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Episode 102: Dealing with Mental Health

This week we’re talking all about mental health. We dig into our own struggles with mental health and share how they can impact so many creatives out there. Without further ado, let’s get into the show!

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Show Notes for This Episode:

[1:00] Tom opens up the show with a chuckle.
[2:00] He shares some staggering mental health statistics with the group.
[3:00] Lisa shares how poor mental health affected her life and creativity.
[4:00] Anxiety and panic attacks were crippling to Lisa.
[5:00] Don’t fall for the notion that creatives must live a life of suffering.
[6:00] Lisa talks more about how depression and anxiety can change you.
[7:00] You can get past the low points in life.
[8:20] Going to therapy doesn’t mean you are weak!
[9:00] In the beginning, Tom was very embarrassed over how he felt.
[10:00] Ignore the stigmas surrounding mental health counseling.
[11:30] We lie to ourselves every-single-day.
[12:00] Therapy is your fast pass ticket to creative growth.
[13:00] Tom describes the creative roller coaster from mania to crash.
[14:00] The cycle repeats yet we never get used to it.
[15:00] Elation and depression on repeat become mentally exhausting.
[16:00] Ian jokes about his stress levels around money 29 days out of 30.
[17:00] Tom walks us through the coaster ride of the early Design Cuts days.
[18:00] Ian talks about having to leave a job due to deadlines and workloads.
[19:00] Being aware of how you work will relieve stress in your life.
[20:00] Find and recognize your stress points so you can deal with them.
[21:00] First world problems, are they really less for the person feeling them?
[22:00] Feeling the pressure to create.
[23:00] When you’re happy to do the work but inspiration isn’t striking.
[24:00] Ignoring the Social Media hamster wheel.
[25:20] You can’t control others but you can control YOU!
[26:00] Set your own limits and define your own success.
[27:00] Scientific studies show exercise improves your mental health.
[28:00] Control what you let in your head.

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