STRESS-LESS, OVERCOME OVERWHELM AND FIND YOUR BALANCE.

ENJOY YOUR WORK. LOVE YOUR LIFE.

JUST BY BEING YOURSELF.

HEY, I’M RACHAEL

How I went from emotionally overwhelmed, stressed out perfectionist, and crisis of confidence to helping professional women stress less, shift overwhelm, know they are enough and build fulfilling professional lives with ample energy for their pursuits and loved ones outside the workplace.

My story is here to inspire you to break-free from unwanted habits, self-criticism, self-doubt and a crisis of confidence.

To know that no matter what chapters may have unfolded in your past, YOU have the inner strength and power to overcome these, change the course of your life and create your own destination.

Create the life you love, want and deserve both personally and professionally by combatting emotional overwhelm, relieve stress and the disrupt the cycle of burnout.

Right now you are probably;

  • Driven by success and achievements causing you to overwork, overcommit and feel overwhelmed
  • Have non-existent self-care (making time for yourself, your pursuits or creative hobbies)
  • Pursing credentials, certificates or qualifications you don’t deep down care about
  • Continually pushing through stress and anxiety because it feels far too normal
  • Self-doubt, self-criticise, people-please, perfectionism and on the road to burnout.

Are you ready to see a different perspective to your stress by allowing yourself to transform physical, mental, emotional stress and spiritual disconnect.

To reconnect to your purpose, reclaim your joy, feel connected to yourself and those around you. Uncover the confidence to say no, set boundaries, effectively speak up for yourself so you can show the world how amazing you are and enjoy the work you do.

The more you choose to believe in who you are deep down inside underneath the fear, the not good enough, the more you can step into your most bold confident expressed self.

JUST LIKE YOU, I’VE EXPERIENCED MANY UPS AND DOWN IN MY LIFE.

I had big dreams, I wanted to be an elite athlete and dreamt of going to the Olympics.

Yet, despite those dreams, it always felt like an impossibility, that the path we should follow is to get good grades, go to University, get a great job, start a family (I know you know this life plan).

I focused on excelling in school so I could follow that path and in 2004, I followed my passion for sport and studied Sport & Exercise Science whilst continuing my pursuit of being an athlete..

BUT instead, I started to lose my way.

I could not handle the pressure of studying, training and being away from home. Never feeling like I belonged.

I began to harm myself physically and emotionally, turning to alternatives for dealing with feelings of inadequacy, shame and failure.

I felt hopeless. I felt confused. I felt alone.

I was making choices by default which were affecting my health, self-worth and friendships.

Looking back, I didn’t even know it was happening.

I was just trying to be more confident, to be the person that was always like, to avoid being bullied, to be accepted, fit in and get good grades. I never felt good enough.

Have you ever felt this way?

Have you experienced wishing, hoping and waiting for things to be different?

UNCERTAIN ABOUT MY CAREER PATH AND SHATTERED CONFIDENCE.

After 3 years, I graduated with my BSc in Sport & Exercise Science. But didn’t really know what step to take next or what career path I wanted to follow. I just knew it was never going to be an Elite Athlete as my health and body kept letting me down.

So I decided to study Physiotherapy. If I could not be an elite athlete myself then maybe I could help other people overcome injuries similar to what I was experiencing.

I finally thought I found something I enjoyed and could see myself doing for the rest of my working life.

Until a day in December 2009, my world was turned upside down. I was left in complete shock when the opinions of a mentor trippled my anxiety. My emotions were all over the place and confidence was shattered.

What happened left me questioning whether I wanted to finish training as a Physiotherapist.

It led me to question my whole outlook on life and career. 

Have you ever let the thoughts and opinions of others define you?

Rachael Woolley My Story

RENEWED PASSION AND BELIEF

I continued the final year of study and graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy in 2010. Finally I got my dream job of working as a physiotherapist to help people overcome pain and injury.

The confidence I had in my ability as a physiotherapist was slowly improving, I was able to speak up and share my opinion but struggled with self-doubt, feeling like an imposter and anxiety.

