I'm Speaking at Creative Mornings in Oakland!

UPDATE: Watch my speech below!

***Listen to my podcast about anxiety***

This Friday, Jan 26th I will be speaking about living with anxiety challenges and mental health for Creative Mornings. I HATE anxiety. Hate it. But my love for stopping mental health stigma by sharing my story is stronger. I'll also talk about facing our normal, everyday anxieties.

Registration opens this Monday at 11am. They go quick so make sure you sign up ASAP.

Anxiety Resources from My Creative Mornings Talk

My Creative Mornings--Oakland talk went beyond what I could've imagined! The place was packed and people were standing. I appreciate everyone who attended, organized the event and were sponsors. I don't normally talk about anxiety so I was of course a bit...anxious. But I'm glad it all worked out. If you missed it, a video is coming soon.

A number of people asked about a slide I used during my presentation. As someone diagnosed with depression and anxiety, sometimes negative thoughts can make me feel really hopeless or stressed out. And so when I'm presented with a situation where negative thoughts come up, I ask myself questions to  help me look at things differently.

I learned this from a daylong meditation retreat I took at the East Bay Meditation Center and group therapy. The meditation leaders Kitsy Schoen and Mushim led a retreat called Getting Back in Charge: Mindfulness and Depression. I think they lead this retreat every year.

In group therapy we used The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety  and learned about ACT, which is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Here's a great podcast episode from when I hosted Mental Health & Wellness Radio. There's a lot of information and personal stories here from myself and my guests. You can also listen to the show on iTunes.

Take care of yourself!