“I know it’s scary, but you can do whatever you want,” says Jessica Wester, a photographer and self-love advocate. For years, Jessica suffered with undiagnosed ADHD and a history of disordered eating. After finally receiving a diagnosis and stepping away from powerlifting competitions, Jessica now uses her photography and social media to help others improve their body image and mental health.
In today’s episode, Jessica details her fight to get her ADHD diagnosis, even when medical professionals dismissed her needs. After suffering from anxiety, depression and eating disorders since early adolescence, finally treating her ADHD has vastly improved her life. In addition, deciding to step away from her identity as a powerlifter and strength coach has allowed Jessica to rebuild her relationship with her body and discover her true passions.
Tune into this week’s episode of The Self Love Breakfast Club for a conversation about ADHD in women, powerlifting and body image, and advocating for yourself in all areas of your life. Learn how Jessica was able to take control of her physical and mental health and finally begin taking the steps she needed to heal.
- “I hear, especially from women, like, ‘Oh, well, I’ve been doing this, so I can’t really change.’ And, you can do whatever. I know it’s scary, but you can do whatever you want. And if you don’t really love what you do, find a way to do something else.” (5:53-6:09 | Jessica)
- “You know your body better than anyone and if you know something isn’t quite right or something is off with your body, you have to keep pushing until you get answers, period.” (20:01-20:13 | Chrystal)
- “There’s a difference between having someone guide you into your healing, whether that be a life coach, a therapist, a doctor, and actually healing you. If someone says that your healing is in their hands, run away.” (22:51-23:06 | Chrystal)
- “If you feel good, that’s what matters. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks or what anyone else says.” (33:51-33:55 | Jessica)
- “You just have to stop listening to other people. You have to stop listening to people that criticize you. You have to stop listening to that inner critic.” (35:00-35:09 | Jessica)
- “People don’t realize that your energy is not something that you just have to let bleed out everywhere. You can protect your energy, not just from other humans, but also from the ick of social media.” (38:26-38:38 | Chrystal)
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