The Upside of Being Down in Mental Health (Jen Gotch)
Hope to Recharge
Do you ever feel like you need to change who you are in order to fit into the rest of the world? Have you ever dealt with feeling “unseen” by those around you and struggle with a sense of belonging? This week we are with the incredible Jen Gotch who shares with us why there is an “upside” to being down. Jen is the co-founder of the multi-million dollar business ban.do and credits her mental health struggles to some of the successes she has had in her business and in life. In today’s conversation she opens up about her personal relationships and how they have influenced her mental health journey. We discuss the signs of being a highly sensitive individual and how we can use these qualities to enrich our lives. Jen shares why she believes that mental health struggles don’t just stem from one isolated event but rather are an accumulation of several factors in our lives. We also dive into finding your purpose, aligning with your truth, and establishing healthy boundaries within your life. Jen encourages us to “pay attention” to what the universe is trying to tell us and lean into what feels right for YOU. We hope this episode encourages you to find light at the end of any tunnel you may find yourself in and discover the “upside” of being down. Connect with us in our private facebook group, Hope to Recharge so we can support you in your mental health journey. Because as always, Together is Better. -- Today's episode of Hope to Recharge is sponsored by https://Betterhelp.com/hopetorecharge. Betterhelp.com is the world’s leading provider of online therapy. Their mission is to make professional counseling accessible, affordable, and convenient, so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere. Head to https://Betterhelp.com/hopetorecharge for 10% off your first month of services. IMPORTANT: Be sure to click this link in order to get the 10% off code -- Interested in joining our monthly Mastermind? Find out more info here! www.hopetorecharge.com/Mastermind -- Resources Mentioned: Connect with Jen: https://www.jengotch.com/ The Upside of Being Down: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1982108819 -- Topics Discussed: How to implement boundaries with people you love The importance of being in the right relationships at the right time Making difficult decisions and tuning into your intuition -- Suicide Hotlines: USA: 1-800-273-8255 USA Crisis Text: 741-741Canada: 1-833-456-4566 United Kingdom: 116-123 Australia: 13-11-14 International Suicide Hotlines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines -- Connect with us! Website: https://hopetorecharge.com/ Private Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2079694042156503/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/matanajacobs/ -- WAYS TO HELP THE PODCAST ____ Subscribe via iTunes and leave a review. It costs nothing. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hope-to-recharge/id1464788845 ————————————————————————— Spread the word via social media. It costs nothing. Our website is https://hopetorecharge.com/ our FB is https://www.facebook.com/groups/2079694042156503/ and our Instagram is https://www.instagram.com/matanajacobs/ -------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to us on: iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hope-to-recharge/id1464788845 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/00AIhRZOxKNOvenz32gGeK Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/heather-parady-2/hope-to-recharge Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_DkYMcco7pSrkKk6wU5p7w Google: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Izxlwulashxr3n6trjrxpjpgwce Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/hope-to-recharge/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
How much can a company change in 10+ years? In what ways do mental health struggles impact a career? How can you dance in front of dumpsters so effortlessly? To cover all of those questions (and more!) Katie talks Jen Gotch, founder of Ban.do. You can find Jen at @jengotch You can follow Katie on Instagram at @katiesturino and @megababe --- This podcast was produced by Wonder Wheel Media assisted by Madison Higley
I can speak from experience here: Launching a book in the midst of a pandemic is pretty weird. Someone else who knows just what that’s like is Jen Gotch, the founder of ban.do and author of The Upside Of Being Down, which launched just a few weeks ago and became an instant New York Times best-seller. The subject matter of the book ended up being even more relevant than she had hoped. We talk about the process of writing the book and what her history of navigating depression has been like.------------------Jen Gotch is genetically predisposed to optimism. She's a visionary, a creative powerhouse and an advocate for mental health and emotional well-being, and a New York Times best-selling author.Learn more about Kelsey at http://kelseyjpatel.com Resources:jengotch.comInstagram: @jengotchbando.comMagik Vibes is a production of Crate Media
