July 2017, my body packed in. Stress of work, stress of family, stress of balancing life, all came crashing down. Has that ever happened to you?
Overwhelm is a terrible thing. First, one thing starts to fall. You may find you start getting more tired than usual or crabby with people you love. You can generally hold it together in front of colleagues or strangers because your reputation is on the line.
Exhaustion was my first trigger but the stress would speed me up and make me panic that if I wasn't working hard I would miss opportunities. Because I don't drink coffee, I began a dangerous, dirty, secret habit of drinking Red Bull and sugary drinks. I became addicted because really my body and mind needed rest but I didn't have time. I also felt embarrassed and ashamed at needing this to pump me up to make me look energised and enthusiastic, when the truth was, I was exhausted. I wanted someone to tell me it was all going to be OK. I was on my own though. I worked alone, I lived alone. There wasn't anyone around to tell me that and give me a hug so that my brain could release chemicals that would trigger happiness and confidence. So, I would eat food that I knew would give me instant comfort and a boost, because the high sugar and fat content would release happy brain chemicals for a while. Naturally, that approach would be bad for me and not help me out in the long run.
I had just launched my book and my first seminar after publication was booked for September. I HAD to make it happen! If I didn't, I believed I would look like a failure and probably go broke. Not what you want when you have just written an Award Winning book about Happiness and Success. I tried to negotiate with the universe to let me carry on and then I promised to clean up my diet after my event. There just wasn't the time to be sick. Universe said NO!
Early July, I was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus, Adrenal Fatigue and a low immune system. I was worn out, in pain and lacking motivation. How did I ever get myself in this situation? People turn to me for wisdom and guidance, it was time to focus on giving that to me. Where did my stress come from? Could I really not handle the pressure of hard work?
I guess we can all handle one challenge in our life if everything else has balance. It is when many things go out of balance. The illness began in April. Life was hitting me from all directions. There was a nasty neighbour who threatened to smash my face in! I was regularly calling the police. I saw it as her problem, not mine, but the part of the mind we don't see influences the body without us knowing. My 19-year-old son had been in a serious car accident and the way I was told, led me to believe he was dead. The mind picks up on emotions even when they are not true. Fortunately, he was alive but he had run someone over and the car was almost a right off. Again, I wasn't the one in the accident but the event played heavily on my mind and began to find its way into my body. All of that and eating badly.
I knew it was up to me to get my life back on track but to start that journey, I had to start eating better. I also had to get back to normal as much as possible and start walking again. Those were the first steps I could take immediately, those and meditating and getting my mind back under control.
Before my complete crash, I was doing some work at Royal Bank Of Scotland in Manchester and each day I would take a cool bag with my healthy balanced salad. A separate bag for my work and laptop, plus my handbag. Sadly, that was too little too late. My body just crashed. I barely had the energy to get up the stairs and my morning walk was out of the question. I had been doing that for over twenty years. (Watch the video for my first attempt)
While laying crashed on my sofa in the middle of the afternoon, I cast my mind back to heading into Manchester with all my bags, while doing my best to look stylish and professional! It occurred to me that perhaps women would benefit from having a Luxury Stylish Handbag that could help them to eat better on the go and not fall prey to eating the bad food that was available or be held hostage to the high prices of nutritional food available on the go. That was when the magic happened...
Have you ever had an idea drop into your head, get excited about it and then realise it is impossible because you don't have the skill set or the know-how to bring the idea to life? Sometimes though, ideas won't go away. This idea sat in my head for a whole year and then one day, I said 'fine, I will bring you to life.' I thought, even if no one else wanted one of the stylish handbags that I could see so vividly in my mind, at least I would have a stylish handbag and I could look after my health and well being.
You see, the idea I had was to design a luxury handbag that would help women to eat better, feel better, live better and contribute to making the world a better place. Bringing together all my motivational work and passion for good health and helping to improve the environment, I designed this luxury handbag, her name is Grace.
Go to www.janetjonescollection.com to see how Grace can help you make YOUR life or the life of a loved one even better.
Grace, is handmade in London. Supporting manufacturing in the UK and benefiting from the top quality skills and expertise.
I would LOVE to hear your thoughts about Grace and how we can help you more. What would you like in 2019 to make your life better?
I look forward to hearing from you. Just swend an email to me at [email protected]
Have a fantastic day.
Your friend and mentor
# Janet Jones is the author of Award Winning book Happiness Millionaire: Positive Images for a R.I.C.H and Powerful Life
# Winner of the Women Inspiring Women Award 2013, Speaker/Trainer category