I like most people don’t go and seek help when stressed, I trudge on until I hit a wall, and in April of this year after a number of walls, I ended up in A&E with what I thought was a heart attack – at the age of 37! No heart attack – a simple case of being ‘too-stressed’ but it was the most significant wake-up call to do something about it. A colleague had heard about the incident and recommended that I go and see a lady who specialised in stress management. At that time I was blaming my job and company for the pressure they were putting on me, I was one of many in my company feeling this way so when my colleague said this lady had made a real difference to her, I took her seriously.
I visited Sara one bleak Saturday morning, and if I’m honest I didn’t really know what to expect and was slightly nervous. Within 10 minutes of talking to Sara she had gotten to the exact issue at hand! There was no ‘tell me about your childhood’ chat or questions into areas of my life that had no relevance, she was direct, comforting to talk to and with only a few questions had managed to get to the route of my problems and what was causing the stress.
Sara explained what stress was, why we suffer with it, how everybody’s experience of it is different and then got to working on how she can directly help. I walked out of that room feeling as if the weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders, I was exhausted…emotionally, but what I got in that hour was what I would call a ‘reset’. She allowed me to be honest, she listened and she counselled and performed a few tricks that made sure I didn’t go on feeling the way I had up to that point.
The overall outcome – my life has changed dramatically and I am pretty much stress-free on a daily basis but the most significant thing that’s changed is that the ‘culprit’ my work, had very little to do with my stress and now I am thankful to work for such a great company with great opportunities. My advice, you’ll be so surprised at what one session with Sara can do for you…don’t wait until you hit your wall.