.

We’re going to organise each week into 3 areas. We’re going to first set the scene, then we're going to learn some news skills and techniques. Finally we're going to spend time putting it into practice or applying to our own lives.

There’s going to be some self-guided parts to get you doing some digging around theories, concepts and approaches, breakout tasks to be carried out but ultimately loads of conversation with your mentor.

It's important to remember that they are not here as a counsellor, expert or teacher, think of them as a sounding board.

Someone who is here to add conversation, helpful insight and interaction and a voice to discuss and unpick things we go through to make it real for you and your life. We could spend all day learning about the mind, but unless it's real to you and your mind what’s the point.

We want to draw a line under the past, because the focus of Bazaar is going to be on the future

Future skills, future lives and living totally the best version of yourself.

If you have done any form of support, counselling or therapy talk about how that went with your mentor now. If you haven’t done any, talk about what you are expecting.

The idea is to draw a line under anything that’s gone before, start with a clean slate and park any preconceptions.

If you’re worried, unconvinced or hesitant tell us that too! It's totally expected.

It’s not about us having answers at this stage, it's about you and your mentor being totally in sync and on the same page.

START 10 MIN TIMER

Ok, let's start thinking about mental health, emotional wellbeing and general wellbeing.

Do some digging online to find a few different definitions and explanations of the above. It's important that we have a clear idea of what we are going to be exploring.

Make some notes of key bits you come across.

START 3 MIN TIMER
MIND, BODY AND BRAIN

Let's pick out what you want to work on, what you want to achieve and what you want your life to look like following Bazaar. Go big! It's about setting some goals and milestones that are realistic and achievable but completely true to you, with a big dose of ambition built in.

Remember, central to Bazaar is the ambition to get you to a place where your emotional well-being is what you want it to be. Let's commit to 3 things now and treat Bazaar as a personal mission to learn the skills, techniques and tools to get there.

Nobody needs to live life in a way they don’t want to for too long. Life is full of peaks, troughs, periods of disappointments, stress, anxiety and sadness. It plunges deep, deep lows but also scales the most majestic highs.

When you are in one frame of mind, it gets so hard to see things from another angle or truly believe that it will change or get better, but keep reminding yourself it is there and driving yourself towards making the best version of you a reality.

You should be proud that you are on a personal mission to doing what needs to be done to get there. Nobody and nothing can stop you.

START 6 MIN TIMER

At the heart of Bazaar is our Drills.

These are your opportunity during the week to put the stuff we go through into practice. It's so important you do them. Set a reminder on your phone, post it notes on the fridge or whatever you need to do to make it happen. You will discuss them with your mentor at the start of each week.

Also, make the most of your account area when you login. It's filled with exercises, editorial, interviews, opportunities, soundtracks and much more to make your Bazaar journey the best and most transformational it can be for the time you are with us.

Also feel free to come back during the week and review this session again, although much of the content for each week is also yours to take away in the journals.

This week you will need to complete a mood diary.

Yeah, keeping a diary is a bit old school, but it's a really useful tool to record how you have been feeling and what you have been doing for a number of reasons. It can be beneficial to reflect on experiences and emotions and it can help you to monitor which things have a positive impact on your mood as well as challenging negative assumptions.

Also, by doing this we may be able to see if there are certain times or days in the week which cause more problems. Keeping a diary can also help us take responsibility for improving our well-being and mood and can also be used long-term to track progress.

Before you go each week, we want to slot in a short mindfulness exercise. We will go into detail about what this is in future weeks but for now, give it a go please.

All you need to do is sit back, close your eyes and relax. For now, try and be aware of when your mind wanders while you are listening to the audio, because we’re pretty sure it will!

When it does, bring your focus and attention back to the audio. As we say, we will build on this and explain mindfulness in more detail but this get the ball rolling.

Positive Affirmation

Finally, more housekeeping I’m afraid and a few questions to help us improve.