"How I Hit Reset."

 

Ashley Swanson

A Message from the Founder

Recovering from an abusive relationship is absolutely the most difficult thing I've ever done.

 

There are a number of great organizations that address leaving an abuser, such as temporary shelter, legal advice, and counseling, but what happens after you've left an abusive situation? How do you build yourself back up mentally and physically? How do you cope with the lasting effects of abuse?

These are the questions I asked myself throughout my recovery. Almost two years ago I started boxing as a way to learn self-defense. It ended up becoming a critical component of my recovery process in addition to my weekly therapy. Each day I showed up to the boxing gym I was met with a supportive community of people that were also there to better and strengthen themselves.

 

Hitting the heavy bag, mitt work, and conditioning drills provided such an incredible stress relief and mental escape from the daily grind, and it was just so much fun.  

 

I started mixing in various fitness classes, including spinning and cross-training, which boosted my mood and ability to tackle the day. Having a group of people that push you to be the best version of yourself, which means being held accountable, has been a total game-changer in my recovery.

 

Hitting reset meant reclaiming my confidence and self-worth. As my body grew stronger my confidence also started to grow. I felt the combination of boxing and counseling was so much more effective than years I spent just doing therapy alone. 

Proper exercise is not a luxury, it's a necessity. I believe every survivor of abuse deserves equal access to a well-designed exercise program as part of their recovery. I founded Hit Reset to fill a gap in the programs and services offered to victims and survivors of abuse, that address the middle ground in their transition, and usher toward more positive health outcomes. 

 

What makes the Hit Reset program unique is its holistic approach to wellness. It's about exercise, but it's also about community, empowerment, and personal growth. We partner with fitness professionals who share our vision, and ensure that the survivors in our program are safe, supported, and in the best position to succeed.

 

In addition to helping survivors rebuild stronger, we want them to rebuild smarter. Our brains are the most precious things we have, and they're what make us unique. My greatest concern has, and continues to be, how injuries from my past relationships have affected my brain health, and what implications that might have in the future.

 

As a scientist, I wanted to use Hit Reset's platform to bring awareness to how this kind of trauma affects brain health, and to make sure survivors are educated on how they can preserve, protect, and boost their brains going forward.

Ashley Swanson

Founder, President, & Director

Stephanie Kolokotroni Jones

Secretary & Director

Lisa M. Procaccio

Director

Jamie Colgin

Director

OUR TEAM

Hit Reset, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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