Author

Greg L

Hello there. Thank you for coming to my site. This is Wellness by Greg, a site where I share my extensive knowledge through blogs and vlogs (video blogs) around becoming the best version of yourself physically and mentally. I believe in the holistic view of improvement, through making improvements to your physical and mental circumstances to enhance your personal and professional life. 

A bit about me

From when I was able to walk, I have had an enduring love of sport and activity. At school I took part in several sporting activities, including rugby, athletics and waterpolo. As part of the rugby team I enjoyed several games of getting muddy and building team skills, and in the athletics team it gave me an opportunity to enhance cardiovascular capabilities. 

The love of exercise and sport continued into my late teens and early 20s when I began to weight lift, inspired by the action hero and inspirational rags to riches super celebrity Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

My academic years took me in the direction of studying the mind, with me enrolling in and later completing a BA in Psychology. Following the degree, and with time in my 20s to find myself, I found renewed interest in fitness and activities, and trained toward becoming a Fitness Instructor and later Fitness Manager, where I served for several years from 2006 conducting personal training, running a gym team and working with people from the community with mild to moderate depression referred for exercise intervention. 

Working with members of the community with mental illnesses renewed my interest in studying the mind, and I enrolled in and later completed a PGDip in Mental Health Nursing. From 2013 I worked as a Mental Health Nurse in an inpatient setting, working with patients with challenging mental illnesses and personality disorders. In this role I have become involved in further advanced assessments and clinical care and have also conducted Masters research into the therapeutic engagements that staff have with patients who present with challenging mental illnesses and personality disorders, the findings and recommendations of which I have shared with colleagues in academic teaching sessions. 

In 2020 I started a Non-medical Prescribing course, with the aim to soon qualify and begin to practice with not only giving mental health advice and support, but to prescribe medication to support those effected by poor mental health and wellbeing.

At the start of 2019, spurred on by the advent of my 40th birthday and a renewed need to take better care of myself physically and mentally, I started a blog on entitled ‘Fit for (Nearly) 40’.  

This later evolved into Fit For Any Age, as I had unsurprisingly surpassed the age of 40, and hence (nearly) 40 became more than 40.

As those who have followed me will know, I ran Fit For Any Age for nearly 2 years, and found it to be an exciting learning experience.

So why am I now going with Wellness by Greg, you may ask?

Why I changed to Wellness by Greg, is for a few reasons.

First, I feel that Fit in the Fit For Any Age suggested physical fitness and exercise. This is not to say that this is not part of the wellness approach, but for many, it can be misleading. Whilst my blogs do focus on the wellness and fitness of mind and body, I do not do exercise coaching or personal training, so Fit For… seemed to be misleading and may give the idea that I was exploring fitness when in fact it is something bigger and more holistic than that.

I thought that in this regard it would be better to more clear.

Secondly, Wellness by Greg, I feel, is more personable and the direction in which I want to take the site. More focus on wellness and wellbeing. There will still be focusses on current health events and issues, but there will be more focus on wellness.

Don’t think of me as motivational coach or speaker. Think of me more as a wellness guide, as I use my mental health training and experience to suggest and advice ways to enhance your wellness and wellbeing. If you are struggling with your mental health though, please seek advice from a medical professional such as your GP.

In this site and in this blog I look to explore the wellness journey that we all take in terms of enhancing our mental and physical health, and I hope that you feel inspired by the articles and that you are able to make positive changes in your life. I stand close to the idea that it’s a journey. It will take time. You will get there. And remember to love yourself. 

Remember: it’s a journey. It will take time. Have patience in the process. You will get there. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and have a lovely time wherever you are on the planet.

And remember: love yourself. And others.

Greg