Hello, lovely souls!
I’m Sarah, writer and founder of A Kindful Body & Mind.
I spent so long (in fact, most of my adult life!) at war with my body and my mind. Ever since I was a teenager, my inner mean girl was constantly telling me I was never good enough. I believed that my worthiness was based on my appearance, my weight, my relationships and my grades. I constantly strived for perfectionism.
I was constantly at war with myself.
Low self-worth, feelings of inadequacy and the pressure to be a certain way contributed to my already poor mental health. In my late teens, I was diagnosed with depression, anxiety, PTSD and disordered eating.
But I was in denial.
For the most part, I was in denial about my mental illnesses. I spent years mindlessly taking my medication and made very little effort to get down to the core issues. I was ashamed, embarrassed and my inner mean girl was constantly telling me I was unworthy of getting help, I couldn’t be fixed. I was unloveable and it was my life’s purpose to suffer – cruel, huh?
I didn't deserve to be helped.
It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I decided to get serious about my mental health. I had just come out of an emotionally abusive relationship and had lost myself and my sense of being. Negative emotions had been building up inside of me for a long time and then one day – it all hit me. Looking back, I thought this was my breakthrough moment, my shift; but that would come later down the track and I continued through the ebbs and flows of life.
And then my world came crashing down.
In early 2017, I hit rock bottom. I had just come off the back of the loss of two very important friendships. Again, in my usual fashion, I kept those emotions deep inside until they erupted. My worthiness was at an all-time low while my anxiety was off the charts. I got to the point where I couldn’t leave the house, I had no energy and was extremely fatigued. I turned to food to numb my feelings and as a result, my bingeing episodes increased, allowing me to avoid the root of my issues. Feelings of self-loathing and hatred consumed my life. I made the hard decision to quit my full-time job and focus on healing myself.
But there is light.
It wasn’t easy but I managed to rise up from my major depressive episode and, as an added bonus, experienced a huge amount of personal growth! With the help of mental health care professionals, regular therapy and self-care strategies I was able to manage my symptoms, a journey that has led me to the creation of A Kindful Body & Mind.
Kindness changes everything.
During the past year, I have learned the importance of taking care of your body, mind and soul, all of which I credit to my new found self-acceptance, confidence and passion for life again.
From these skills I have gained, I have been able to manage my negative emotions and gain a more positive outlook on life. I feel that it is now my gift to the world, to share these life-changing tools with you.
A few fun facts about me!
+ I love spending time with my partner, Cam and our family of rescue animals; Simba, Huey, Joe (cats), Tofu and Chia (bunnies).
+ I am a self-confessed potato enthusiast. They are so versatile and absolutely freakin’ delicious!
+ I absolutely adore animals and it’s not unusual to find our house overrun by foster kittens!
+ I am a sucker for 80’s music.
+ I have a slight addiction to true crime TV shows and self-help books!