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Feeling Moodie with Pat Sebastien
Are you looking for ways to improve your emotional and physical well-being? Do you struggle with some of your thoughts and feelings?
Pat Sebastien, CEO of Moodie Inc, & I sat down to discuss the app Moodie, which is designed to be your personalized wellness companion. Try it out and find a place to reflect, get helpful information, encouragement, guidance, and some coping activities.
Moodie enables you to change your mood through customized engagements called Actions and gives you the ability to create Routines that will help you create positive habits. The only way to change a behaviour is to practice doing it. This format will help you to understand your habits better.
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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.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Pretty good overall
I listened to several episodes and overall I like Ruth’s (the host) sweet manner and effervescent personality. The first interview with that guy Mike was exceptional, and I felt Ruth’s empathetic nature really came out there. However on episode 17, there’s a ton of giggling and silliness going on between her and her guest Emma at the beginning of the episode. I just wanted them to start the discussion already but they kept on giggling about sitting in a closet and a banana costume.... yikes.. It certainly made it seem more like two 14-year olds than two grown women. Perhaps that type of banter could be edited out?