In 2010, at 23 years old, Chris started his first teaching job after university. Full of enthusiasm and an ethic of being hardworking, he set his career goal of becoming a Head of Department before he was 30 years old.
He believed that in order to be ‘happy’ you need to be 'successful'. He worked 50-70 hours per week for 7 straight years: taking on extra responsibility to bolster his CV in order to be ready for the next promotion.
He moved up the career ladder and at the age of 29, he became a Head of Department and moved schools to start his ‘dream job’.
Chris thought that if you worked hard to have a successful career, you will find happiness. He was wrong! Once the excitement of a new job settled, he found himself feeling emotionally empty, overwhelmed with life and without meaningful direction. As life stresses increased with new parent responsibilities, work stress turned into anxiety and guilt.
He found himself depressed and seriously unhappy.
Embarrassed with how he felt, he continued to smile and tell others he was fine until finally, in January 2018, he had a crippling mental health episode.
A thought of suicide as an option to stop his suffering was the wake up call he needed to put his pride aside and go to the doctors. He was signed off from work for 2 months and engaged in some talking therapy.
Additionally, he made a promise to himself to never feel like this again. With the new goal to ‘feel happy everyday’ he began studying the science of happiness, how to live a fulfilled life and the positive psychology of success.
He is now happier than ever and is giving something back.
With his advanced skills in teaching and mentoring, as well as his new qualifications in wellness coaching and First Aid for Mental Health (FAMH) instructing, he has set up MindFirst UK to help professionals take back control of stress and anxiety to avoid burnout and live a fulfilled & happy life.
If you are interested in 1-1 wellness coaching, FAMH training, training workshops or key notes please get in contact to discuss how I can support you.
If you do not prioritise your mental wellbeing you are neglecting the most important part of your health. Our minds are more powerful that we could ever imagine.
In this episode I share in detail my road to burnout & reactive depression.
I don't want anyone else to ever feel like this! This is why I have become a Mental Health & Wellness coach to help others.
helping professionals overcome stress & anxiety