Hi! I'm Nicole Zarcadoolas, founder of Serenity Now.
Throughout my childhood and adolescent years, I've dealt with quite a bit of grief, loss and traumatic experiences. Like many people, my brain just couldn't handle the overload. I developed a severe Generalized Anxiety Disorder and PTSD, and suffered for years trying to explain how I felt to other people who never seemed to fully understand. I spent years crying daily, begging to just be "normal" and constantly having panic attacks. A small task of driving to the grocery store became a huge feat for me, and I went to countless doctors for them all to tell me it was "just anxiety" and to just "change my mindset." There were many time's where I felt that I should just give up, but I knew I had to be strong and figure out how to help myself.
After spending a lot of time feeling sorry for myself and wishing I was "normal," I realized that I couldn't spend the rest of my life like this. The times I felt happy with no anxious feelings were becoming rare, and I became depressed every time I would feel those anxious feelings pop up. I spent years going to therapy after finding an amazing therapist, and I started dealing with my underlying trauma that I didn't even know I had. Over time, I started noticing more days where the happiness outweighed the anxiety, and clung on to those moments. I started journaling, reading, going to church, anything that was supposed to make me feel better- but often times they wouldn't. It was only in the consistency of doing these things where I noticed I started to become happier and discover who I really was. From recognizing that what I was experiencing was actually normal and figuring out who I wanted to be and feel, I was able to transform not only my mindset but my entire life. I can happily say my feelings of anxiety and panic are far less than my feelings of pure joy today, and I want to help other people to experience that.
In the end of 2019, my big brother started having anxiety and panic attacks. I was able to help him by sharing my experiences and everything I have learned. I was able to relieve a lot of his anxiety in months- something that had taken me years. For his birthday, I made him a wooden crate filled with anxiety products and tips/ tricks. He loved the idea so much he immediately said I had to sell these and voila! This is how I decided to create Serenity Now. Why else would I have experienced what I did, if not to help others and share my experiences? My goal is to spare you the time it took me to relieve my anxiety, and live a life of serenity and happiness by using these wonderful products. No one promised life to be easy, but it's so worth it when you live it fully!