How does someone who always thought of themselves as a ‘learn the hard way’ type of person become a highly-skilled Stress Intelligence Transformer?
Well, for me, it certainly didn’t happen overnight. I’ve been learning about the science behind stress for decades.
But I can help you transform your life or, your organisation, much more quickly and easily.
Stress overload makes a terrible constant companion
For too long, I let stress define the quality of my life. I functioned and got by, but my quality of life was poor.
When I felt overwhelmed, I often self-medicated, sometimes with alcohol, sometimes with exercise or sometimes with food – or lack of it.
I frequently felt unwell and developed food intolerances. And I repeatedly made poor decisions – a typical characteristic of stress stupidity.
In my early thirties, I came out of a long-term, abusive relationship. I decided it was time to do things differently – if not for myself – for my young son.
Education and experience – growing my expertise
I started my formal education with a BSc degree in Social Policy at the University of Bristol. That was where I developed my enduring love of reading and research.
My subsequent front-line work with at-risk families, and my time as a child-minder grew my experience, and my curiosity about the brain’s relationship with stress.
But a defining moment in my life and learning happened as I prepared to become a foster carer. I researched early childhood trauma and was fascinated by what I read.
I discovered that what happens to us in our earliest moments, days, months and years has a profound impact on:
• brain development and function,
• personal interactions and relationships
• the ability to concentrate and learn
• our relationship with stress
This what set me on a path to understand and help children and adults who’d experienced difficulties in their early years.
From stress stupidity to stress intelligence
I’ve been drawing on rich and robustly-proven neuroscience, neurobiology and physiology ever since. And, I’ve developed a deep understanding of how our brain-body connection works. I discovered it was possible to become stress intelligent and change the way we manage stress.
As I developed my stress intelligence, I learnt to use it as a resource to empower and motivate myself. It transformed my life and made me more energised, present and engaged at work, and in my personal life.
Now I want to help you access the benefits of stress intelligence.
Helping you become stress intelligent
Through my work as a speaker and educator, I break down and share leading-edge, complex science. I make it accessible and actionable for everyone.
In my role as a Stress Intelligence Transformer, I coach individuals and organisations to use stress intelligence to improve performance, productivity and wellbeing.
Through my coaching programmes, I share my knowledge, tools and strategies, so you can learn to harness stress for success.
* source LinkedIn