I absolutely loved my work but I was getting worn out, tired, emotionally overwhelmed and exhausted.

Until….in 2013

I was left devastated, with no hope. 

It went something like this….. “Rachael there is nothing more I can do for you, your symptoms could continue to improve” the consultant explained. .

This was the conclusion of 3 years of lower back pain with pins and needles into both of my legs which prevented me undertaking the sport I loved. I had lost my stress release and the only thing that had been helping to keep my struggle with anxiety and stress under control. 

The system that I had put my faith in, all of my trust in, had let me done.

I WAS GIVEN AN ULTIMATUM AT WORK OF EITHER RETURNING FULL-TIME OR TAKE A PAY CUT!

What was I meant to do now?

Maybe you have been there yourself or you can imagine that feeling of being totally helpless and hopeless?

I DID THE ONLY THING I KNEW AT THE TIME. RETURN TO FULL-TIME WORK AS A PHYSIOTHERAPIST.

Trying to manage the pain the best I knew how with physiotherapy, acupuncture and Pilates/yoga.

IT FELT LIKE THAT IS ALL I HAD LEFT ANYWAY.

After all, I had achieved a certain level of success. Done everything right – went to college/university, got 2 degrees and worked really hard to have a great job as a physiotherapist. Had a few different promotions which led to more variety of work.

So, what was there to question about my life & career. After all, from the outside it looked pretty good. A great job, good pay, many benefits and adventurous holidays.

What they didn’t see was the negative self-talk, doubts and fears running the show leaning to a loss of passion, enjoyment and fulfilment that I once had.

I was becoming increasingly unhappy but still just going through the motions because my patients relied on me and I loved helping other people.

In 2015, I went for another promotion but this time failed. I felt worthless and spiralled out of control.

All of the emotions from the past that I had managed to keep the lid on came back to haunt me. I felt disempowered, unsure of myself; struggled with insecurity and low self-worth.

I lived in an over reactive way when something changed, everything seemed out of my control.

WHY THE HELL CAN’T I JUST BE HAPPY?

There had to be more than life that feeling trapped by low confidence, fear and anxiety.

THE SIGNS OF EMOTIONAL OVERWHELM APPEARING

  • Busy working all the time, overcommitting to prove to myself and others that I was a good physiotherapist & worthy of my place.
  • Very little time or energy for anything else and not spending any time on the passion and hobbies I once had.
  • I had stopped meeting up with my friends and became socially withdrawn.
  • I was not enjoying my work anymore & unsure whether work was the right fit.

In that moment I decided something need to change and could not carry on feeling anxious, tired, emotionally overwhelmed and exhausted.

RENEWED DETERMINATION AFTER MY OWN PERSONAL BREAKTHROUGH

I immersed myself in the world of personal development. Reading books, going to seminars, retreats and studying to overcome my limitations that were like a weight on my shoulders and a chain around my neck.

It became clear to me that it was possible to build confidence and re-establish self-esteem. Not having the live life in fear and let anxiety dictate my life all through the release of trapped negative emotions. 

I began the in depth study of NLP (Neuro Lingustic Programming), Time Line Therapy® and Hypnosis combined with Coaching.

I discovered a link between the storage of negative emotions in the body by not dealing with issues and disease (dis-ease) in the body. 

This was a defining moment; the missing piece of the puzzle. There are two parts to an illness, physical and emotional.

I was dealing with the physical symptoms but had not been able to heal the emotional part, the root cause.

Once I dealt with the root cause and released the trapped negative emotions that had built up on those events during my life, using Time Line Therapy®, it felt like a great weight was lifted off my heart. Along with NLP and Hypnosis I now had resources to not only make myself better but also make my life better.

Identify my purpose of wanting to help other people overcome similar challenges I have been through. This allowed me to start my own business as a confidence and mindset coach in 2016.

