Well Woman Weekly: Jenna Knapp on Shifting Your Mindset

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Jenna Knapp is an empowerment coach, subconscious self-care expert, and Master NLP Practitioner & Trainer.  With over five years of self-care and preventative care advocacy, Jenna holds massive space for her students inside of The Mental Wealth Method to expand into their truth and worthiness. With powerful modalities like NLP, EFT, TIME Techniques, Clinical Hypnosis, Subliminal & Binaural Audio, Scent Stating, and more, Jenna helps busy change-makers and space-holders pump the breaks on the road to burnout so they can continue sharing their gifts with the world.

How did you get started with becoming a mindset coach?

I was searching for tools for myself and my own healing after a traumatic chapter of losing a loved one to suicide. After years of talk therapy and an itching feeling that there must be some way to go deeper, I was looking for a breakthrough. Around that time I started hearing a lot about the subconscious mind and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming AKA the “lost user manual to your mind”) and found an NLP Certification to enroll in so I could learn new ways to take care of my mind. When I began learning the modalities, I realized they were too powerful to keep to myself. After sharing my personal transformation with these tools, I decided to go all in and invited people to work with me. There was interest and now it’s my full time job to guide people through the same tools that changed my life! I recently became an NLP trainer and am teaching others how to use and share these powerful tools inside of the The Mental Wealth Method.

How does someone’s mindset play a role in their health and well-being? 

When we don’t take care of our emotions, we run the risk of seeing those unresolved emotions expressed physically. Studies have shown that emotional distress can make us more susceptible to physical illness and disease (dis-ease). If we’re suppressing our emotions without giving them the time and space they deserve, our body will eventually bring it to our physical body in order to be resolved. Taking care of our mindset helps our subconscious mind focus on it’s main job, running and maintaining the body. When we become so stressed and burn out, our subconscious mind’s main function deviates to serve the emotional stressor and we stray away from our natural health blueprint. 

What are some of the benefits you’ve seen in doing this work? (As a client) 

When I first started learning about my subconscious mind, the power of our internal dialogue, and the labels we accept I had a huge identity shift. Changing the way I communicated with myself internally quickly changed my outer reality. My confidence grew the more I released the past and started to focus on the future. In asking myself what I wanted to feel instead, I felt excited about what could happen next and was no longer replaying the past. As I shed outdated identities that didn’t align anymore, I started developing new habits that did. I learned how to check in with my emotions instead of suppressing them, I developed a strong phone-free morning routine, and prioritized putting myself and my preventative care on the top of my to-do list after years of putting everyone else and their needs ahead of mine. 

What are some practices that people can get started with now to help shift their mindset? 

The biggest shift I can recommend is moving from a reactionary mindset to a preventative mindset. Often we save self-care as a reaction to stress and overwhelm. But when practicing preventative self-care we give ourselves permission to take pause on the days we’re feeling really good too. In our culture if we feel good, motivated, and energized we’re supposed to USE that and “make the most of the momentum” , so we hardly slow down to enjoy it. But if we take time, even five minutes, to care for ourselves and sit in our joy we build powerful new neural pathways that affirm it’s safe to slow down.  

Three simple practices you can begin immediately to shift your mindset:

Putting everyone else’s needs before your own? Set a timer for 15 minutes and do a brain dump of all the preventative care activities that bring you joy! Turn it into a fun colorful poster you can hang on your fridge so you always have an easy resource to turn to when you’ve been doing a lot of space-holding. 

Ready to rewire how you measure success? Make the powerful (yet simple) switch from “To-Do” Lists to “What I Accomplished” Lists so you can focus on everything you’ve accomplished vs. the two things you didn’t get to. There’s always tomorrow. 

Ready for 2021? Shake off the energy of now by spending a little time out on your future timeline. Make a vision board and bring it to life. Write a letter or record a voice note to your future self to open/listen to in January.  We can call our power back by asking ourselves “what do I want to feel instead?” more frequently. 

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