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Category Archives for "Mental Health"

Worthy and Unashamed: Facing Mental Health Stigma in the Church Head-On
Jul 28

Guest Blog – Worthy and Unashamed: Facing Mental Health Stigma in the Church Head-On

By Guest Blogger | Anxiety , Depression , faith , guest post , Mental Health , Religious Recovery , self-esteem , The Struggle With Church

Unworthy.  It’s a word that I often use to describe myself….in my own head.  You see, I’m a Christian who has mental health issues. I have struggled with panic attacks, anxiety and depression for over 20 years. I’m also a licensed mental health counselor, college professor, worship leader, entrepreneur, wife, and mom.  If you were […]

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It's depression, not demon possession.
Jul 21

Guest blog: It’s Depression, Not Demon Possession

By Steve Austin | Depression , faith , Mental Health , Spirituality

Joy sat at the table, her eyes big and watery. “You know, my depression has been going on for a while, but my husband doesn’t believe me when I say I’m depressed. Instead, he took me to our pastor and asked him to cast out the demon inside me.” Photo by Ben White on Unsplash […]

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Healing Negative Memories with Journaling
Jun 25

How to Heal Negative Childhood Memories with Journaling

By Steve Austin | Family , Mental Health , podcast , Recovery , Recovery from Abuse , self-care

Have you ever found yourself confronting painful memories of situations you experienced when growing up?Photo by Jon Tyson on UnsplashOne of my most painful memories is of childhood sexual abuse.During my senior year, in the middle of a class trip, the memory of my abuse came rushing back. We were touring the Department of Human Resources. When a […]

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The spiritual hero who was depressed and desperate.
Jun 12

VIDEO: The spiritual hero who was depressed and desperate

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Bible study , Depression , faith , Mental Health , Spirituality , Videos

Who comes to mind when you think of a hero? Spider-Man? Superman? Wonder Woman? Abraham Lincoln? Martin Luther King? Mother Theresa?​A hero is defined as a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.So naturally, when I think of a spiritual hero, my first thought is the Old Testament story […]

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Burnout: What to Look for & How to Fight Back
Jun 02

Burnout: What to Look for & How to Fight Back

By Steve Austin | life coaching , Mental Health , self-care , self-esteem , Self-help , stress management

Photo by Hans Eiskonen on UnsplashA dear friend of mine recently resigned from his job. We’ll call him “Sam.” Sam worked for a Christian organization where he was doing a job that made a real difference. He had been a star player in this organization for five years. Sam was respected by his peers, adored […]

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Why My Kind of Coaching is Unique
May 22

What Makes My Kind of Life Coaching Unique

By Steve Austin | life coaching , Mental Health , Recovery , self-care , self-esteem , Self-help , Spirituality

Could you summarize your life’s work in only two or three words?In the coaching world, we’ve come up with all sorts of titles to try and capture our unique brand of coaching. Plenty of people use the generic “life coach,” but you might also see things like:Wellness coachSuccess coachLife strategistPerformance coachMindset coachEmpowerment coachBehavioral expertPersonal development […]

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Dealing with Difficult People
May 19

Difficult People: Identify, Strategize, Implement

By Guest Blogger | catching your breath , guest post , life coaching , Mental Health , podcast , relationships , self-care , Self-help , stress management

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudice, and motivated by pride and vanity.”- Dale CarnegieIdentify:It’s not hard to identify who rubs you the wrong way. You feel it in your heart as your beats per minute increase when they’re around. […]

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6 Simple Tips for Snapping Out of a Funk
May 16

6 Simple Tips for Snapping Out of a Funk

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , Courses , Grief , life coaching , Mental Health , self-care , self-esteem , Self-help , stress management

​I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but at some point in your life, you are going to get into a funk. Some call it a rut. Whatever it’s called, it​ doesn’t feel good, and you​’d probably avoid it if you could. However, you can get yourself out of the funk by using​ […]

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Peace, Be Still: Finding Hope in the Midst of Anxiety
Apr 22

Peace, Be Still: Finding Hope in the Midst of Anxiety

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Depression , faith , Mental Health

“The wind ran out of breath; the sea became smooth as glass.” -Mark 4:39 This morning, anxiety slapped me in the face before I even opened my eyes. Like a glass of freezing water, it jolted me from restful sleep. What a bully. There are times when I feel such shame because the anxiety persists. Sometimes, I […]

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Children and Suicide: What You Can Do
Mar 12

Suicide and Children: What You Can Do

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Best of Messy Grace , Depression , Mental Health , Parenting , Recovery from a Suicid...

“I have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” -James Baldwin​My Little Girl Doesn’t Really Want to Hang Herself, Right?A friend of mine was tidying up her little girl’s bedroom when she noticed tiny pieces of paper torn and lying in a pile near the […]

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