How can childhood trauma impact your career? Is it possible to go from trauma to triumph? Byrdy Kelley from Melan Property Management joins us to break down the stigma surrounding mental health and the workplace.
Byrdy has been in the real estate industry for 17+ years now and is the CEO and founder of REAME and Melan Property Management. Along with being an author of an Amazon best-selling book, she is currently working on developing a revolutionary tool that will work to increase tenant retention in the world of real estate.
The author of Amazon Best Selling book “Through the Storm of Early Trauma – Healing and Overcoming” joins us to discuss trauma, mental health in the workplace, and the ability to overcome obstacles to live a triumphant life both personally and professionally.
Key Questions/Topics Covered
From trauma to today
Growing up with childhood trauma taught me how to power through situations and led me to be the woman I am today. As an adult, I tried to take my “monsters” and keep them tucked away into a closet, thinking this was the best way to manage. I have learned that I needed to face my monsters with the help of counseling for better mental health. I now use these values in life to help me navigate change.
Overcoming the stigma of mental health care
I come from a background where mental health care or “shrinks” were often stigmatized. This negative connotation can lead many to avoid counseling. That, coupled with the overwhelming corporate idea of leaving your personal problems at the door, led to my “monsters” starting to take over my life. Counseling provided a safe place to work through situations with an unbiased person to help navigate and build better coping methods.
Negativity in the workplace
I was that person too. By leaving my personal feelings at the door, I found that I couldn’t empathize with people. This can happen to anyone. So if you find that you are faced with a hostile workmate, look past your pain and look into the pain of the person that is hurting you. People that are hurting are looking for any way to ensure that no one finds out, resulting in these workplace conflicts. If we change the dialogue and stop pretending that everything is okay, we can better help one another.
Our past can directly affect our future. Self-care and removing the stigma around trauma and mental health need to be part of the conversation if we are to be triumphant.
What one actionable tip could you share that has served you well as an educator?
Power through and level upByrdy Kelley
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