*In June 2020 Jen Gotch resigned from her position as Chief Creative Officer at Ban.do after allegations came to light of racism within the company and by Jen herself. When this episode aired, we were unaware of the climate at Ban.do, and hope that the company and Jen will follow through on their promises to create a more respectful and inclusive workplace. We’ve left this episode up to maintain transparency with listeners.Kate starts playing Animal Crossing to relax and struggles with diet culture messaging during social distancing, and Doree begins to plan for Henry’s first birthday, quarantine-style. Then they're joined by Jen Gotch, co-founder of ban.do and author of The Upside of Being Down, who discusses her mental health and therapy journey, why she schedules fun on her calendar, how she's embraced aging, and why “Desert Jen” is an entirely different person than “LA Jen.”To leave a voicemail for a future episode, call 781-591-0390. You can also email the podcast at firstname.lastname@example.org.This episode is sponsored by: RITUAL - For 10% off during your first three months visit ritual.com/FOREVER35STORYWORTH - For $20 off, visit storyworth.com/forever35.FIGS - For 15% off your first purchase from FIGS, go to wearfigs.com and enter promo code FOREVER at checkout.TALKSPACE - Get your first week free of Talkspace when you visit talkspace.com use promo code FOREVER35.Lean Out by Tara Henley - You can purchase Lean Out from your favorite audiobook retailer or visit penguinrandomhouse.ca to learn more!Theme music by Riot. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
On this week’s episode, Jen Gotch shares insights from her new book The Upside of Being Down.To state the obvious, we are all learning to adjust to a new way of living. Humans are not wired to live in long, sustained periods of isolation or social distancing, and we are having to adapt to new ways of working together, being creative, and living our lives. With all of these new dynamics, it’s importat to be open about mental health and the struggles that accompany long periods of uncertainty. Jen Gotch is the perfect person to help us think through how to navigate these difficult times. Her new book, a memoir, is called The Upside Of Being Down, and shares her personal journey in life and business while dealing with the impact of anxiety and depression. There are three big insights that I took from the conversation that are shaping how I’m thinking about the coming weeks and months. Progress Over Perfection It is very important to break big ambitions into smaller, measurable wins, especially when we don’t have access to all of the resources we normally lean on. In her book The Progress Principle, Teresa Amibile wrote “Our research inside companies revealed that the best way to motivate people, day in and day out, is by facilitating progress—even small wins.” Psychologically, small wins are a huge boost to overall motivation and a sense of purpose and direction in life and work. As Jen said in our interview, realness is so much more interesting than perfection. How will you measure progress this week? What small wins will you choose to mark success? Unnecessary Creating Is Deep Therapy In The Accidental Creative, I shared a practice that I call unnecessary creating. It means to engage routinely in making things that no one is paying you for, and that are not a part of your job. It can range from launching a podcast (which is how my business began!) to learning a new skill to painting to writing music. It’s a way to allow yourself the freedom to take risks, to develop skills, and to find creative expression in a very low-risk environment because the work is just for you, not for others. Right now I’m working on an unnecessary creating project in my spare time, and it’s very life-giving to have something I’m doing that’s not directly tied to my on-demand work. What unnecessary creating will you do this week? Choose a project such as writing a short story, making a piece of art, or exprimenting with a new skill. Release The Pressure Valve One ray of light over the past weeks has been getting to see normally polished, produced people learning to do what they do in a more accessible and authentic way. Whether it’s Jimmy Fallon doing The Tonight Show from his home (with his kids crawling all over him!) or news anchors doing their segments from their living room, we are discovering the beauty and power of authenticity. We all need to release the pressure valve a bit, and realize that there is a new kind of more genuine expression possible because of what we’re all experiencing together. Also, we do need to reconsider the expectations that we have of ourselves. This is no time to be in constant sprint mode, holding yourself to the same kind of accountability that you did before all of this began. Be wise in how you set your weekly expectations, and focus more on desired outcomes than quantity-based measures of productivity. Our biggest source of stress is often found in missed expectations, especially those we have for ourselves. Is there any way in which you need to adjust your personal expectations? Release the pressure valve. Take care of yourselves this week, friends. Be especially mindful of your mental health. Be prolific, brilliant, and healthy. This episode is sponsored by Skillshare. The first 1,000 people to use our link will get a free trial of Skillshare Premium at Skillshare.com/accidental. The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.
