Over my decade-long career as a Registered Nurse I’ve seen the impact that stress and the burden of life has on people’s health and wellbeing. I worked in the Intensive Care Unit for many years and I could see a direct correlation between stress, lifestyle and environmental factors, and the illnesses and diseases that brought people into the hospital.
I knew that if I really wanted to make a difference, I had to address this LONG BEFORE people ever ended up in the hospital.
This sparked a journey of professional and personal development that led to certifications in Neuro-linguistic Programming, Meditation, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and advanced physiological knowledge of the impact of stress on the body and mind.
I always joke that there was an invisible neon “open” sign above my nursing station because my colleagues would often come to me to seek advice, to receive coaching and perspective on their struggles, or to talk with someone they knew would listen with compassion and without judgement.