A Preston man has launched a workplace wellbeing company after overcoming his own health challenges.Advertisement
Lee Chambers says he founded Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing after his health journey ignited a passion for helping others.
Environmental psychologist Lee said: “In 2005, I had mental health struggles at university, and failed my second year after having to move home. I got back to a level of stability and managed to graduate.
“I got a graduate job in finance, only for the credit crunch to leave me redundant after six months. This made me feel I had to take ownership of my own career and professional education.
“I got a less stressful job, set up a video game business from my bedroom, and gained qualification and accreditations to become a nutritionist, a strength and conditioning coach, and a football coach.
“I starting working to help unemployed people back into work, and found that rewarding. I then moved into elite sports, which was eye-opening.”
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By 2014, Lee was married with an 18-month-old son and another baby on the way. But he became seriously unwell and lost the ability to walk after his immune system started attacking connective tissue in his knees, wrist and shoulder.
“This experience changed my world view.
“I was in hospital for a month, and then came out and started rehab and physio. I had to be resilient through challenges and was so grateful I had so many people to help me, and a business I could run digitally.
“It’s a chronic illness I have to manage daily, but I experimented with my nutrition, my sleep and my movement for 18 months to find out exactly what worked for me, to try and get off my medication.
“I’ve recently taken my last dose of medication, and am now controlling my illness through lifestyle alone.”
Lee’s journey, coupled with further study in psychology and sleep, led him to set up Essentialise, which is based in Ribbleton Lane.
The company runs employee workshops, health assessments, awareness events, and Lee also shares his story in local colleges.
He said: “My aim is to positively impact the health outcomes and wellbeing of 10,000 adults and children in Lancashire.
“With the Covid-19 pandemic, we have brought a lot of our content online and adapted our delivery for digital. This has had the unexpected advantage of gaining our first few international clients.”
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Lee has also been busy during lockdown working with various companies to develop learning opportunities in career coaching, conscious leadership, emotional resilience and cognitive flexibility.
He set up Covid-19 Counsellors to provide phone and video support sessions to NHS staff across the country. As part of this initiative, Lee coaches an NHS frontline staff member weekly for free.
For more information about Lee and his business, visit the Essentialise website.
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