"Running on Empty"

A Cautionary Tale by Toni Cay Snyder

Once upon a time, I didn't listen to my own advice.

It was fifteen years ago, and I was crazy busy.

I had an Army husband who was deployed to the Middle East for yearlong stints. I was homeschooling my two young children. My daughter was a competitive gymnast. The kids and I were learning how to manage newly diagnosed Celiac Disease. Then there was caring for aging animals and traveling across the country to visit my elderly father. And if that wasn't enough, I was working on my Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition and building my life coaching business.

I had a lot going on, and I didn't realize the darkness brewing that would change my life forever...

It all started with a debilitating flu. Then I had an ovarian cyst burst followed by a weird fever, bronchitis, pink eye, and another flu... all within nine months.

Each of these illnesses took a couple of weeks to a couple of months to recuperate from.

With family 2,000 miles away and a husband overseas, I had very little help as I tried to keep up the breakneck pace and heal myself at the same time.

Needless to say, I was stressed, frazzled, depleted, resentful, frustrated, and burned out. 

And I was sick.  So very sick.

As I was dealing with the last flu, I made a tearful declaration that this crap had to stop now, or I was going to end up in the hospital with no one to take care of my kids.

That thought scared the living daylights out of me.

So, with that fear looming, I gave myself "permission" to sit and have some tea instead of washing the dishes. 

Then those few minutes turned into a few more minutes here and there to do simple things just for myself. 

What started with a cup of tea and some quiet time eventually became a self-care practice that calmed my stress and anxiety and gave me back my health and sanity.

But it wasn't always smooth-sailing...

Even though I knew better, my stubborn self continued to "numb out" with unhealthy habits disguised as self-care, and I even tried to go back to my old ways of "running on empty." 

It took a while to get my groove back, but I finally figured out my most effective ways to reduce stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. 

And I'm so glad that I did...

Because getting my health in order gave me the strength and resilience to parent my teenagers, deal with grief and loss, and manage menopause... without getting sick, pulling my hair out, or chucking it all and running away. (You know what I'm talking about!)

So, if stress, anxiety, and overwhelm are eating you alive, then I'm here to tell you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. 

You don't have to go it alone, and you don't have to go through the ups and downs, missteps, and mistakes that I did. 

I am here to help you.

If you're finally ready to reduce stress, boost energy, sleep better, feel healthier, and be happier... once and for all... then all you have to do is take the first step HERE.

Hi, I'm Toni.

As a result of the holistic health coaching that I do, I guide you from stressed to relaxed… from frazzled to refreshed… from depleted to revitalized.

I believe that reducing stress, anxiety, and overwhelm is the essential first step toward optimal health and wellness of your mind, body, and spirit. 

My mission is to help you feel more relaxed and in control so you can boost your natural ability to manage weight, pain, energy, mood, and the challenges of life.

In addition to being a sought-after health and wellness coach, I hold a Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition and am a certified life coach, professional intuitive, animal communicator, and energy practitioner.  I offer an inspirational blend of practical coaching skills and powerful intuitive abilities.

When I am not helping my clients stress less, you can find this former architect and engineer enjoying meditative walks in beautiful Colorado Springs, doing yoga and Pilates, kissing my kids and cats (not necessarily in that order), and loving all things magical, mystical, and metaphysical.