The latest episode in our Resilience Unravelled series has now been released, Resilience Unravelled – Make a choice and change your life.
In this episode, Dr. Russell Thackeray talks to Amanda Webster a fitness, nutrition lifestyle and yoga coach who is based in Arizona. Amanda sees her role as bridging the gap between mental and physical wellbeing. She works with her clients to help them get as high as possible on their own personal happiness spectrum.
Amanda suffered from anxiety and depression from an early age and had been in therapy since 5th grade. She was told would never live a happy life. Although she didn’t know what she wanted to do, she was interested in natural therapies, holistic nutrition and the effect of what we eat. Her diet as a child hadn’t been great and she now feels that this had an impact on her mental health and stress issues. She didn’t really have a great relationship with food after her training. If she tried something and it didn’t work she quit and moved on to the next thing but she was still depressed regardless of what she did.
Now Amanda realises she had not dealt with the trauma of losing her parents at a young age. She was sexually assaulted when she was 15 and was in an emotionally abusive relationship during her 20’s. The one thing that helped her was the music of Linkin Park. She connected with their music so when the lead singer committed suicide, all her trauma hit her. The band had gone and with it her security blanket. She didn’t know how to cope, She fell apart and in October 2018 found herself on the ledge of her hotel room. Amanda was ready to end it all but then a Linkin Park song came on the radio. It was her wakeup call. Now she was at rock bottom she started reflecting. She had been avoiding her emotions but what she needed to do was let them out and think about getting healthy.
Emotional pain was the thing that helped Amanda make her choice and change her life. We all make choices we know aren’t positive but we justify it to ourselves. Amanda feels we need to look at the unhealthy choices we make. The habits that don’t serve us well and what works for us and what doesn’t. If we wake up in the morning thinking that we hate our lives something needs to change. We need to do a regular audit on our life, to check in with ourselves and review the good and the bad. We can then start to balance physical and mental health.
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