THE FULL STORY
So how did I get here?
In 2013, I hit rock bottom. I was entering my final year of University studying Primary School Teaching. Back then, I was pretty carefree. I loved teaching and couldn't wait to have my very own classroom, with my very own class!
That was until, all at once it seemed, the pressures of my final year and a fallout with my long-time bestie shook my world as I knew it. I started experiencing intense panic attacks that would see me crying for days on end and even worried to leave the house. I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder, referred to a psychologist and put on medication. The next 3 years saw me on and off the same anxiety medication, in and out of panic spirals and my self-belief and confidence plummet.
I was supposed to be "living my dream." I had the full time job, the classroom that was all mine and a class of kids who I adored. So why was I feeling so run down, deflated and let's face it, downright resentful?!
It seemed as if I was on a never ending hamster wheel of emails, lesson plans, laminating and report writing.
That was until I came across the concepts of self-love and mindfulness. I was hooked! I began implementing what I was learning, little by little, and within weeks I could feel the stress of work begin to lessen.
I approached my manager at work, and asked her if I could start a Mindfulness Club for staff. I wanted to share what I'd been doing so that others could feel the same way.
I was taking back authorship and re-writing the story of my life, little by little. Sure, there were (and still are) moments of worry and panic, but they are fewer and far between, and I can now bounce back quicker than before.
Nowadays, I'm living a more mindful, calm and balanced life- all while teaching full time and running my coaching biz on the side. I'm happy, I'm healthy and I'm "living my dream."
That is why I do what I do. That is why I coach.
I get it.
I’ve been there.
Let me support you to live more mindfully too.
If my words and story feel as if they’ve been taken from a page in YOUR book, reach out to me and we can get started on creating that dream life that’s tugging on your heart.
Jessica Demunck is a Wellness Coach for Teachers, on a mission to support educators to live more mindful, calm and balanced lives.
As a full time teacher herself, Jess has been well acquainted with the all-too-familiar burn out, anxiety and overwhelm that is commonplace for teachers.
But by deep-diving into personal development work, mindfulness practices and radical self-awareness, Jess has successfully revolutionised her life and now she supports others to do the same.
She has a Bachelors Degree in Primary Education, has studied Mindfulness Education and gained her coaching qualification through the Beautiful You Coaching Academy.
Jess hosts in-person workshops, coaches clients on a 1:1 capacity + runs online courses designed to guide teachers to ditch the burnout and truly thrive as a teacher and as a person.
She is extremely passionate about the wellbeing of teachers and leaders. Jess believes that thriving educators create thriving communities and she is on a mission to empower teachers of all kinds to live their best lives.