It’s Mental Health Month here on Puttylike! During the month of November, we’re publishing articles and stories that explore anxiety and depression, ways we’ve reached for new perspectives around mental health, and strategies that helped us to rest and nurture our busy brains.
Hey multipod fam! When you first discovered Puttylike and the whole concept of being a multipotentialite, did you spend some time here on the site, reading older posts and diving into a whole world of support around this new part of your identity?
I know I did. And something I quickly realized is that since Puttylike started in 2010, Emilie and the team have published a LOT of amazing content. Like, way more than I could read in a single day—or even a few weeks of reading nothing else.
So as part of Mental Health Month this November, we wanted to feature just a few articles from our large “back catalog,” in case you didn’t see them the first time. As we explore what it means to take care of our minds, it always helps to have more food for thought. And we especially need lots of personal stories, to assure us that we’re not alone on these journeys.
A few of these articles are more recent, and a few were published a few years ago. I’ve included a quote from each so you can “preview” a little of what the article gets into. Happy reading!!
5 of our best articles on mental health
1. How To Deal With Anxiety by Emilie
“For me, anxiety is present regardless of what is going on in my life. I’ve found ways of managing it. But when actual stressful events appear in my life, it’s like pouring gasoline on a fire.”
“For a long time, I saw it as a frustrating fact of life that each day was a lottery. Perhaps I’d be full of motivation and would write 5000 words, or a song, or find a bunch of new clients to code websites for. Or perhaps I’d fritter the day away fruitlessly tapping at a keyboard without achieving very much at all.”
3. My Experience With Chronic Illness by Emilie
“People often come across my TED talk or online presence and assume I’m this super passionate, productive person all the time. That’s just not true, and it’s okay. You don’t need to be ‘on’ or ‘bulletproof’ or ‘superhuman’ to pursue your passions and make a difference in the world.”
“As perpetual novices, multipods are often in the process of trying new things outside of their comfort zone. This sounds exciting, but when you’re depressed, it’s oddly unpleasant—like someone asking you to go to a concert when you have the flu. You think you want to, but your body is like, nope.”
“Doing a scary thing might involve a quick spike of ‘suffering’ (by which I mean the inherent anxiety or stress of doing it). But if I then spend every day for the rest of my life regretting not doing it, then the total amount of suffering might well be considerably higher.”
Did you have a favorite from this list? A specific insight you’re taking away from one of these articles? Share your thoughts below in the comments!
Could you use some multipotentialite-friendly support as the holidays approach?
This time of year can be really stressful and difficult for people. It’s common to feel depressed or anxious around the holidays. We also often end up spending time with family members who might not be 100% supportive of our multipotentiality… So we’re doing something special in the Puttytribe to help. It’s called Slow Down December: a month of collaborative self-care.
Throughout the month, we’ll be running workshops and discussions on topics like anxiety, art/creativity therapy, and mindfulness, all from a multipotentialite perspective. There will also be weekly check-ins in the forum, live group meditations and light activities like making our own comfort boxes. Slow Down December is an invitation to, well, slow down and care for yourself—and to do it alongside your multipotentialite family.
To take part in Slow Down December, sign up for the Puttytribe waitlist, and join us when we open the doors (or if you’re already a Puttytribe member, just show up!):