Feb 15, 2023
Sonja Wasden appeared to be living an ideal life. She was married to the CEO of a hospital. She had a beautiful home and three great kids.
But behind the closed doors held darker storylines. Overwhelmed by mental health challenges, Sonja felt she had nothing to offer this life. That people would be better off without her
So, she went quietly to her bathroom one night and swallowed 100 pills in an attempt to take her own life.
Luckily, Sonja was rushed to the ER in time for doctors to save her life.
Six years later, she is a keynote speaker and mental health advocate who has been featured on CBS This Morning and The Tamron Hall Show.
Sonja is also the coauthor of the bestselling memoir, An Impossible Life, the 2022 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Winner.
On this episode of Wickedly Smart Women, Sonja joins Anjel to explain how she sees mental health challenges as alarm bells that something in your life needs to change.
Sonja describes how to get past the hesitancy to ask for help and walks us through some of the warning signs she ignored, including isolating, brain fog and emotional eating.
Listen in to understand why pain is necessary to find your truth and learn how mental health symptoms can serve as indicators that your unique purpose is trapped in a false life!
How Sonja’s mental health issues began to show up during her teen years
Sonja’s journey from being diagnosed with mental illness to her suicide attempt
How Sonja’s life looked ideal on the outside while she suffered from serious mental health challenges
How Sonja sees mental health issues as alarm bells that something in your life needs to change
Why isolating, disturbances in sleep patterns or eating habits and brain fog are signals that you need to reach out for help
How to get past the hesitancy to ask for help because it pierces the illusion of perfection
What inspired Sonja to become a keynote speaker and advocate for mental health
How mental health symptoms are indicators that your unique purpose is trapped in a false life
Sonja’s insight on why pain is necessary in order to find our truth
Sonja’s challenge to listeners to believe that we are worthy of being alive
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