Theresa speaks with Princess Asia and Mario to talk about their personal experiences with pressure and expectations. As former athletes, these two best friends found commonalities in their sports backgrounds and consistently connect their struggles and experiences to their playing past. They talk about mental health in sports and just everyday life plus they give insight on how they developed the confidence to overcome their personal pressure and expectations.
Theresa is joined by Nathaniel who is the Associate Vice President of Policy at Mental Health America and also a person who lives with insomnia. They both discuss their current and past relationships with sleep and how anxiety and depression play an integral part in sleep patterns. They chat about sleep recommendations and what techniques work for them and what doesn’t; it takes time to find your sleep solutions but it is also important to let go of your sleep expectations.
Theresa and America are not having a good day so they use this platform to try to talk out their feelings. They are both working through some raw emotions on some recent tragedies while also dealing with their own personal troubles and it all seems like too much. They pose the question: how can you get mad at the world when you’re the one setting the expectations? Bad feelings come from some misalignment with expectations so they both are just trying to take one thing at a time and talking it out on the podcast helps.
On this episode we discuss the feeling of not belonging, not fitting in or having trouble connecting with people. Making friends at any stage of life can be difficult so Theresa and America talk about their own personal struggles to develop friendships throughout their life and how they’ve tried to be better. The process of beginning to feel like you belong is the process of trying to identify who you are.
There is a common comment about how people struggle with having an open dialogue about their mental illness because those who are close to them don’t believe them. People might have difficulty with their diagnosis or might not even know what is specifically going on within them which makes it hard to articulate that to other people. The way in which you communicate is important when speaking to others about your mental illness and no matter how the other party might react to it, we believe you.
Last episode Catherine took us through her mental health journey and on this podcast she shares her experience of what it’s like to go to the hospital. She describes the events leading up to her hospital visits, what it was like during her stay and the benefits of the entire experience. Catherine gives her opinion on when it is a good time to go to the hospital and the importance of setting up these small day-to-day goals for her mental well-being.
In this episode Theresa and America are joined by Catherine Reynolds who “thrives with” Bipolar Disorder. She talks about what it’s like living with Bipolar and how she has succeeded in spite of it. Catherine shares her mental health journey including how she first revealed it to her family, how she got connected with a therapist, weighing her treatment options and ways in which she tries to identify her triggers.
Theresa and America tackle a topic they are passionate about because they personally struggle with stress eating. They explore the cultural significance and emotional relationship around food and also the rituals people have around eating. America gives her tips on how she tries to curb the stress eating, the importance of portion control and why it’s key to identify what your triggers are and build in protective factors against them.
America and Theresa take on the topic of differentiating between a person who is bipolar or just being moody. They discuss two important factors which is mania and euphoria and they break down what each mood might look or feel like. If you think you may have a problem you should talk to a professional to figure out what your next steps might be and seek help as early as possible.
What is the difference between being sad and being depressed? America and Theresa discuss the warning signs when your sadness crosses over to depression. They also give some advice on what you could do if you are in these unhappy states, how they deal with their personal bouts of sadness and how you could attempt to turn it around.