Welcome to Launch into Wellness! If you’re looking to achieve overall wellness within yourself then you’ve come to the right place.
We’re all on our journey to find wellness and each of our journeys will look very different from each other’s based on our life experiences.
We all have a story and have overcome adversity at some point throughout our lives which has shaped us into the human being we’ve become today.
When we face adversity head-on and take action to make a change we can achieve so much within our lives and become the best version of ourselves.
Let me tell you a little bit about my journey and what lead me to create Launch into Wellness.
HOW MY STORY BEGINS
Having been raised by an abusive single mother, in poverty conditions and always feeling like a burden was not the childhood I would’ve chosen, but it was the one I got.
Little did I know at the time, that my childhood experiences would have an adverse effect on my entire life and I would have to make one of the biggest decisions of my life in order to break the cycle of abuse and poverty.
You can read more about my biggest decision and my relationship with my mother today in my post “I Cut Off All Ties With My Mother | Hit Me With Your Best Shot”.
At 42yrs old, my childhood experiences still creep on me periodically and can have some impact on the decisions I make but I’ve come to accept that and embrace it.
After having distanced myself from my mother and the environment I grew up in, I went to college and have since been working in the social service field for approx. 16 years.
Go figure, statistically having grown up in the system, it was projected that I would have been a recipient of social assistance but here I am, a Social Service Worker delivering services to social assistance recipients, kind of ironic, wouldn’t you say?
I knew I wanted to take my experience and motivate others to break the cycle too, just as I did. But nothing could prepare me for the challenges that were to come with this career.
As rewarding as my career is, it is as equally stressful and challenging just as most jobs are, but it is our responsibility to take care of ourselves, we can’t expect others to do it for us. We have to make ourselves a priority if we want to live our best lives.
COPING WITH CHALLENGES IN THE GOOD LIFE
With workload pressures, changing technology and busy family life it has often been a challenge to balance it all at times. I’ve learned to look for outlets that allow me to feel a sense of calmness and relaxation, which was really a lifestyle change for me as I hadn’t been accustom to slowing down.
Life is zooming by us at an enormous pace and we tend to get swept up with it, it’s like somehow we are conditioned to push ourselves more and more to keep up. We’re all too busy these days to enjoy the simple pleasures that the world has to offer.
We have to resist the urge to keep up and slow things down.
This hit home for me when I was diagnosed with panic and anxiety disorder in 2010. You see, my world was zooming by very fast, I couldn’t keep up with my, career, family, life responsibilities and, to top it off my marriage was ending, I was carrying the world on my shoulders and it caught up with me, I broke.
It felt like my world was spinning out of control but closing in on me at the same time, it was the scariest feeling of my life. Anyone who has ever experienced this will know exactly what I’m talking about.
I chose to look at this experience as an opportunity for change, an opportunity for growth, and an opportunity to discover who I really was. I had come too far to lay down in a fetal position and give up, it just wasn’t going to happen.
Today I incorporate calming and relaxation techniques every day into my daily routine, it could be listening to soft spa music, embracing the scent of essential oils, meditating and attend frequent massages. I make it a priority to set time aside for just me and this reminds me that I am on my wellness path working toward overall wellness.
CHANGING OUR WAY OF THINKING
We are the most important person in our lives. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of others and that’s a lesson many of us, including myself learn first hand.
Setting aside time and incorporating wellness activities into our daily lives can make all the difference when it comes to our overall health and well being and I’m living proof of this.
I don’t look at my life experiences as a series of unfortunate circumstances, I choose to look at my experiences as necessary to provide me with courage, strength, and independence to navigate through this unpredictable world and, in a strange way, having grown up in poverty, experienced physical and emotional abuse and panic and anxiety disorder I’m thankful that these experiences have positioned me to connect with other people who are struggling and empathize with what they may be going through.
I invite you to have a look around and if you have anything to share with respect to how you incorporate wellness activities into your daily living or you’d like to share some of your life experiences, I would love to hear them.
Embrace every experience as an opportunity for growth.
The focus is on you!
Founder of wellnesslaunch.com