I CONTINUED TO PUSH, HUSTLE AND FOLLOW MY DREAMS

All of the work I had done leading up to moving countries at Christmas 2017/18 could not prepare me for the transformational journey that I was about to experience.

I was full of excitement about creating a new future living in a new country. But I was in no way prepared for this chapter of my life. I kept telling myself that everything was ok but on the inside it was not.

At the time, I didn’t recognize what was happening and to the outside world I appeared to have made a wonderful move full of excitement, but on the inside, I knew something was wrong.

I was pushing myself to build my business and enjoy my new lifestyle. However, I burning out and became depressed. I was disinterested in anything – the way I looked, what I wore and who I was.

Questions kept appearing…

WHY DO I FEEL ANXIOUS,  OVERWHELMED AND STRESSED MOST OF THE TIME?

I longed to have more energy, excitement, peace of mind and be in control.

WHY DO I HOLD BACK AND AVOID SPEAKING UP FOR MYSELF?

I wanted to stop the negative voices in my head telling me I was not good enough or competent enough at my job. I wanted more time and freedom to enjoy myself, my friends and family.

To enjoy my life at work and have fun outside of work. To be myself and be able to communicate freely with those around me.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD OR CURRENTLY HAVE THIS FEELING?

I KEPT THINKING THIS CANNOT BE IT, THERE MUST BE A BETTER WAY, IT FELT LIKE SOMETHING WAS MISSING.

I knew what I *should* do but it still felt so darn hard. I could not shake these feelings of anxiety, overwhelm and stress.

All the voices in my head. Telling me that I’m not enough. No matter what. I am simply not enough. I am not worthy of the changes I wish to see.

Then I found it! Or it found me by chance! It is our thinking that is holding us back.

The problem was not my circumstances, my job, my business, my co-workers, or my life … the problem was me, myself, and my mindset.

A light bulb moment. It became clear to me that I could change my life, simply by changing my thinking.

It was possible to find confidence from within, uncover resilience and re-establish self-esteem. Not having TO live life in fear and let anxiety dictate my life and business. 

This was a defining moment; the missing piece of the puzzle. It felt like a great weight had been lifted off my heart. 

I DECIDED I WAS FINALLY WORTH IT. TO STAND UP FOR MYSELF, WHAT I BELIEVED IN AND FULLY ACCEPT AND EXPESS WHO I AM.

I knew I needed help so I worked with mindset & life coaches, enrolled in different programs to help me.

Heal my past story, embrace my worth and implement powerful habits to master the art of living and working in harmony.

I began uncovering who I REALLY was, to slowly heal my story, unrealised dreams, give myself permission to bring up & experience the emotions around fear, perfectionism and bullying.

IT TOOK TIME TO ACCEPT MY IMPERFECTIONS, HEAL THOSE WOUNDS AND INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL STRESSORS THAT WERE CONTRIBUTING TO OVERWHELM.

I started to slow down and enjoy the life I had made for myself.

Not taking my negative thoughts so seriously.

I started to develop MY OWN sense of self. What I stood for. What I believed.

My confidence shifted and felt worthy of voicing my opinion.

Turns out it was there all along.

The “something missing” I was searching for was within me the whole time.

The emotional overwhelm, stress and burn out eventually eased.

THE UNREALISED CAUSE

  • Looking back, I was constantly doubting myself, my ability, feeling like I never knew what I was doing (which was not the case). Fearing other people’s opinions, judgement and rejection.
  • Constantly comparing my skills or lack of knowledge to that of my colleagues and trying to get everything that I did perfect because I did not feel good enough to have that job. I felt like a fraud and a failure a work.
  • Second-guessing everything I did or said. Did I say the wrong thing? Are they mad with me? What if they unleash on me? How stupid am I? Whether I was making the right choices.
  • Consumed by anxiety and fear. Feeling unworthy of being myself and instead trying to live up to other people’s opinions and expectations.
  • I struggled to cope mentally, emotionally or physically.
  • I was becoming increasingly overwhelmed with changes I wanted to make to my diet, health and work but not taking any action or seeing any results.
  • Feeling defeated in my communication, struggling to standing up for myself and speaking up effectively seemed impossible. I was not being seen, heard or valued in my professional or social situations.
  • This was all leading to being tired, worn out, overwhelmed, increasing exhaustion both mentally and physically and feeling stressed all the time.

