So, I have been gathering steam for an idea I have. I want to start a small business around Wellness. Many would ask: What is Wellness?, My definition of Wellness is being at peace with what life throws at us and learning to live with it to get the most out of our lives with the challenges we have been given.
As I have been sharing in my blog the past month or so, I have been living with bipolar disorder since I was 15 (diagnosed @ 25), bulimia since age 11, the adult child of an alcoholic, diabetes with serious complications due to the other conditions, and well, like so many others the list goes on…..
I want to help others achieve the level of peace and freedom I have in my life due to the help I’ve gotten over the years and the work I’ve done on my own. 12 step programs have saved my rump on many an occasion. Therapy is great. There is something spectacular about hearing the story of one who has gone before you and come out the other side to truly give you hope! I help people in my job as a crisis counselor. It’s not always appropriate for me to share my own experience with my clients. Not only is inappropriate at times, it is also unwanted. There is a time and place for everything. Seeking help from one who has gone before you and come out the other side is a different kind of help.
So my idea is this: Wellness With Jodie. Sliding scale fees for assisting people learning to live with chronic conditions such as pain, diabetes, various mental health issues, family stressors, eating disorders, et cetera. I am NOT a professional. I am not a licensed MFT or LCSW. I am a woman with 10 years of experience under my belt as a counselor in a para-professional setting who also has a great deal of personal experience living with issues…. and learning to overcome them to have a happy and full life. I believe there is great value in sharing one’s experience. My goal is to make a little money in the process to help out with stressors of my own while giving honest and sincere help to somone who needs it utilizing both my personal and professional skills. Hmmmm… great idea, if I do say so myself.
What are some of the tools I use to keep my life in balance? Good question. I have a full toolbox. I utilize my friends and support systems a lot. I have developed a nice group of girlfriends who are travelling the road with me. We are all at different places in the journey, yet we support each other beautifully. I maintain as much routine in my life as possible. It’s incredibly important for me to go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time, eat on a schedule. I am somewhat rigid about things in my life in order to keep things on track and managable. Little things like I always take my meds before I brush my teeth. When I brush first, I inevitably forget my meds. Sleeping in on the weekends has the same effect on the entirety of the day. I have certain days I do things so assure that I get them done such as laundry and general housekeeping (always been big issues for me!). I have a plan in place for how to help myself when I am starting to fall apart at the seems. Who to call when… and what to do to get back on track. This is known as a WRAP. (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) I set clear boundaries and expectations with my support people about what I can do and cannot do. How much time I can give you and what I need to be OK. I stay employed!!!! This is truly one of the greatest tools I have. It’s not simply the particular work I do… it’s the act of getting up and having purpose. Finding something we can do to give us purpose is so very important to human functioning. I journal a lot. I write my food down all day so I am honest about what it is I’m actually eating throughout the day. Not eating is just as significant as the overeating. I make sure to HAVE FUN!!!!! With all of the recovery type things I do, I always make sure to allow myself one day a week to just enjoy myself with a good book, a friend, a movie… or even just my little Oli. There are many other things I do. These are the things which come to mind first and foremost.
I’m throwing this idea out there to folks all across the US to lean on me for some support should you have a need. Email me directly if you’re interested. I check email daily. firstname.lastname@example.org
Blessings and Wellness to each of you this day.