Kudos to you for getting out of bed, drinking water, going outside, smiling at someone (or at yourself), having a good cry… because the truth is, living takes a little extra effort sometimes. And when you feel a little lost in life, putting in that extra effort is a bit easier when you know you’re not alone.
Vishen, host of The Mindvalley Podcast, speaks with five guests about mental wellness and their stories of recovery. Because wellness is not just an absence of illness, it’s also connecting with others who’ve gone through the same (or similar), seeking support and treatment and empowering others to do the same.
So plug in your headphones, crank up the volume, and have a listen. We hope you find what you need.
#1: Sorelle Amore on How to Rebuild Your Life After Losing Your Identity
Content Warning: Death.
If there’s one person to keep it real, it’s Sorelle Amore. She’s a bestselling author, speaker, YouTuber, and ethical investor who had that social media-worthy high life that leaves you with a terrible case of FOMO’s.
Then the pandemic hit. And just like that, the jet-setting, social media influencing, high life living persona she once was — poof! — was gone.
Sorelle spent the first few months in shock, realizing that she didn’t know who she really was without her work. Being a workaholic meant she spent little time building authentic connections with her friends. And in retrospect, up until the pandemic, she feels like she hadn’t truly lived because she hadn’t stopped long enough to do so.
Stopping meant I had to feel. And I wasn’t ready for that.— Sorelle Amore, bestselling author, speaker, YouTuber, and ethical investor
There’s a well-known Confucius saying: “We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.” And this episode is about that — Sorelle’s second life.
Our favorite moments
- Sorelle’s inspiring life journey and the secrets she was hiding behind in her successful life
- How she transformed her life during the pandemic
- How she rebuilt her life after losing her identity
#2: Mayim Bialik on How to Find Hope
Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory (a.k.a. Blossom, for those of you who’re old enough to remember) is in the house to drop some mental health truth bombs. And what many of us have come to realize through the many interviews she’s done is that Mayim Bialik is a neuroscientist for real.
And in her experiences with neuroscience, she became interested in mental health. She now uses her platforms — on her Instagram, her online community “Grok Nation,” and her podcast “The Breakdown” — to educate and open conversations on the subject.
Mental health is a human right. It’s a human right to have someone hold space for you, to be heard. It’s not foo-foo, something that Hollywood celebrities get. It’s a human need to be held and understood, to have someone connect with you and help you with your experience.— Mayim Bialik, neuroscientist, actress, and host of The Breakdown podcast
Listen in as Vishen and Mayim go deep on the latest discoveries in mental health.
Our favorite moments
- Mayim’s advice for people who are still on lockdown
- Her tips on dealing with mental health problems
- Spiritual experiences that affected Mayim’s life
#3: Dr. Nicole LePera on How to Unstuck Yourself
Life can be an endless cycle of starting and stopping — a rollercoaster of living from our autopilot. So Vishen brings clinical psychologist, Dr. Nicole LePera to The Mindvalley Podcast to show you how to do the work of ending your self-sabotage.
Disconnection, a lot of times, is a sign that we’re not living consciously.— Dr. Nicole LePera, holistic psychologist
When we’re conscious, we are able to tune into our body’s cues. However, when you’re not aware of the body you’re living in and are in a general state of disconnection, then the chances are, you’re living through “repetitive patterns that were likely created in your past.”
The pathway out of the unstuck? Rebuild a new consciousness and learn to tune in to your conscious moments.
Our favorite moments
- Dr. LePera’s explanation of why our patterns and habits are shaped by others
- How we live from our autopilot and how to be conscious of your patterns
- How to unstuck yourself and create new habits
#4: Shelly Lefkoe on How to Instantly Get Rid of Negative Emotions
Every year, we make resolutions to change our habits or behavior. And for most of us, every year, we fail at doing so. Why is change so difficult? According to Shelly Lefkoe, founder of Empowering the Next Generation and Parenting the Lefkoe Way, it’s because of our beliefs.
Our beliefs keep us from making the changes we want to make.— Shelly Lefkoe, founder of Empowering the Next Generation and Parenting the Lefkoe Way
You are what you believe, as they say. And in this episode, Shelly shows you how to eliminate a belief and how to get rid of negative emotions in the moment.
Our Favorite Moments
- The real definition of belief
- How to identify your big issue
- The Lefkoe Belief Method
#5: Sahara Rose on How to Discover Your Dharma
What is your purpose in life? Oh, if that isn’t the billion-dollar question, we don’t know what is.
Whether it’s running a business, inventing a medical miracle, becoming a president, exploring space, or even being a parent, everyone has a reason they’re here.
What is my magic sauce that I’m bringing to the world? And oftentimes, it’s the things that we’re the most ashamed about that are the things that really set us apart.— Sahara Rose, wellness personality and author of The Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda
Introducing dharma — one’s purpose in life.
In this episode, Sahara Rose, author of The Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda, talks about how to discover your dharma, why you’re here in this life, and what to focus on to fulfill your true purpose.
Our favorite moments
- The definition of dharma
- What Ayurvedic doshas are
- How to utilize your chakras
Your Greatness Lies Within You
When it comes to mental health, here are some important facts and statistics to keep in mind
- About one in five American adults struggle with mental illness.
- 57.2% of adults with mental illness don’t have access to treatment
- Stress, genetics, nutrition, environmental hazards, standards of living, working conditions, and social support are only a few factors that contribute to mental disorders.
And if you’re in need of a little boost, like helpful advice to relatable stories, The Mindvalley Podcast is a great channel to tune into for a little self-care.
We have a number of incredible guests who’ve been where you are now and have found the light at the end of the tunnel. And we hope that you find it too. Happy listening!