Oooooooo, what to write. So, I’m an introvert, an empath, an HSP (highly sensitive person) and an overthinker. Let’s face it – I was always going to struggle with stress!!!! Oh and I also have a slightly unhealthy obsession with highland cows…but I feel like there are worse things to be obsessed with, so I’m embracing it.
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 hitting a wall at 32.
It was at that point I knew something had to change. I kept trying to squeeze myself into a life that didn’t fit me.
I was working as an HR Manager at the time of my burnout and I threw myself into learning about who I was; why I have a ‘low’ stress tolerance, why I’m triggered by certain things, why I seem to run out of energy so quickly, why I can’t say no to people, why can everyone else seem to handle it and I can’t and soooo many other questions.
I was already a trained Holistic Therapist from years before (which I had left behind to start my corporate career) and I found myself intuitively leaning on this previous knowledge around healing, lifestyle and mindset to support myself back to balance.
I also started working with a life coach and I instantly knew this was something I wanted to know more about because it helped me SO much, it was a revelation and my self-knowledge skyrocketed, so I enrolled at the rather fabulous Animas Transformative Coaching School in London and started my journey to become a coach.
The course was an absolute eye opener, it completely changed my life and I went on to train with the Institute of Stress Management to become a Stress Management Trainer – because I had realised through this journey that when it came down to it, stress was my biggest barrier to happiness. I now use all the skills and experience I collected throughout my two previous careers in Holistic Therapy and Human Resources and combine them with my Life Coach and Stress Management training to help people really understand themselves better, help them to heal past trauma, set boundaries, move forward and ultimately…be happy.
I believe in a truly holistic approach; what happens in your mind affects your body and what happens in your body affects your mind. Therefore using a mixture of coaching, mind management tools and self reflection to support our mental health alongside healing, breathwork and somatic practices to relax and release the body is a practical and sustainable (and also enjoyable!) way forward.
It’s not about eliminating all stress from your life, it’s about knowing what’s healthy for YOU, what works for you, what doesn’t and why, and how you can make changes that are right for you.
I work with people one on one and also with companies like Harrods, Molton Brown, IWFM, Kao and Michael Kors to help their employees understand and manage their stress.
And I absolutely and completely bloody love it.