ARE YOU READY TO FEEL WORTHY, CONFIDENT AND ENOUGH?

FINALLY, COMBAT EMOTIONAL OVERWHELM, STRESS AND BURNOUT?

You can change in a way that gets you back to who you really are, the woman underneath the fear, the insecurity, the masks and the avoidance.

You can make meaningful and impactful changes that will allow you to ease the overwhelm, relieve stress and eliminate burnout, so you can find more joy, peace of mind and fulfilment in your work and life.

Change like, actually saying “no” to your family without feeling guilty because you want some “me” time. Change like, telling your friends or family how you are feeling instead of withholding because you are ashamed.

Change like, speaking up in meetings or on video because you feel confident in who you are, your knowledge and expertise. Change like, not having an out-of-body experience if someone doesn’t like or approve of you or what you said.

It’s not about becoming something you’re not. It’s not even about ‘finding’ your voice.

It’s about shifting your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a way that allows the real you into the light.

Now is your time.

YOU CAN GET YOU TO A PLACE OF ENOUGHNESS. CONFIDENCE. WORTHINESS. SELF-LOVE.

  • Wake up in the morning without the dread and looking forward to going to work
  • Rediscover what makes you happy both in and out of the workplace
  • Be able to look at your reflection in the mirror and see all the wonderful things about who you see.
  • Know that your wants, needs and desires matter.
  • Your dreams, thoughts, and opinions are JUST AS IMPORTANT as the next person.
  • Speak kindly to yourself like you are your own best friend

There are no universal standards that deem you worthy. You are worthy.

But who decided you were “not good enough”? You did. So, let’s change that.

AND, LET’S GET SOME OF THAT JOY BACK INTO YOUR LIFE.

Professional Bio

Rachael Woolley is a former Physiotherapist turned Mindset and Transformational Coach.

She works with ambitious women, professionals and entrepreneurs who feel tired, overwhelmed and stressed by their work and wondering, “is there something wrong with me?”. She helps them quiet the inner critic, reframe negative stories and navigate uncomfortable emotions so they can take back control of their career, be more effective at work and have the energy to work out and make healthy choices.

After years of training and working in healthcare she was tired, exhausted and unhappy. Her perfectionism, people-pleasing, and never feeling good enough drove her into a state of overworking, over-committing, and overdoing. She felt overwhelmed, stressed until burnout ensued and her mental health deteriorated. She started to heal the mental and emotional overwhelm, uncover her worth and clear her overactive mind, after subconscious mindset coaching, TLT, NLP, Hypnosis and spiritual healing. It allowed her to prioritise what matters most, confidently speak up, start her first business, drop the medication and end the burnout cycle.

Rachael is certified as a Transformational Coach, Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistics Programming (NLP), Hypnotherapy, Time Line Therapy® and Master NLP Coach. She holds a BSc in Physiotherapy and Sport & Exercise Science.

Through her coaching business, Rachael helps women become aware of self-sabotaging habits, move beyond negative thoughts patterns and stop fearing negative feedback, second-guessing or questioning their capabilities. Allowing them to communicate more effectively, say no more often and listen to their own needs and desires. So they can feel competent, confident and in control throughout the workday with ample energy for their pursuits and loved ones outside the workplace.

Rachael believes that unravelling the thoughts, feelings, beliefs and stories that are feeding the burnout cycle is the best way to address issues of worthiness, confidence and let go of self-doubt, perfectionism and people-pleasing. So that women can feel in control of their emotions, establish healthy boundaries and know exactly how to handle themselves in any situation that comes their way with complete confidence.

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I’m here to help you create a future that aligns with what you want (instead of what you’re told you should want).

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