Stanton shares how to live with less stress

A Mission woman is giving a presentation at this weekend's West Coast Women's Show.

Mission's Sheryl Stanton is speaking at this weekend's West Coast Women's Show at Tradex.

Mission's Sheryl Stanton is speaking at this weekend's West Coast Women's Show at Tradex.

A Mission woman went from being a self-described superhero to a “super nothing,” and she’s sharing her wisdom on how to be happy at an event in Abbotsford this weekend.

Sheryl Stanton was a registered nurse who had five children in six years, with the youngest boy afflicted by a rare form of muscular dystrophy. As if that didn’t keep her scampering enough, she and her husband fostered four more children, all with special needs.

“It was my job to find an answer to everything,” shared the 2011 Outstanding Professional of the Year in stress management coaching.

But the world suddenly ground to jarring halt.

The years of stress and frenetic pace of her life caught up, and Stanton wound up crashing to the point of being bed-ridden for three months at the age of 45.

“I was told to accept a limited lifestyle,” she said.

Stanton refused.

Her journey back to health, and to a life filled with less stress, is the focus of her talk at the 11th annual West Coast Women’s Show, held at Tradex in Abbotsford Oct. 21-23.

The turning point, related the 61-year-old, was learning about emotional freedom techniques, which entails correcting self-held negative belief systems that many people don’t realize they harbour.

Stanton believes there are three massive mistakes even smart women make that keep them over-stressed, unhappy and unhealthy, including the sponge syndrome, giving away your power, and looking for help in the wrong places.

Show attendees will have the chance to watch this presentation at 4 p.m. Oct. 21, and at 3:45 p.m., Oct. 22.

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