Are you living authentically? Are you showing-up as yourself and for yourself every day? Are you acknowledging and hornoring your truth? Are you living by your beliefs and values?
Karelle Edwards, a 5x Team Canada hurdler, licensed mental health counselor, and mental performance consultant, and co-owner of Embrace Your Pace, shares her journey in sports. Karelle walks us through how she advocates for change in sports, especially around abusive coaching relationships. She shares her experience with a negative coaching relationship, giving us coaching red flags and tips on how we can bring awareness to inappropriate behaviors like emotional abuse, harassment, and assault. Karelle shares how, despite all the challenges she had to overcome in her athletic journey, she has learned to trust herself. Her journey shows us that performance and mental health can coexist, and her perspective as a professional athlete who is also a mental health professional is so valuable for all female athletes to hear. “Don't be afraid to speak up. You are unique, and you have a unique journey. Follow your own path. You deserve to be there. Trust yourself and celebrate yourself.” - Karelle Edwards
Self-care is often thought of as an aftermath. It’s thought of as a reward for hard work or getting through a tough time. It should be seen , however, as a prerequisite for mental health and well-being.
There is still a huge stigma attached to mental health. But in honor of Mental Health Awareness month,I’m giving you permission to check-in with yourself and attend to your mental and emotional needs. There’s no shame, only gains!
We often spend our time rewinding to the past or fast-forwarding to the future. Today, Karelle will lead you through a grounding exercise called 5-4-3-2-1 to help you play the moments.
Too often, we are focused on where we need to go and forget where we are now. Although setting goals and envisioning our future gives us a path to follow, fully being where our feet are is what allows us to embrace our pace.
Have you ever tried to practice mindfulness? Let me guess, you sat or laid on the floor, closed your eyes and attempted to achieve a blank mind? After 20 minutes of trying, you thought “I can’t do this” and decided that mindfulness just wasn’t for you!
As a former collegiate athlete, I’ve struggled with allowing myself to live in the moment and oftentimes planned ahead....I felt like I was going through a period of uncertainty, questioning everything, and soul-searching for my next journey.