Who's behind Wake Up With Zest?
Hi, I'm Rachel McGuinness
Up until 2004 I worked in marketing and events in the telecoms industry. Since then I’ve been helping busy people to get healthy and reclaim their energy, so they can get back on their game in a more sustainable way.
My recommendations are based on what I have experienced myself. In the year 2000 I realised that my busy corporate life had caused me to become so unhealthy that I was heading for burnout and some serious health issues if I didn’t stop my self-destructive lifestyle.
I decided to completely change how I lived my life. I got into a proper sleep routine, adopted a cleaner approach to eating, got a handle on my stress levels and added regular exercise to my daily habits. Now I am just over 3 stone or 20kg lighter and four dress sizes smaller. But, even more importantly than that, I’m fit, and I have more energy than I had as a teenager! I like to think that I’m unrecognisable compared to my former self.
This is how I used to look and how I look now
I am trained in cognitive behaviour therapy for insomnia, mental health first aid, nutrition, personal fitness training, stress management, neuro-linguistic programming and hypnotherapy.
I typically work with forward-thinking businesses and organisations who understand the benefits of looking after the wellbeing of their employees.
I give them practical advice on how to get their sleep back on track, how to eat healthier and get fitter in the shortest amount of time possible so that they can fire on all cylinders.
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I'm also Head of Education on the Board of Trustees for EventWell, the voice of mental health and wellbeing for the event, hospitality and travel industries.
Hi I'm Paula
I’m a business psychologist from Scarlet Thinking and career coach, with a background of running my own PR agency for over 15 years.
Even as a teenager I was fascinated by psychology and personality. I would devour books on intelligence, extroversion and introversion and make up Cosmo type quizzes to test my friends. Even though my path initially led to journalism and then PR, I eventually found my way back to psychology.
I decided to specialise in business psychology and career coaching. We spend so much of our lives at work that it’s hugely important that we don’t settle for something that just pays the bills and allows us to survive. Much of our identity can be tied up in what we do, so let’s make sure we are doing something that fulfils us, even if it isn’t always easy.
I’ve had a great career: starting off with a local government magazine, moving into music PR and accounts like George Michael and Bananarama. I then started my own restaurant PR company. moving into coaching and consulting with business owners and CEOs. However, psychology, career coaching and psychometrics is the most rewarding and fascinating part of my career to date. I hope that I get a chance to share my passion with you.
Both Rachel and Paula have been named in the f:Entrepreneur #ialso100 campaign.
The aim of f:Entrepreneur is to showcase multi-achieving women in the #ialso100, to provide lessons of challenge and success for all small business founders – both men and women.
Hi, I’m Nigel Lowson
Having experienced the effects of sustained stress upon my body and mind and seen its effects in so many people, I am passionate about helping to reduce stress and increase calm in people’s lives.
As a long time meditator and practitioner of mindfulness I find their value to me and others huge. I teach meditation to both individuals and groups face-to-face and online.
In addition, I have led evening, day and weekend retreats as well as many, many sessions more tightly focused on reducing stress. My aim is always to offer practical advice to all in an appropriate, accessible, enjoyable, and discursive manner.
I also enjoy working with adults as well as youngsters (and their parents of course) offering advice on the basics of sleep, sleep hygiene, sleep and diet, sleep and exercise, sleep and stress, bedtime routines, and developing successful visualisations to help people enjoy better sleep.
Sleep and stress are linked closely so for me to work with Rachel is a joy.