A LITTLE FROM DR WARD
Hi, I’m Susannah,
I am a doctor trained in rehabilitation medicine. I am passionate about self-care & human mastery as a means to optimal health & wellbeing. I am dedicated to providing patient centred and holistic health care that supports people to foster their own sense of wellness and live lives worth living.
In addition to fulfilling my various professional roles, I speak on & teach wellness related topics, such as mindfulness and yoga. I have also been involved in wellbeing research.
Downtime for me consists of listening to the waves, chilling in nature, creating healthy recipes, reading neuroscience or psychology books, beach runs with my dog, dancing with my 2 year old to house music and practicing yoga.
I have struggled for years with anxiety and mental illness, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It has served as the best platform for self-awareness and self-mastery. My challenges in a way forced me to learn about my human condition and how to manage myself. I have subsequently acquired wonderful knowledge, skills & insights and as a result I have created the most wonderful life for myself and family. I really like who I am and have found that blissful internal currency of peace. I rate myself as very well indeed. By sharing my health transformation and wellness story I hope to promoting a societal culture that de-stigmatises mental illness from something to be hidden, ashamed of and deemed incompatible with success and wellness. Mental illness may be something someone manages well whilst living a content and well life and it can also be a transient state propelling personal and professional growth that resolves. Either way mental illness and poor health need not be a barrier to wellness and indeed may be a strong facilitator of human mastery and self-care. I hope to advocate for human mastery as a means to holistic health and wellness.
Living with and experiencing ill health and adversity does not make anyone invalid; rather it can be richly rewarding and add meaning and value to living. My suffering has enabled me to experience firsthand being truly unwell and the subsequent journey to wellness. I now know personally the powerful benefits of holistic health interventions, like self-enquiry, yoga and mindfulness. Through experimentation with and consistent practice of such skills, I learnt my way to wellness and I am proud say I live a successful and happy life, on my terms and in a way where I am able to meet my needs, embody my values and contribute to the service of others.
The knowledge I have learnt from my training as a scientist and doctor combined with this personal experiencehas provided me with a lived understanding of how and why wellness tools work, contribute to wellbeing & serve as perfect health adjuncts to other medical interventions. I hope to raise awareness of this knowledge and support others to a life of wellness by sharing what I know and continue to learn.
I hope to meet and collaborate with you someday.
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