The Story So Far
How did we get here?
My name is Brad and I’m part of the Mindful Coffee family. It’s been a long but interesting road to get to this point and I wanted to share it with you because it might resonate with some of you.
In my teens I suffered with mental health problems, anxiety and depression and, as I got older, I made the decision to overcome my problems. Medication wasn’t something I wanted to use, because of the side effects, so I had to look elsewhere.
I improved my diet, eating more healthy fats and less refined carbohydrates and sugar, and I increased my exercise. It helped – a lot. My depression was gone but the social anxiety lingered still. It was milder and more manageable but there were bigger changes to come.
During my journey, I discovered biohacking and made lots of little health improvements that added up to a big difference in my mental state and overall health and happiness. I’d discovered bulletproof coffee and loved the mental boost and clarity that it gave me, but I had become aware of the dangers of Mycotoxins. We intake them on daily basis without much regards, but at high levels they can be immunosuppressant or even cause cancer. I know that’s a worst-case scenario but I didn’t want to cause harm to my health when I was working so hard to optimise it.
And so, I got to thinking…
If I can find coffee beans that fit the bulletproof quality standard but mycotoxin free, then I’m onto a winner. I could also ensure my coffee was certified organic, sustainable and I would know exactly where my coffee came from.
After making changes to my diet and exercise – and my coffee - I was a different person. I functioned well in life and my anxiety hardly ever bothered me but there were times when it would come back and I really wanted to get a better handle on things. I could only benefit from it.
That’s when I discovered meditation and mindfulness. To me, meditation was a religious, spiritual ‘thing’ – I hadn’t appreciated that science shows meditation positively changes your brain, alleviating many mental issues, including depression and anxiety.
What helped me to understand that meditation was for me was the Headspace app. It’s brilliant for beginners, guiding you through the process and teaching you that you can’t stop your negative thoughts or fight them, but you can observe them as separate to you and allow them to pass having little effect on you.
Practicing mindfulness in this way taught me to be present, calming my mind so that I could use it at stressful times to stop me getting into a bad state and allowing me to stay focused.
One of Headspace’s greatest messages is to create a routine for meditation, finding a specific time of day and setting aside 10 minutes to practice.
Every morning, like all coffee drinkers, I have coffee so instead of drinking it whilst rushing to get ready for work or worrying about the day ahead, I would get up a bit earlier and use my coffee time to sit and practice mindfulness. This was a game changer for me. I would find the time and the difference to my overall mental state was remarkable. I was happier and better able to cope with daily stresses.
This is how Mindful Coffee was born. I brought together my love of coffee, taking care of myself and having a mindfulness session to keep me on the right path in life.
Being a highly empathetic person, I care about others and want to encourage them to take steps to improve their own wellbeing – I believe a daily mindful coffee morning could help tremendously.
Of course, it won’t fix everything, and it isn’t a magic bullet, but it will help people take more control of their minds and help them take steps elsewhere to improve their lives.