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The Benefits Of Keeping Aquariums On your Mental Health 

It may not seem like an obvious choice at first. However, keeping fish and shrimp can have a positive effect on your mental health. This article explores these benefits and how fish can improve your home or your study space. 

 

Improving your mental health

Keeping fish or shrimp falls under ‘animalassisted therapy’. In most cases either dogs or cats are used in this type of therapy. However, fish can have positive effects as well.  The biggest advantages to fish (or any animal), is that they connect you with nature. A 2005 study showed that contact with nature can provide a populationwide strategy for the prevention of mental health issues.  

 

So, what is it about fish specifically that can help us with our mental health? As well as connecting us with nature, fish live in water, and water has many therapeutic benefits. Many people find the sound and visual effect of running water very calming. In fact, you can achieve the same effect just sitting and looking at the water in the sea or a lake.

 

Owning a tank

You can have all the benefits of fish and water by owning your own tank. Fish owners all state that overall the most stressful part of owning fish, is generally the initial set up. Yet, many owners agree that the benefits outweigh any of the initial stress. However, it is not always practical to own your own fish.  If you are unable to own your own fish tank, then you can still gain all these benefits by visiting fish. Maybe you have a local fishpond or aquarium? Even just the occasional visit has been shown to greatly improve a person’s mental health.  

BHTC vision and values

Bex Harper Tutoring and Coaching pride itself in putting clients’ mental health first. I strongly believe in the therapeutic benefits of fish, shrimp and water snails, which is why there is an aquarium in the BHTC study and coaching space. These delightful, calming creatures are, therefore, incorporated into our sessions, wherever possible. For example, in coaching, the relaxing sound of water flowing can relax you enough to explore areas of your life in greater detail.

In terms of tutoring, often children can be nervous about coming to a tutor for the first session and it provides common ground and opportunities for conversation that isn’t exclusively focused on them. This can help calm tutees and make them feel relaxed. BHTC also allows clients to bring their own slippers to wear, if they want to really feel at home!

 

If you would like a calming environment to learn or to re-evaluate your life and achieve your big goals, then BHTC is for you! Drop me an email (hello@bexharper.com) to find out more!

Coaching Packages

I have just launched my five tailor-made coaching packages! Once you have completed your complimentary session, you can continue by booking blocks of sessions up front. I have provided a number of options, as clients have different income levels and various business or personal life needs:

 

Coaching Packages

Purple: The One Month-er 

  • Two pre-coaching tasks so I know in advance what you are dreaming about, aiming for and worrying about, so we can make the most of our time together.
  • 2 x 1 hour coaching sessions – over a month.

Investment: £99

 

 

Bronze: The Seeker

  • A pre-coaching workbook so I know in advance what you are dreaming about,  aiming for and worrying about, so we can make the most of our time together.
  • 4 x 1 hour coaching sessions – over 2 to 3 months.
  • 1 x 30 min follow up sessions to be used within 6 weeks.

Investment: £199

 

 

Silver: The Dreamer

  • A pre-coaching workbook so I know in advance what you are dreaming about, aiming for and worrying about, so we can make the most of our time together.
  • 6 x 1 hour coaching sessions – over 2 to 3 months.
  • 2 x 30 min follow up sessions to be used within 6 weeks.
  • 3 months of email support to make sure you’ve got an accountability partner, as well as the support and momentum to make the changes you want and to reap the rewards.

Investment: £399

 

 

Gold: The Believer

  • A pre-coaching workbook so I know in advance what you are dreaming about, aiming for and worrying about, so we can make the most of our time together.
  • 12 x 1 hour coaching sessions – over 4 to 8 months.
  • 2 x 30 min follow up sessions to be used within 8 weeks.
  • 8 months of email support to make sure you’ve got an accountability partner, as well as the support and momentum to make the changes you want and to reap the rewards.

Investment: £799

 

 

Platinum: The Achiever

  • A pre-coaching workbook so I know in advance what you are dreaming about, aiming for and worrying about, so we can make the most of our time together.
  • 24 x 1 hour coaching sessions – over 9 to 12 months.
  • 3 x 30 min follow up sessions to be used within 12 weeks.
  • Free invites to all online workshops and seminars that I run.
  • 12 months of email support to make sure you’ve got an accountability partner, as well as the support and momentum to make the changes you want and to reap the rewards.

Investment: £1999

 

You can email me at coachme@bexharper.com to highlight your interest in being one of my coaching clients and to book your first free one-hour session.