Optimistically Depressed is a platform where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame.
Emma Morris-Smith with Self-Care, CPTSD & Emotional Regulation Therapy
It's amazing how many contributors there are to the inability to regulate our emotions. They feel like this involuntary experience that takes over our body - you know the feeling - the anger takes over and all you see is red, or the sadness is crippling. It's like the only options we have are to let the emotions take over or to resist them.
Turns out those aren't the only options. We can actually have a good relationship with our feelings, who woulda thought?!
Have a listen for good coping mechanisms and habits we can work on in order to love our emotions.
Emotional Connection with Meaghan Smith
What do we all share? Our emotions. While the way we experience them is unique, the feelings themselves are what connect us. With something so powerful, we need to be aware of how we use them and, while protecting ourselves, we can also use the gift of emotions to create empathy. And that, friends, is how we can help heal the world.
So let's take care of our emotions and talk about them.
Optimistically Depressed: I’m Back!
After a much needed break, I’m feeling mostly refreshed and ready to get back to all of you and share what’s been on my mind for the past six months.
It isn’t a surprise that it’s been rough, but it’s brought me to some realizations that were learned through tough lessons and many tears.
Thanks for waiting so lovingly for me and I am thrilled to finally continue our journey together.
Ruthy's Rumination on Dealing with Bad Thoughts, Balancing Your Mental Health with Others & Looking Forward to Post-Covid | Ep. 85
It's Rumination time!
I got more topics for discussion from you beauties and used the opportunity to practice being more honest and raw with my opinions. I can't wait until all this crap with Covid is over. One of you asked what I'm looking forward to doing when that happens so I talk a bit about that.
Next, I discuss my thoughts on the importance of taking responsibility for and maintaining our own mental health and not taking on the responsibility of anyone else’s. I finish off the episode by talking about the importance of listening to our bodies in order to allow the pain and discomfort associated with some feelings to move their way through, opening up room for the pleasant feelings to take up space.
Thank you everyone who contributed to this podcast with your discussion points. I hope you find this to be beneficial!
Lindsay Umlah on Appreciating Your Body | Ep. 84
The glorious Lindsay Umlah joins Optimistically Depressed for a second time!
I saw a post she made on Instagram about being enough and it struck me. There are many areas we need to work through when it comes to feeling like we measure up and believe me, I've been working on them. The first one I wanted to tackle was being enough as myself, with my personality and my opinion. I've made great progress in that area and I've been dedicating a lot of focus to it. But another area that haunts me is my body image.
I know I'm not alone here. We each have our unique struggles with it. I have identified as being thin - very thin. And it was something I don't recall thinking much about growing up because I was a scrawny kid. But now I'm older and my body has some more miles on it. My body has changed. My eating habits change with the season, especially with emotional seasons. Let me tell you, over the past couple years, I have been through some dark emotional seasons, and I find comfort in food. As a result, my body has changed and I have felt so much shame about it.
Lindsay and I talk through these things along with some other good stuff. If you need a reminder of why you are enough and that you aren't alone in feeling like you aren't, this talk is for you.
Ruthy's Rumination on Staying Sane, Self-Care and Astrology | Ep. 83
This week I thought I’d do another rumination. I asked for some suggestions on what to talk about and suggestions were made! I talk on some tips I’ve learned on how to stay sane during quarantine and how to take care of ourselves. Then I venture a little into the world of astrology - something I’ve learned a bit about recently and am rather intrigued by.
I hope all of you are doing well and this episode can help you feel less alone. Sending my love!
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I love this show!
Ruth is an excellent host and is a pleasure to listen to. You can tell how much she cares about her guests. Keep it up!
One of the most soul restoring podcasts, and one of the greatest humans.
Ruth is incredibly gentle, warm, and welcoming. She has the sort of presence that makes you feel comfortable and at ease, immediately after meeting her. When I met her, I instantly felt like we were friends. She has such a passion for mental health, community, and making conversation happen about the tough subjects, which is what we truly need more of. I got to do an episode with Ruth, and it was such a blast. She really is the bestest human. I super duper recommend this podcast to anyone who wants to feel, and have their heart and souls warmed. You won't regret it - seriously. <3
Awesome Podcast for mental health
Great show! Great content and very engaging guests. Keep it up!