My personal journey with stress started from around seven years old with IBS and overthinking. Panic attacks started in my early teens, with anxiety, self-harming, people pleasing, emotional eating and drinking following soon after. Then in my late 20's came overwhelm, imposter syndrome, insomnia, skin issues, brain fog, headaches, fatigue and then ending rather spectacularly with burnout at 32.
I felt a strange combination of numbness mixed with a mess of overwhelming emotions that I couldn’t release or even begin to pick apart. My relationships with everyone - including myself were falling apart and I was surviving rather than living, just going through the motions.
I didn’t like who I was becoming and I knew something had to change. To be honest, I had known that for a while but I felt like if I stopped pushing for a second to try and figure things out then I would either crumble which was exactly what I had been trying to avoid, or I wouldn’t know what to do to fix it, which was just as scary.
I kept beating myself up thinking about how much other people have to deal with and how they seem to be coping...now I know that actually most people are thinking this about everyone else!!!
As we know, you can only go on like this for so long. Eventually something has to give.
I'm just going to skip over all the tears, self-doubt, tantrums, self-help books and gin that followed my burnout, and fast forward to studying Stress Management, becoming a qualified Coach with Animas Centre for Coaching, leaving my job as an HR Manger and setting up my business; combining my background in Holistic Therapy, HR, and my own (long and tedious) journey with stress to help other women who are pissed off, burnt out and overwhelmed.
Today my personal motto is ‘happiness matters’ and I am ridiculously passionate about helping women understand themselves, improve their health, their relationships, how they communicate and ultimately manage their stress so they can enjoy their lives. I am fully aware of how cheesy that sounds, but, well it's true.