Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Gilad Miller, founder of Good Mood Method, located in Toronto, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Good Mood Method is a movement practice that instills calmness. The practice focuses on simple habit changes that promote accurate breathing, functional movement, and self-reflection. Combining these pieces creates a powerful stress management tool called self-awareness. Learn how simmering intensity contributes to feeling better and how movement is more impactful than exercise.
This method helps people challenge the collective beliefs of wellness. By sharing simple changes in breath, movement, and reflection, our deepest internal systems are taken care of. Give yourself the room you need to recover from the intensity and embody an awareness that brings you into a good mood.
I work with people of all ages, from all places and any experiences. Right now, I have found myself working with tech leaders who experience high intensity in their day. Additionally, I’ve been connecting with people who are looking for alternatives to counselling and psychotherapy.
Tell us about yourself
I always start by crediting my mother, a physiotherapist, and aromatherapist who has shared her education and spiritual beliefs with people for the past 30+ years. With her patience and my curiosity, I began learning about the body at a young age. Coming from a South African household, I’ve always preferred being outside rather than inside!
Skateboarding summer nights instilled creativity, expression, a desire for human interaction, and new experiences. A carefree attitude, half pipe skating, a lack of focus led to a bad fall resulting in a seizure and brain injury, a loss of smell and taste for eight months, and a new perspective on self-care.
Playing rugby throughout university instilled order, hard work, and an intensity of 40+ hours a week. Overly intense training and playing year-round led to a debilitating injury of the hip, inhibiting the ability to walk for 24-hour bouts at a time. Quickly, it was realized that this was no way to treat my body. Here I learned how a lack of awareness, focus, and reflection ultimately led to intense injury, both mental and physical. In my own journey back to homeostasis, I adopted new habits that kept me calm and consistent.
It was here that I realized we could not create wellness in an hour. Wellness happens all the time outside the gym.. physiotherapists.. and chiropractors.. your well-being is constantly changing. It is important to know what is happening within yourself to avoid chronic/average outcomes of daily intensity and what most believe as a perpetual state of always fixing.
I’m deeply motivated by the idea of sharing a practice that instills self-awareness, calmness, and an anti-fragile body. I believe self-awareness creates a calmness that gives each person the ability to be their most authentic self in every moment. I want to share a very simple idea with people that living between the extremes of intensity will allow your body to reach a calm state, lending yourself the ability to recover and live with less challenge and maintenance.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
The feedback from the people who connect with the Good Mood Method. It’s been fulfilling to share simple ideas for people to craft into a practice that they will always have within themselves.
I’ve been grateful to hear from so many that the information within the method has instilled a curiosity in well-being while relieving the pressure of what “being healthy” means.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
To keep the perspective of privilege can sometimes be difficult. Being a business owner is a privilege, but sometimes a blind sense of entitlement and impatience creeps in. I’ve been lucky to have a small group of people that support me and keep my mind clear.
A second challenge can be finding comfort within the unknown. To me, it is fun, and just like I challenge the collective mentality of well-being, I challenge the collective mentality of what progression feels like. A uniform linear progression is unrealistic to me, and every journey is unpredictable; remembering that keeps me calm too!
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Talk to as many people as possible from all sides of the operation. Owners, employees, buyers, and everyone in between. It's amazing the bits of knowledge people are willing to share.
- Get involved; think of some ways to gain unorthodox experience. A lot of people have knowledge from the book; I think it's crucial to get involved with everyone on the ground.
- Talk to dogs about your ideas; they're great listeners.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
If you’re ever curious about Good Mood, or you just want to chat about well-being, ask questions, or share ideas, I’d really love to hear from you! If you’ve read this far, I also thank you.
Where can people find you and your business?
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