Lifestyle Awareness is an Occupational Therapy service for professionals who want to improve their mental & emotional wellbeing, resilience and unlock their potential. The focus of LifestyleAwareness is on Mental Fitness & skills development, with options for both individual and group based working. Individual clients often start with one to one working and then choose to move to the FITMINDS group program.
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 sustainable High Performance & Mental Wellbeing.
Our main program FITMINDS is structured over 10 week cycles and is led by Peter Connolly and supported by leading professional across areas such as Mental Wellbeing, Sensory modulation, Fitness, Imagery, Sleep, Resilience, and Acceptance & Compassion based approaches.
At the heart of the program are four foundational pillars:
Reduce stress, improve wellbeing & performance, by targeting its underlying blocks, which are habits, beliefs and ways of working that does not support people to thrive.
You have 5 Mental Muscles, Attention, Imagination, Compassion, Gratitude, & the Goal keeper. Learn to train & use them daily to fuel your wellbeing & resilience.
Create a lifestyle that supports your mental wellbeing. FITMINDS will support you to improve your fitness, nutrition, sleep & social wellbeing.
Unlock your potential from the inside out. Develop your inner compass & vision to strengthen your ability to do what matters & perform when it counts.
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 and Functional Imagery Training (FIT). Its blends practises that are exercise our mind & brain.
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 manage their anxiety, stress & mood better.
You are stable in your mental health and are comfortable with a group experience instead of one to one working.
You are struggling with sustaining meditation, exercise and ways to switch off.
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.
Understand how your brain & mind work best to perform at your best.
Improve your attention & focus and manage distraction better.
Create a system that supports your organsiation & memory.
Start tasks earlier and finish them in an efficent way.
Get your sleep back on track.
Rewrite your own story on what you think you can do.
Reduce mental fatigue & exhaustion.
For the cost of seeing a Therapist once per month, the FITMINDS 10 week programme gives you access to leading mental wellbeing and prevention skills training every week.
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 join the live sessions (via Zoom) every two weeks, to support learning, accountability & skill development
The programme is run over intervals of 10 weeks, to provide more time and resources to support you. Follow up support is available if wanting to continue though our community membership.
✓ Structured weekly pre recorded sessions
✓ Fortnightly live group sessions
✓ Sleep, fitness and lifestyle management modules
✓ Two 1:1 check in's
✓ Creative sessions with leading guest facilitators
✓ Train on your own timetable.
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. The skills you learn in FITMINDs are functional and can be used as you go about your day. In the morning if possible we recommend about 20 minutes for a morning routine & spread anything else throughout the day! The recorded sessions are short, snappy and fun that is 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 few minutes during the weekend.
Q2. What if I cannot join the live sessions?
Do not worry, the program is designed to be flexible. Each session is conducted live (via Zoom) and a recording of the content is 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 program, we conduct assessments across multiple areas to understand where you are at and to ensure the program is suitable. We also provide support & accountability sessions. At the end of the program a further assessment is conducted to demonstrate the level of progression you have made.