The Best Mind-Management Techniques When Dealing with Chronic & Mental Health Issues (with Mikhaila Peterson)

In this podcast (episode #313) and blog, I speak with Mikhalia Peterson, top podcast host and daughter of scholar and best-selling author Jordan B. Peterson, about her experiences with chronic mental and physical health issues like Lyme disease, junior rheumatoid arthritis, extreme depression and chronic pain, how food can heal the mind and body, why we all need to learn good mind management techniques, the importance of being an advocate for your own health, and so much more! 

Mikhalia has had to deal with a number of serious health issues since she was young. She has lived with a lot of mental and physical pain for many years, and she learned that she had to become an advocate for her own mental and physical wellbeing early on in life. She had to learn how to fight for her own survival, which she will be discussing in detail in her upcoming book. 

Some of the key life lessons she has learned through this process are: 

  • What you eat can really impact your overall mental and physical health, especially if you are someone who is sensitive to your environment.  
  • Don’t prioritize work. When you put work above everything else, this can negatively impact your mental wellbeing. Your health, not your career, should be your priority.
  • Be easier on yourself. Self-compassion is incredibly important. You should treat yourself like you would treat someone you are helping.
  • Be careful of people who say they have all the answers to your problems. We are all unique, and what works for some people may not work for others. We need to avoid the “cookie-cutter” approach when it comes to our health and wellbeing.
  • People are really good at helping themselves when they are told they can do so. Unfortunately, as a society, we often box people in and make them feel less empowered than they actually are. This, of course, doesn’t mean that if you don’t heal then you are at fault. Rather, it highlights the fact that, although we cannot always control what happens to us, we can still choose how we want to live our lives, often with the help of other people like therapists, health professionals and so on. 

For more on living with chronic health issues and taking care of your mental and physical health, listen to my podcast with Mikhalia (episode #313), and check out her website. If you enjoy listening to my podcast, please consider leaving a 5-star review and subscribing. And keep sharing episodes with friends and family and on social media. (Don’t forget to tag me so I can see your posts!).   

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Podcast Highlights  

3:15, 13:00, 41:00 Mikhalia Peterson’s incredible story  

5:00 What advice Mikhalia would give to her dad, Jordan B. Peterson? 

5:25, 44:00 How food can heal the mind & body  

5:45 Why you should prioritize your health, not work 

6:30 The importance of self-compassion  

8:40 How spirituality can positively impact mental health  

25:20, 1:00:10 The potential dangers of too many prescription drugs  

55:00 Why Mikhalia eats an all-meat diet 

58:20, 1:01:45 Be careful of people who say they have all the answers 

59:20 Jordan B. Peterson’s own struggles with prescription drugs 

1:03:20 Why we need to be careful of prescription drug withdrawal  

1:04:35 Why feeling empowered when it comes to your own health is so important  

This podcast and blog is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. We always encourage each person to make the decision that seems best for their situation with the guidance of a medical professional.   

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