42: The Importance Of Seeking Help

42: The Importance Of Seeking Help

In this episode, I talk about my experiences with mental illness, recovery, psychologists, medication and overcoming the embarrassment of seeking help. 
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If you are struggling with anxiety, depression, self harm or suicidal thoughts, please seek help - there are support services and treatments options that work, as well as people that care. You just need to take that first step …

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39: Guard Your Mental State At All Costs

39: Guard Your Mental State At All Costs

Take action to first determine how different life events impact your mental state, then work to add more of the positive impacts and cut as much of the negative impacts as possible.

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31: On Writing Therapy For Mental Health

31: On Writing Therapy For Mental Health

Writing therapy is one of the core components of my ongoing mental health plan. When I feel a build of of mental pressure - I write!

The page listens and does not judge, and therefore you can tell it anything without fear. Writing enables me to collect, organise and express my thoughts. By writing them down, I am able to detach from them and let them go.

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30: The Importance Of Assertiveness

30: The Importance Of Assertiveness

Developing assertiveness is key to ensuring a stable mental state. By actively addressing issues as they arise, you cut them off before they can fester and derail you into bouts of rumination.

In addition, assertiveness easily overcomes bouts of indecision that can plague groups, individuals or businesses. If it is ultimately of little importance, take the initiative and choose

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27: What Grief Feels Like - On Suicide and it's Effects

27: What Grief Feels Like - On Suicide and it's Effects

Grief comes in waves.

In this episode, Zachary discusses what grief feels like, as well as the feelings that arise when someone commits suicide.

Regardless of your proximity to the person, their death can be confusing and can significantly impact you.

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25: Overcoming The Pointlessness of Life

25: Overcoming The Pointlessness of Life

When I am depressed, the 'pointlessness of life' becomes overwhelming.

This episode addresses why life can feel pointless, as well as some of the ways that I overcome those feelings.

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19: Taking a Day Off From Life

19: Taking a Day Off From Life

Zachary talks about his day off from life, spent in solitude meditating. No social media, communication, reading, writing or eating; just observing the mind.

"I noticed that my mind would throw up strong urges and emotions. I started to act on them before I realized that I was doing so. This led me to wonder (in normal waking life) how much do my emotions, thoughts and feelings control me? I always presumed that I lead them, but I think I am drastically wrong about that."

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15: Protect Your Mental State At All Costs

15: Protect Your Mental State At All Costs

"Protect your mental state, that way you are in the best place to help others.

It is important to realise that your mental state is the lens in which you view the world, if it is compromised, so to is your ability to judge the people, events and actions of your life..."

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12: What Depression Feels Like

12: What Depression Feels Like

In this episode you will hear about Zachary's experiences with depression, the symptoms and impact on his day to day functioning.

"When I am depressed people want to cheer me up, which is a nice sentiment of course, but it doesn't address the issue completely. It is analogous to complaining that you cant understand a radio and to help, people keep raising the volume. You can hear it just fine, it is the tuning that is the problem"

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11: How I Get Myself out of Bad Mental States As Quickly As Possible

11: How I Get Myself out of Bad Mental States As Quickly As Possible

"When somebody is in a down mental state there is a tendency for them to feel like they have always been in that state.

Personally, when I am going through a bout of anxiety, depression or disociation I feel like I have always been suffering from it. It taints every memory of my past and makes me feel like it will be there for each instance in my future.

To combat this, I have written a 'mental health check list' that outlines that things have and will get better (they always have). As well as lists the activities that have worked for me in the past . 
I leave this on my wall as a reminder and promise to myself that I will try to get better, even if it feels like I can't. 

In this episode I go in depth, explaining what I do to pull myself out of a down mental state..."
 

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