Believe it or not, I don’t think stress is inherently bad.
I believe stress goes hand-in-hand with having a life full of things you’re passionate about, whether that’s chasing big career goals, taking care of the people you love or fulfilling your highest potential.
So my goal for you is not to eliminate stress.
It’s to GET BETTER at it.
Hey, I'm Carrie.
every good intention you have to stress less, fails to stick. And each time you get your hopes up and then fall off, it further cements your belief that you are what’s wrong and this is just how life is: stressful.
having time, energy and willpower to make it happen feels impossible.
you see others seemingly juggling it all with confidence and ease.
You may be struggling to turn off your brain to go to sleep at night or to have enough energy to get through the day, and it may feel impossible to imagine how you will ever feel in control of your mood or your mindset when there is always more to get done, someone who needs you to put them first or another fire that requires attention and energy you don't have to spare.
where you wake up each morning feeling grateful, energized, calm and excited about the day ahead. A life where you appreciate and enjoy the life you've worked so hard to create.
you imagine a life...
A few years ago I was struggling with chronic stress and burnout...
I’d been working as a lawyer in finance for over a decade when I decided to switch careers.
I had a passion for wellness and had gotten certified as a health coach outside of work, quickly discovering that coaching people lit me up in a way that negotiating contracts simply never had. (Don't get me wrong, I still love a good edit.)
So I doubled down on my training as a coach, enrolling in a second coaching certification program (functional medicine health coaching) AND a third (psychology-based personal transformation) -- all at the same time.
On top of that, I launched a wellness program at the company where I worked -- an amazing experience that ultimately amounted to a second full-time role.
Let's do some quick fast-track-to-burnout math...
I worked long hours on nights and weekends to get it all done, pushing aside exhaustion and disregarding signals my body was starting to send me...
exhaustion, dizziness, brain fog, inability to focus, mild depression and anxiety
I didn't want to slow down or accept that I had taken on too much. What I would learn was that when we ignore our body, its messages get louder with time.
Ultimately, all of that chronic stress did what chronic stress does -- left me depleted and sick.
When my symptoms got too loud to ignore – nausea, vomiting, migraines – I finally saw a doctor who helped me get to the root cause of my illness and burnout.
I was sick for four months and then for four more months dropped everything to heal my body and recover.
I deferred a coaching certification, stopped working on my business -- and leaned deep into getting my body as healthy as possible.
I started to feel constantly behind,
like I was always dropping a ball, falling short or letting someone down.
I thought success meant –
“mind over matter”
“just keep swimming”
“put your head down + get through it”
– so that's what I did, thinking that what I was experiencing was normal and pushing through on adrenaline, ambition and caffeine.
Getting sick and being forced to slow down to recover meant I had to find a better way -- I wasn't willing to give up on my goals and vision. But not managing my stress had cost me time, energy and quality of life.
So I had to find a way to still be driven, passionate and ambitious -- WHILE taking care of my body, keeping myself safe and living in more balance.
The good news (and irony) was that the answers were to be found within everything I had been studying.
I turned to my coaching certifications, years of education and prior work with clients to compile a universe of tools around nutrition, yoga, nervous system regulation, psychology, mindset work, emotional mastery, subconscious reprogramming, somatic coaching, meditation, breathwork and more –
AND PUT THEM TO WORK FOR ME.
A whole new approach to stress...
Carrie Petri is an attorney-turned-wellness coach whose experience working in finance gave her a firsthand understanding of the challenges of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while balancing a demanding job. Having discovered in holistic health and functional medicine the tools to transform her own well-being, she is passionate about sharing those strategies to help others. She has helped hundreds of women break patterns of chronic stress and burnout through her private coaching practice and corporate wellness consulting. She received her BA from Duke University, JD from Fordham Law School, and coaching certifications from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Functional Medicine Coaching Academy and the Institute for Coaching Mastery. She recently completed her 200-hr vinyasa yoga teacher training.