How to Manage Your Stress

Stress isn’t an easy thing to manage. It’s one of life’s many “things” that seem to beat all rational, and prevent you from thinking clearly, figuring out what you want, and feeling better. This week, I talk about my approach to managing my stress. My system may not necessarily work for everyone, but it works pretty well for me the majority of the time, so maybe it can work for you, too. I hope that something in here can help you out and make the rest of your week a little easier.

I am not a doctor, so do not treat this as therapy or medical advice. I just do this podcast with the hopes that it can help some people.

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Destiny: What Does It Mean for You?

I’m not a superstitious person, but the concept of destiny has always interested me. Feeling that you have this purpose set for you by someone or something is easy to believe, especially because finding direction in life is arguably one of the most difficult things that a person can do – but that doesn’t mean that destiny, or your purpose, can’t change as you grow older and experience more of the world and humanity. In this episode, I talk about destiny, and how it’s much more malleable than you’d think.

I am not a doctor, so do not treat this as therapy or medical advice. I just do this podcast with the hopes that it can help some people.

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Lessons From the Avatar

I’ve been watching Avatar: The Last Airbender, and through all of the awesome fighting and world building, the character that sticks out most to me is Uncle Iroh. The once great Fire Nation General turned tea-loving mentor is a complex man, and no matter the situation, he always brings the calming presence of wisdom. In this episode, I talk about some of the quotes he had throughout the show, and how applicable they are to our lives on the outside. I never thought I’d make an episode of a mental health podcast about a children’s TV show, but hey, I think it turned out pretty great! Thanks for listening.

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Also, I wrote a book! https://www.amazon.com/Trying-Myself-Scott-Christopher-McKinney/dp/1735125105/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1HJRD1Q2OGBG6&dchild=1&keywords=trying+not+to+kill+myself&qid=1595216485&sprefix=trying+not+to+kill+m%2Caps%2C170&sr=8-1

I’m Publishing a Book!

My book, Trying Not to Kill Myself, comes out THIS FRIDAY! It’s been a long process, from writing, editing, cover design, formatting, and everything else that goes into self-publishing a book, I’m glad to say that this project is wrapping up and launching! I’ve been excited about getting this thing out there for years, and it’s finally happening. This feels like a massive milestone for me, and I couldn’t be more proud of myself. In this episode, I talk about what it took to make this bad boy, and how it’s helped my mental health. Thank you for your continued support, and I hope you like the book!

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Bitter With the Sweet

Ya know, not everything in the world is great (as I’m sure you’ve already noticed.) That doesn’t make the world bad or terrible to live on, but it means that there are some less than perfect things that happen, whether it’s a dispute between you and a friend, some burnt mac n’ cheese because you forgot to add water to the Kraft you were microwaving, or you have a dog that WON’T STOP BITING YOUR SHOE LACES NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOU TELL HER NOT TO, but I digress. Not everything will be great, but as the great musician, Carole King, said, “you’ve got to take the bitter with the sweet.” In this episode, I dive into what that actually means.

I am not a doctor, so do not treat this as therapy or medical advice. I just do this podcast with the hopes that it can help some people.

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The Ideal Body Image

I don’t like my wrists, my hair is too curly, and when I gain weight, it shows itself in the most undesirable of places. My body isn’t perfect, and it never will be. Chances are your body isn’t perfect either. And that’s perfectly okay. In this episode, I talk about body image, how it can impact your mentality, and some solutions on how to feel better about yourself.

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What It Takes to Be Happy

Ever wonder what the “Scott McKinney Solution to Happiness” (Patent Pending) is? Well here it is in all of its glory! But for real, I talk about what combination of things make me happy, how I discovered this magical combo, and how with work and hope, you can find what things you need to feel better too. Plus, my book, Trying Not to Kill Myself, is coming out on Friday, July 17th, so please check it out then!

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Feeling Like a Burden

There is no clear-cut definition for depression that encompasses everyone who struggles with it since it affects everyone differently; however, there are similarities that exist within most people that have it. It’s easy to feel like you’re going it alone, especially when swamped by suicidal thoughts, but I learn each day that most people are more like me and you than you’d think, such as feeling like a burden to those around you.

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Stop and Smell the Roses

There are a ton of things happening in the world right now, and they’re things that many of us likely never expected in our lifetimes, our kid’s lifetimes, or even our grandkid’s lifetimes. There is a lot going on, but that doesn’t mean that we need to be caught in the endless streams of overwhelming news that’s coming at us from all directions. In this episode, I talk about what’s making me happy right now, and what you can do to find some happiness in your own life.

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The Future

Hello and welcome to my blog! It’s been a long time since I’ve used this, and even when I used it, I posted about random stuff, shorts from my upcoming book, or really whatever I wanted. I figured that stopping there was kind of a waste of resources, plus I like writing and want to encourage myself to do so at least once a week. So, thanks for reading as I talk about whatever I want to talk about that’s related to mental health.

There’s been a lot of things happening recently in the world, ranging from COVID-19 to the murder of George Floyd, to protests and riots, and to really anything else in between. As I type this, and the song Mad World by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews plays on Spotify, I feel confused and overwhelmed. People are dying, businesses are being looted, and the world seems to be losing control. Now, that’s not to say that losing control is entirely bad, as the catalyst for this change is a travesty and nothing like it should happen again, but it still causes an unbelievable amount of change in everyone’s lives and thoughts.

