In today’s strange and challenging times, each and every one of us could benefit from taking more time to prioritise our own mental health and emotional welfare. Few are better placed to understand the importance of mental wellbeing than Deborah King, Owner of Bee Empowered. In an instalment of ProfileTree’s Business Leader Series, Ciaran Connolly caught up with the wellness expert to discuss personal empowerment through therapy. Watch the full interview in the video above, and subscribe to the series for more industry-leading insights.
As we open up our discussion, Deborah takes us on a brief walkthrough on her personal and professional journey before going on to specialise in personal empowerment and emotional welfare. She highlights that she was a classic case of wasted talent in school, with her high intelligence held back by her disdain for attending class. “I hated the traditional ways of teaching, and I wanted to be a hairdresser. But that’s a whole other story,” she laughs, “and life just happened. I didn’t go to University, and I did move between a lot of low paid jobs.”
The Path to Empowerment
She moved between several roles, ranging from industrial cleaner to prison officer. However, in her heart of hearts, she knew something was missing. “You spend too much time working to know what you’d actually like to do, and it was when I went to a health fair in Belfast that I learnt more about holistic therapies. I got involved in a session for around an hour, and it was when I spoke to a therapist that it was first suggested that I might be suffering from depression,” she recalls. This message hit home with Deborah, and sent her on the path towards learning more about the power of therapy.
But what is BeeEmpowered, and what services does the company offer? Deborah begins by explaining the name behind the business. “My name means Bee in Hebrew, and I always wanted it to be called BeeEmpowered. The bumble bee with its big body and tiny wings shouldn’t be able to fly, but they do fly. It’s that whole idea of setting that criticism aside, being limitless regardless of what other people or your environment dictates to you. The bumble bee does what it doesn, and BeeEmpowered is about being true to your own nature. If we can get rid of limiting beliefs, we can embrace our power”
Deborah shares her knowledge on empowerment and emotional welfare through the delivery of seminars, lectures, workshops and one-to-one guidance sessions. “People feel understood, and they feel listened to when they choose BeeEmpowered. They feel empowered to make changes in their own life. Using my own experience with depression and my journey to recovery along with my knowledge in a range of therapies, I help people change their beliefs and improve their lives, inside and outside out work. It’s particularly useful for people who are in transitionary stages in their life. A lot of the time, you just need someone to tell you that you can do it.”
Tackling Taboo in Mental Health
How we feel in our working lives can significantly encroach into our personal lives. It is for this reason that improving awareness of emotional welfare in the workplace has become so important over recent years, according to Deborah. “Things like bullying and stress, they are just absolutely rife in the modern workplace. And if those things aren’t dealt with in childhood, then they won’t be healthy in adulthood. You see a lot of issues rearing their heads when people are middle-aged. 31.19 percent of absence from work is mental health related – and the challenge with mental health begins with tackling the ‘taboo’ aspect of the subject.
“I believe there is a huge amount of value to be found in holistic, complementary and alternative therapies when it comes to maintaining positive mental health inside and outside of the workplace. There are thousands of options out there – some some are actually just really simple techniques, like wording for example. How you speak to yourself is so important, and when you physically say something negative, your body changes. Depression has a physical impact on your body, and there’s so much out there you can benefit from.
“We have a false idea that healing has to take years and years, and that’s a dangerous belief to have. A lot of the right mindset is around language, and we get what we think about.”
What comes next for Deborah King and BeeEmpowered? The mental health advocate shares that she is currently working on law of attraction. “It’s just about life and how to create your life. Support is so beneficial, and there’s great power in numbers. I also do women’s groups and women’s workshops. I want to reach more and more people, and that’s what I’m going to be focusing on!”
**Those wishing to learn more about the importance of mental welfare and personal empowerment can do so by visiting Deborah King’s official website, which includes some useful resources and a full list of services offered. Interested parties are also invited to reach out to Deborah King directly via LinkedIn.**
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