Lifestyle Awareness is an Occupational Therapy service for professionals who want to improve their mental & emotional wellbeing, resilience and unlock their potential in a sustainable way. As our model is focused on prevention & skill developement, the approach is program based and not one to one working.
I have previously worked at South London & Maudsley (SLAM), Saint John of God Hospital, Saint Patrick’s Hospital. I am very grateful to have written for RTE lifestyle, appeared as a guest contributor on the TV show Operation Transformation & speak regularly on radio and media outlets.
A Bold Vision.
The vision of Lifestyle Awareness is to cultivate a path towards prevention that focuses on the shared skills between High Performance & Mental Wellbeing.
Our main program FITMINDS is structured over 90 days and is led by Peter Connolly and supported by leading professional across areas such as Mental Wellbeing, Diversity, Fitness, Communication, Sleep, Resilience, and Acceptance & Compassion based approaches.
At the heart of the program are four foundational pillars:
Cultivate compassion for oneself, connect with our shared humanity and reduce the pattern of striving and self-criticism whilst still giving your best at the moment.
Imagination is the most powerful of our inner muscles, learn to use it to innovate, create and connect to what matters.
Create the meaningful structure and lifestyle that keeps you well connected to what you desire and need out of life, e.g. goals, purpose, and increasing your social wellbeing.
Psychological flexibility is the ability to stay grounded in the present moment, even during challenging times and remain focused and connected to what matters most.
The FITMINDS programme is the first online membership programme of its kind. The approach and teachings are drawn from Occupational Therapy principles and Third-wave therapies such as Mindfulness & Acceptance Based approaches, Compassion Focused Therapy, Relaxation and Imagery training.
You will have access to your own membership portal with teachings from experts from around the world. There are two group programs available which can be completed on your own or join the weekly coaching/ accountability sessions, to ensure you stay on track.
This is for individuals who would like to build up their wellbeing structure, skills & confidence in a supportive way.
You are stable in your mental health and are comfortable with a group experience instead of one to one working.
You are struggling with focus, self organisation and procrastination.
You want to return to work and stay well.
You would like to focus on Mental Fitness skills to develop a lifestyle with meaning & purpose.
For organisations and teams who want to enhance performance and wellbeing & take a preventive approach.
Develop a Mental Fitness culture in your organisation.
Unlock potential in Sport, Business or the Arts.
Strengthen Mental & Emotional muscles.
Develop sleep, rest & recovery principles.
Enhance flow experiences to play more in the zone.
Reduce burn out & promote flexibility.
For less than the cost of seeing a professional once per month, the FITMINDS 90 day programme gives you weekly access to leading mental wellbeing and prevention skills training.
Upon joining, you will get exclusive access to your own membership portal packed full of digestible content that you can watch and read wherever you feel most comfortable.
Members are invited to join the live weekly sessions (via Zoom), but this is not mandatory as all sessions will be recorded and made available to you via the membership portal.
The programme is run over intervals of 90 days, to provide more time and resources to support you.
✓ Structured weekly timetable of live or recorded sessions
✓ Weekly accountability check-ins
✓ Bonus sleep, fitness and lifestyle management modules
✓ Bonus interviews with leading experts
✓ Bonus creative sessions with leading guest facilitators
✓ Train anywhere, from any device, 24/7
Dr. Alan Murtagh Psychiatrist
I have known Peter since 2015. His straight-talking yet compassionate approach has brought really good results. Peter has a range of experience in areas such as workplace stress, adult ADHD, anxiety, depression and sleep disorders. I have always valued Peter's astute insights and excellent judgement. I would highly recommend
Vincent Business Owner
Peter unearths the solid foundation that we all possess. He enables graduated steps to reaffirm confidence in people to achieve aims in life, checking goals along the way. Through his professional expertise Peter knows how to set the pace of reassurance people require while being coached.
Meadbh Hand Writer, Trainer& Business blogger
I would definitely recommend the course to anyone who wants to get better sleep or wants to change their mindset and reduce anxiety around sleeplessness. I am now able to use the breathing techniques and other tools that help me get back to sleep and stop me from catastrophising over one bad night's sleep. My sleep has improved as a result of doing the course which obviously has a very positive impact on the rest of my day!
Tracey McDonagh. Health Promotion Nurse Specialist
Working with Peter was a pleasure; he brings professionalism and subject expertise to the table and a level of adaptability that served him well in developing a brief bespoke online presentation for an audience of more than 4000 employees across our organisation. His delivery of the well-structured informative content was concise, coherent and very relevant to the audience. Furthermore, the content was delivered on time and on budget. I am sure that many employees in our organisation will benefit from Peter’s input going forward.
Evelyn Griffith Manager Canteen Ireland.
I really enjoyed the Imagination workshop - thought it was excellent. It was great to get the imagination going and I especially liked the What if game - changing how we think of situations - focusing on the positive.
Seamus Hennessy Customer Success Manager Qualtrics
A huge thanks to Peter Connolly for his expert facilitation and knowledge over the last two days, he is wonderful to work with and learn from.
We have tried to put as much information as possible here so please read information below if you have any question.
Q1. How much of my time do I need to allocate to FITMINDS?
A. About one hour per day, which can be spread throughout the day! Best of all, the sessions are built around your lifestyle. You can join from any device, at any time, whether you are commuting, on the go or able to find a peaceful hour during the weekend.
Q2. What if I cannot join the live weekly sessions?
Do not worry, the programme is designed to be flexible. Each weekly session is conducted live (via Zoom) and recorded. The recording is then made available for anyone who missed the session, or for participants to revisit the training at a later stage.
Q3. How many people are in each group session?
Group sizes are focused to ensure we give each participant the appropriate amount of time and support needed to meet their goals.
Q4. How do I monitor my performance?
At the beginning of the programme, we conduct assessments across multiple areas to understand where you are at and to ensure the programme is suitable. Each week you will be invited to an accountability session providing you with additional support to ensure you stay on track. Every 2-3 weeks, performance monitoring is carried out to ensure progress is sustained. At the end of the programme a further assessment is conducted to demonstrate the level of progression you have made