66: Express Yourself Daily (ch 3.1 - How To Get Your Sh!t Together)

66: Express Yourself Daily (ch 3.1 - How To Get Your Sh!t Together)

It wasn’t until I tried writing that I saw major improvements as a direct result of treatment.

Unlike talking therapy, I found that I could express myself far more freely onto a blank page. When I sat down to write, I didn’t have to worry about what the page thought of me. It can’t judge. I could ramble, reiterate and back track without concern for transmitting understanding to someone else.

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65: Why Persistence Is The Key To Success In All Things

65: Why Persistence Is The Key To Success In All Things

Unless you have persistence, constancy and discipline, the chances of your dreams eventuating into reality fall to almost zero.

It takes time to learn the lessons, develop a practice and hone the skills necessary for success in any area.

In this episode I share my journey both in my writing and personal life - where I have come from, to where I am now, to where I want to be - focusing on what it takes to see real results.

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64: Hoarder (ch 3: Under The Influence - Reclaiming My Childhood)

64: Hoarder (ch 3: Under The Influence - Reclaiming My Childhood)

I realised just how bad Dad's living conditions were about a year after his death. I was talking to a cousin of mine who had recently become a police officer. It’s not often that you get a chance to have a firsthand glimpse into the seedy underbelly of the society you live in ...

In this episode, I share Ch 3, of Under The Influence - Reclaiming My Childhood,

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63: Become Present State Aware (ch 1.1 - How To Get Your Sh!t Together)

63: Become Present State Aware (ch 1.1 - How To Get Your Sh!t Together)

One of the best ways to reduce the severity and duration of a panic attack (or anxiety in general) is to become present state aware.

This involves taking slow and deep breaths, while focusing your attention onto your senses. What can you see, hear, taste, touch and smell right now? Focus on that!

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62: Guarding Your Mental State This Christmas

62: Guarding Your Mental State This Christmas

Look after yourself as a matter of priority this Christmas.

The added social and financial pressure of this time of year can be the tipping point for those of us with mental illness or a history or trauma.

In this episode I discuss why this happens, and what you can do to manage yourself this festive season!

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61: Vagabonding and Following Your Dreams (w/Fred Saleeba)

61: Vagabonding and Following Your Dreams (w/Fred Saleeba)

Today I am joined by Fred Saleeba. He shares the his journey of escaping the monotony of regular life, into one of vagabonding - travelling the world for the sake of travel, no destination, no base, just for the experience.

This interview gets quite personal with Fred discussing issues with (and how he is working on) self confidence and forming new relationships.

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60: This Story Is About You ...

60: This Story Is About You ...

Believe it or not, I wrote this story about you. Yes, you. The person reading this right now. True, I don’t know your name, where you were born or what you do for work, but that doesn’t really matter.

I am going to be honest. I like you, the real you that is. The you that exists beyond those small details.”

Listen to the rest of your story, as well as find out about the release of ‘How To Get Your Sh!t Together’

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59: Believe People When They Talk Trauma (+ Patreon Supporter Questions)

59: Believe People When They Talk Trauma (+ Patreon Supporter Questions)

This episode has three parts:

1) I give a preview reading of my next blog post titled “If someone opens up about their trauma - believe them!”

2) I answer three Patreon supporter questions

3) Updates on the progress of How To Get Your Sh!t Together, as well as some other housekeeping.

Enjoy!

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58: The Problem With #NotAllMen (w/Matt Antonello)

58: The Problem With #NotAllMen (w/Matt Antonello)

After posting a picture on social talking about the risk factors for suicide, I was DM’d by multiple men.

They told me that due to the new PC culture, they felt victimised and unworthy of support - particularly relating to mental health, and that this was contributing to their suicidal feelings.

This podcast is my response for them.

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57: How To Avoid Being Triggered By Social Media

57: How To Avoid Being Triggered By Social Media

Social media is a double edged sword. It is an amazing tool to catch up, connect and dispel feelings of loneliness, however it comes at a cost.

It exposes you to the unfiltered thoughts of others. On occasion, this will be triggering. Worse still, you never know when this will occur.

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56: Don't Let Chronic Illness Stop You From Following Your Dreams (Interview With Kelly Paris)

56: Don't Let Chronic Illness Stop You From Following Your Dreams (Interview With Kelly Paris)

If you suffer from a chronic illness, but don’t want to let that stop you from following your dreams, this episode is for you.

Kelly Paris joins me on the podcast to discuss how she manages her chronic illness (fibromyalgia +) yet still manages to follow her dreams.

We discuss the importance of finding a good therapist, focusing on your ‘why’, taking rest days when needed, learning to rely on yourself, as well as looking for the ‘yes’ rather than focusing on the ‘no’ …

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55: The Five Mental Health Musts!

55: The Five Mental Health Musts!

The following five things have done wonders for my mental health - they have become daily musts. In this episode I discuss why they have made such a massive difference in my life, and why you should try them for yourself.

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54: How To Manage Mental Illness In Relationships (and 3 more questions from Patreon supporters)

54: How To Manage Mental Illness In Relationships (and 3 more questions from Patreon supporters)

As a small thank you to my Patreon supporters, I answer their questions as a Podcast, Blog, or Video.

Today I am answering 4 questions here:
- How do you manage relationships when one person has a mental illness?
- I struggle to talk when I am depressed. How can I express myself better?
- What can I do if my illness cannot be treated?
- How can I find work with acquired brain injury, and how do I deal with societies focus on perfectionism?

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53: 'The Priest' - Upgrade - Part 2

53: 'The Priest' - Upgrade - Part 2

In this episode I share part 2 of my second book ‘Upgrade’.

A flock of Naturals struggle to survive in an increasingly Integrated world …

”The Priest winced as he got down on to his knees and began to pray. The years of prostration had taken its toll on his old joints, yet he never complained. He recounted the stories, lit the candles and performed the rituals, as was dictated by his tradition.”

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52: Why Mental Illness Is So Stigmatised, and What You Can Do About It

52: Why Mental Illness Is So Stigmatised, and What You Can Do About It

Despite the fact that 1 in 5 people are currently suffering from a mental illness (1 in 2 over the lifespan), mental illness is highly stigmatised.

In this episode I delve deep into the possible causes and solutions to this stigma. I also talk about dealing with the possibility of ‘attention seekers’ or ‘fakers’ as well as how to best ensure that your family and friends know you will be there for them should they need your support.

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51: 'A Day In The Life' (Chapter 2 of Under The Influence)

51: 'A Day In The Life' (Chapter 2 of Under The Influence)

In this episode I share chapter two of my first book 'Under The Influence - Reclaiming My Childhood'

“I always knew that my dad was an addict, but it took me a while to truly understand the difference between my dad and my friends’ dads. However, as I moved from primary school into high school, the differences became more and more apparent ...”

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50: Shihan Cameron Quinn - On Mental Toughness and Martial Arts

50: Shihan Cameron Quinn - On Mental Toughness and Martial Arts

Shihan Cameron Quinn has been training Kyokushin Karate for 47 years. He has worked with elite athletes, sporting teams and professional martial artists. He is a best selling author, and does speaking engagements and training seminars around the world …

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49: Ava's Journey - Battling Neuroblastoma (interview)

49: Ava's Journey - Battling Neuroblastoma (interview)

Ava is a two year old girl who is receiving treatment for Stage 4 high risk Neuroblastoma. This is a very aggressive form of cancer, with a survival rate of 40%. If Ava's chemotherapy treatments are successful, she faces a 75% chance of relapse with in 6 months - unless she receives a trial vaccine…

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