Hello, my name is Suzanne Smith. I am a specialist in recovery from fatigue, working with a combination of health kinesiology and wellbeing coaching to support people to reclaim their wellbeing.
It’s not a job title that you come across every day! As is often the way of things in life, it came about through a series of coincidences.
In 2011, I had a chance meeting with a wonderful health kinesiologist who helped to “unstick” me by releasing the stress and overwhelm I had been feeling, so that I could look at things from a calmer perspective. The experience was fascinating, and curiosity about how it all worked lead me to train and qualify as a kinesiologist.
Inspired by first-hand experience
Not long after becoming qualified, I witnessed the impact M.E. had on the family of dear friend and the ongoing struggle of day to day living when chronically fatigued. The range of different symptoms, the lack of coordinated help and the battle to stay hopeful were as challenging to cope with as the fatigue itself.
I then attended a talk by Elaine Wilkins of The Chrysalis Effect, an online recovery programme, which knitted together everything I was seeing in my daily work as a kinesiologist with what I saw my friend and her family going through. It was my own little “ah-ha” moment, when everything slid into place.
The rise of collaborative work
Specialising in fatigue and training as a Wellbeing Coach means that I now work in a much more collaborative way with people. The approach is more of a partnership, where we identify all of the different areas of life that are impacted and release overwelm and stress so that the change that my clients want to see happen actually takes place. I get such a thrill out of supporting someone to live how they want to and enjoy their life again.
I have used these skills within my own life to make change happen. I worked for 18 years as a qualified management accountant before discovering health kinesiology and my interest in fatigue, and I’m so pleased to have moved into this area of work.
When I’m not working…
I spend lots of time out and about walking in our beautiful countryside in North East Derbyshire, come rain or shine, and can’t resist the temptation to splosh through a puddle or kick a pile of leaves!
I feel that being out in the fresh air is good for me physically and mentally – walking brings me back down to ground, helps me to clear my head and lifts my mood.
It also reminds me to enjoy life, even when it’s wet and windy, because there will be sunshine soon 🙂
Can I can help you to find your sunshine?