Suzy Reading practices Yoga at Ashridge  Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

Suzy is a mother of two, a Chartered Psychologist, Yoga Teacher, and Health Coach. She specialises in self-care, helping people manage their stress, emotions, and energetic bank balance. 

Suzy is a contributing editor for Psychologies Magazine and the Psychology Expert for well-being brand Neom Organics. 

Suzy lives in Hertfordshire and has now released her first book ‘The Self-Care Revolution’. 

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1. What 5 words describe your life

Zest, purpose, love, grow, blessed

2. What's something that people don't already know about you?

I used to be a competitive figure skater – a silly sport for a girl growing up in Australia. If I had my time over I like to think I’d be brave enough to surf.

3. How many 'real' friends do you have VS your likers/followers/FB friends?

We accumulate people that are dear to us our whole lives long and this net widens the more we travel too. I adore my childhood friends in Australia, cherish the friends I made during my chapter in London and now draw on my local friends in Hertfordshire for ‘in person’ support. It is hard to stay current with lots of people but not hard to stay connected. In truth, there are just a handful of people who I would socialise with on a regular basis but this is because life is full and there isn’t always a great deal of time and I haven’t worked out how to teleport myself across the seas yet...

4. What makes you feel vulnerable?

The unknown! I am such a creature of habit, I like to KNOW what’s coming, where I’m going. Familiarity feels really comforting to me but having relocated and started businesses several times now I am more aware of the gifts that change and newness bring. I’m married to an innovator so this helps me develop the capacity to be more fluid and responsive too. My inner critic also likes to tell me that ‘I don’t know enough’… I like to reinterpret this as a desire to learn and grow.

5. Do you dare to dream or do you think dreams only come true for others?

I am a big believer in the power of dreams and as a former athlete, I know the galvanizing effect of goals. While I don’t necessarily think we can achieve ANYTHING (I know I am never going to be a physicist or mathematician) I think when we get super clear on our personal strengths and values and take action in service of them, we can all move mountains. Articulate your personal WHY and you are cooking with gas. 

6. What would be one piece of advice that you'd give other women about life?

Develop the skill of compassion and great things will truly blossom – compassion for others and compassion for yourself. A little tenderness goes such a long way. I think many people believe that being tough on themselves will create better performance. I disagree. In my own life, in working with athletes, with mums, with kids, with entrepreneurs, in extending greater kindness and care towards ourselves, we become a fuller expression of all our strengths and unique capacities. Give yourself the gift of compassion, a feeling that you are worthy of love, that everyone is equally worthy of love. Pause and feel your heart center lift and radiate, let that lead you through your day.

7. When did you last shave your pits/legs?

Ha! This morning. My favorite ritual to revive: I took a quick jog in Nature’s beauty followed by Neom Organics Great Day Body Scrub and a steaming hot shower. The perfect recipe for zest.