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Category Archives for "Mental Health"

Why I Left Facebook After 20 Years
Aug 02

Why I Left Facebook After 20 Years

By Steve Austin | Mental Health , self-care

I officially closed my Facebook account today, after twenty years on the platform. Here’s the message I left for everyone before permanently closing my account:Why I Left Facebook After 20 YearsGoodbye, old friend.I calculated my average time spent on social media per week (4.25 hours), which comes out to 221 hours a year. Over the […]

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Pastor: Not Sure How to Respond to Suffering? Start Here.
Jun 18

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

By Steve Austin | faith , Mental Health , The Struggle With Church

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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8 Simple Ways to Increase Your Happiness with Self-Care
May 27

8 Simple Ways to Increase Your Happiness with Self-Care

By Steve Austin | Mental Health , self-care , Self-help

​To say that 2020 has been exhausting is the understatement of the year. As I write this, we’re in the throes of social distancing, isolation, and even quarantine. Because of Covid-19, 2020 hasn’t just been exhausting, stressful, and overwhelming: for 100,000 people in the United States and 350,000 people worldwide, 2020 has been deadly. Maybe you […]

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Church and Mental Illness: How to Stop Failing People
May 24

Church and Mental Illness: How to Stop Failing People

By Steve Austin | Depression , faith , Mental Health , Recovery from a Suicid...

“When we can let go of what other people think and own our story, we gain access to our worthiness—the feeling that we are enough just as we are and that we are worthy of love and belonging.” —Brené BrownIn recent years, several well-known Christian leaders have died by apparent suicide: Amy Bleuel, Andrew Stoecklein, […]

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When You Experience Your Worst Day...Again
May 21

When You Experience Your Worst Day…Again

By Guest Blogger | Mental Health , My Very Worst Day (series) , Recovery from Abuse

When asked to think about my very worst day, several pop up at once in my mind. I wonder if I’m alone in this or if others have experienced their “worst day” more than once. I suppose that is a part of being human with imperfect relationships in an uncertain world. It truly feels awful […]

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15 Simple Ways to Calm Your Anxious Mind
May 11

17 Simple Ways to Calm Your Anxious Mind

By Steve Austin | Anxiety , Mental Health , mindfulness , self-care , stress management

I have lived with anxiety for as long as I can remember. In addition to regular check-ups with my doctor, taking my prescription mediation, and talking with a therapist, grounding techniques help control my symptoms by turning my attention away from thoughts, memories, or worries, and refocusing on the present moment.Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed […]

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9 Proven Ways to Support Someone with Depression
May 06

9 Proven Ways to Support Someone with Depression

By Steve Austin | Depression , Mental Health , self-care

Things like a global pandemic really have a way of triggering our mental health. Uncertainty about the future, financial insecurity, and loneliness are just a few current issues that can increase things like stress, anxiety, and depression.If you’re in the group that feels guilty because life is actually pretty good for you right now, it’s […]

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How to Trust God in the Midst of Adversity
Apr 30

How to Trust God in the Midst of Adversity

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace , Mental Health , Religious Recovery , Self-help , stress management , The Struggle With Church

“I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
I don’t think this verse is our promise from God that we can do anything we put our minds to. I think it is actually a verse of comfort from a guy who wrote it while chained in prison, encouraging the rest of us who are stuck in dire circumstances to keep trusting. I think this verse actually drives home the very crux of the Gospel of Grace: we can face all sorts of things and persevere through them, as long as we keep trusting in a faithful, changeless God.

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How Falling Asleep at the Wheel Saved My Marriage
Apr 25

How Falling Asleep at the Wheel Saved My Marriage

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , life coaching , Marriage , Mental Health , podcast

Two years after I almost died by suicide, a car wreck threatened to destroy our marriage. Image by Steve Buissinne from PixabayHow Falling Asleep at the Wheel Saved My MarriageIt was September of 2014. My little boy, Ben, was turning three, and Sweet Caroline was about five months old. I had been in recovery, rebuilding […]

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​Isolated? Here Are 7 Things You Can Do to Make Your Life Better
Apr 19

​Isolated? Here Are 7 Things You Can Do to Make Your Life Better

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , Current Events , goals , life coaching , Mental Health , mindfulness , self-care , Self-help , stress management

7 Ways to Make Your Life Better During IsolationThis COVID-19 crisis has radically changed our lives. Just a few months ago, we had no idea our ‘world’ would be confined to our homes!This crisis is a powerful reminder of how important freedom is – and how much we need human connection! Remember you are not alone. […]

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