Everyone, meet Stacey, psychologist and absolute sweet heart. You may have come across her on our fave app instagram, she goes by the name of @pyschandsquats. This girl has a wealth of knowledge, not just a pretty face some may say. Often we forget how important mental health is and Stacey is on a mission to get people thinking about the role it plays in our day to day life. I was lucky enough to pick her brain… just a little bit; so take five minutes of your day and get to know this inspiring lady!
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these Stace, first up, we all want to know about you… What’s your story?
If you asked me this question 3 years ago, I would have told you that I am nothing special. Through years of hard work (both in and out of the gym), changing my lifestyle, adding fitness, losing my toxic relationship with food (and people), finding an amzing community on Instagram, and learning how to see my true reflection…my answer has slightly changed; I am a Psychologist, only child, reformed disordered eater, aerial yoga and reformer pilates enthusiast, loyal friend, horrible shower and car singer, shameless selfie taker, shopaholic with more clothes than space, lover of road trips and hiking, closet novice photographer, active wear sponsor, wanderlust addict, clumsy and uncoordinated, harry potter nerd, brave, and I am stronger than I ever thought I could be.
Have you always had an interest in health and well-being? If not, what was the moment that drove you to it?
I’ve always had an interest in mental health, probably why I dedicated 7 years to becoming a psychologist. However it wasn’t until I started my own fitness journey that I realised the strength and power of the correlation between mental and physical health. I was so sick of hating what I saw, and thought, when I looked in the mirror. It was time for a change. It was time to choose self-improvement over self-sabotage.
Bit of a tricky question, but how do you believe social media is impacting upon the health and fitness industry? Do you believe it’s doing more harm than good?
There are always two sides to the social media coin. While I believe it can serve as an incredible tool to connect likeminded people who can inspire and motivate us to reach our goals. It can also lead people down a dangerous path of believing they ‘should’ look a certain way or that “quick fixes” are possible. I believe it’s important to remind people of the power they possess over social media. You control the ‘follow’, ‘unfollow’, ‘delete’, ‘block’ and ‘report’ buttons. If you utilise this control then you can expose yourself to images, content, people and companies which are tailored to inspire and motivate you to achieve YOUR (hopefully realistic) goals.
Do you have any big, bold goals or intentions that you want to smash this year?
ALWAYS! My biggest goal is and always will be to focus on self-development and HAPPINESS. More specifically though I have started working on an E-book to provide psychoeducation on the link between mental and physical health. I have a dream of promoting awareness, reducing stigma, and sharing resources to aid in people developing and following their own journeys to happiness.
Who are three people that really motivate and inspire you?
It’s actually three groups who I rely on continuously for inspiration, motivation and support.
My Instagram accountability group + Insta babes: These women have worked tirelessly, around the time zone clocks to provide inspiration whenever its needed. Every person I follow, I follow for a reason. They inspire me. And a special few I have had the privilege to meet in person, or create online friendships with. My accountability group is a lifeline I will never stop being grateful for, whether they’re telling me in caps lock to just go go go and get my workout done, or talking me through a difficult time, they are my rocks who all inspire me in their unique ways.
Studio 3 Australia: This is where I practice my aerial yoga and pilates, and where I got to meet an amazing team of people. The instructors there are incredible and they treat everyone as a friend. Being able to laugh upside down while hanging from a silk hammock is always the highlight of my fitness routine. This is a safe place for me where I don’t feel weird going alone, because you’re never alone there.
My incredible friends: There are four women I am blessed to call true friends. They have each had their own journeys with lifestyle, fitness, body image, and self-worth. I have learned from every single one of them what the meaning of strength and determination is. They never let me quit. They are my guidance and my unwavering support. I better myself every day because of them.
Give us a quirky fact about you, something that most people wouldn’t know!
Okay…here it is. My dark secret. I don’t eat fruit (insert shock face here). I haven’t eaten fruit since I was 7, I can’t handle the texture. I have been slowly introducing berries and things with smoothies because I know I need to, but I HATE banana, so that makes smoothies difficult and there have been many failed experiments.
Lastly, just some quick fire questions.
Favourite: food, song to workout to, quote or saying GO!
Healthy fave – smashed avocado and poached eggs on sourdough toast. Unhealthy fave – mac and cheese with extra cheese and bacon bits
Fave song to workout to:
Enter Sandman by Metallica
“You’ve got everything it takes, but it will take everything you’ve got”
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