A Note From Katie: My Anxiety Story

Before starting Unfold six years ago with my parter, Nicole, I worked in the advertising industry. I loved my job and my peers. I was excited about my work and the future of my career. On the outside, everything appeared to be great.

The truth was, my body was starting to break down and my mind was starting to behave strangely. I had become so accustomed to feeling crappy - an achy body and racing mind became my new normal.

I wasn’t great. I was suffering.

I spent more time in airplanes and hotels than I did at home. I loved my job, but HOW I was working was starting to take a toll on my health.

Back pain became debilitating and I had days where I couldn’t walk without severe pain. My anxiety started to spiral. I had trouble sleeping and noticed I was drinking a little more than usual. I felt lonely, stressed out, and overwhelmed.

My solution at the time was just power through it, but things just got worse.

I knew I needed help. I tried pilates, physical therapy, and chiropractors. I did acupuncture and massage. I tried sitting on a stability ball, a kneeling office chair, a standing desk. My office became a playground of chairs and I remember my peers popping in to see the latest toy.

Honestly, all of these things helped a little… but not enough.

After many years and countless dollars spent, I realized all of my back pain and anxiety solutions had one thing in common… they all were external solutions to an internal issue. If I wanted to feel better I needed to dig in and take responsibility for my health.

I had always practiced yoga on and off, but I began to take a new approach to my practice - one that worked with my schedule. Constant travel and demanding deadlines made getting to regular yoga class difficult.