Mental health check-in…Let’s chat

Mental health is often left out of the conversation when it comes to health and fitness. However, with as many people as it impacts and the struggles that many people face due to its severity, it’s important that we destigmatize it and normalize the experience. As someone who has struggled with anxiety, Robin is very passionate about supporting both physical and mental health at The Balanced Life.

In this conversation, Robin shares statistics about mental health, the importance of it, and ways we can work to improve our own mental health. She discusses the strategies she uses to regulate her anxiety and tangible tips you can use to support yourself or others who are experiencing it. 

Show highlights: what you can look forward to in this episode!

  • Mental and emotional health are intertwined and we have to care for both.
  • Statistics about mental health and why it’s important to normalize it.
  • Robin shares her experience with anxiety and how therapy has been transformative for her experience.
  • How Pilates can help regulate both physical and mental health.
  • How the media we consume has an impact on our mental and emotional health. 
  • Trying our best to give ourselves grace over guilt when it comes to sleep can improve the mental stress of daily life. 
  • Counseling and therapists are great resources to get on a better path towards overall health.

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13 Comments
  1. Sharon McAdams 7 months ago

    This podcast could not have come at a better time. My husband is currently going through a mental health episode. He suffers from persistent depressive disorder, anxiety and PTSD. It is a challenging time for our family but we are utilizing every resource available to us to navigate it. The thing that stuck with me the most about this episode was when you said it’s hard to understand when you are looking at it from a rational standpoint. It is so difficult to see my husband consumed by irrational thoughts, knowing I can’t fully understand or help him. Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing your story with us, Robin. We are better together!

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      Jen McManaman 7 months ago

      We’re sorry to hear the challenges your husband is facing and how that impacts your family, but so glad that you’ve found the resources available to help. We agree it’s always better together, Sharon. We’re here for you!❤

  2. Griselda Orr 7 months ago

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. With seasonal change comes with seasonal depression for me so this was a perfect pick me up. I’m so thankful to have this sisterhood and community support that we can all share with each other ❤

    • Administrator
      Jen McManaman 7 months ago

      We’re so glad that this resonated with you, Griselda. We’re in this together! ❤️

  3. valerie cross 7 months ago

    As a mental health professional (therapist), you really nailed this topic, Robin!!
    You covered all of the very important parts of being/ staying mentally healthy and I’m so GLAD you are so willing to share…

  4. Christine Clayton-clarke 7 months ago

    Thankyou
    I have known for a while of my situation
    Presently I feel trapped
    A prisoner
    I know pilates had been my saving grace in the past
    Lockdown initially was ok now I get distracted so easily
    Thankyou again
    From Australia

    • Administrator
      Jen McManaman 7 months ago

      These certainly are challenging and uncertain times for so many of us. We encourage you to listen to your body and mind and seek help when needed. We’re here for you and cheering you on, both on and off your mat, Christine!?

  5. Globus NMC 7 months ago

    I was going through some stress and luckily I found your podcast and heard it. Stress is not gone but feeling better. Good work keep it up. Hoping to hear you in future also.

    • Administrator
      Jen McManaman 7 months ago

      We’re glad that you found the podcast when it was helpful for you and that you’re feeling better. We encourage you to prioritize yourself and your self-care.❤️

  6. Autoflower Seeds 7 months ago

    Thanks for talking about this. In fact, you are right, you need to talk about it more often, because, despite everything, mental health is still stigmatized, and it’s just awful. My wife suffers from depression, and no matter how much I want, I cannot help her as a doctor and full treatment. She is now undergoing treatment, and I am surprised by the large number of people who do not take it seriously. I do not draw a clear line between mental and physical health, because both aspects greatly affect our lives.

    • Administrator
      Jen McManaman 7 months ago

      We’re sorry to hear of your wife’s depression, but so glad that she is undergoing treatment. Thanks for sharing your perspective on mental and physical health, we completely agree!

  7. Jack Herer 5 months ago

    After a recent fight with cancer, my mental health was what suffered the most. I am mostly physically recovered but the mental cuts are deep and will take significantly longer to heal. Thank you for helping with the battle that no one sees the scars for.

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