Introspection-aholics™ Podcast 000: Intro and Why I Want to Share Your Story

The Introspection-aholics™ Podcast is a bi-weekly mental health and self awareness podcast focused on helping women thrive in their life by showing up for their wellness!

Featuring interviews with real people who suffer with mental illnesses and those support them as well as discussions on general wellness, self care and current mental health talk.

Pulling from my own experiences with depression, anxiety and postpartum depression, I’m your host Kendra Kantor and I’m ready get real on these hard topics to help YOU re-define, re-align and discover who you really WANT to be.

Introspection-aholics™ Podcast 000: Intro and Why I Want to Share Your Story

0:55ish : I am so excited to get this show started! I’ll be honest, this has been on my to do list for almost 8 months! It was a project I felt I ahd to have it perfect, planned out, how I was going to do this, what to do etc. I needed everything perfect and ready to go.

1:12ish : That was so unrealistic for every aspect of life!

1:29ish : Sometimes, you just have to dive in and see what happens so that’s what I’m doing.

1:35ish : My plans for the show are to have interviews with real people, sharing their stories. I’d like to try to do some solo shows with my own stories as well as tips and mental health discussions in the news and such.

1:58ish : I want to talk to moms, entrepreneurs, creatives and all kind of people. Your story is important and worthy.

2:08ish : Just because you aren’t suffering the same as someone else. You see someone with a mental illness and say, “I’m not that person. I’m not so bad that I want to not live. I can get out of bed. My mental health is fine.” But just because you aren’t suffering that way, doesn’t mean you aren’t suffering. It doesn’t mean that your story doesn’t count.

2:35ish : It’s worthy and it’s important.

2:38ish : If you’re a new mom having a rough time, I want to help you share your story.
If you’re a writer who often deals with self doubt, I want to help you share your story.
If you’re an entrepreneur who is learning to deal with life, business and self care, I want to help you share your story.
If you’re just a regular person, I want to help you share your story.

2:55ish : Are you thinking, “But I’m boring, I don’t have a story!” Trust me, you have a story. There are people out there, wondering the same as you. You might feel normal, you feel regular. You still hurt, you still feel pain, you still have wellness and emotions and bad habits and things to work through. You have life to deal with. Come share on introspection-aholics podcast. Tell other women, “It’s not just you.”

3:40ish : I’ve created my business and now this podcast, because you don’t see others talking about mental health as often as you should. It’s hard and scary to admit that you have a mental illness or that are having a rough time and you need help.

3:55ish : I felt so alone when I was first diagnosed at 13. It felt like there were no adult women being honest. No one out there telling me, “I’ve suffered, I’m living with it, I’m dealing with it. You’re going to be okay, because I’m okay.” so I wanted to create something to share my story of mental illness, of wellness, of learning to care for myself and teaching others the same.

4:38ish : An Introspection-aholic is a term I created to define an aspect of myself and other women.
An introspection-aholic definition

5:10ish: This show isn’t just for those with mental illnesses, it’s for all women. Because mental health isn’t exclusive to those with an illness. I want to share a quote from Ross Szabo (more about mental health here):
“Mental Health is not having a mental illness.
Oftentimes when people hear the words mental health they only think of mental illnesses, celebrity breakdowns or worst-case scenarios. They do not think of healthy images. The word mental has a stigma attached to it that can immediately trigger scenes from horror movies, school shootings and epic celebrity breakdowns like Charlie Sheen, Britney Spears, Amanda Bynes or Lindsey Lohan.

However, mental health is not having a problem. It’s how you address all of the challenges in your life. It’s how you handle stress, break-ups, rejection, lack of sleep, loss and everything else. We need a clear definition of mental health as a baseline. The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

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