The recent untimely death of Robin Williams has had me, along with millions of others I’m sure, thinking a lot about depression and what a scary thing it can be. As someone who has experienced postpartum depression with the birth of all four of my children, I know personally how debilitating it can be. As I thought about how much pain he must have been in, it brought back memories of that difficult time.
It also brought back memories of last year when I sought the help of a mental health professional as I battled with anxiety. Last summer as I was planning my daughter’s wedding, in the midst of writing my book that is being published by Putnam Books, and trying to keep up with my daily blog posts, I started feeling overwhelmed and began experiencing severe anxiety. A good friend recommended a counselor that she thought I would really like working with. Only problem was, she was 2,000 miles away. Enter Skype.
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Thanks to this simple application that I downloaded for free on my desktop, I was able to spend several very productive sessions with her from the comfort of my home office. We talked “face-to-face” digitally over the course of several weeks and I can’t imagine it could have been any better had I been in the same physical room with her. As a matter of fact, I would argue it was even better because I was so comfortable being able to talk to her from my home. This experience with counseling via Skype opened up a whole new world to me! I’m not even sure I would have sought help if I had to go to an actual office simply because anyone I might have found would have been at least an hour’s drive for me. Thanks to Skype I was able to work with a highly qualified counselor that, due to distance, I would never have been able to work with otherwise. It truly changed my life for the better.
For more ideas how Skype is changing people’s lives I would highly recommend checking out their SkypeMoments website. I couldn’t stop reading all the great ways that people have used Skype to enhance and enrich their lives.
Here are a few of my favorites!
Last month at the BlogHer’14 Conference in San Jose, CA, Skype challenged attendees to make a pledge to live more passionately! Visitors to the Skype store at BlogHer ’14 were able to submit their pledges and enter to win fun giveaways. My pledge was (and is) to try harder to be in the moment instead of worrying about the future. (I am a notorious worrier!) Because Skype really has been so helpful to me and to my family (CLICK HERE to read how Skype even helps us with homework!) I plan on continuing to pursue my pledge with their help!
You can get involved too by following along using the #PayWithPassion hashtag.