In our culture, being ‘stressed out’ is a badge of honour, and we are all paying the price. Our ‘good girl’ upbringing, our ‘disease to please’, and overcompensating for feelings of being ‘not enough’, is causing a mental health problem among women.
When we started this platform, we wanted to talk to successful women entrepreneurs and learn about their path to success. You cannot talk about success without talking about struggle; the two go hand-in-hand. We were surprised, and honoured, by how candid the women were about their struggles. One of those women is food expert and nutritionist, Abbey Sharp. In our video interview with Abbey, she talks about her battle with high performance anxiety and how she manages. And, how she is paying it forward by sharing that information with her community.
On a similar mission is internationally acclaimed biochemist and nutritionist, Dr. Libbey Weaver. In her TED Talk she explores how women’s low self-esteem, and the feeling of being ‘not enough’ drives them to acquire more and more, increasing the stress, and exacerbating the issue. She offers fantastic insights and solutions to solve the problem.
Perhaps the solution to our mental issues is not in being more, and acquiring more, but in reaching out and connecting more. This is the subject of the international bestseller ‘Lost Connections’, in which the real root of the health crisis is revealed to be the breakdown of community.
So maybe instead of a ‘can-do’ attitude, we have to recognize we actually can’t do it all. Not alone, anyway. And why would we want to?
We are storytellers, all of us. We need to come together and share our stories more, because at the heart of all stories is one essential truth. We need each other.
Jessica and Tracy
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What is the face you picture when you think of someone suffering from anxiety? I bet it isn’t Abbey Sharp’s. As beautiful as she is talented, with a successful blog, YouTube channel, and a cookbook, she seems to have it all together. And truthfully she does. But she also suffers from ‘high functioning anxiety’ and has developed a number of tools (from improv to meditation) to manage it. In today’s often ‘fake it to you make it’ social media world, many would choose to hide their struggles. But by sharing hers, Abbey has developed a loyal and growing audience. In this candid interview, she shares her story.
What’s inspiring us
Dr. Libby Weaver is an internationally acclaimed nutritional biochemist, author and speaker. In this TED Talk she raises the alarm about the crisis facing modern women today. Their desire to show up for everyone in their lives in multiple ways, is literally causing them to break down. It’s a fascinating discussion of how women’s lives have vastly changed, and how our biology has not caught up with it. The result is physical and emotional fatigue with dire consequences. Fascinating and inspiring, this TED Talk is a wake-up call for women everywhere.
We can’t say enough great things about Lost Connections by Johann Hari. He took his first antidepressant at 18, after telling his doctor he had overwhelming feelings of sadness. It wasn’t until he was in his 30’s that he thought of all the questions the doctor didn’t ask, such as: What was his life like? What was making him sad? What changes could be made to make life more tolerable? In his book, Hari discovers that depression is not only a biological ailment, but is a psychological and environmental one as well. He travels around the world looking for answers, and presents an exhaustively researched argument for people to re-establish human connection. ‘Lost Connections’ is an eye-opening investigation into the causes and cures of depression and anxiety that you won’t be able to put down.
Maiden is the true story of of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. An incredible and suspenseful tale that reminds us all that the journey is just as, if not more important than, the destination.
Come out and support a fun fundraiser in support of PYNK hosted by our ambassadors the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies and Black Lab Brewing. PYNK is a groundbreaking new support program for young women dealing with breast cancer opearting out of Sunnybrook Health Services Centre. For details click here.
Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist, New York Times bestselling author, and weekly ‘Dear Therapist’ columnist for The Atlantic. In this podcast with Dax Sheppard, Lori discusses her transition from working in the entertainment industry to becoming a therapist, her willingness to listen to career advice, and the importance of the patient/therapist relationship. She also emphasizes how lonely and isolated we feel today, and echoes the sentiments of Johan Hari’s ‘Lost Connections’. “We grow in connection with others – showing one another what we can’t see yet”. This is a fascinating and thought-provoking podcast that we loved.
This weeks tip from Shelly Elsliger is about showcasing your work. There are several sections in your LinkedIn profile/story that allow you to showcase your work and professional credentials and demonstrate your personality. All of these sections add dimension to your overall brand…Read more
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