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ANJENETTE LLC Intentional Wellbeing...

ANJENETTE LLC Intentional Wellbeing is an individualized client centered model of wellbeing integrating a wholehearted approach with the science of wellbeing and evidence based mindful practices. 

"Intentional Wellbeing is a wholehearted journey of embracing the beautiful imperfection of our experience and mindfully choosing that which will cultivate our inner resource of resilience." | AnJenette Afridi

ANJENETTE LLC Intentional Wellbeing Model, developed by AnJenette Afridi, MA evolved from her 25 years of professional, educational, and life experiences. AnJenette was influenced by the work, scientific research, and publications of Brené Brown, PhD | Susan David, PhD | Kristin Neff, PhD | Martin Seligman, PhD | Csíkszentmihályi Mihály, PhD | Sara Lazer, PhD | Richard J. Davidson, PhD | Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD | Mark Hyman, MD | Joan Borysenko, PhD | Herbert Benson, MD

INHALE EXHALE SMILE® Initiative...

INHALE EXHALE SMILE® Initiative restores resilience with the transformative powers of mindful practices, self-compassion, kindness, connection, and intention.

Services currently offered via...

SERVICES via ZOOM, FACETIME, PHONE. I offer a 60 minute (1 hour) consultation, a series of (4) 50 minute sessions, and a follow up 50 minute session. You may schedule your sessions online at SERVICES.

(In-person services at AJ's SF Bay Area Office, Offsite, and WalkShops are on a limited basis. Please contact AJ for current in-person availability and logistics.)

All about AnJenette...

AnJenette Afridi, MA is CEO of ANJENETTE LLC Intentional Wellbeing, Founder of INHALE EXHALE SMILE® Initiative, Resilience Coach, and Master Mindfulness Teacher. AnJenette Afridi has been in private practice for 25 years. AnJenette has worked with corporations, hospitals, health centers, nonprofits, schools, and private clientele including children, teens, adults, seniors, executives, and prenatal. AJ's warmth, credibility, and energetic sense of humor create an atmosphere that supports expansion, creativity, and abundant possibility.

AnJenette's credentials, certifications, and affiliations...

Master's (MA) Degree Performance Psychology (JFK) 1997 | Awarded Certificate of Honor for Excellence in Master’s Project Research on Motivation | American Psychological Association/Member (APA) 1996 | U-Penn Positive Psychology Certificate | Harvard Medical School Institute of Coaching/Fellow | Coach U Training Program (CTP) 2002-04 | Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher (ERYT-500) 2002 Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) 2007 | Mindful Schools Educator/Graduate 2017-19 | Harvard Medical School (Herbert Benson, MD) & Lifestyle Medicine CEU’s 2008-21 | Harvard Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare Conferences | UW-Madison Healthy Minds Founders Edition Master Classes | Together Rising/Team Love Member | TED/Member

All about Adi...

You'll meet Adi on Zoom, FaceTime, AJ's SF Bay Area Office, Offsite and WalkShops. Adi is a loving non-shedding hypoallergenic F1B Goldendoodle Therapy Pup.

The simple act of petting, cuddling, or interacting with a dog provides a human with multiple mental and physical health benefits. Oxytocin, the opioids, adrenaline, and serotonin that play a role in elevating mood and bringing about calmness are released in the brain. Animal assisted therapy lowers anxiety to help people relax, provide comfort, reduce loneliness, increase mental stimulation, and provide an escape or happy distraction. 

Resilience...

Resilience is the process of adapting constructively to changing factors, conditions, or environments. When you think of resilience...think "inner strength". As much as resilience involves bouncing back from these changing and often stressful experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth. Cultivating resilience gives you a “leg up” to make choices and changes that will help you adapt, grow, and thrive.

“When it comes to our collective health, how we deal with the multiple crises and problems around us also depends on the power of context - in other words, our resilience.” | Arianna Huffington

Self-Compassion...

Susan David, PhD, Co-founder and Co-director of the Harvard Medical School Institute of Coaching and award-winning Harvard Medical School Psychologist states: “Ultimately, self compassion is about recognizing what it means to be human. Discomfort, stress, disappointment, loss and pain are all part of the human journey. If we are not able to enter into a space of kindness to ourselves, we’re putting ourselves at odds with the reality of life. Another hallmark of humanity is imperfection: To be human is to be imperfect and to make mistakes. Self-compassion is a necessary part of our journey; it’s about recognizing that you are doing the best you can — with who you are, with what you’ve got, and with the resources that you’ve been given.” (Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David, PhD.)

