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Generation Panic: 5 things I wish I knew in my twenties

Do you recognise yourself? 

  • Between 20 and 30 years old, ambitious, driven, and have progressed quickly at work.
  • A life packed of activities (friends, family, gym, etc.) but desperately trying to uphold all different parts of life.
  • Successful but crumbling behind the surface, feeling lonely and looking for a  “secret” book to help keep it together. 

Anxiety is more common than we think 

Does the above feel familiar? If yes – it does not come as a surprise. It can be described as anxiety. Today, nearly 300 million people worldwide are suffering from anxiety disorder.

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, like worry or fear. It can be mild or severe. Many can sometimes feel worried and that is normal. But when the worry or fear is taking over, is always there, controls your life and reducing your living in some way, it is not normal. 

Generation Panic wants more but feels bad

It is common that high achievers in their 20s and 30s, get anxious and suffer from panic attacks. I name it the ‘Generation Panic’. They are in their early career, put themselves under a lot of pressure at work and are currently feeling dissatisfied under the surface. They want more meaning, fulfillment, and direction. 

I was one of them. For years I felt a constant worry and had several panic attacks. To help myself, I turned to coaching and became Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). My training gave me a chance to understand what I was going through. 

Launching the “secret book”

Now, I want to help you. I specialise in working with ambitious and driven professionals who have a track record of achieving great things but who feel lost.

For you who have been looking: I am launching my blog, eg. the “secret” book. It will be a forum for advice, support, and inspiration. I would love for you to join my conversations here.  

5 quick points – quick but sustainable 

Since my early 20s and running my coaching business for a couple of years, I have realised a whole lot of things. Here is what I want to share with you:

  1. You are not alone: Many struggle and keep it for themselves. It means that the number above is only an indication. There are likely many more suffering in quietness. I want you to know that you are not alone in feeling anxious. To know this is already a start to feeling a little more ease and calm. 
  1. You have the right to ask for help: No one will judge you if you ask for help. No one will look at you differently if you speak up. When you ask for help, means that you are accepting a change. Which leads to my next point.
  1. You don’t have to feel like this: I know, it is (almost) as if anxiety runs your life. It determines all your activities and who you are. But that is not true and realising that can bring more relaxation and joy to your life. And get back your ‘real’ You. 
  1. You can get the tools you need to help you: There are a set of tools that can help you on your journey back on track. It does not have to be costly, nor time-consuming – but just easy to turn to. They can bring a difference in your life and I will share these with you soon. 
  1. You can have everything you dream of: With the right relationship to anxiety, you can grow. When you grow, you will see that there are no restrictions on what you can have to fulfill your life. I will show you how. 

A way out

When my clients come to coaching with me, they are unable to find a way out and the “just get on with it” voice is wearing thin. They know that something needs to change but unsure of where to start. With my coaching experience, together with my personal experience, I work with clients’ mindset, with the aim of getting unstuck and back on track.  I call it the transition journey. 

Through coaching I learned to handle my anxiety, I got tools to use whenever I need it. I gained control over my anxiety, and so, over my life. Today, I have the right relationship with my anxiety: I feel happy and in control – and I want you to have the same.

A safe place for advice and inspiration

I figured there is a need for an easy-to-go tool. A forum to turn to for support. That is why I am rolling out my blog to do just that: provide guidance. I would also love to hear from you. My hope is that we can meet here. And you will see, that you are not alone. 

#anxiety #generationpanic #transitionjourney #coaching #mindset #backontrack 

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Agi Heale is an Experienced Certified Professional Coach and Founder of Westbourne Associates. She has  a demonstrated history of working with high potential professionals going through transition. Agi is skilled in Coaching, Executive Coaching, Presentation Skills, and Team Building. Excellent coach training with International Teaching Seminars, Coaches Training Institute and City University. Coaching training and qualifications include: 

  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), over 200 hours training with CTI, the largest in-person coach training in the world
  • Member of the International Coaching Federation and an Accredited Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner trained with International Teaching Seminars
  • Coaching for Business Certificate – City University
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