After my children left home I decided to leave the world of science and explore new, more people-oriented careers – and I received an even deeper lesson in the wisdom of our bodies! Because while I was excited to explore what direction my life could take, and loved training as a mediator and coach, I was also fearful about starting something new and leaving my medical research career behind. My own fearful, anxious thoughts and emotions were triggering my stress response which resulted in headaches, low energy, fatigue, cold, pains, and aches. (Nothing like being your own best test subject!)
I tried to avoid and ignore all these things for a while, and put them down to just life. But I realised that I could not outsmart the intelligence of my body. Yes, we can pretend we’re fine, hide our feelings and wear masks, and attempt to fool others and ourselves, but we cannot fool our bodies.
Because our bodies operate on a different playing field, one where there are only chemical reactions that reveal the truth of how we feel. Indeed, our bodies know what we feel and produce molecules of emotion accordingly.
So I finally stopped running from my own body, and leaned in to its messages.
Finally, I listened and I acted.
And I am so passionate about sharing this knowledge and helping people develop these skills because the impact if you don’t can be heartbreaking - I’ve witnessed burnout, marriage breakdowns, career implosion, and body meltdowns (cancer, heart disease or severe depression).