Taking Care Of Yourself While You Help Others With Karena Dawn

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Karena Dawn has been on the podcast before talking about fitness and entrepreneurship as the co-founder of Tone It Up. Today, she joins us to talk about her new book, The Big Silence, a memoir about mental illness and healing.

Karena Dawn is Speaking Up & Breaking the Silence Surrounding Mental Health

The title comes from the idea that there is still such a stigma surrounding mental health and discussing it openly. In it, she goes deep into parts of her life that are so evocative and powerful, from dealing with drugs, being arrested, and managing a strained relationship with her schizophrenic mother.

“It’s okay to have bad days.” – Karena Dawn, Almost 30 Podcast

We talk about her story, how to support someone with mental health issues while still taking care of yourself, and how she’s integrated her husband into the mental health discussion. It’s so important for us to break this silence together, have meaningful conversations around mental health, and shut down the stigma once and for all.

We also talk about:

  • Karena’s background of dealing with mental illness in her family
  • Recognizing the complexity of everyone’s lived experiences
  • Finding clarity at the end
  • Taking care of yourself while you help others
  • Discovering where to set boundaries
  • Turning your childhood struggles into something beautiful
  • Teaching people how to work with others who have mental health conditions
  • The goal of The Big Silence


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