This Thursday we hosted a wellbeing in business panel in Huckletree Ancoats gorgeous new co-working space in Manchester. We were joined by five wonderful women from varying industries who had their own wellbeing journey to share.

I was in awe of the women on the panel, they all spoke so openly and were incredibly vulnerable when it came to sharing their own personal journeys of burnout and recovery. We talked about the burnout epidemic we are currently facing and discussed why as women we tend to suffer from overwhelm more than men. It was suggested that as women we carry the emotional load and take on the role of “superwoman” and “multi-tasker”. We discussed wellbeing being more of a feminine energy and how we need to slow down and tap in to our inner world if we are to achieve mental and physical wellbeing.

We challenged the concept of work/life balance and discussed how in a world where “comparisonitis” is rife, we have a choice in our lives, we choose what we do, what we read and who we spend out time with, it is up to us to curate our lives.

Read on to meet our panellists and hear their what they had to say.

Meet The Panellists

Asima Crewe, Founder of the Confidence Society

Asima is the founder of The Confidence Society, working with organisations, communities and individuals to build confidence in people so that they can improve their personal and professional lives.

Having helped hundreds of people improve their confidence over the years with techniques Asima has built herself, she was passionate about people embracing connection and suggested we mustn’t shy away from conversations with the people we work with.

Julie McGann, Founder and Chief Designer at Unicorn and Co.

Unicorn and Co runs a digital wellness club UPGRADE-U to help professionals and leaders gain more energy, focus, positivity, and feel less stressed.

Julie discussed how working on your inner world is the secret to success. No matter what is going on in the world around us, if we can find a place of calm within ourselves we can reduce our fears, increase our resilience and be in control of how we react to things that are sometimes out of our control.

Liane Grimshaw, Founder of SupaReal and SupaReality

Liane is the founder and managing director of Manchester based content marketing agency, SupaReal. Having held various senior agency roles during her 25+ year career, SupaReal is the first company she has built from scratch. More recently, Liane kick started a new venture called SupaReality, which aims to educate and engage individuals and businesses on our true human potential.

Liane talked about the importance of doing what feels good. She is a huge advocate of exercise and staying fit and suggested that we could all take more “mental vitamins” by moving around and doing things for our physical wellbeing.

Liz Ward, Founder of Slick Pivot

Liz Ward is the UK’s first pivot coach and founder of Slick Pivot, a boutique coaching hub for career changers, startups and entrepreneurs. She has been the coach working behind the scenes of growing startups including, The Marshmallowist and Taylor Morris Eyewear.

Liz talked about finding the joy in both work and outside of work. She stressed how important it is do stuff outside of work guilt-free. To her, it’s the connections with others that allows us to maintain wellbeing in business.

Rubbi Bhogal-Wood, Founder of Wild And Form Digital

Rubbi’s mantra is that ‘YOU are in control of social media, not the other way round’ and was the foundation of her first TEDx talk in 2019. With 20 years-experience in the advertising and marketing industry, Rubbi founded Wild & Form Digital Ltd back in 2017 and works with start-ups, one-lady bands, and SME’s.

Rubbi shared her own personal journey of overcoming health issues and how wellbeing starts with looking after both your body and mind. She said it’s about connecting with your body and making sure you are looking after yourself physically.

Event Photos

Lara Sheldrake
Then panelists, pic by Kenny Clayton
Lara Sheldrake
The audience at Huckletree Ancoats, Manchester, pic by Kenny Clayton
Meditation Introduction run by Liane Grimshaw, pic by Debbie Ellis
Juno, the cutest guest in the house, pic by Kenny Clayton
Delicious non-alcoholic G&T’s provided by our drinks sponsors Amplify Drinks.
Abigail Gunning, our lovely host at Huckletree for the evening.

With love, Lara x

About the author

Lara Sheldrake is a Social Media Strategist and Founder at Found & Flourish. Lara writes and speaks on the topics of entrepreneurship, motherhood and social media for business. She also hosts the Bossing It podcast, aimed at empowering the next generation of female founders in the UK. Send Lara an email. You can also find her on Instagram @Lara_Sheldrake or Twitter @Lara_Sheldrake.

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