Introduce yourself! Tell us a little bit about what you do and who you help.
My name is Nikki Evans, I am a mindset and trauma specialist. My brand is called Mind Health School, I’m an educator, a teacher, and mentor, and a coach. My passion is really helping leaders understand their minds. I truthfully believe that if we were educated on how to use our minds, and how to manage our emotions at a young age, we wouldn’t have the mental health issues that we have today. The anxiety issues, burnout, and stress, all these are the complications that many of us face.
Tell us about your journey! What led you to this point?
I’ve always had this self-awareness towards my own internal world. My self-awareness is quite a natural gift. When I was a teenager, I noticed that I was a lot snappier than other people, more short-tempered, and I would overthink things a lot. I realized, ‘Okay, this is something that’s happening in me. I want to move forward with this and get support.’
When I was 21, I hired my first coach and then through working with her I also had a passion for nutrition, combining those at the time. That’s really where this journey started as wanting to understand my own internal world more. Additionally, understand how I can help other people.
What kind of people do you work with?
CEOs, Directors, and lots of people in high-pressure roles. I work with a lot of people in recruitment, the medical industry, sales, and focus roles. Anxiety and mental health don’t discriminate.
Generally, the type of person that I’ll work with is someone who’s in a high-pressure environment or role, and recognize that something internally isn’t quite right. They want to move through whatever that challenge is so that they can continue to do incredible things externally.
What kind of results do they get through working with you?
Everyone wants to work towards a calm mind, regulate emotions, feel peace, happiness, joy, feeling content in their day to day. The reason why they might not be experiencing that at the moment could be from childhood trauma that they’re not aware of or hasn’t been addressed, relationship challenges, divorces, breakups, or even down to abuse or domestic violence. So, the result is what they desire the end result to be.
The question is, ‘What now? What else do I do?’ People like the chase, and when they realize that the chase doesn’t end, and they find themselves hitting a goal and they’re like, ‘Okay, we’ve hit this goal, we’ve got the thing that we want. Why is this not sunshine and rainbows?’ It’s usually at that point when people reach out.
In the external world, it might look like everything’s great. They have the business, they have the job role, the car, the house, and money in the bank, they have all of these things that we’ve been taught that bring happiness. It’s very often when people get to that point, they feel unhappy and that there’s something missing. We do lots of work to understand the past, get them to a point to find peace and happiness at the moment so they can actually enjoy the things that they have worked so hard to create.
What would you say to somebody who got everything that they wanted, but feel empty?
I look at what I do as teaching a skill set. The emptiness or the lack of fulfillment that they feel is incredibly common. It’s because they have not been taught this specific set of skills – which is, ‘How do I manage my mind?’, ‘How do I connect with myself and connect with my emotions?’ It really is a skill set.
There’s so much stigma about reaching out and asking for support or seeking help. It baffles me because if you didn’t know how to drive a car and someone passed you some keys, there wouldn’t be a stigma around, you would just say, ‘Can you teach me?’ or if you didn’t know how to turn the washing machine on you would ask or you would get the information and you would do it because that’s just how we learn. It’s the exact same with our mind and our emotions if we don’t know how to get to the destination that we want with it and the outcome that we want.
There are people that can help you do that and it’s just a lack of skill sets.