Your Mental Health and College

This is something that I think about every day, but I decided that it’s finally time to make an episode about it. College is brutal. I don’t care how smart you are, college is hard for a few reasons. I hated my undergrad because I didn’t handle being away from home and having no friends well. It was also hard because I had nooooo clue what I wanted to do with my life. My masters is hard because it’s a lot of work, but it’s also more satisfying than my undergrad, even though I’m juggling this and a full-time job. My doctorate (which I haven’t gone for) feels like an inevitability, and I honestly can’t wait for it. So, how did I go from hating college to diving deeper? Well, I’m glad you asked! That’s what this episode is about. I hope you like it.

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How to Deal with Burnout

What better time is there to talk about burnout than when you’re burnt out? In this episode, I talk about the constant exhaustion I’ve been feeling that’s been brought on by work, personal issues, school, raising two amazing little pets, and maintaining basic functional necessities like laundry and cooking. You know that feeling that comes around that makes you want to procrastinate everything you do while also giving you an unusual addiction to Tetris and Chess? Okay, the latter part might just be me. Nonetheless, this episode is about burnout. I hope you enjoy it.

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Saying No and Setting Boundaries

This week, I’m covering a topic that I think is one of the most important that I’ve talked about recently. Saying no and setting boundaries for yourself is one of the best ways that I’ve discovered to cope with the state of my mental health. Whether you’re saying no to working late on a Friday, having a game night with friends, or even answering the phone when someone is calling, it’s okay to say no and not handle it in that moment if you don’t feel like you’re in the best state to do so. In this episode, I talk about why saying no is so important, and how mastering the delicate technique of setting boundaries can lead to a much happier lifestyle.

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Understanding Your Worth

This is a topic that, if you’re anything like me, is a hard one to grasp. It’s really easy to think that you’re not worth as much as you actually are or to think you’re worth nothing at all. Whether you suffer from a bad case of imposter syndrome, you believe that you aren’t contributing to society in a meaningful way, or you aren’t doing a great job where you work, I bet you’re doing better than you think. In this episode, I talk about my struggle to see my worth in the world, and how I’m making meaningful change to pursue it.

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Your Mental Illness Doesn’t Define You

Knowing that your mental illness doesn’t define you isn’t a novel concept. Each and every one of us is a unique and special person, but some of us struggle with mental illness. Even though sometimes our lives are dictated by what’s going on in our heads, such as a lack of motivation to do something in our everyday lives and an inability to get out of bed, we’re more than the thoughts that go through our heads. I think this is an important concept for anyone to know, but those that don’t struggle with mental health won’t get it until those that are struggling with it internalize it themselves. That’s why in this episode, I talk about how I’m so much more than my mental illness.

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Stress, Stress, and More Stress

This episode is about stress. Stress is a normal part of everyday life and learning to cope with it is an essential skill that everyone needs to learn. That said, it’s still a piece of crap. You couple stress with mental illness, and it can feel like a ticking time bomb. From feelings of anger and exhaustion, to just a general defeated state that lingers for longer than anyone would like, it’s time to talk about how I try (and sometimes fail) to deal with my stress. Did I mention that this episode is about stress?

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Do You Ever Forget You Suffer From a Mental Illness?

So, this probably isn’t the question you expected me to ask, but it’s one that I asked myself recently. After weeks of low motivation, irritability, and difficulty finding happiness in the things that used to keep me moving forward, it occurred to me that… I’M DEPRESSED. It’s something that I’m clearly aware of, but sometimes I just forget, and I end up giving myself a hard time for struggling to be happy and finding my motivation. In this episode, I’m going to talk about that “sudden realization,” if you can call it that, and how hopefully that’ll make it easier for me to work through this depressive episode.

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When Did My Depression Start?

I know that it was in eighth grade that my depression really started. Before that, I was a happy-go-lucky kid who thought he was happy and great all the time. I still remember being that kid who, any time he could, he would run around hoping that one day he’d “lose enough weight to fly.” That kid still exists, and I’m constantly searching for more and more of the missing pieces of him that have buried themselves deep within me, but he’ll never come back completely. In this episode, I’ll tell you what specific event made me realize he was gone.

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Escaping From Reality: The Pros and Cons

When something negative affects your life, there is no straightforward way to cope with it. No matter how you cope with the situation, it’s difficult because the situation itself is difficult, too. What I’ve learned about myself over the recent weeks is that I have a tendency to escape from reality when something unfortunate happens in my life. I do it through a variety of ways, such as YouTube, TV, video games, and endless social media usage, but that leaves an unanswered question: does escaping from reality help cope with a difficult situation?

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The Many Faces of Sadness

I have recently been affected by something very close to me, and as I cope with the challenge of it, I’ve witnessed the many different ways that those around me have responded to the news. This episode is about the responses that those close to me, including myself, have had. From food and compassion, to stoicism and crying, sadness takes many faces, and each has its own feeling, story, and love behind it.

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Getting in Touch With Your Emotions

Getting in touch with your emotions is hard work. Do you want to know how I know that? Well, this is the 109th episode of this podcast and I still suck at it. I may be beginning to understand why I do some of the things that I do, but that doesn’t mean I can always practice what I preach at the level that I wish I could. Saying how you feel is one of the most difficult things you can do. It takes empathy, vulnerability, honesty with yourself and those that you’re being honest to, and it takes swallowing your pride. Worse yet, is sometimes it takes admitting you were wrong, and that always sucks. In this episode, I talk about the constant battle that I fight with myself to be honest and sincere with those around me.

