The effect of poor body image on mental health goes beyond the occasional negative thought. Often, people obsessed with dieting or hyper-focused on their goal weight are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, and are more likely to have suicidal thoughts. Today’s guest is Dr. Jocelyn Harte, who knows all about the struggles with body image and the effect it had on her mental health. Jocelyn is a masterful emotional and physical body healer, dedicated to helping women up-level their energy, and end the 24/7 struggle about how their body looks and feels. After struggling with an eating disorder, Jocelyn suffered severe depression and anxiety, and even had thoughts of ending her own life. Through deep healing and reconnecting with her body, she finally found peace, and she now uses her personal journey to inspire and help other women stop binge eating and regain control of their lives. In this episode, Jocelyn shares the negative stigma she has experienced around mental health issues like bipolar, the importance of educating people about bipolar and depression, and what she does to take care herself, as well as the capacity she has found to be still and be at peace. Tune in today!
Key Points From This Episode:
- Jocelyn’s goals, gratitude, and badassery: feeling safe in the present, being her own boss, and being a doctor and having a full life.
- Jocelyn shares her journey with depression, body image, and wanting to take her own life.
- How Jocelyn responded when she was diagnosed with bipolar and the stigma around it.
- While stress is glorified in the media, issues like depression or bipolar are misunderstood.
- Jocelyn uses her discretion when telling people about being bipolar, because of the stigma.
- The importance of educating and creating awareness about manic episodes and depression.
- What Jocelyn does to take care of herself – accepting help is the first step.
- Listening is crucial – it’s important to allow someone to empower themselves, by themselves.
- Jocelyn is excited about the knowledge that she has the capacity to be still and find peace.
- If Jocelyn could speak to her younger self, she would encourage her to act from the heart.
- Jocelyn’s quote to end the show is, “I’m allowed the express my truth and be who I am without labels.”
“I’m really proud of being able to go from a place where I wanted to end my life, to being a doctor and knowing that I can have a full life.” — Dr. Jocelyn Harte [0:05:18]
“Being able to use tools, where we get to be comfortable feeling our feelings, and actually get help, to allow ourselves to get help. For me, that has been huge. Yes, I had to be forced into it initially, but accepting help is the hugest thing.” — Dr. Jocelyn Harte [0:18:51]
“When you get blind to the things that you’re doing, and hurting people without knowing, what if we were actually to express ourselves from a place where we know that we can trust certain people? If you trust somebody, or if you know what you want to do from this place, then you train yourself to take steps from [your heart].” — Dr. Jocelyn Harte [0:25:20]
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