The Walk The Bear approach is shaped by our core beliefs:
Our overall approach is based on the biopsychosocial model of health and well-being. We explore many factors in your life and how they may interact, and together we work to figure out where realistic changes can be made, and how to make them.
- Everyone has issues.
- There are thousands of ways to cope with issues – getting help to find coping strategies that work for you can change your life.
- Talking about issues is one of the very best ways to make you feel better. Research shows that the simple act of talking – sharing problems with an attentive intelligent listener outside your family and friendship groups can improve well-being with immediate effect – even before the listener has uttered a word!
- Talking to friends or family members about troubling issues can sometimes (not always) be counter-productive. Keeping problems outside your family and other social circles can help you deal with the problem on your own time, without affecting your valuable friendships and social connections.
- Walking is one of the best ways to improve well-being with immediate effect. Exercise is ranked as the number one coping strategy recommended by healthcare professionals.
- The lowest point can often be the turning point. It sounds like a cliché, but we have seen it happen so many times to know it is true.
- No matter how bad things seem, implementing small positive changes to your thought patterns, physical and social environments, and behaviours can have a huge impact on your feelings and emotional well-being. Embarking on even a short programme at Walk the Bear might be just the change you need.