Foolish, naïve, brave? Words that could be used to describe stepping away from a 20-year career with some of the world’s largest food companies and a secure, well paid job. This is exactly what I have done.
Partly prompted by a re-evaluation of priorities following a change of personal circumstance, but mostly promptly by an itch I needed to scratch to bring more positivity to the commercial world. Sound corny and purist? To some maybe. Yet when mental health challenges are increasingly omnipotent, why not be a force for good and support those who need it?
I held various marketing and sales leadership roles during my career and those roles consistently included the building of teams, through which I gained much satisfaction by helping others fulfill their potential. However, the fast-paced environment of the food industry does not always allow for a positive pause in the busy schedule or a moment to check-in with one’s state of mind - an intervention that is critical to enabling one’s true potential to be reached and a vital component for an enduring and successful business.
Having always loved being active and increasingly understanding that self-care is vital for positive mental health, I chose to combine this passion with my knowledge of the commercial environment which has led to my business, MySen Wellness, being created. I bring simple solutions into businesses (and schools) to promote wellbeing. I like to call it a small act of kindness provided by the organisation. A small gesture that has so many positive implications.
I primarily bring massage (neck & shoulder, Indian head, hand & arm) and relaxation yoga to these organisations to enable staff (or students) to have a little time out to quieten their mind and reset so they are better equipped to be their best selves. I am part of the jigsaw puzzle of employee benefits and wellness programmes that organisations provide.
The services I deliver make intuitive sense as we all recognise that being stressed is destructive. In addition, these services bring positive business benefits such as creating a more productive, resilient and loyal workforce as well as providing the individual with benefits too – taking a pause, being still, mentally rebooting.
I live in a small, rural market town not a big city, therefore the pool of local, forward-thinking, employee-focused organisations is small. I have to work hard and have a flexible approach to build my client base and create a sustainable business. I am prepared to do this as I have such passion and belief in this type of intervention.
At 43 I have accepted who I am, the choices I have made and path I now wish to follow. I am now owning this and it feels like a super-power. It is not easy, but if it was then everyone would be leaving the corporate rat race, hence I bring that super-power right to the door of these businesses instead!
If you want to find the missing piece to your organisation’s wellbeing programme, please get in touch
Positive mental wellbeing is precious. Nurture it.