Hi. I’m Donna J Davis. I live in Tucson, AZ, with my husband Bill. We have two adult boys, two grandkids, and two dogs.
If you’re reading this, you are probably feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or burned out. Maybe you’ve tried various stress management techniques but that stress was still there and you were never able to escape the anxiety or panic.
For years, I lived with high chronic stress professionally and personally. I was in extremely demanding management jobs doing the work of two people.
Then I went home to a family with two teenagers each having their own challenges. One was using a lot of drugs and the other was being severely bullied (and he didn’t tell me for years). The household was always angry.
In business, I was the problem solver. If the company had a situation with a client, vendor, or employee situation, I was the go-to person. Most times I was able to successfully (and peacefully) resolve the situation.
Yet I wasn’t able to solve my health issues. Over a period of 20 years, I was diagnosed with cancer four times. After each diagnosis, I did a lot of research and I made positive changes. The problem was that once I got well again, slowly but surely, I fell back into all those old habits that got me sick in the first place!
After my last diagnosis, I realized how much stress and my diet were contributing to my cancer reoccurrence.
I never focused on the difficult parts of having cancer, but after my last cancer diagnosis, I realized it was time to figure out what was happening. I learned how important it is to LISTEN to my body.
I’ve learned that my body has such wisdom if I slow down enough to listen to its messages. Even though chronic stress seems to be the norm in today’s world, it was definitely a warning sign that my body and mind were in overload. I just wasn’t listening.
Now I learned that it is vital to my health to pay attention to the signals. I was fatigued, I had migraines regularly. My brain was fuzzy. I had gained weight I couldn’t lose and I was irritable a lot.
I had a number of symptoms: adrenal fatigue, migraines, fuzzy brain, weight gain that I could not lose, and I was depressed. Then I started having anxiety and panic attacks, and I still ignored these!
I believe that cancer developed because I stressed out my body for years. I was working far too much and eating foods that were hammering my immune system. I was carrying around resentments for things that happened years ago. And relaxing or having fun sadly did not even make the top 20 on my “To Do” list.
I think one of my most painful realizations was that I was living my life based on what I thought everyone else wanted from me. I had completely lost touch with who Donna was. I didn’t know what I wanted or needed and that took a while to figure out.
Once I saw the connections between stress and my health (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual), I was able to make changes that have had an amazing effect on my health and my life. I then studied to become a Certified Health and Life Coach.
Part of my purpose is to help other women searching for answers. Chronic stress is serious and if ignored, your body will eventually get sick, your work will suffer, and the cost to get well can affect your finances. Stress affects all areas of your life.
If you haven’t already read the “Start Here” page, go there and request my free report on the “10 Steps to Break the Stress Cycle.” That report will help you take the first steps.
If you want more support, please schedule time with me to discover the root cause of your stress so you can release that and start really enjoying your life again.
P.S. Wondering what exactly a health coach does? You can click here to find out.