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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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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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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44: Guard Your Mental State At All Costs

44: Guard Your Mental State At All Costs

It is vital to first notice the warning signs of a mental illness coming on and then take action to best guard your mental state.

In this episode share the ups and downs of this week - talking about how I manage my mental state, both in the short and long term.

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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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33: Finding the balance between work and relaxation

33: Finding the balance between work and relaxation

Finding the balance between work and relaxation is vital for both mental health and productivity. Work too much, and you run the risk of becoming run down. Relax too much and your dreams will forever stay as dreams. 

In this episode I discuss my continuing journey to finding a balance between these two aspects of life. 

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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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17: What Anxiety Feels Like

17: What Anxiety Feels Like

"For me, a lot of the symptoms of anxiety are physiological: shortness of breath, headache, coldness, and clumsyness. I get trapped in rumination, often overthinking everything. This has an impact on my ability to cope in social situations as there is a lot of stimulus to take in and process.

I find myself creating multiple potential futures for each outcome and simultaneously contemplating the worst of each. This causes my mental state to be focused on the worst possible outcomes for futures that never eventuate."

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16: What Happens When You Talk About Trauma

16: What Happens When You Talk About Trauma

"When you open up and start to talk about your traumatic experiences, a few things will happen.

More memories will come flooding in and that may become overwhelming. In addition, people will react differently to what you will expect. Some will be supportive and will share their own experiences, while others will disbelieve what you say..."

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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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13: The Fear of Silence & Moving Towards a More Mindful Existence

13: The Fear of Silence & Moving Towards a More Mindful Existence

Zachary reveals how he discovered his obsession with avoiding his own thoughts, the addictive pull of social media as well as how creativity can be stifled by too much external input.

"If you are always listening to other peoples words, you are always having an external person influence your thinking process ... by allowing for silence, you get to discover what you truly believe and feel about things."

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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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8: Why You Shouldn't Let Your Trauma Define You

8: Why You Shouldn't Let Your Trauma Define You

"There is a risk of falling into the trap of defining ourselves based on our trauma. We might relive it over and over again -in our minds, contemplating what happened, wishing it was different.

Or perhaps we are the complete opposite - running and hiding from it, doing everything we can to not accept the event as part of our past. Perhaps we do both..."

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