Episode two of my podcast is out and it is all about mental illness and asking for help. You can grab it for free here:
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It can be difficult to admit to the people in your life that you’re struggling with mental health. I spent years of my life suffering in silence because I was too afraid to ask for help. In the podcast episode, I share with you some of my tips for getting over that fear so you can get help and get on with your freaking life. You can follow the Radical Transformation Podcast at www.radicaltransformationproject.podbean.com. Here is some of the information I shared in the Podcast.
1. My negative self-talk made me think that I didn’t deserve to be happy. Start to program your brain to think positive thoughts by using some affirmations.
I deserve to live a kick-ass life
I am a great person and I deserve tons of happiness
I am trying my best right now
2. Spend some time writing in a journal and figure out how you feel, what you want to change and how other people can support you. Get really specific and really get into the nitty-gritty of what is going on with you. Once you have a better understanding of how you feel and what you need it will be easier to communicate that to your support system. If you are interested in more journal prompts you can find them here.
3. Commit to living authentically and not hiding how you really feel. Be honest with the people close to you about what is going on in your life. Being authentic will help you begin your healing journey and make asking for help easier.
4. Find professional resources to help you on your journey. No matter what you are dealing with there is an expert somewhere that has studied exactly what you can do to heal and feel better. Find a therapist that specializes in the areas you are struggling with or do some research and find a book about the subject (these are my favorites about depression and anxiety). If you’re looking for new therapists use this therapist finder or if you’re interested in online therapy try BetterHelp. You can find my favorite mental health podcasts here for some good free information.
I am not a licensed therapist or mental health professional. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. You can download a free printable list of hotlines here and join the free mental health support group on Facebook here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
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