This change feels like it was an inevitablity and it’s a shame that it had to come to this for so many to act and speak up, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy for everyone to understand how to act or react to it. It’s easy to feel like you’re not being a dutiful citizen by staying inside and struggling to find the energy to leave your bed, but if you feel that you need to stay inside and rest up, that’s perfectly fine.

We’ve all been stuck at home for months with nothing but our thoughts for company, and I don’t know if you know this, but depressed thoughts are a sonuvabitch. Everything that’s happening is tragic, but change is coming and we’ll all come out of this on the other side as a better, more understanding species, with equality to carry us to our next chapter.

The World as We Know It

It’s a weird time to be alive. There are protests all over, COVID-19 is still being a butthead, and the rate at which unexpecting things happen doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all. This podcast is about mental health, and topics such as the riots are very polarizing, but this is a safe space. I tried my best to give my honest opinions about everything that’s happening and how I feel I should react to it all, along with how I’m trying to find the bright side. It’s a hard time for everyone, and focusing on mental health is more important than ever. Thanks for listening and I hope this can make you feel even the tiniest bit better, or at least show you a new perspective.

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Is Acceptable Madness… Unacceptable?

In this episode, I (metaphorically) strip down and look at my naked body in the mirror and ask myself about what I’m doing with Acceptable Madness, and what I could be doing better. In the process, I decided to create a secondary brand/channel/thing called Unacceptable Madness where I post non-mental health related content so that I don’t clutter my Acceptable Madness feeds with random stuff that some people don’t like. Thanks for your patience as I work to understand my brand, and I hope you appreciate all of the upcoming changes.

Also, I’m having to experiment with a bunch of different changes, like a different computer, desk setup and all sorts of other things, so if the audio doesn’t sound as good this time around, I apologize, and will work to make it better in the future. Any insight that you give helps, so please let me know what you think.

I am not a doctor, so do not treat this as therapy or medical advice. I just do this podcast with the hopes that it can help some people.

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Sooo, I Got Engaged

Whoa, I’m engaged! That’s pretty exciting, right? Being in a committed Whoa, I’m engaged! That’s pretty exciting, right? Being in a committed relationship is something that I never thought I’d be able to do, let alone get engaged. In this episode, I talk about the super unromantic way I started the proposal, the proposal itself, and how I overcame countless fears and embraced a long-term relationship (and sexy fiancée.)

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The Effects of Burn Out

We’re all stuck at home. We’re all tired of being stuck at home. We’re all stressed for a multitude of different reasons, whether it’s from being unemployed and searching for a job, missing family, or just exhausted at our jobs. It’s a hard time for everyone, and in this episode, I talk about what’s been a struggle for me and how I’m trying to overcome it.

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The Joy of Progress

Hello and thanks for tuning into another episode of Acceptable Madness! In this episode, I talk about progress, and how progressing or improving in something that you care about feels delightful – and maybe even happiness-inducing. Yeah. It’s that good.

I also talk about how the Carousel of Progress broke down when I was riding it with my family, creating the most ironic thing that I’ve ever lived through.

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Why People Like Things

Hello and thanks for checking out another episode of Acceptable Madness! Although the title of this episode seems kind of weird and super not detailed, this episode is about exactly what it says. People like different things for different reasons, and for the first time in my life, I was able to understand that instead of quantifying or questioning it, simply accepting that people like something is enough – and there’s no reason to fight that.

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What If You Don’t Have Hobbies?

I know that in the past, I have talked about hobbies as almost entirely creativity-based ventures, and I believe that that is shortsighted. In this episode, I talk about hobbies of all shapes and sizes, ranging from watching the massively overrated Tiger King documentary to baking, and how no matter what you do with your free time, the only thing that ultimately matters is finding things that make you happy.

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Do Pets Make Depression Easier?

The short to this question is a resounding… maybe? Last month, I adopted both a puppy and kitten, and in all of the running around to potty train, clean up pee and poop, make sure they’re all healthy and fed, I haven’t had much time to think about being depressed. How has that affected me? Is it a good thing because I’ve been able to stay out of my own head, or is it a bad thing since I haven’t been thinking about my mental health as much, so I haven’t been able to understand what’s making me feel way that I do? I honestly have no idea, but what I can promise you is that Halsey and Leia are super cute.

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Trying Not to Kill Myself

This week, I talk about the new eBook that I’m going to publish in the coming weeks titled Trying Not to Kill Myself. I read a few of the shorts that are in the 100 story compilation and talk about what compelled me to write them, along with how they made me feel. I hope you like what you hear! If you do, keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram to hear updates about the project. I’ll also mention it here so that all of you wonderful podcast listeners are kept in the loop. Thanks for your support over the years and for the coming years as well.

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Thinking of Those That You Miss

As we enter another week of quarantine, I talk about how I’ve been holding up so far and how I’ve coped with the isolation. Along with that, I look for the positive in the mess that the world seems to be in right now, and then decide to never talk about Coronavirus on my podcast again because information is coming from all directions and I want this to be more of a break from that as opposed to another source of worry. Thanks for listening, and keep an eye on my Facebook page (link below) to see when I release my first self-published book, Trying Not to Kill Myself. Stay safe and healthy out there.

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