Welcome to Take 5

I believe that

 

5 breaths

can change the world.

well, at least change the individual, and that's a start.
Five slow inhales & exhales to the count of 5 have the power to change you.
To modify your current state of emotion.
To change a mindless reaction to a mindful response
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To reset your nervous system.

Go ahead, try it right now.
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Hi, I'm Maria Mayes

with Take 5 my Mission is to:

Be a conduit for Inner Peace by offering coaching, education and guidance to help others liberate themselves from anxiety.

I have found Inner Peace, and so can you.

 

I am passionate about my well-being, and the well-being of others.

 

I also love mindfully enjoying food, wine, and nature, so when I can, I pair all of them together to offer my clients a fun experience that helps the techniques and wisdom I share be even more digestible. 

If I can apply these tools & techniques in my busy western lifestyle and liberate myself from anxiety SO CAN YOU. 

It wasn't always this way for me, it wasn't long ago that I was riddled with anxiety.

I took my power back and I can help you do the same.  

 

Here's how I can help you and more on my story....

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My Story

How I took my power back.

I wasn't always this ZEN.

I used to wear my anxiety like a coat of armor. Always on high-alert, waiting for the proverbial other shoe to drop, or in my case, my body to drop to the floor.

While diagnosed in my early 30s, my anxiety symptoms started in early childhood.  At two years old I started having episodes where I would loose consciousness with my body becoming rigid or at times convulse. Initially diagnosed as a seizure disorder, 40 years later it was re-diagnosed as extreme neurocardiogenic syncope, a form of dysautonomia

As I grew up and the stresses and conditioning of the world did too, the anxiety of never knowing when I would next pass out multiplied into a full fear-based lifestyle that I tried to outrun by overachieving. 

Fast forward a few decades and I found myself as a working mom caught on the hamster wheel of productivity. 

My anxiety showed up in my body as severe gut issues (IBS-C) and chronic tension in my neck and shoulders, when severe it showed up as a rapid heart rate and shortness of breath. 

In my behavior it showed up as perfectionism, angry outburst on my family and self medicating with alcohol. It manifested in my mental state as a dense fog, almost as a paralysis, not being able to take the action that I needed to take but withdrawing and shutting down instead.

Do any of these sound familiar?

 

Once told by a therapist - “You’re addicted to stress!”  Breaks? Self-care? Who has time for that?  I had work deadlines, kids and aging parents to care for and was so busy taking care of everyone else’s health that I neglected my own. Until my body and mind said no more and I had a complete breakdown.  

 

The road to FREEDOM

 

The side effects from pharmaceuticals, whether anticonvulsants, SSRIs, or benzodiazepines were just too much for me so I started seeking out alternatives. I discovered breathing exercises, tried guided meditations and started making dietary shifts.  As I started to see improvements I continued to explore on a decade-long journey to reach the Inner Peace I enjoy today. 

I want you to have this same FREEDOM.

 

My journey was a long one but yours doesn't have to be.  In recovering from my breakdown, I had to start small, taking just 5 minutes a day.  

With Take 5 I have condensed more than a decade of research, education, certifications and most importantly experimentation into each offering, all are designed to be fun, practical and personalized.  

I’ve had lots of guides that have helped me along the way.  I’d love to be your guide, and help you take your power back.

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