Tag Depression

You Wouldn’t Have Your ‘Why’ Without Your Struggles

Everyone has a why. It took me a long time to find mine. I can remember the terrified feeling clearly. I was cowering by the front door, frightened by something in the house. What was it? My memory is fuzzy now. It may have been a mouse. Or a strange noise I couldn’t identify. Whatever it was, I wanted to get out. But I couldn’t. My mother had gone to the market and locked me in the house on my own. A couple of years later, when I was six, I was knocked over by a car. Neither of my parents came to visit me in hospital. Looking back, I can rationalize and try to understand why, but even as an adult I am filled with sadness when I think about this, so as a child I must have felt completely abandoned. And that feeling of helplessness and abandonment continued

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From Self-Harm to Superbands: How I’m Saving Lives Through Music

My name is Jessica Villa and I’m the Founder/CEO of a nonprofit organization called Superbands. Having been known as the ‘quiet girl’ for most of my life, never did I envision taking on something that is so beyond my comfort zone, but I couldn’t be happier with my decision to jump into pushing Superbands forward, which has undoubtedly been the most rewarding experience of my life. At age 13, I moved from a small town to a bustling new community where I struggled to fit in and make friends. Afraid to speak up in class and too anxious to approach my peers, I found myself slipping into a dark place, soon suffering from depression, self-harm, and anxiety. I refused to speak out about my mental illness out of fear of being bullied, judged, or mistreated. This soon escalated to suicide attempts at the young age of 17. I felt so

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12 Reads to Help You Understand the Importance of Mental Health as a Creative

There are two secrets to success: 1) hard work and 2) a strong mindset. The first one takes a long time no matter who you are, no matter what you do. However, there are always those people who seem to skyrocket to success, but I’m realizing this isn’t the case. The people who seem to succeed faster, with less “effort” have simply just learned to master their mindset earlier than the rest of us, which allows them to be fulfilled within each step of the journey. And by mindset, I don’t mean this fluffy space in your head that only has room for positivity where visualizing a rainbow magically zaps away any problematic struggle or situation. By mindset, I mean the strength of your mental space and developing mental toughness and emotional intelligence. Today is World Mental Health Day, and because there is no cause out there that I think is

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From Self-Destruction to Self-Discipline: 5 Tips for Structuring Your Life

My name is Shaun Novak.  Most of you probably aren’t familiar with that name, so allow me to introduce myself.  I’m currently the COO of The Gem.  I’m a musician, vocalist, and music producer.  I’m a dreamer.  Most importantly, I’m a struggling entrepreneur who’s been battling depression for 10+ years.  I’ve been helping Allyn behind the scenes with the development of the site and Gem Nation for awhile now, occasionally peeking my head through the curtain (with a few blog posts here and there), but I’ve recently decided to take center stage on a regular basis.  I’ve racked up countless stories and struggles over the years, so my hope is that someone reading about them can relate and benefit from my experiences and mistakes. Related Read: 5 Powerful Ways Your Business Grows When You Use Your Story (+ FREE workbook inside)  There was a time when I felt like my self-discipline

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How My Mental Health Battle has Made Me a Better Person

When the lovely gems at The Rising Tide Society asked me if I would be interested in contributing a post for Mental Health Awareness Month, I was incredibly honored. This is a community that has provided me with so much love and support throughout the growth of my business. I wrote about my battle with mental health; where my struggle started and how it affected being an entrepreneur. I then talked about the strategies and coping skills I’ve learned, and continue to use time and time again, that help get me through this crazy thing called life. I made a point to mention how necessary it is for us to get comfortable living in our own mental spaces and finished off on a note about self-development. I promise, it’s a really powerful piece and you should go read it here. I used to see my depression and anxiety as a burden –

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Battling Depression Encouraged Me to Become an Entrepreneur

Depression among entrepreneurs seems to be rarely discussed in favor of the glamorization of being ones own boss. Aside from talks about startup depression among tech founders, honest discussion about the emotional upheaval of those who are freelancers or who run larger organizations seems null. However, for me, depression was one of the reasons I wanted to be an entrepreneur. Early in my career in administrative services, I sought help for chronic depression stemming from physical health problems and bad circumstances. Balancing work with frequent doctors appointments, including separate appointments with my primary care physician and my therapist, was difficult. If there was ever a need for intense therapy, I’d miss a lot of work. Soon after returning from a three month leave from my job supporting a QA exec, I was terminated. With the money I got in severance, I bought a computer and started writing proposals for marketing and

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Noteworthy Ways Real Entrepreneurs Are Running a Business with Depression

Starting a business is the hardest thing you can do in life. There’s no break, even when you aren’t running a business with depression. After a long day at the office, you get to go home, but as an entrepreneur, your responsibility, your hunger for success, is there every second of every day. I already told you that this comes at a huge cost to your mental health, and the response to that article only further demonstrates the need for this discussion. So, instead of talking about success, we’re here to confront the struggles. Like most mental illnesses, depression is unpredictable (in both its clinical and situational forms). You don’t know what will trigger it, and sometimes still don’t know even when why it’s there even after it sets in. It might stick around for an hour, a day, a few weeks, many months. You never know how long the storm will last, how

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