Ted Talks for When You’re Feeling Down

Whether you enjoy Ted talks, or they bore you, there’s no denying that some of them are uplifting and gives us a new perspective about life.

I’ve chosen these talks because of their unique views and ability to grasp your attention from the first few seconds.

Listen to these amazing people that have found the strength to face their challenges.

I got 99 problems… palsy is just one by Maysoon Zayid

Despite your physical or mental disability, nothing can stop you from being successful. Maysoon gives a comical perspective about her struggles with her disease and how she overcame them. She’s amazing, and an inspiration that even though struggling with a disease can be challenging, you shouldn’t let that stop you or bring you down.

Living With High Functioning Anxiety – Jordan Raskopoulos

Jordan gives us an insight about how she lives and copes with social anxiety or what she likes to call: life fright. Despite her anxiety, she’s able to function with it and find her safe zone. She’s shy, but loud and funny, and does a great speech for those anxious souls out there.

Depression, the secret we share- Andrew Solomon

“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment.”

Andrew Solomon

Writer Andrew Solomon talks about those dark years when he battled depression. He describes major depression in such detail that you can feel his pain, and it’s somehow soothing. Knowing that you’re not alone in how you feel, and the more you open up about your problems, the more people will want to listen to you and share their stories.

“I think if I stick it out another year, I can get through this. You may get through it, but you’ll never be 37 again”.

Andrew Solomon

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable- Luvvie Ajayi

Ajayi encourages us to speak up and to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. She confidently shares how to deal with those feelings of fear. Unlike others, this is not about mental health, but it’s a great pep talk about having confidence and face your fears.

The Art of Asking- Amanda Palmer

For those of you art souls and musicians, this one is for you. Amanda teaches us about the art of exchanging and trusting each other. How to connect with people through your art. She talks with so much passion about it and we can really admire her true, raw self which I find so inspiring.

What’s so funny about mental illness? – Ruby Wax

This is a short talk but oh-so funny! Ruby talks about how the brain works and how it eventually lead us all to suffer from mental illnesses because we never talk about it. The less we talk about it, the more the stigma grows.

So, speak up. Let your voice be heard.

Stay motivated, pineapples!

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