“You will be on medication for the rest of your life.”
I remember the terror I felt hearing these words at the age of 25 sitting on the cold steel table in my doctor’s office after she diagnosed me with anxiety.
I remember thinking: “How will it be at 40 or 50, if it’s like this at 25?”
Yes, there was anxiety and even mental illness in my family as my doctor pointed out, but I refused to accept that diagnosis that my brain was basically just “screwed”.
It was a major wake up call to take control of my mental and physical health and wellbeing.
I was on anti-anxiety medication for a year. I am cognizant that many people will be on medication, for good reason, for the rest of their life so this is not a criticism of those choices or needs.
But for me, that diagnosis lead me to the path of Yoga and meditation, and a year later in that doctor’s office she marvelled at my weight loss, my improved sleep, my overall happiness and my change in attitude.
“We are weening you off the Paxil,” she said. And I never went back to it.
So, can Yoga and meditation heal anxiety?
It did for me. I began to move my body, learn to focus my mind, give gratitude and create some boundaries and sure enough I started to sleep better, look better and feel better.
My journey to mental health and happiness was the inspiration to create Balanced Life Yoga.
I know what it is to suffer inside the dark spaces of the mind and feel as though you are a hostage of worry, fear, anxiety and self-doubt.
I also know there is a way out of that terror…that we are not on this earth to suffer in mental anguish.
I still have moments of anxiety and worry, but I have powerful tools to move through it all fast and with ease. (Keep reading for how you can access these tools too!)
I am passionate about sharing these tools and am so grateful to my entire team of Yoga teachers, compassionate staff and amazing students who share my passion for creating a happy life.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, worried, alone or anxious, then reach out. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Staying isolated or closed off is one of the best ways to feed these feelings. So don’t. We are here for you.
Come to class. Sign up for a meditation offering. Book a Reiki appointment. Go for a walk. Ask someone to have coffee.
And check out my 3 Happy Mind Hacks below.
Wishing all of good life balance, great mental health and an abundance of ease + grace.
Big Love + Namaste,