Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenna Eccles.
Hi Jenna, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
After the birth of my 2nd son, I was diagnosed with Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety. I then started sharing my journey online. I talked about what I was learning in therapy and the habit changes I was making to help my mental health. I knew there were other women going through the same thing so I wanted to help them while I was learning everything myself.
Fast forward 2 years (and still sharing my mental health journey) I got a call from a friend who needed a speaker for her MOPS group. She said that my PPD story could really help this group of moms. So I gave a small 10-minute speech about my story and how I was able to pull myself out of that dark place to really live a more balanced life.
Afterward, I had so many moms reach out and say after hearing my story, they believed they had undiagnosed PPD and PPA. There were also other women who said they were currently experiencing the same feelings and symptoms and my story made them feel not alone. It was then and there I decided I could help many women by becoming a public speaker.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Starting my public speaking journey has come with some challenges. I have been a stay-at-home mom for 6 years and while I love my children deeply, it’s very easy to lose your identity in motherhood. This was the first time, in a long time, I had to change my daily thinking of diaper changes and nap schedules to meetings and speech writing.
I also never went to college, so I found myself doubting that I could do this professionally because I am “just a mom”.
But a good friend told me “Who better to speak to moms about motherhood, than a mom herself!’ and that helped me get the confidence to know I can do this.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am proud to help women with their mental health by teaching them simple daily habit changes and that they can do hard things. A lot of my depression and anxiety came from staying in my comfort zone 24/7.
It wasn’t until I challenged myself to do uncomfortable things every single day that I saw what I was capable of. That by changing the narrative of my daily circumstances, I changed my entire life. And this is exactly what I teach other women how to achieve because we deserve to feel our best.
What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I read a statistic that 80% of all public speakers are male. I hope the next few years, more and more women feel encouraged to share their stories. To move past the initial fear of speaking in public so that other women can not feel alone and learn from them.
As women, we thrive in the community. So sharing our own experiences to help those in need, I believe, could literally change the world.
- Website: www.jennaeccles.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jenna.t.eccles/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenna.eccles/
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