This week on Real Talk with Rachael I’m talking with two-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and actress Jamie Grace about her mental health journey and her new book, Finding Quiet. Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, OCD, ADHD, and anxiety at a young age, Jamie actively advocates for joy, wellness, and mental health through the lens of music, film, and faith. An entertainer at heart, she regularly creates fresh content, including new music and weekly videos and episodes of The Jamie Grace Podcast. When she isn’t touring, Jamie lives in Southern California with her husband, Aaron, and daughter, Isabella Brave.
We’re talking about:
- Jamie’s book Finding Quiet started as a journal through her early adulthood dealing with mental health issues and being in the spotlight.
- If you find yourself overwhelmed, tell someone and get the support you need. Be clear about your needs and intentional with the follow-through without feeling guilt or shame.
- Jamie grew up in the church and asked for a miracle healing, but God’s will is for her is to let Him use her where she is and trust that He will bring healing in due time.
- Mental health problems are not due to a lack of faith.
- One of the most helpful things for Jamie is having an accountability circle that regularly asks her what they can do to help.
- You can start to discover your needs by noticing when things are going well and analyzing why. See what’s working. It can be as simple and practical as going outside for 5 minutes or drinking a glass of water.
- Changing your perspective by finding things to be thankful for can bring joy in the midst of pain. “We have to learn how to allow pain and joy to co-exist.”
- Acknowledging and accepting that some people won’t want to be your friend and focusing on the people around you who do.
- “Finding quiet is not about taking all the noise away, it’s about learning how to have peace in the midst of it.”
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