Thank you for taking an interest in my story. To capture ‘me’ I can confidently say that I am a uniquely professionally qualified mind and body expert. I am a business psychologist and a member of the Association for Business Psychology and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a nutritional therapist registered with the Nutritional Therapy Council.
I have a huge amount of corporate and coaching experience added to which, I’m a scientist, so my thinking is evidence-based. Along the way I’ve experienced health issues that have challenged my energy and I’ve experienced burnout. I’m the whole package and I have the T-shirt!
Here’s my story.
I had always been a high-energy girl. Driven, hard-working and creative. Over the years I’ve had business success including a very successful consulting career as a business psychologist which had me travelling the world. I ran a busy clinic for stressed-out executives and I’ve had the privilege of being Chair of the stress industry’s professional association, The International Stress Management Association.
Health has always been my passion. I would put my interest in health as one of my top three core values. As a teenager I trotted off to a weekly yoga class (I’ve still no idea where this came from as no one in my family did anything like this) and I even wanted to be a dietitian, but life got in the way.
The problem is, I started life with bundles of energy and felt everything was in my grasp with a bit of hard work but, fifteen years ago, life changed all that. I felt utterly exhausted. Whereas I could work hard and play hard and a couple of early nights would recharge me, suddenly I didn’t even have the energy to play if I was going to work. My doctor said there was nothing wrong with me – repeatedly over an eighteen-month period. I knew there was. Not only did I have no energy, but I ached all over and the brain fog I was experiencing meant my memory was shot and I struggled to think straight. At the time I was studying for my psychology masters degree. Things got so bad, I really began to think that I’d have to pull out.
On a return trip to my doctor I happened to see his computer screen and saw that my test results showed I had an under-functioning thyroid. A fluke he said. I was anaemic (I had that too). I persuaded him to refer me to an endocrinology consultant who told me I was very ill and my life would never be the same again – not the best thing to hear when you’ve been a high energy person. He was right. Having an autoimmune thyroid condition (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) is like walking an energy tightrope and so many factors can trigger a low energy state. There’s so much more to it than taking a small pill every day.
I recovered well enough to function but not to how I was before.
Two years later I began to live the dream I had as a teenager and studied nutrition at the renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition. This was a professional must because my coaching experience was telling me that you couldn’t improve behaviour and wellbeing without considering both the mind and body.
I studied ION’s three-year diploma and foundation science degree course. I loved it. Despite all the difficulties of studying and working full-time, as well as traveling with my work, I coped (just), and my energy improved. I even graduated with distinction.
Then a blip came another couple of years down the line. I was exhausted again and tests showed my liver enzymes were elevated – a virus from my travels said the consultant. I recovered.
Then a few years ago the symptoms started again, despite taking my medication, watching my diet and taking some supplements. This time the aches in my soft tissue were back and I got to the stage where I feared for my future mobility.
A friend from my ION days who was studying for a PhD referred me onto a biochemistry research programme and very quickly it was discovered that I had toxic metal poisoning – nickel from my stainless-steel saucepans, can you believe? The programme to clear it was ghastly but one day I woke up and thought ‘welcome back’, my real well self had returned.
When I reflect on these years I notice that every time I’ve had an ‘episode’ I’ve been very stressed, in fact struggling with adrenal fatigue and on the verge of burnout.
My experiences and my mind/body studies as a business psychologist and nutritionist have helped me enormously.
I want to share this knowledge and reassure others that you can recover your energy. You can change your mind-set and add practices to your life to make you the person you truly are.
2017 was a big year for me… and rather stressful for several reasons. I wrote and published two books around the theme of career performance, stress and burnout. Both books went to #1 on Amazon!
One book is tough to do and two was probably madness, but my energy and enthusiasm to share my message pushed me to do it. I ended the year with an amazing trip to Asia. The diet and spiritual learning was incredible but the pollution in the cities triggered my autoimmune thyroid condition. I came home chronically fatigued and coughing.
2018 will be different! I’m going to use this as the year to crack this energy and stress thing by experimenting with some new practices. I’ll be posting blogs about this on this website, as well as anything I come across where I think a professional opinion would be useful. Remember I’m a scientist with a masters degree and I’ve lived long enough and have the professional expertise to cut right through the fads and opinions of the unqualified.
Oh, and I nearly forgot to tell you, I’m also going to be writing my third book on the subject of energy. A must-read if you want to be able to engage and perform to your best in the workplace, accelerate your career and above all, enjoy life.
In continued health,