When it comes to tending to our health and wellness needs, research is obviously key in finding the right practitioner. But with an endless list of options for massage therapists and physiotherapists, particularly on the internet, it can be a tedious and stressful exercise.
Daniela Abedrabbo is the founder of One Stop Therapy, an online directory of wellness practitioners. Below, Daniela shares her inspiring business journey and her morning wellness tips for starting the day right.
Tell us about One Stop Therapy!
One Stop Therapy is the “Classpass” for mental, emotional, and physical wellness! It is an online directory for wellness practitioners and also offers workshops and events. Our intention is for people to have access to holistic medicine with ease when dealing with any health issue, physical or mental.
What inspired you to create it?
I dislike doing research. Whenever I needed a resource for myself or a client, I would always resist looking one up online. When it came to healthcare, I kept hearing others making similar comments about struggling to find a practitioner they could connect with. So I decided to create a platform that offered an abundance of resources for their healing, and One Stop Therapy was born!
Did you always want to be an entrepreneur?
I don’t think so, but I do feel like it’s my calling. I certainly didn’t grow up wanting to become one. It’s interesting, because I went to university to get my B.comm and learned how to become an entrepreneur. It was only because I didn’t know what else to take and my best friend convinced me to take that program with her!
Right after college, my sister and I started an event planning company – which we loved – but we chose to drop that pursuit after a couple of years. 10 years later, I started my private practice, which is running successfully full time at the moment.
I also co-founded a local clothing line and a family Lebanese catering business. I am currently fully involved in all 4 companies and I love it!
What does your personal morning wellness routine look like?
Ideally, I first meditate, pray and journal before I start anything else, including checking my phone. Part of my journaling includes looking at how I feel, seeing if something doesn’t feel good, locating that issue, identifying what happened, what is bothering me, and figuring out how I want to handle it instead of numbing or ignoring it. I find as soon as I check my phone, it’s game over and I get thrown off.
Can you share 5 morning wellness tips for fellow entrepreneurs?
1. Firstly, award yourself time for a routine, no matter how simple.
2. Take deep breathes and connect to what’s happening in your body. Be present, curious, and see what comes up.
3. Take the time to meditate, pray and connect with your inner-self.
4. Journal – even if it’s just for 5 minutes – and ask yourself the following questions:
- What feelings am I experiencing at this moment, positive or negative?
- What has happened in the last 24 hours that worked/didn’t work and what has their impact been?
- What do I want to accomplish today?
5. A tip that has made a GREAT difference for me recently is asking myself, “Does this bring me joy?” and it’s incredible how many things I was saying yes to that did NOT bring me joy, and I am slowly practicing transforming that. So that is another great question when planning your day, as yourself “does this bring me joy?
What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs who are dealing with self-doubt early on in their businesses?
Follow your heart! I encourage people to get clear about what makes them happy, what makes them smile! And then do it. Sometimes we aren’t sure because we have fears and worries clouding our creative side and our heart. So, I encourage people to do the self-work and figure out what is in the way of them having access to what they love, what fulfills them.
Also, don’t focus on money. Have the awareness of it, of course but don’t make it the main focus of what you build. Build from the heart and the money will ALWAYS come.
What are some ways you are practicing self-care during this time?
I am personally LOVING the pauses. I am loving having the opportunity to slow down, to give myself permission to do simply what feels good and not worry about what I “should be doing”. I am loving spending quality time with my husband! I have been feeling like it’s our first year of dating again! I am also still working full time which I am very grateful for and I am making sure to take breaks in between clients.
COVID-19 has changed the landscape for businesses everywhere. How has it affected your business and how are you staying connected to your community?
Everything is online now. I’m grateful that I’m still able to connect with clients and be part of their healing journey. For me personally, I am realizing that I actually want to move my practice online. I am loving the flexibility and so do a lot of my clients as well.
Our clothing line and catering businesses were slow at first but in the last 3 weeks things have picked up again and people are starting to support local businesses which we have been very grateful for!
As for the directory, it is growing and we are onboarding new practitioners, healers and therapists! Our internal team has also been growing which has been very impactful. It is such a blessing to be so involved with an amazing team and a project that makes me happy.