THE INTERVIEW Jen Gotch joined us just over a year ago for a really important conversation about mental health, figuring yourself out, and self-care. Jen is a huge expander for a lot of us in Almost 30 Nation — Krista and Lindsey included! — so we had to have her back for round two to discuss her powerful new book. The Upside of Being Down is an honest account of Jen’s mental health struggles and how that long journey, with all its ups and downs, led to her greatest successes in work and life. She is so inspiring and unapologetic about her life + gives a fresh take on what it’s like being a constant internal battle. We dive deep into what it’s like to push yourself in your career without sacrificing self-care, opening yourself up to receiving praise, and the value of learning to quit things just to prove to yourself that you can. We also talk about: Coming back to compassion Not changing yourself for others Opening up + being able to receive Self-care, self-love, + self-help Being able to separate yourself from negative thoughts Coping with emotional eating Changing your relationship with alcohol Find more to love at almost30podcast.com! Resources: Shop ban.do: bando.com Instagram: @jengotch The Upside of Being Down: How Mental Health Struggles Led to My Greatest Successes in Work and Life by Jen Gotch Sponsors: Podcast Pro | Visit www.yourpodcastpro.com for courses that will take you step-by-step through the process of starting your own podcast. Vuori | Visit www.vuoriclothing.com/almost30 for 20% off Ancient Nutrition | Visit ancientnutrition.com and use code ALMOST30 for 20% off a one-time order 99 Designs | www.99designs.com/almost30 for $25 off your first design contest Almost 30 is edited by Crate Media
Jen Gotch is the founder and chief creative officer of Ban.do, the multimillion-dollar lifestyle brand. She is also a fellow podcaster and former host of the show "Jen Gotch is Okay, Sometimes." Jen is a mental health advocate, reluctantly as you'll find out, and the author of the book The Upside of Being Down: How Mental Health Struggles Led to My Greatest Successes in Work and Life. This accessible self-help memoir dives into Jen’s personal history with mental health issues, building her brand, and ways to implement better life practices! Jen and I covered so much during our conversation including how society glamorizes being busy and Jen’s personal family history. Jen's passion for creating a brand that invokes her personal message is so inspirational and I was moved by her hope that this book will help others feel less alone. I loved Jen’s tip to schedule fun into your calendar and make it non-negotiable! I think we could all use that advice right now! (For listeners with kids at home, this episode does include adult language.) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Ban.do Founder Jen Gotch on Anxiety and the Power of Mini Vacations
Women Who Travel
At 19, Jen Gotch had a panic attack in the airport, just ahead of boarding a flight back to college. "I, on a cellular level, felt like I was going to die if I got on that airplane," says the Ban.do founder and author of the soon-to-be-released Upside of Being Down: How Mental Health Struggles Led to My Greatest Successes in Work and Life. Now, years later and hundreds of flights under her belt, that anxiety has shifted, evolved, and—most recently—waned, as she's found strategies to stay calm on the road. (One life-changing tool? TSA PreCheck.) This week, we sat down with Jen to talk through how she continues to tackle her travel anxiety, why vacations (even if they're just on our own couches) are good for our mental health, and why she stopped working on her days off. Find a link to preorder Jen's book, out March 24, and a full transcription of the episode here: https://www.cntraveler.com/story/bando-founder-jen-gotch-on-anxiety-and-the-power-of-mini-vacations Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Today on Who's There, our weekly call-in show where we answer your questions, comments, and concerns, we chat quickly about Selena Gomez's new song (mouth noises) and Kesha's new song (instantly iconic) before taking comments about the Paddington Pooper, Dairy Queen (aka Dennis Quaid), and the ubiquitous Pokemon Go spon. After those six hours fly by, we move on to questions, and hoooooo boy are these a doozy. First up is an exploration of a mysterious man who's friends with seemingly every Who we've ever talked about. He goes by @Michael on Instagram, and, yes, we found him. (With the help of a very talented friend.) Then we pivot to Australia's Masked Singer, where Lindsay Lohan has somehow found herself asking Cody Simpson about furniture. Finally, we talk about Jen Gotch, the Ban.do founder who would like you all to start crying at work.Call 619.WHO.THEM to leave us a voicemail, and we might address it on a future show! Until Tuesday, crunch crunch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices