Last night I had an opportunity to speak at Katie Godden’s Anxiety Solutions Workshop at Nemingha. This empowering event, with 50 attendees, shared strategies to help women manage anxiety and stress. Courage and confidence to find our own way by prioritising our own wellbeing was the key message delivered.
I shared my personal story when anxiety was crippling my life and when life changes revealed a future that scared me. After raising my children and now needing a new life purpose, it was scary not knowing what the future will hold. As women, we do question our position in life, our purpose and knowing who we really are.
When I started to lose that grip on my life, worry set in. The WHAT IF cycle had hold of me. As a renowned control freak, I love order and structure. I was the organiser and the strength to get things done in my family and beyond. This was proving to be a struggle.
Anxiety used to rule my life. Anxiety used to control all of my decisions and lack of decisions. Anxiety doesn’t discriminate and can affect anyone at any time. We can experience anxiety at different levels, in different ways, sometimes more severe than others.
It is not about the anxiety… it is about… WHAT YOU DO ABOUT IT.
I made a choice to get help and put myself first. I was determined to change my life around. I put strategies in place. I learned to say NO. I set boundaries for my family to know what was important to me.
I realised that I cannot be there for anyone else unless I take care of myself first. I set my own goals for my own future. This formed part of my mission of personal growth and self-discovery. Whatever it is that you want in life, you are all capable of achieving it.
I am now able to manage my anxiety and convert it into nervous energy that motivates me. I listen to my body and mind to know what is best for me and the ones I love.
When you are back in control, the anxiety doesn’t control you. There is so much self-satisfaction about taking on challenges and no longer worrying excessively.
If somebody told me 6 months ago that I would be public speaking, there is no way I would have believed it. I feared public speaking all of my life. Now, it is just another challenge and an opportunity to share my story to inspire others.
All we want in life is to be the best person we can be. To be at our best, so we can take on life. When we are at our best, we are happy, really happy. Everyone deserves to be happy. That happiness is contagious and will flow through to others.
It was a privilege to be able to speak and inspire other individuals last night on a topic that is rarely spoken about. I am grateful that those 50 attendees walked away knowing their own worth and have started that inner process of taking back control. 50 beautiful normal everyday women, just wanting the best for themselves and the ones they love.
We all have the capability of being true to ourself, taking care of ourself and accepting that we deserve it.
Thank you to Katie Godden for putting this empowering program together to help us all change our lives for the better. And thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to speak and connect with others.
Also thank you to Nemingha Public School P&C for applying for funding through the Primary Health Network (PHN) to bring awareness and assistance on a very important topic that needs to be spoken about. Anxiety is very common, yet very misunderstood. This event brought clarity and useful strategies for moving forward.
Take care, Karen.
“You can’t stop the waves,
but you can learn to surf.”
~ John Kabat-Zinn