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Mental health check-in: Simoneese Williams changes lives through self-care

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Mental health check-in: Simoneese Williams changes lives through self-care

They say self-care should in no way be associated with self-indulgence, but instead, should align with self-preservation. Simoneese Williams learned this the hard way when exhaustion took over her life as a travelling officer. One minute, she was on call, and the next, she was in a hospital bed.

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“I was travelling throughout the entire western region serving customers. On call, I was available 24/7 to my portfolio of customers. I did not miss a call, no matter how late a customer called. On July 3, 2017, I drove into the parking lot at work and didn’t make it from my car. When I woke up, I was at the Cornwall Regional Hospital,” she told The Gleaner .

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After doing a CT scan and a host of other tests, it was revealed that she suffered from a case of extreme exhaustion. “This was very frightening, especially because I knew that the story could have ended differently,” she added.

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It made her question and evaluate her situation even closer, and that’s when she realised that she wasn’t prioritising herself or her needs. “There was a time when I lacked boundaries and I’d be so mad when I got home, thinking about what I should have said or done. The moment I truly realised that I had all the power to change my life, I started ‘flexing’ differently,” she shared

Having learned from this traumatic experience, Williams decided to create The Self Care Bar, a unique programme designed to serve women who are struggling with prioritising their needs, while addressing self-doubts and self-limiting habits.

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