Hi, I’m Jade Head! I’m a Holistic Health & Life Coach. I guide and support socially anxious women to own who they are, step in their power and live confidently and courageously.
My work has evolved from my own personal struggles with anxiety, confidence and self worth. I share the words, knowledge and wisdom I wish I had known years ago, in the hope it can help you too.
MY ANXIETY STORY
There’s so much I could tell you about the person I was. And I think it’s important I do because I want you to understand the journey I've been on. I want you to know I’ve been there. Oh, have I been there.
I got my first real taste of anxiety in my second year of uni...I was presenting a speech in a huge lecture theatre when I mispronounced a word (yep!) and this feeling of dread washed over my entire body. Time stopped and my face went bright red. My mind was screaming "WTF was that?!". I couldn't believe what had happened. I was so embarrassed, I didn't look up for the rest of my speech.
From this moment onwards, I developed a fear of public speaking and my life with anxiety began.
OK, THIS IS NEW
By the time I graduated and got a job in marketing around 2012 - 2013, anxiety was a very real issue for me. I would be anxious about blushing in front of my colleagues and I would fret about our weekly staff meetings and often practise what to say the night before. On weekends I would dread grocery shopping in case I’d bump into someone I knew or if the cashier engaged in small talk. Then I started feeling anxious meeting new people, and even seeing my friends and family. My pounding heart, racing mind and headaches became a regular occurrence and I would come home from work feeling tired, drained and completely exhausted.
LOOKING FOR THE CURE
For years (nearly eight to be exact!) I didn’t tell anyone about my anxiety, outside of the healers / practitioners I was visiting. I was embarrassed and believed no-one needed to know. In my desperate bid for a quick fix I sought treatment from a variety of practitioners; a psychologist, EFT practitioner, hypnotherapist, reiki healer, kinesiologist and acupuncturist. I balanced my chakras and learnt how to meditate. I learnt about mindset, exercise and nutrition. I read countless self-help books and Googled late into the night.
Every time I stumbled onto a new treatment, method or practitioner I'd tell myself "This is it. This will fix everything. This will cure my anxiety." And sometimes it would. But within a day, week or a few months, my old habits would creep in and my anxiety would return! So I would freak out and move onto the next thing.
THE REAL PROBLEMS
I was so focussed on hiding and curing the symptoms of anxiety that I failed to address and understand what was really going on...
· I had no idea who I was or what I was doing with my life
· I had no self confidence or self belief
· I had no creative outlet or way of processing my emotions
· I would constantly put myself down
· I was always trying to control life – especially how others perceived me
· I wasn’t listening to my intuition or the signs my body (the anxiety) was sending me
I realised there was no magic pill or quick fix. Very simply, I needed to take responsibility for the life I wanted to live, I needed to listen to my body, and I needed to show up and speak up.
FAST FORWARD TO NOW
This is the happiest I have ever been and the most confident and powerful I've ever felt. I feel more ‘me’ than I ever have before! I enjoy life more. I know that life is happening for me, not to me and that I may not always be able to control what happens, but I can control what I think. I love listening to my inner wisdom and following the breadcrumbs as they arrive. I love looking back and connecting the dots that have led me here. I don’t feel ruled by anxiety - I see it as my ally. Truly. It’s something I no longer focus on all day, everyday. In fact I am SO grateful for having anxiety. I’m grateful for the journey it’s taken me on and for the beautiful gifts and lessons it’s taught me. I’m thankful for its presence because I know there is more work for me to do and growth and expansion are on the horizon. What I love most about my journey with anxiety is that it’s brought me closer to who I really am - and what could be more incredible than that?
I am a proud Beautiful You Life Coach, certified Holistic Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and have a Bachelor of Mass Communications from the University of Southern Queensland.
5 RANDOM FACTS
I love crystals. I'll often have one in my pocket, in my handbag, inside my pillow case...everywhere! My favourite is blue lace agate - which is associated with the throat chakra and said to help express your inner truth.
To overcome my fear of public speaking I joined Toastmasters in 2016. It was one of the best things I've done thus far!
I'm half Filipino - and like a lot of Filipinos I talk outrageously loud on the phone, love food and have a tendency to be slightly dramatic.
I listen to podcasts every morning - my favourites are The Highest Self Podcast, The Priestess Podcast, The Middle, Don’t Keep Your Day Job and Oprah's Super Soul Conversations.
I adore the beach. It's my place to recharge and reconnect with myself. The sun, the salt water, the sand...need I say more?