May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five adults in the U.S. will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.
The NAMI website states that eighteen percent of American adults live with an anxiety disorder.
I spoke with a Minot woman who battles anxiety, and how it’s changed her outlook on life.
(Sarah Fast/Entrepreneur, Motivational Coach & Speaker) “It’s so easy to focus on what’s going wrong in our lives.”
For so long, that’s what Sarah Fast was doing.
She felt judged and fearful of so many things that she could feel it affecting her ability to grow.
(Fast) “I never really knew what was wrong, you know. I just kind of battled thoughts and emotions and the ability to control them. So I experienced my first panic attack when I was in the seventh grade.”
At first treated for asthma, it wasn’t long before anxiety continued to prevail into her adult life.
(Fast) “There were times when my anxiety got so bad that I had to check myself into the ER because I was worrying about things that I shouldn’t be worrying about. My mind was so anxious and worried and fearful that I had no other options at that point.”
Fast had 20 jobs by the time she was 24.
She said she couldn’t commit to anything, the only constant in her life is her husband, who she thankfully said has always supported her.
But, that just wasn’t enough.
(Fast) “I was always dependent on other people for my own inner happiness and I was always seeking external things to give me pleasure and make me feel fulfilled and I just needed a different way because I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.”
So she changed her attitude.
In the past few year’s she’s been able to start two of her own businesses, helping others and even herself.
(Fast) “I know strategies and techniques to actually manage and master our own mindset now. I trained my mind and I continue to train my mind in a growth mindset. Through coaching, through the personal professional development field, through mindfulness meditation.”
Through Fast Positivity business, Fast said she coaches business leaders to realize their fullest potential, inspiring them to practice daily mindfulness to overcome any barriers.
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Fast will be holding a silent mindfulness walk at the entrance of Camp Owetti in Oak Park.
That’s next Thursday night, May 25 at 6:45.