My Wellness Journey: A Relatable Wellness Coach

My name is a Fatoumata, I am the founder of Positive Exchange Wellness lifestyle brand + blog. I work as a certified wellness coach and use holistic techniques and practices to help millennials and working professionals create a balanced lifestyle that aligns with their true self and purpose.

 

My Wellness Journey: A Relatable Wellness Coach

Fatoumata Barry [Instagram: @positiveexchangewellness ; @___f.barry ]

Two years Ago I made one of the most important decisions for my mental health, when I decided that I was ready to live a life where my pain and emotions were not numbed by the antidepressant that I was prescribed in 2016. After an increase in my dosage in 2018, I went through months of questioning my own existence. I was mostly numb to all feelings except emptiness and sadness. After going on a study abroad trip to Dubai the same year, without my pills, I was reminded that feeling things wasn’t so bad after all. I had a lot of emotional things come up for me on that trip, but I also had really amazing feelings of joy; joy was something that I hadn’t felt much of in months, so the feeling itself inspired me to wake up. I was excited to get a taste of what it felt to be happy, and realizing that I wanted to feel alive again. I wanted to enjoy my life, and most importantly, I was ready to deal with the pain that I so desperately wanting to be gone, but wasn’t willing to face before. I came back from the trip ready to learn everything about depression and anxiety, I wanted to learn why my medication wasn’t helping, and really look at myself in the mirror and create change for myself. I was done feeling nothing, and if feelings like joy, happiness came with sadness and pain, then I was ready to figure out how to manage it all.

With that in mind, I set out to find holistic ways to alleviate my depression. I first began changing my diet slowly, then progressed to going completely vegan for 8 months. It was then that I learned the importance of Food. It’s like I always knew that eating kept me alive, but it wasn’t until I became vegan that I started appreciating food as my nourishment and something that healed me. Though I’ve always been active and work out, I never really worked out for my health. When I did, I always focused on my body imagine (which I realized was also something that needed attention), and never my mental health and what it could do for my symptoms. When I started on my wellness journey, fitness became my favorite tool. I fell in love with the rush of energy it gave me after, how it increased my appetite, and how it inspired me to continue the rest of my day with strength and power. I was feeling better; I felt like I could feel even better by continuing to do this. I incorporated many other holistic tools into my life such as aromatherapy, journaling, seeking a therapist. I learned how to create a space for myself that allowed me to grow. This all became my life and my journey. I’ve learned so much along the way, and I am open to continuing to learn more.

Being able to help people with mental health has always been my life’s dream. It lead me to get a bachelor’s in science degree in psychology, become a certified wellness coach, and now start work on pursuing graduate studies in clinical mental health counseling. Most importantly, it has led me to start creating this community.

I've always wanted to build a community in which the focus is creating a space where any one can be heard, where we uplift , and send prayers, love and light towards each other. I wanted this space because I never felt like I had it when I needed it the most. As I'm going through my own healing journey, I’ve learned along the way many tools that I want to share, and this is the space for me to do that and I welcome you to join me.

I am looking forward to coaching you through any blockages that you have that is preventing you from living the life that you deserve. I’m so happy to be apart of your healing journey, and I’m happy to share mine with you!

Work with me at : www.positiveexchangewellness.com @positiveexchangewellness