There are so many fabulous resources on the world wide web these days that support individuals living with mental illness. We came across Resilient App a few months ago, a free app that provides inspiration and tips for recovery. We were really impressed and when we dug a little deeper found that the brains and heart behind the whole operation was Katie Harp. A young woman living with mental illness in the USA. She was kind enough to have a chat with us and share her story.
*We really encourage people to make use of the wonderful free resources available to them and have provided links at the bottom of the page to access Resilient App. You can thank us later!!*
First off, can you tell us a little bit about your story and why you started Resilient?
I started Resilient after I overcame my own depression. I was depressed from about age twelve through my college years. After ending up in the hospital, I went back home to live with my parents and started the process of getting better.
It was a very long journey and there weren’t a lot of helpful resources out there for actual, practical advice and tips of things you can do when you’re in the trenches to help depression and anxiety, so after I was better, I set out to create it.
What techniques and practises do you do to care for yourself both mentally and physically?
I have a whole toolbox of techniques and practices to choose from! 🙂 I do everything from meditation to exercise (walking, running, pilates, etc) to curling up with my kitty and Netflix after a long day, reading inspirational blogs, watching inspirational documentaries, reading quotes, writing a gratitude list, and detoxing my life of any negative influences.
What’s your philosophy on exercise and does it play a role in managing your mental health?
Exercise can be super helpful in improving and maintaining your mental health and happiness. I decided to live in the city and not get a car so instead I walk everywhere. It’s great exercise and you don’t even have to think about it! Otherwise you can do whatever you think is fun (I like Blogilates) or even go on a walking meditation (observe your surroundings while slowly walking) and get two self care practices in at the same time.
What does your morning routine look like?
Since I work from home, I have the luxury of sleeping in and waking up anytime. Sometimes I’ll stay in bed for a while and snuggle with my kitty cat and then eat something for breakfast. When I make my first cup of coffee, I know it’s time to start working and head to my laptop.
What’s for dinner tonight?
Honey mustard boiled chicken with steamed broccoli.
Sweet or savoury?
When you think of the word successful who’s the first person that comes to mind?
I think of Oprah haha. She’s an iconic figure and role model for success and the part that stands out to me is just how much she had to overcome, especially when she was younger, to get to where she is today. Truly inspiring.
What are you proudest of?
I’m proudest of recovering from a depression that plagued me for several of my teenage and young adult years and ultimately led me to start Resilient. Recovering from something like depression is one of the hardest things to do, but it’s so worth it to finally find happiness in your life. If you can keep fighting and keep going and not give up, that’s something to be proud of.
What advice would you give to your 15 year old self?
Don’t stress out so much about your appearance and thinking you’re not good enough. You are a valuable person, you are good enough, and what matters most is what’s in your heart and head.
“You’re not alone – everyone else is just as scared and insecure; some just hide it well”
What words of wisdom resonate with you?
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie
Many of our clients are not avid internet and technology users. What are some good resources (websites, apps, podcasts, blogs etc) that you could recommend as a good place to begin seeking out support and information to help them on their journey of recovery?
I love reading blogs like Tiny Buddha and Purpose Fairy. You can also find a lot of inspirational quotes and pictures on Tumblr, Pinterest, or Instagram if you look up keywords like “positive,” “inspirational,” or “happiness.” Of if you prefer something analog, I have a list of recommended books on our blog that you could pick up online or at the bookstore.
Say hello to Katie at Resilient