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Sunflower Living

Sunflower Living is by Abile and Linky and is dedicated to bringing light to living with a mental illness. We are two friends sharing how we navigate life with a mental illness. Join us as we find hope and encourage each other along this journey of life.Are you feeling depressed, anxious, overwhelmed? In this podcast we will cover mental health, living with and managing a mental illness, the struggles, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, the ups and downs and more. In conversation with each other, we're determined to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.You’ll leave feeling informed, encouraged and knowing that you’re not alone. Join us as we find hope and encourage each other along this journey of life.We'd love to hear from you: Follow us on Instagram: @sunflowerlivingpodFacebook: Sunflower Living PodcastSend us an email: sunflowerliving6@gmail.com

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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month! In this episode, Linky and Abi talk about the importance of having this month as chronic mental health sufferers, the nuances of the mental health space and the information and understanding it brings. We continue to be a voice in ending the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness.

18mins

12 May 2021

Rank #1

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Not even on our worst enemies: Anxiety

In this episode, we have Lindelani Mbatha as our guest. Sharing his mental health story, he takes us through his upbringing in rural Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, his thoughts on why what we do for a living is the least interesting part about a person and shares a rare glimpse into the depths of his anxiety. In an unexpected twist, he becomes Sunflower Living's third co-host!  Be sure to check out his podcast Radio Browser on Spotify, Apple Podcast and wherever you listen to podcasts and you can follow Lindelani on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @lindelanimbatha.

43mins

31 Mar 2021

Rank #2

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The power of resilience

Often we're so hard on ourselves and struggle to see all that we have overcome. In this episode, Linky and Abile tackle resilience, its many facets and challenges, and various lessons that can be mined from both of those avenues. They also have a good laugh about similar ideas that they share! 

18mins

18 Mar 2021

Rank #3

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Shame and all its friends

It’s always difficult to admit what provokes shame in a person. In this episode, Linky and Abile discuss shame, how it manifests, the instances that can bring shame to the surface and how we can grow despite our own shame, and the shame placed on us by others.  Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Instagram or send us an email. See: Linking Arms by Purposeful Living podcast mentioned in the episode.

34mins

2 Mar 2021

Rank #4

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A dive into coaching and positive affirmations with Lolita E. Walker

Our first guest for 2021 is Lolita E. Walker! A phenomenal woman who describes herself as a change expert.  In their conversation with her, Linky and Abile learn about the importance of being and resting in your power, checking up on your strong friends and the importance of authenticity. As a coach Lolita works with individuals and teams to bring out their best selves in every aspect of their lives. You can check out her podcast "Coaching, Cocktails and Conversations" where she shares her insights and encourages people to live a life of purpose.

42mins

18 Feb 2021

Rank #5

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Body Talk

Body talk is quite a hot topic in the public domain. In this episode, Abile and Linky talk about their own experiences with body dysmorphia, triggers around it and how it is they came to accept their bodies despite the different obstacles, opinions and setbacks they’ve encountered along the way.  We want to hear you from! Share your feedback on Facebook, Instagram or via our email.

30mins

2 Feb 2021

Rank #6

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5 Hopes for 2021

We aren’t new year's resolution people, but it is still a tradition a lot of people hold dear to their journeys in life. We crafted 5 questions each that we ask each other about what it is we are hoping for in 2021. We share how we’ve come to understand forgiveness and why it is we choose love. 

21mins

21 Jan 2021

Rank #7

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Happy Recap!

We’ve survived 2020! While it's tempting to just run into the New year without looking back, Abile and Linky feel it is valuable to mine the lessons learnt from what Abile has coined, “the worst year of everyone’s life thus far."

20mins

12 Jan 2021

Rank #8

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Holiday cheer meets holiday dread

The holiday season is a time that's meant to be one of celebration and festivities. For some however, that doesn't ring true. In our first Christmas episode, we discuss the various ways that the festive season isn't so picturesque and how to be okay with that.

27mins

24 Dec 2020

Rank #9

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The disease doesn't define you!

When suffering with a mental illness, we often believe that we cannot exist outside of the labels and diagnosis. suffering from and living with a mental illness can be challenging especially with the debilitating effects that come with it. We have to however distinguish between who we are and the disease's effect on our identity.

13mins

7 Dec 2020

Rank #10