Meet Stephanie - Hear Her Wellness Story
If memory serves me well, it was around June 2016 that I was called into a room at work to be told that my job was moving to Birmingham.
I didn’t see that one coming.
I had been in banking until this time for 17 years working in senior management and leadership roles since 2010. Opportunity, high performance and a reputation for being great at inspiring people, led me to places I hadn’t even dreamed of. My career took me to India, Brazil, Vietnam, as well as the length and breadth of the UK.
If I’m honest, I used to wonder if I would retire in banking. If I’m honest I always thought I would, but quietly hoped I wouldn’t.
Banking was really all I knew. I started career life as a cashier at 25 and worked my way up the ranks striving for promotion at every opportunity. When I look back now, it was exhausting. At 29 I achieved my first managerial appointment; it was from that moment that my life changed.
The highs were high which inevitably meant that the lows would be low. From top performer to ‘needs improvement’ and from opportunities I relished to roles that I just couldn’t thrive in.
Life now, is very different.
Leaving banking behind led me to some serious soul searching. I could have so easily slipped into a similar career back in banking, but this was the one time, a fresh chance to do something that would give me a very personal purpose in life. I knew I was fantastic with people, that I had a talent for developing others and engaging them to be the best version of themselves but how I channelled energy in my new life ‘post-bank’ was of personal importance.
I have experienced stress and suffering in my career and personally, so a key driver for me was helping others to take better care of themselves. I knew that having an abundance of experience, anecdotes and personal truths to share in both a personal and business context meant that I could connect with a wide audience and that before me was an opportunity to promote, educate and engage others on wellness.
It was then that ‘Infinity Wellness Project’ evolved. A company that focuses on human wellness, mind, body, nutrition.
The foundations of my work are solidly rooted in the teachings of mindfulness. I came to Mindfulness in 2016, without it, I feel sure that my transition from banking to self-employed wellness consulting wouldn’t have happened.
Mindfulness practice, tools and techniques have equipped me to move through these changes in my life with a little more ease, patience and wisdom but importantly with less suffering. My life has been richer since and has deeper purpose and meaning. I strive less and allow my life to unfold in front of me without grasping or chasing goals all the time.
Oh, I have my moments but when I do, I always come back to mindfulness as I know it’s the one constant in my life that keeps me grounded, reduces my stress and helps me to stay focused.
Now, as a Wellness Professional, I spend much of my time teaching Mindfulness, helping people become more active or supporting people to build a healthy relationship with food and drink. I work with individuals, couples, families, groups, small business and large corporates and I do my work all over the UK (and Europe) either face to face or via Video Call.
In 4 short years, I have built a business and a strong personal reputation in the professional wellness space. The diversity of my qualifications, experience and my holistic approach to wellness has led to contracts with Mindfulness UK and MindfulnessUK@Work & Siemens; Magnox UK, ITV and Chambers of Commerce (to name a few).
Infinity Wellness Project is growing, as am I.
My 3 starter tips for wellness in 2020,…. Mind, Body, Nutrition.
Mind - Self-soothing: If you feel a little low, a little sad or emotional maybe take to some self-soothing.
Try this: A self-hug. Wrap your arms around yourself and give yourself a little hug. This tender approach towards ourselves can help soothe and soften our emotions, release endorphins (a feel-good chemical) and calm the nervous system.
Nutrition – Eat your greens: Green leafy veggies are high in protein and packed with vitamins A, C and K. Eating a portion of green’s a day well help promote a healthy body and heart.
Body - Being outdoors: Where you can, wrap up warm or down, and venture outside. Being out in the fresh air boosts metabolism, reduces stress and brings calmness to mind and body.
Want to get involved in a free initiative where you focus on walking and talking in 2020?
Check out @one4me2020 on Facebook and Instagram
Or go to infinitywellnessproject.co.uk and read how to sign up for one4me2020.