Kristin Neff, PhD, one of the pioneering researchers in this field, states that cultivating self-compassion builds resiliency against depression and anxiety, while increasing life satisfaction, optimism, social connectedness, and happiness. Dr. Neff describes self-compassion as having these three elements: Self-Kindness is being kind towards oneself when encountering pain and personal shortcomings and refraining from harsh criticism of the self. Common Humanity is recognizing that suffering and personal failure is part of the shared human experience rather than isolating. Mindfulness is maintaining a non-biased awareness of our experiences and a receptive mind state in which we observe our thoughts and feelings as they are without trying to suppress or deny them. (Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive by Kristin Neff, PhD.)

Positive Psychology...

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive and acknowledge their full spectrum of emotions. The field is founded on the belief that human beings desire to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. 

Major proponents of positive psychology include psychologists Martin Seligman (who promoted the concept as president of the American Psychological Association in 1998), Christopher Peterson, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. One of Seligman’s forerunners, Abraham Maslow, called attention to humanistic psychology, which focused on human strengths and potential rather than neuroses and pathologies.

Positive psychology is a scientific approach to studying human thoughts, feelings, and behavior, with a focus on strengths instead of weaknesses, building the good in life instead of repairing the bad, and taking the lives of average people up to “great” instead of focusing solely on moving those who are struggling up to “normal” (Peterson, 2008).

"The aim of Positive Psychology is to catalyze a change in psychology from a preoccupation only with repairing the worst things in life to also building the best qualities in life." | Martin Seligman

Storytelling...

There is a enherent magical power in storytelling. The sharing of our story can help us find our voice, reaffirm our values, build resilience, and also help others. The neurochemicals of oxytocin, dopamine, and endorphins are released during storytelling. We use storytelling to connect, inspire, and heal through the powerful narratives of our challenges, joy, resilience, and sisterhood. 

Kindness...

Kindness is a learned skill marked by acts of generosity, consideration, or concern for others. Aristotle defined kindness as "helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped". Offering kindness to ourselves or to others increases our “feel-good” hormones of dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin. Practicing kindness can change the world!

“Mindfulness brings us back to the present moment and provides the type of balanced awareness that forms the foundation of self-compassion. Like a clear, still pool without ripples, mindfulness perfectly mirrors what’s occurring without distortion. Rather than becoming lost in our own personal soap opera, mindfulness allows us to view our situation with greater perspective and helps to ensure that we don’t suffer unnecessarily.” | Kristin Neff

Meditation and Mindfulness...

Meditation and Mindfulness have been hot topics lately and these two words have been used interchangeably. The following is my working definition and differences between (non-sectarian) Meditation and Mindfulness.

Meditation is a mind-body practice in which we focus our attention on something, such as an object, word, phrase, music, movement or breathing, in order to minimize distracting or stressful thoughts or feelings. Meditation is practiced for a specific amount of time. There are four meditation positions: sitting, lying down, standing, and walking. You will quickly discover your ideal position and you may eventually choose to incorporate all of the positions.

Mindfulness is an informal practice of moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment and is also a state of mind. Mindfulness can be applied to the moments of our daily life to be fully engaged in that moment.

Please see Benefits of Mindfulness by the American Psychological Association (APA) full article.
Please see Meditation in Depth Report by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) full article.

WalkShops...

In its simplest terms, a WalkShop can be thought of as a workshop conducted through walking in an organic and dynamic manner. Growing evidence indicates that prolonged sedentary behavior increases the risk of several chronic health conditions and all-cause mortality. Physical movement should be incentivized in any possible shape or form because it is an essential source of personal wellbeing.

The value of both using the outdoors and walking as a way to stimulate reflective thinking have been appreciated and documented in various fields for some time. There has, for example, been a long association between the practices of walking and philosophy, first recorded in writing as early as Aristotle’s (384–322 BC) Peripatetic School and the walking scholars. The term "Peripatetic" means "of walking" or "given to walking about”. Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher who became one of the most influential of all modern thinkers walked daily in the forest. Charles Darwin took daily contemplative walks in the woods to think and observe nature.

Join AnJenette and Adi at your Private or Group WalkShop. Contact us for current availability and logistics.