WEDDING MINDFULNESS COACH
You’ve got so much to plan still, your distant relative is trying to bring another guest,
the budget is spiralling and it all feels too much.
Calm & confidence feel far away.
Let me help ~ Natasha D’Souza, trained mindfulness coach
You’ve got so much to plan still, your distant relative is trying to bring another guest, the budget is spiralling and it all just feels too stressful. Calm & confidence feel far away. Let me help.
~ Natasha D’Souza, trained mindfulness coach
As a trained mindfulness coach, I can help you to reduce stress through practicing self-care for the mind, and building a mindfulness toolkit which will encourage you to connect with the ‘now’ to reset your thinking and manage anxiety and overwhelm. It’s really useful every day of the year, but the run-up to your wedding is a very specifically exciting (and potentially stressful) time that you want to be able to fully enjoy. I specialise in mindfulness for brides so whether it’s overwhelm, stress, anxiety, guilt or something else that’s stopping you, I can help!
I want these tools to be available for all brides which is why I have launched a range of products to let you practice these skills at home in just 5 minutes a day – whether it’s through affirmations, visualisation or mindful moments, find a set of tools that work for you and build your mental self-care muscles as you plan your big day.
If you want 1-1 support in tackling the wedding overwhelm, we can work together via my 1-1 mindfulness coaching, my mindful wedding countdown programme and my group connection workshops, where I teach you the mindfulness skills (so you can keep filling your mindfulness toolkit with real, practical techniques) to manage wedding stress in real time.
Given the current situation and the uncertainty around COVID 19 I have seen such a big impact on my 1-1 clients and couples organising their special day. I am therefore currently working on a bespoke group workshop to help brides reset their wedding plans and reconnect with their wedding day. Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page to stay in the loop for the launch!
I currently have limited availability for 1-1 clients but please get in touch if you think we are a great fit and we’ll take it from there.
‘Working with Natasha changed my entire outlook towards my wedding – I felt really connected with the day and with my partner and will use the tools she shared for life’
‘I felt guilty for feeling overwhelmed and almost a bit silly to say that planning the most important day in my life was making me feel stressed but Natasha was so open and non-judgmental, I felt really listened to and understood’
‘I was a product tester for Natasha and working through the activities in the mindfulness brides journal was a real joy – I looked forward to completing the exercises and really felt they helped me understand and reframe my thoughts’
Don’t feel stuck feeling overwhelmed and out of control, book a discovery call with me today to find out if we’d be a good fit.
How did Dotty & Bright start?
I personally experienced mindfulness for the first time around 10 years ago when I found myself with a very anxious brain and experiencing regular panic attacks – sometimes on a daily basis. I was lucky enough to be able to take part in a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course through my company and found, with practice, my new habits were able to calm and quieten my whirring brain. Since then I have trained to teach mindfulness to both adults and children who have felt similar benefits from learning these new skills and techniques. As a wedding celebrant, at Natasha Celebrates, I’ve worked closely with countless couples who have experienced real overwhelm surrounding their wedding day and often felt there was no one they could speak to about this. I started discussing mindful tools with brides and couples and soon began teaching brides in the run up to their big day. I’ve seen first-hand how learning mindfulness practices can benefit brides, couples and relationships and from this insight Dotty & Bright was born!
What are your qualifications?
I’m trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness Self Compassion, Mindfulness in Schools Paws B and Dot b; I’m an ILM Trained coach to postgraduate level, and I’m accredited by the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of focusing your awareness on the present, and if it sounds simple, that’s because it is – but it’s not always that easy to do, and that’s ok! Mindfulness is used as a therapeutic technique to help deal with stress, anxiety and overwhelm, I specialise in mindfulness for brides, to help brides combat these feelings and to be more present in the run up to and on their wedding day and beyond.
What is self-care for the mind?
Self-care for the mind is how I like to describe my branch of mindfulness. If the act of self care is ‘the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health’, then mindfulness is definitely self-care for the mind and time should be spent experiencing it! It feels really nice to say that you’re actively taking that step because you know you deserve it, so I like to big it up!
Do I have to have done it before?
Not at all! It’s great if you have done it before, but mindfulness works just like strengthening a muscle – you have all the foundations you need just by virtue of having a brain. All it takes is a little focus and a little practice – that’s where Dotty & Bright can help!
Do I have to be religious?
No! Mindfulness is non-secular, meaning it’s not tied to any religion – it’s suitable for anyone with a mind (that’s you!)
What if I don’t have much time?
That’s ok! It’s been shown that mindfulness works just as well – sometimes even better – when practised little and often, so you don’t need to set aside huge chunks of your day to fit it in. That’s why I think it’s so beneficial – mindfulness can easily slot into your life and for me, should be seen as something to look forward to not another thing to add to your to-do list!
Why will this benefit me before my wedding?
Mindfulness works by building a habit, and making your mind more resilient (think again about building that muscle!) My teaching and products provide you with a mindfulness toolkit which you can deploy whenever you need it. This means that mindfulness for brides is so much more than mindfulness for your wedding day, it’s about building your self-care for the mind muscle, focusing on positive intentions and being in the present and is essentially prep for the day, your marriage, and general life too.
Do I have to meditate?
Mindfulness and meditation are separate things, so you don’t have to meditate to practise mindfulness. Some people find meditation beneficial and others do not – I offer teachings that incorporate both preferences. As mentioned above, I’m a big fan of little and often, so all my mediations, when used, come in bitesize chunks!
Is this just for me or for my partner too?
Mindfulness is for everyone! In my work as a celebrant, I’ve seen this affect women disproportionately, but mindfulness is for brides, grooms, and those outside of the gender binary too. I’ve also seen mindfulness be useful for those in the wider wedding party – having an important role on the day can bring its own anxieties and worries!