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How Does Insecurity Affect Relationships?

I’ll never claim to be a perfect person. It’s just not possible to be perfect, and I don’t strive for it. What I can say is that over the course of my life, I’ve become a significantly happier and confident depressed person with a lot more hope for the future, but that hasn’t always been the case. I’m currently engaged to the love of my life, but I’ve had a few failed relationships before I got here, and in this episode, I swallow my pride and dive into how I contributed to their downfall because of my mental illness.

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Is There a Single Definition for Depression?

For me, depression is that creeping feeling that makes me want to give up all hope. It tells me that I’m terrible, that I’m bad at everything, and that nobody will ever truly love me because I am imperfect and unpleasant. It even tells me that I’d be better off dead than seeing tomorrow. Depression makes me feel unwanted, but it also feels unique – almost like I’m the only person in the world who suffers from it. I know I’m not, but the question I have is: is my depression unique to me, or is it the same depression that everyone else feels?

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The Holiday/COVID-19 Conundrum

I could tell you what everyone else in the world is telling you about the holidays. I could say that going to see your family is terrible because we are in the midst of a pandemic, and that it’s irresponsible to put you and your family in danger. I could also say that you should go see your family because you only live once and seeing them is more important than following the precautions assigned to you because of a pandemic. There are many things that I could tell you, but what I’m going to settle for is telling you how these decisions can affect your mental health, because I know they’ve affected mine.

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When Does Routine Become a Problem?

I’ve talked about routine before, and I always talk about how great it is. Having some sense of what you’re going to do can be really good for mental health, whether it’s from having a good sleep schedule, working out, or taking time out of your week to think about you. I promise that I’ll talk about routine in the future, too! But you know what screwed up routine and all it stood for? COVID-19. I know, I’m just as surprised as you that COVID ruined something else. Now, staying home when possible, wearing your mask, and using social distancing is incredibly important for both you and everyone else’s physical health, but when does the routine of “staying home” become a problem? That’s what I’m here to talk about this week. Thanks for listening.

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This Episode is About Nothing

Okay, so it’s not so much about “nothing” per se, but it’s about feeling relaxed, not stressed, and for a brief moment, like I wasn’t depressed. I had the pleasure of finishing two of my masters classes today (the day before this was released,) and although I start another tomorrow, for a short 7 or so hours, I didn’t have any responsibilities. Sure, I had to do a few things like get dinner, walk Halsey, and play with Leia, I didn’t have any overarching things to do for once. I felt completely and totally uninhibited and I could do what I wanted without feeling guilty. I took that time to play Mario Party with me beautiful fiancée, spend time with my pets, and reflect on why this feeling of “nothing” happened, and how I can replicate it moving forward.

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Reaching Out for Help

For all the time I talk on this podcast about the revelations that I’ve had about myself, I’m still no expert on me. Sometimes I need to reach out to other people for help. This episode is about the people I’ve reached out to, when and why I did, and what came of it. Along with that, I talk about the times that other people have reached out to me, and what that made me realize about people as a whole. Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy the episode!

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Organizing Your Priorities

Hey – you there! Thanks for joining me for another episode of the podcast. This week, I talk about figuring out priorities. What inspired me to talk about it is the fact that I (along with everyone else in the world) have a lot of stuff on my plate that I either need or want to do, and I don’t have enough time to do it all. This caused me to really sit down and figure out what I needed to do to be most successful in the future, and what will make me happier over the duration of my life. With that came a lot of soul searching and thoughts about every aspect of what makes me who I am, what I should do in the future to make me happier, and how my recent revelations can help you in your future as well.

You know, for a marketing professional, you’d think I’d pick a sexier name for my podcast episodes.

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Can You Work So Hard That You Forget About Your Depression?

Have you ever thought about diving into something and immersing yourself so completely so that you don’t have to worry about the thoughts going through your head? If so, I did it for you and learned that it’s not a great thing to do, so I don’t recommend it. I’ve been very busy with everything going on in my life that it’s hard for me to focus on the stuff that I know makes me feel happier, such as talking with my friends and family, writing, making content for Acceptable Madness, and more. This last week has amounted to me working almost exclusively on my masters classes and other daily responsibilities, and although I was able to get everything done in time, the act of putting my mental health on the backburner to focus on it was hard… and putting it frankly, it sucked. So, to answer the main question of this episode – no, you can’t work so hard that you forget about your depression. In this episode, I dive deeper into why I think that is.

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Acceptable Madness’ 100th Birthday!

It’s been a long road – after a little over 2 years, it’s time to celebrate Acceptable Madness’ 100th birthday. In that short amount of time, I’ve talked for hours and hours about different topics such as loss, friendship, sleep, rejection, and so much more. I’ve told you more about myself than most of my closest friends know about me, and I’ve uncovered more about how my mind works in that time than I ever could have imagined. In this episode, I’d like to talk about how much I’ve changed over that time, how I feel about it, and what I’d like to see moving forward. This episode is special for me, not just because of it being triple digits, but because it means I’ve been able to start something and follow through with it, no matter the challenges that life (and that pesky depression) throws at me. I hope that I’ve helped you through whatever struggles you’re having, and hope that the lessons I’ve shared with you will keep you moving forward through life with optimism and strength, because life is tough, but you’re tougher. Thanks for listening, and I can’t wait to talk to you in another 100 episodes!

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