When people ask me how I got to running The Best Medicine, I usually start with ‘I went to art school’ and finish with ‘It really works and I want to share it with people!’ but this is just scratching the surface.
I have suffered from panic and anxiety for over 15 years now, it has been something that has really held me back. If you’ve ever had a panic attack you’ll know what I mean, it doesn’t take long before you’re making decisions based on whether the monster will rear its ugly head!
My panic comes when I’m driving; I feel the flood of adrenaline as my heart starts to race, my eyes go blurry, I get really hot and feel like I’m going to die. Partly because I’m breathing so shallowly and partly because I’m driving and driving is dangerous!! People tell you to breath, but how can I? I’m driving at 70mph, It’s scary, there is nowhere to pull in, I’m going to die, I’m probably going to die.
Yes this is panic, it’s when your body goes into that hyper alert state which we call the ‘fight or flight’ response. This is a survival mechanism, built to keep us alive, but it can also be activated from just thinking about potential risks…and like I said, I went to art school, I have a very good imagination!
So how does this link with laughter? Well one day, when I was driving back home for Christmas, I started to panic while overtaking a lorry on the dual carriageway. Instead of allowing the panic to take hold, I chose in that moment to laugh. Instantly and as if by magic my symptoms of panic disappeared. One minute I felt like I was going to die, the next minute I was experiencing a rush of, what I can only describe as, elation!
This transformative experience has been the driving force behind The Best Medicine. It has encouraged me to develop a practice which is specifically designed to help combat stress anxiety and panic in the moment.
I share these practices and insights across the UK. Speaking at conferences, running training and team days, and facilitating interactive workshops. I mostly work with teachers, carers and healthcare professionals helping them to overcome the stress they may experience in their work, but also giving them strategies that can be used to support others.
Give me a call or drop me an email, I look forward to hearing from you!