We were privileged to interview Meghan Moser for the Way of the Wildflowers episode this week. Meghan is a Speech and Language Pathologist with the Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska and is also is a blogger who has gained recognition for her deep insight into Mental Health. She has experience with her own mental health sufferings as well as experience with others who struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, eating disorders, and more. We highly encourage you to check out her work at http://meghanrachael.com/.
Meghan began our episode by sharing her favorite Saint, Mother Teresa, who, herself, struggled with dryness and darkness similar to many Catholics. Meghan shared the book Come Be My Light as a great resource to learn more about Mother Teresa.
Meghan then shared her personal journey with mental illness starting young as a child and moving into adult life. Key descriptions she used to describe mental illness included:
Meghan then shared tactics to feel emotions including a prayer that Sara explained called the Feeling Prayer.
The Feeling Prayer
Start with affirmations and understanding that:
The feeling prayer is beautiful because it takes all of your greatest fears, let's go of control, and completely exposes yourself to the Divine Physician Who will heal your wounds, and untwist demons that are harassing you.
Meghan then shared tactics she used to help her anxiety. Mainly she shared that she needed to be open to the things that she already had in front of her and to commit herself to the process of therapy. She also included that vulnerability with those around her was important. #Virtuethroughvulnerability for the win!
What is the Role of Therapy in a Catholic Woman’s Life?
Meghan explained that therapy is basically someone on the outside listening to what you believe about yourself. Therapists point out where the lies are or the contradictions lie. They help you to see what is the reality. Meghan said that a huge game changer for her was when she was told, "You don’t have to believe everything you think." She reminded women that sometimes it takes a while to find a good fit as far as a therapist goes, which is normal and okay. She also recommended being open to group therapy as she has found it to be incredible!
What about Medication?
Her answer, it definitely has its place! It's a process to find one that works for you. Use the people around you to help you identify if a medication is helpful too.
Women don't forget your thyroid, hormones, etc.!
Meghan, Noel and Sara have all had issues with these affecting their mental health and understanding their levels has helped their mental health improve. Make sure you listen to Meghan's suggestion on which levels to check since many clinics don't check them all!
Meghan shared that she has been to over 20 convents to visit! Go nun runs!
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