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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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15 Simple Ways to Calm Your Anxious Mind

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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VIDEO: 3 Simple Ways to Keep Calm Right Now

Hang out with The Mighty as we put the SOCIAL in social distancing. Join us right now for: 3 Simple Ways to Keep Calm Right Now. You will learn ways to face your worry, anxiety, and stress. Subscribe to my free 5-day e-course at https://anxietytoolkit.subscribemenow.com/ Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and IG @iamsteveaustin

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3 Powerful Free Tools to Help Your Anxiety Right Now

I don’t actually know a single person who hasn’t already been impacted by the Coronavirus. Whether you’re ill with the virus, know someone who is, or simply feel the fear that seems to permeate every conversation these days, this pandemic is dominating everything we do right now. That’s precisely why I’m sharing these three powerful […]

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How to Remain Calm When the World is in Chaos

How to Remain Calm When the World is in ChaosDo the headlines have your anxiety on high alert?Are you scared to leave your house and go to therapy?Does Coronavirus have you losing sleep?Are you struggling to remain calm when all the world is in chaos? Friend, I totally get it.  On Sunday, as our church gathered […]

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He Left Me in the Midst of Mental Anguish

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”-Ernest HemingwayThe worst day of my life was the day my husband left me.He walked out on the anniversary of the day he first asked me out, twelve years earlier. We were sixteen then – high school sweethearts. When he walked out, we […]

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Podcast: When You Feel Like You Can’t Go On

Image by Marta Matyjas from PixabayIn the wake of the passing of Christian pastor and author Jarrid Wilson by suicide at age 30, my friend Jason Elam (host of the Messy Spirituality Podcast) reached out to me to share my story of nearly dying by suicide, and my journey back to life. With the Wilson family’s […]

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7 Life Lessons from a Suicide Survivor

I am a suicide survivor. This is my story.Suicide Survivor​​It was late September, 2012. My eyes squinted shut as the nurse wheeled me out the front doors of the psych ward and helped me into the car. This was the first time I’d seen the sun in more than a week.”Good luck, Mr. Austin. Take […]

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Living with Depression & Anxiety: 7 Coping Strategies that Work (e-book)

​Depression and anxiety are very real illnesses that can take over your life when undiagnosed and/or untreated. I know because I’ve been there.LIVING WITH DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY: 7 COPING STRATEGIES THAT WORKI was 29-years-old, a husband, father, and pastor when I nearly died by suicide. The depression and anxiety were crippling, but I had never […]

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

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 […]