Meet the team: Sophie North

What attracted you to a career in wellbeing?
I have always been really passionate about mental health and wellbeing. In 2019, I experienced a period of poor mental health that was caused, in part, by high stress and pressure at work. I was very lucky that I worked for a very supportive employer, but this really cemented for me how important it is for individuals to proactively look after their mental health, and for employers to create a positive culture around wellbeing at work. It was this that led me to Luminate!

What are the three non-negotiables for you to look after your own wellbeing?
Sleep, eating well (I love to cook) and spending time with my two cats!

What’s your favourite part of the job?
Sitting in on Luminate training sessions and having the opportunity to speak to people in all sorts of businesses.

What’s your favourite biscuit?
I love an all-butter shortbread biscuit! 

What book or podcast on wellbeing would you recommend?
I’ve recently discovered Elizabeth Day’s ‘How to Fail’ podcast (in fact, Mel was one of the many people that recommended it to me!) and I really enjoy that. It’s reframing the conversation around failure, and that’s so refreshing. I also really enjoy Fearne Cotton’s ‘Happy Place’ – she has such great guests and I love hearing all about their experiences. 

Which is your favourite Luminate workshop?
I find research into sleep absolutely fascinating, so Luminate’s ‘Sleep Well’ workshop is one of my favourites. It strikes a great balance between the science behind sleep and giving real, practical tips on how to get better quality sleep. I also love the ‘Happiness & Motivation’ workshop – I think that finding purpose in what we do is so important!

What would a perfect day off look like for you?
My perfect day off would start with waking up to no alarm, and then enjoying a cup of tea in bed, looking out over my garden. I’d meet up with friends for some good food and a nice chat, and take a walk in the sunshine. After, I’d snuggle down on the sofa to watch a film with my partner, and finish the day off with reading a book in bed.

Where is your favourite place to find zen in the city?
This might be a cheat answer (it’s not technically in the city), but I love the Walthamstow Wetlands, which are very close to where I live. It’s such a lovely spot to stroll or run, and I find it so calming. 

What’s coming up in 2020 for you?
I’m getting married in 2020, so lots of wedding planning!

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