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Optimistically Depressed is a platform where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame.

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Optimistically Depressed is a platform where mental health, hurt, life philosophies and anything in between can be discussed without shame.

    Marc Boudreau on Coping with Self-Isolation | Ep. 77

    Marc Boudreau on Coping with Self-Isolation | Ep. 77

    I hope all of you are doing well. If you are struggling, my heart goes out to you. If you have lost someone to this horrible virus, from the bottom of my heart, I am sorry. I have been thinking about those who are hurting from this. I can't imagine the pain. The best thing I know to do about that right now is staying home and creating what I can from here and then sending it out to you.

    We changed things up a little this time and Marc interviewed me! We talked about what I've been up to and some of the things I have been doing to try to cope while being isolated with my husband and three young kids. There were a couple challenges, which I know is the case with pretty much everyone. Some included the fact that I couldn't exercise because of some issues I have been having with my lungs (but I just got cleared to start exercising from home again yesterday which has me thrilled!). The inconvenience of not being able to exercise had me looking for other ways to cope and I found a few. One of them includes using the Calm app, which has a free seven day trial so you can see if you like it (I made a mistake in the episode and said I thought it was a 30 day free trial - sorry!). Here's a link to Calm: https://www.calm.com/

    Have a listen! I hope you find it helpful and it makes you feel a little less alone in this time. Stay inside and stay healthy!

    • 25 min
    Candyce Sellars on Mental Health in Community | Ep. 76

    Candyce Sellars on Mental Health in Community | Ep. 76

    It's so great to have a friend that you can talk to about anything, including the stuff that we generally hate talking about, ie: confrontational stuff. Candyce is one of those people that can look at a problem and not only find a solution, but break it down in a way that is non-threatening and provides a solution before there is even a problem. Talk about the perfect recipe for a happy community.

    Candyce and I discuss the ways to build happy, healthy and proactive relationships and how to avoid the self-sabotage that comes along with the feeling that things are too good to be true.

    Listen in on this, the spoon theory and much more in this latest episode.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Christy Ann Conlin on Turning Life Into Your Own Story | Ep. 75

    Christy Ann Conlin on Turning Life Into Your Own Story | Ep. 75

    We all have a part of our pasts that we can feel the victim of, and the truth is that when we’re children, we are the victim. But what about when we become adults? Do we carry the victim status along with ourselves or do we grab the pen which has been writing our life story so far and take over?

    Christy Ann has quite literally grabbed that pen and started writing through her own struggles and thought patterns with fictional stories. Her witty and thoughtful tales show a reflection of herself in different quantities, and the quality of her stories resonate in your bones.

    We cover some of her tales in our episode together and also discuss the feeling of being an idiot and how to prove that feeling wrong.



    CHRISTY ANN CONLIN is the author of three critically acclaimed books, Heave and The Memento, and most recently, Watermark, a short story collection. Heave was a national bestseller, a finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Thomas H. Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals including Best Canadian Stories, Brick, Geist, Room, Numéro Cinq and Review. Her work has also been longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and the American Short Fiction Prize. Her radio broadcast work includes co-creating and hosting CBC Fear Itself, a national summer radio series, along with documentaries for CBC The Doc Project and CBC Outfront. Christy Ann was born and raised in seaside Nova Scotia, where she still resides along with her big quirky sandwich generation family and assorted livestock. Christy Ann is also a passionate mental health advocate and motivational speaker.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Lee Fraser on Successful Mindsets and Retaliation | Ep. 74

    Lee Fraser on Successful Mindsets and Retaliation | Ep. 74

    We’ve heard from this guy before, but I had to interview him again. Lee Fraser is one of those minds that many try to mimic, and why? Because when he sets his mind on something, he gets it done.

    This past weekend, I got to participate in a weekend Lee is well known for hosting: the Creatives Weekend. Over the span of either three or four days, creatives participate in workshops, socializing, creative feats and outdoor exploration. There’s something for everyone.

    I got to speak at this event as well as do a live podcast with the man himself. Lee gives us another peak into what drives him as well as the emotions and mental obstacles that come along with rejection or things just not going as planned. His main motto? It’s simple. F*ck it.

    Have a listen as this inspirational guy gives us a lesson and a laugh, and check out his own podcast, Living Life Intently.

    • 54 min
    Wren Kelly on Owning Borderline Personality Disorder | Ep. 73

    Wren Kelly on Owning Borderline Personality Disorder | Ep. 73

    One of the mental disorders that has a lot of confusion around it is Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Many people get a little freaked out at the idea, but they don't need to be.

    Wren Kelly openly discusses her symptoms with BPD and what they feel like. She describes what she does to counteract her symptoms and the mental discipline needed to do so.

    Get ready for an open and honest discussion about the illness that Hollywood loves to take advantage of and why it doesn't necessarily need to be that scary.

    • 48 min
    Verity Vale on Climbing Mountains and Managing Anxiety | Ep. 72

    Verity Vale on Climbing Mountains and Managing Anxiety | Ep. 72

    Inspiration graces us in many forms and in this case, it comes in the form of my friend Verity. I am thrilled to have her back on Optimistically Depressed.

    As a professional hypnotherapist, she has shared with me several helpful insights for managing my thoughts.

    This time Verity returns to talk about anxiety, being properly aware of danger and the mindset needed to climb mountains. Among her many talents, Verity is quite the mountaineer and will be climbing to the Everest base camp this May! Tune in to listen to how that came about and how she is preparing herself for the feat.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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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?

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