Matthew Helt: Living with panic attacks, OCD, and anxiety

The Mandate

13-02-2021 • 52 mins

Matthew Helt founded his own coaching business called Prairie Sattva after reflecting on his 43rd birthday. Before that he was the Global Director of Techstars Startup Week. He's someone I admire for sharing his journey with mental health so openly and someone who has challenged me over the last few months in the best ways possible.

Learn about Matt's journey with mental health including panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, and anxiety. We'll talk about how he's been able to cope, the impact it's had on his life, and how he's finding joy and meaning being a coach for others. The best part? He's my coach!

  • How Matt experienced his first panic attack while sky diving
  • What panic attacks feel like
  • What it's like having a panic attack at work
  • What is OCD and how it showed up for Matt
  • Matt's experience getting support and what he learned
  • The impacts of self medication
  • Why it's so hard to support friends and people we care about in crisis
  • Mental health first aid training
  • Techniques to try when you want to get your friends to open up more
  • What to do if you don't feel equipped to support a friend in need
  • Why it's hard for men to connect with their body to detect early warning signs
  • Our experiences with bullying
  • Matt's self care routine
  • The benefits of having a spiritual practice
  • The power of sharing your story with others
  • How to get started with a meditation practice
  • The key to a solid mindfulness practice
  • How mindfulness can help us emotion-shift

Connect with Matt: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewhelt/

Learn about his coaching: https://prairiesattva.com

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