Stress, anxiety and overwhelm are common place in the fashion industry and with very little support it can lead to burnout. The industry has unique pressures that can negatively effect the talented, creative professionals who work in it.

About Kate - From stressed designer to successful board director

I always dreamt of being a fashion designer but it was a shock moving from being a student to landing my first job. From day one I was expected to produce designs to keep 120 people in work and to make a major change from wholesale to producing collections for independent retail shops and the major store groups. I so wanted to succeed and I worked hard at fulfilling the expectations with few resources and putting in very long hours.

Onset of burnout symptoms

I struggled along for a couple of years but I was feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Instead of taking notice and doing something about it I carried on pushing myself until I couldn't carry on. I lost confidence and began to doubt my ability. As a result of ignoring the early signs the  anxiety led to panic attacks and burnout. I felt I couldn't ask for help as I thought I'd look weak and I was scared that I might risk losing my job. Finding the courage to ask for help and support was the first step in my journey to build my resilience and wellbeing. There was no support at work, no HR or anyone responsible for the wellbeing of the staff. In those days mental health and stress was not discussed openly and I felt very isolated.

Asking for help and support 

Asking for help wasn't easy to do but I knew I had no alternative. With the right support I began to see positive changes which gradually benefitted all aspects of my life. Making the decision to invest in my mental wellbeing helped me transform the way I responded to challenging and difficult situations.  Learning practical strategies that worked for me enabled me to become mentally stronger and much happier. I regained the confidence, self-worth and energy to persevere and progress in my career and achieve my goals to become successful, valued for my skills and financially well rewarded.

Resilience and Wellbeing Coach

Why I want to help you

My experience of burnout and subsequent recovery is the reason I want to help others in a similar situation. I specialise in helping women creative professionals in the fashion industry learn how to reduce their levels of anxiety and overwhelm so they can thrive and succeed in the industry they love and be well rewarded for the work they do.

Prior to qualifying as a coach I spent 25 years in the fashion industry, initially as a designer and later a Board Director in Design and Development. I worked with other designers and entrepreneurs who ran their own fashion businesses. They often talked about they industry,  had also experienced overwhelm and anxiety that had in many cases led to burnout. Some had even left their jobs as a result as they felt unsupported and undervalued at work.

Coaching background 

I qualified to post graduate level as a business and personal coach with one of the UK’s leading training institutions, Barefoot Coaching. I continued to study with experts in stress management and resilience so that I could expand my knowledge to offer my clients the best service I can. I also attend regular CPD and professional supervision. I have been practicing as a resilience and wellbeing coach for over 10 years in my own practice, www.finerthinking.com.

How I Coach 

My coaching practice echoes my values which are honesty, respect, integrity, self development, commitment, accountability and kindness. Coaching is confidential, non-judgemental and supportive. I help clients to prevent or recover from burnout focusing on resilience and stress management.

 

Coaching Packages and Fees

I offer coaching packages tailored to suit my clients needs. To find out more please contact me at kate@finertinking.com

 

Additional information 

I give talks about my own experience of overcoming stress and adversity and the importance of building resilience. I write articles on stress management, resilience and wellbeing that are featured in Psychologies online magazine. https://lifelabs.psychologies.co.uk/users/179171-katherine-darbyshire-evans/content

Don't struggle alone - Let's talk 

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Contact kate@finerthinking.com