5 TED Talks for When You’re in a Slump

With every good day, there might be a couple horrible ones. We all go through periods where we feel that life is acting specifically against us – and end up in bottomless pit of anxiety, sadness, and sometimes even hopelessness. If this has ever been you, the first step is to close your eyes and take a deep breath. Everything is going to be okay! These TED talks can offer some insight and perspective that will remind you of that.

1) Michele L. Sullivan – Asking for Help is a Strength, Not a Weakness

In this TED talk, leader and entrepreneur Michele L. Sullivan candidly speaks on her disability and how she navigates in the world relying not only on her personal strength, but the strength of others. This TED talk reminds you that it is okay to ask for help and look for answers from others, especially when we don’t know/can’t do it all.

2) David Steindl-Rast – Want to be Happy? Be Grateful

David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk and scholar. In this talk, we learn that happiness does not make us grateful, but gratefulness makes us happy. Here we learn to be at peace with the things that we have in our lives in order to allow true happiness and mindfulness to enter.

3) Lidia Yuknavitch – The Beauty of Being a Misfit

Author Lidia Yuknavitch led a life that told her constantly she didn’t belong. She didn’t always get things right and she didn’t always do things right. Feeling like her life was spiraling out of control because of her sense of shame, Linda one day decided that she was going to take pride and ownership in the things that went wrong in her life, and still be content with the woman she is. This talk makes us confident in our uniqueness and quirkiness, and for not always fitting in with perfect lives and stories. It asks us to still be confident in who we are and who we can become no matter what.

4) Judson Brewer – A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit

Sometimes when we aren’t our best selves, we pick up coping mechanisms that aren’t the most healthy or constructive to living positive lives. Sometimes our coping mechanisms can be counterproductctive to what we are trying to accomplish or helping us get better. In this TED talk, Psychiatrist Judson Brewer discusses how mindfulness can help in breaking bad habits.

5) Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius 

Author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the dangerous idea that to be a creative or artist, one must suffer. Where did this idea come from? From believing that to be a creative means that you are a genius, rather than having genius within you. This talk tells you that being a genius might be too big of a burden to carry as a creative which leads to the anxiety we sometimes feel. Instead, try allowing yourself to believe that there is genius in you, and you will always show up to your creative calling and be happy.

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