One of the many things that I am grateful for when it comes to my podcast, WITH WHIT, is the platform it has become for discussing mental health. I recently spoke with Sarah Fay (PhD, MFA), an activist and author of PATHOLOGICAL: The True Story of Six Misdiagnoses. Her book calls for a new conversation about mental health diagnosis based on rigorous transparency. Below you will find a beautiful excerpt! With exquisite detail and a precise presentation of facts, she digs up her own life at the root to finally ask, Is a diagnosis a lifeline or a self-fulfilling prophecy?
So excited to share this one with you! If you are a frequent listener of my podcast, WITH WHIT, (and you should be 😉 ) then you know Life & Spirituality Coach, Ryan Haddon! I had Ryan on in June this year and she is just the best. When I spoke with her I was in such a funk and she totally helped me get myself out of the hole I was getting in.
How is everyone? I hope you’ve found spaces of light this week. I feel like the state of the world is consistently going up and down and up and down. I guess it has always been like this, but now more than ever those downs are feeling very low. It’s so easy to fall into a hole of negative feelings these days. It takes a lot of effort to not let it happen. I am making meditation and therapy a major priority right now. Those acts help me feel more in control and at ease. We can find emotional relief in many things – a major one for many is spirituality.
I think we can all agree that the past year+ has been a whirlwind that we didn’t expect. Parenting is hard enough. Add a pandemic on top and…well I am just thankful we have gotten as far as we have! Now more than ever, we need to make sure we continue to educate our children on the updates of COVID-19 and the vaccine. I thought it would be great to bring someone here to help us out.
It is in a woman’s nature to put herself second, third, fourth, etc. to anyone or anything else. Thankful that a lot of us are starting to put ourselves first! We deserve to be prioritized. There are a number of reasons why, but one of them is that not doing so can affect our physical health in strong ways.
As you have probably noticed, I am spending a lot of time talking about self-care on most my platforms – here, my Instagram and podcast, WITH WHIT. My mental health is a priority. I really want to pass on everything I am learning in hopes that something I am trying and hearing might help you too. Plus, sharing also holds me accountable to keep up the work!
Who else has a hard time buying for men? Timmy deserves so much but I have to admit, he is kind of hard to shop for! I have been listening to him more than ever, picking up on his cues, doing my research and listening to you! You all gave such creative suggestions. So here is a comprehensive list of everything I have found and some things Timmy added in himself.
This week definitely feels lighter than last week but it’s definitely still not very light. Ugh, I hate being so negative but I also am just a realist. From the pandemic to the election and everything in between…I know I am not alone when I say I have a rollercoaster of emotions. I am trying to take each day one at a time. Moment by moment. That is easier said than done sometimes. So, I am also making sure to give myself patience, extra love and shine, because I know I am doing my best each day…each moment.
Loving yourself can be one of the hardest things to do. Why is that? We can be our worst enemies at the flip of a switch. I know for me, if something doesn’t go as I planned or hoped, I am quick to point the finger at myself. It must have been something I did or said. I should’ve handled the situation differently. No. Stop. We HAVE to be our biggest cheerleaders. That phrase people say is 100% true…”treat yourself like you would treat your best friend.” We have to emotionally be there for ourselves especially in times like these where there is so much uncertainty. It is imperative for our mental health.
If you tuned into our LIVE on YouTube this past Saturday, you heard that Timmy, Sonny and I are back to strict quarantine. I am totally stir crazy. I am experiencing those same anxieties I had at the beginning of quarantine fueled by feeling trapped. Timmy and I agreed that we have to be on each other’s teams while we are stuck in the walls of our home.