Pammy Gaskin has always had one goal in mind: to guide those who seek to strengthen their mind and ignite them to live a life of purpose and meaning through mindfulness and meditation. Her mission is to help women suffering from overwhelm, burnout, stress, or feeling lost after motherhood, offering alternatives to long-term medical therapy, using meditation, breath work and EFT. She will help you to claim back your inner voice, accept yourself for who you are and find peace within yourself through mindfulness techniques. Seasoulmindfulness is about creating the space you need to reconnect with yourself and others, to find clarity and balance. Here Pammy talks to The Natural Parent Magazine about the passion behind her business and her hopes and dreams for the future.
The passion: What inspired you to set up your business?
I have always come from a place of wanting to help people, to create a positive impact on their lives. I spent 18 years as a qualified nurse suffering from burnout, fatigue and anxiety. When the pandemic started, I returned from maternity leave a different version of myself and was pulled away from my twin babies to return to work. This had a devastating effect on my health and I was diagnosed with an overactive thyroid with Graves’ disease. So my inspiration is driven by wanting to heal myself, and navigate other women who feel overwhelmed, burnt out, stressed, lost after motherhood, who need that connection and sense of belonging to return to themselves and accept that it’s okay to live a fulfilling, balanced, meaningful life and be the best mother that they can be without feeling guilty or shameful for it. Ultimately, my twins are my biggest inspiration as they are the reason why I do what I do, so I can be a more present, mindful mummy for them.
Everyone deserves to be seen, heard and understood, and the loudest way to show this is to love them, and help them learn to love themselves.
The launch: How did you start out in the beginning?
I knew that I wanted to bring more calm and the essence of mindfulness into my life, so I studied with the British mindfulness institute to understand more about how reducing our stress can have a positive impact on health and wellbeing. I registered my business and I just began sharing my journey and story on social media, sharing with friends. I invested in a business coach to understand the strategies of business while still coming from a soulful mindset. I started with writing meditations, and started a support group online for women to connect and gain a sense of belonging and community with mindfulness practices being shared. I then ran meditation classes and am currently running a 6-week signature program which has been very successful. I offer 1:1 coaching, group programs, a mindfulness membership for Mindful Mums and have recently written a self-care journal (The SEA soothes my SOUL) which is available on Amazon.
The innovation: What was the biggest breakthrough for you with your business?
I think my biggest breakthrough for me was to receive my first clients, knowing that other women resonated with me, feeling that sense of accomplishment that I could help them understand their worth and value. To remind them that being a mummy is an incredible, powerful, sacred blessing but we often lose ourselves in the process, and to allow time to rediscover parts of ourselves that we have lost, to reconnect, to reset, re energise and reinforce that connection to self. The reviews and testimonials from these women are so inspiring and empowering, it drives me to continue on with this journey as I know of its importance and value.
Yin and Yang: How do you balance work and family?
I practise what I preach: I ensure that I practise mindfulness each day, gratitude journaling, mindful walks, being more present, being more grateful, embracing the small moments each day; grounding my energy, cleansing my energy; setting and maintaining boundaries, saying no; honouring self-care, self love, self acceptance and being kinder to myself and more compassionate on days when I feel tired and overwhelmed.
I work while my 4-year-old twins attend nursery and I have more quality time with them when they are home with me. I understand the importance of family time and making memories. Seeing me flourish and joyful, rather than feeling overwhelmed and exhausted and always stressed, has had a profound effect on their wellbeing also. And I love sharing mindfulness with them. We incorporate it into our daily lives. Studies have shown that mindfulness consistent practice improves your health and well-being and happiness by 25% and reduces your level of distress. (Roemer, A., Sutton, A., Grimm, C. et al. Differential Contribution of the Five Facets of Mindfulness to Well-being and Psychological Distress. Mindfulness 12, 693-700 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-020-01535-y).