Traumatic events 2000 & PTSD diagnosed in 2002?My life was chalked full of stress, high anxiety, and bouts of depression (sometimes requiring medication and therapy, sometimes both) despite my loving family. No matter what I did, NOTHING worked or stuck and often left me worse than when I began. Serious physical health issues started appearing in 2012. By 2013, I found myself looking as pregnant as my daughter and daughter-in-law. Wow! I felt so discouraged (which only added stress)! Despite my efforts, I just kept spiraling down a very dark hole. After a couple of years working with a therapist, the progress I made with her and her encouragement, I found a coach (health and life coach). Changed my life and I will be forever grateful with the work I did with both and continue to work with coaches in my journey of being my best self and to look and feel better than ever inside and out.
- Interrupted sleep
- Lack of sleep
- Emotional eating
- IBM (Irregular Bowel Movements)
- Low self esteem
- Lack of self confidence
- Low libido and sex drive
- Painful periods
- Mood swings
- Sudden onset of high blood pressure
- Fibroid tumor
- Constant heartburn
- Joint pain
- Brain fog
- Early menopause symptoms
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Lack of Desire
- Lack of Motivation
- Lack of energy
- Digestive Issues
- Low productivity
- Low self worth
Why or how could I be feeling this way? But I did (which added more stress)
As I worked with a health and life coach, we worked with all areas of my life throughout my journey.
I realized how important this work is and coupled with my passion and joy in helping others (I have been a hairdresser for 35 years come Aug 2020). I just knew I had to help others find and experience the freedom, peace, and better health that I have found.
“Don’t just live - Thrive in your life”
- Learn simple stress relief techniques
- Learn how to reduce stress
- Learn to improve your sleep
- Learn how to optimize your schedule
- Establish self nourishment routine
- Establish healthy boundaries
- Develop better and more useful habits that are easily maintained by you and are something you simply do without thinking about it
- Clarify your path going forward
- Learn how to optimize, improve, and relieve your digestive issues
- Learn how to love your husband all four weeks of the month, rather than just two weeks out of the month
- Learn how to reduce and inflammation and joint pain
- Clarify your values so you can better focus on what’s most important and valuable to you
- Learn how to become more productive and enjoy more free time with family, friends and yourself
- Reignite joy, passion, and zest for life
- Learn how to identify and eat what is best for your individual body
- Learn the skills so you are able to continue to find what fuels you
- Learn how simple gratitude can bring you peace, joy and propel you forward
Not “dissing” doctors by any means, but most were only treating my “symptoms” rather than the “root cause”. By working with a coach, I found what works for me and my individual body, heart and soul (bio individuality) and getting to the root cause, which more often than not, is in the digestive system/gut health. I’ve also found this to be true with my clients who also “had no clue”. We began focusing on how and when I ate versus only what I ate. (I was eating mostly a very healthy diet.)
Focusing on things around those two factors, bio individuality and how and when I ate, almost immediately changed my digestive health and positively impacted my other symptoms. Who knew? Within just 3 months time I felt so much better and was so much happier than I had been for a very long time.
So much so, I began to get curious as to just how healthy my “whole self” can be. During these two years – I was able to remove most of my prescription meds, as my overall health has improved, by simply making minor lifestyle changes that have had a huge impact, despite having a full hysterectomy during that time and compiling my issues with even more abrupt hormone changes. Along with working mostly full to part time, going back to school part to full time so that I can help others, enjoying family and being a grandmother, continuing to improve my own health inside and out, start and grow my own coaching practice, and have truly experienced the most confidence, self love, joyful, gratifying, and happiest I’ve ever been.
I could truly stop here and enjoy helping others and the life I’ve created. But I still am curious as to just how healthy I can be and how I can be the very best version of me that I was meant to be.
So, my journey continues with permanent transformation. I see it not only with myself, my family, but over and over again with my clients. Permanent and lasting transformation begins with an action step that is just big enough to stretch, but so small enough that it becomes a “no-fail” step. The bigger the change wanted, the smaller the steps needed.
Also, my journey is not full of roses, with my hysterectomy in 2017, healthy diet improving and evolving, my weight has kind of plateaued, not really losing and not really gaining, but I’m mostly maintaining. So for my individual body, I have to ask, “What do I need? What worked? What isn’t working”? Yep, you guessed it, I have been working with a coach, using one of the hormone protocols provided by my school and an OBGYN, and in addition to improving my overall health, my weight is starting to shift.
Keep in mind, I’m after permanent, lasting changes, not quick fixes.
As much as I love a quick fix, they very rarely last! Leaving me and others worse off.
Amazed by learning to listen to my body again and what it has to tell me, it is truly the wise one. We’ve just been conditioned and gotten good at not listening to all the cues and signals it gives us.
I used to give others my all. Now I look back and see that I actually robbed them of myself.
We’ve all want to “be needed” or “help others”. Truth is, we can’t properly do that if we ourselves are not number one on our list. Self care is not a privilege or luxury, it is a dire necessity and priority. If we are giving ½ our energy and efforts to loved ones and we are already running on ½ a cup, then they are only getting a ¼. Why not keep our own cup full and continue giving from the run off? Think it’s hard? That’s what many of us think and have been comfortable doing. That’s what I used to think too. I’m here to tell you it’s not! I”m so glad I broke free and so are my loved ones.