There are personal and relational benefits to sharing our story. Sharing our stories can be an important part in the journey of personal healing and growth. Relationally, it can help us connect with others and also deepen the trust and intimacy in our relationships. In honor and celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, I highlight the power of connection. I discuss the benefits of sharing our stories and bearing witness to the stories of others. I outline specific tips and considerations for sharing our stories with the spirit of support and empowerment.
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Show Notes for Episode 69. Tips and Considerations for Sharing Your Story, Ep.69
Episode Timestamp Notes:
01:44 - Welcome! We are talking about the power of sharing our story.
03:35 - Invitation to reflect on your story. We will be discussing benefits and considerations for sharing our story.
4:44 - One of my main takeaways from my recent time at the Mom Summit 2.0 in Los Angeles - is the encouragement “Share Your Story”.
6:15 - Benefits of sharing - personal and relational - personally we can release tension, heal and grow; relationally we can connect with others, feeling less isolated, sharing in the emotional experiences of others; sharing our story can be inspiring to others and highlight our shared humanity
8:36 - Reflect on the experience of sharing stories as the sharer and as the listener - the experience of connection when we share stories - and tune in to your experience body, mind, heart, soul, and spirit
10:38 - In honor and celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month sharing your story can be a powerful part of your healing and growth journey
17:10 - Find Mental Health Resources in your area: https://www.drlyz.com/resources
18:06 - Find resources, establish connection, and share your story anonymously at https://www.nami.org/home
20:16 - In honor and celebration of Mental Health Awareness, we encourage: Normalize asking for help, normalize sharing your story, normalize taking care of yourself
22:48 - Considerations for sharing your story - Why, What, When, Where, How, To Whom
23:35 - Why? - What is your objective in sharing your story?
25:50 - With whom are you sharing? - Who is your audience?
28:30 - What? - What story or parts of the story are you sharing?
29:36 - Where and When? Consider the context and timing when sharing your story.
31:04 - How? - How will you deliver your story? And what is your platform - verbally, written, in text/email, on social media?
32:48 - Explore and reflect upon what you want and need from sharing your story involves making time for self-exploration and increasing your self-awareness, making time to know yourself more deeply.
34:19 - Ask for what you need in relationships and in the process of sharing your story.
35:43 - For example - “I’m going to share something with you and I am asking you to…” listen, offer advice, offer perspective, help me strategize, etc.
37:15 - Considerations for the listener of the story. Tune in to your reaction and offer support with connection in context, in emotion, and in the shared experiences of humanity.
42:26 - Therapy can be helpful when we need healing and treatment. It can also be helpful to find support in your community.
43:20 - Share your story anonymously at https://www.nami.org/home and read the stories of others.
44:22 - Begin by writing a few minutes per day.
44:56 - Please share this episode!! Share the love, spread the power. Subscribe, rate and review so that I can continue to deliver meaningful, helpful, and empowering content!