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Anxiety Depression Mental Health

Learning to See Your Diagnosis as a Gift

After much hard work, I am learning to embrace my diagnosis as a gift; but that wasn’t always the case.

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Anxiety Mental Health

When Your Mental Illness Comes in Waves

A couple of years ago, I drove myself to the emergency room, unsure if I was having a heart event or a panic attack. My chest was tight, my breathing was rapid and shallow, and the longer I tried to calm myself down, the worse I felt.Long story short: It was panic. Nothing was wrong […]

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catching your breath podcast

How to Determine if Your Life is Well-Balanced

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-nmhnm-e937fb Welcome to Catching Your Breath: The Podcast, episode number 64. I’m your host, Steve Austin, and I’m so glad you’re here today. If you listen to this episode in its entirety, you’ll learn how to determine if your life is well-balanced, plus I’ll teach you 25 practical ways to find balance. And at the […]

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Best of Messy Grace faith Grief

When Life is Painful, You Need a Suffering Savior

When life is painful, you don’t need a God who is disconnected from the harsh realities of daily life. You need a suffering savior.

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catching your breath self-care Self-help stress management

How to Stop Feeling So Overwhelmed.

Feeling overwhelmed? Hint: The busier you are, the MORE you need some commitment-free time.

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catching your breath podcast

The Power of Non-Judgmental Presence

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-j6kr4-e2dbfb Welcome to Catching Your Breath: The Podcast, Episode 63. Today we’re discussing the power of non-judgmental presence. How can co-suffering with hurting people change everything? These notes are the bits and pieces that didn’t make it into my upcoming book with Fortress Press, but because I’m so passionate about this topic, I just couldn’t […]

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catching your breath podcast

The End of the World As We Know It

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ww8am-e102da Welcome back to Catching Your Breath: The Podcast, with host, Steve Austin. This is episode 62. The full title is, “It’s The End of the World As We Know It: How to Find Hope, Healing, and Inner Peace Amid Racial Tensions, A Global Pandemic, and a Political Dumpster Fire.” (No, really.) This episode includes […]

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faith Mental Health The Struggle With Church

Pastor: Not Sure How to Respond to Suffering? Start Here.

I’m not a theologian, my expertise comes only from personal suffering (as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and a suicide attempt). But it seems to me that theology—at least the Western version of evangelical Christianity I’ve been steeped in—is as much about our views of self as it is our study of God. To […]

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Current Events politics

3 Myths about Hope

“The problem with wagging our fingers at oppressed people who use force in their struggles for freedom is that we’re overlooking an important fact: namely, that the force of resistance necessary for their liberation is determined by the severity of the oppression they face. The amount of force necessary to liberate oneself from an oppressive power […]

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Self-help

How to Rebuild Your Self-Worth (free bundle download)

Most of my clients have a struggle with their self-worth. And can I tell you something? They’re probably attracted to me because I know exactly what it feels like.Thankfully, I’ve learned through years of recovery that knowing your worth protects you from being taken for granted.inner worth phrase written on chalkboard with red heart symbolHow […]