Megan Bruneau
Therapist, Writer, Wellness Coach, Podcast Host, New York
Megan Bruneau, M.A. RCC is a mental health therapist, writer, wellness coach, and podcast host. Through her own recovery from perfectionism-fueled depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, Megan discovered a different way of relating to herself and the world--one she now teaches her clients and readers.
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Megan Bruneau, M.A. RCC is a mental health therapist, writer, wellness coach, and podcast host. Through her own recovery from perfectionism-fueled depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, Megan discovered a different way of relating to herself and the world--one she now teaches her clients and readers. Megan's work has appeared in The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Thought Catalog, Gaia, Bustle, Psych Central, Elephant Journal, Thrillist, and more. Check out her video courses for Jiyo.com and MindBodyGreen.com. Megan Bruneau, M.A. RCC www.meganbruneau.com Twitter: @meganbruneau Facebook: Megan Bruneau, M.A. RCC LinkedIn: Megan Bruneau, M.A. RCC Instagram: @meganjbruneau (notice the "J")
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Being Alone & Feeling Alone
Practicing Self-Care to Weather the Storm
In our technological world, it’s common that we go the entire day without actually speaking with someone. The world we live in today creates loneliness and it’s not our fault. We should not judge ourselves for feeling loneliness and instead practice some form of self care. #loneliness #connection
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Being Alone & Feeling Alone
Loneliness is your Storm: Put up your Umbrella
When I moved to New York, I didn’t know many people and I got lonely. I acknowledged those feelings and reminded myself it was a normal human emotion that would pass. Loneliness is your storm: if you put up an umbrella of self-compassion, without judging yourself, you can protect yourself. #loneliness #selfawareness
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
Anxiety in Evolutionary Terms
Anxiety is an evolutionary emotion which is there to protect and motivate us. The best way to overcome it is to recognize it and know how it acts on you. #anxiety
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
The Spectrum of Anxiety
A general intervention that would help combat anxiety would be to look at the spectrum of anxiety versus confidence. Trust that your confidence and anxiety will be fluctuating depending on the situation you’re in. #anxiety
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
The Many Types of Anxiety
There should be more words for anxiety. You may experience acute anxiety walking through a dark alley at night. There is an epidemic of generalized anxiety where people feel anxious all the time and it is intertwined with guilt and depression. There’s also a category of performance anxiety. #anxiety
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Being Alone & Feeling Alone
Notice Your Loneliness: It Too Will Pass
Our society is pathologizing of emotions making loneliness seem like a bad emotion. What’s important is to notice our reaction to loneliness. We often judge ourselves, creating shame on top of our loneliness. Acknowledge the loneliness and make space for it. It too will pass. #loneliness #aloneness
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Being Alone & Feeling Alone
Feeling Loneliness Doesn’t Mean You’re Disconnected
Loneliness is a natural evolutionary human emotion. Loneliness is meant to feel uncomfortable because it’s meant to force us to try and connect. That being said, it’s an emotion everyone feels at one point and it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re disconnected. #loneliness #aloneness #connection #relationship
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Money, Society & Status
Intimate Connections Trump Social Status
So long as we can still focus on intimate connections with the important people in our lives, it doesn’t matter what our social status is. While it’s natural to desire being liked by everyone around you, recognize what you’re actually seeking. It’s usually love, worthiness and connection. #socialstatus #connection
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Money, Society & Status
Evoking Emotions Through Social Status
We don’t want to be ostracized because it’s evolutionary normal for humans to want connection. When someone has social status, they evoke emotions of the people around them. When we take a step back, we realize that as a society we have taken this to an extreme. #socialstatus #leadership #connection
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Money, Society & Status
Social Status and Evolution
As humans the desire for social status is evolutionary. We are prone to want social status because we don’t want to be ostracized from the group. #socialstatus #loneliness
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Money, Society & Status
Money, Illusions and Delusions
Men usually feel like they need a certain amount of money to be desirable, while women generally feel that having money to make themselves look will bring them happiness. People need to experience firsthand that money doesn’t bring happiness. #money #power #happiness
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Money, Society & Status
Money Is a Temporary Escape
When I first moved to New York I was working a job that paid very well, but I was miserable. I used to spend so much money on shopping to distract myself from the loneliness, pain and all these emotions I felt from moving to the city. It was a temporary escape. #money #loneliness
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Money, Society & Status
You Cannot Buy Happiness
For me, financial well-being is about being able to afford my basic needs and then some. To achieve that, we need to recognize what fits within our current lifestyle. There’s nothing you can buy that can bring happiness.Oftentimes a sign of removing some of those vices is important to gain insight into what you need out of life. #money #value #purpose
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Achieving Harmony & Balance
Finding Meaning in Suffering
I believe strongly in finding meaning in suffering. There is an opportunity for growth in each challenge we go through and I see it as the universe trying to teach me something on a grander scale. #harmony #balance #suffering
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Achieving Harmony & Balance
Life Is My Teacher
I take a Buddhist approach to finding harmony and view life as my teacher. Anything in life is an opportunity for an awakening whether it’s a comfortable or negative situation. #harmony #mindfulness
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
Life as a Perfectionist: Part 2
Perfectionists have a critical inner voice. I was hard on myself without even realizing it and I motivated myself through fear and criticism. Although it made me successful, I lived my life with anxiety. #anxiety #stress
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
Sadness Here You Are, Come Join Me
The first couple weeks after breaking up with someone I thought I would spend my life with, I tried to push away the pain. After a few weeks of this, one morning I allowed myself to surrender to the sadness. #depression #sadness #anxiety #suffering
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The Role of Religion
Suffering in Buddhism
The first real truth in Buddhism is that there is suffering in life, and the second real truth is that we create our own suffering by trying to push away pain. #religion #expectations #suffering
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The Role of Religion
Dipping My Toes Into Buddhism
In Buddhism, it is believed that pain times struggle equals suffering. I was feeling the pain of sadness and struggling against it, therefore creating unnecessary suffering. Once I acknowledged my struggle against sadness I was practicing Buddhist philosophy without realizing it. More instances occurred that brought me closer to Buddhism. #religion #beliefs
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Loving Yourself
Practicing Self-Acceptance: You Are Good Enough
There is a misconception that loving yourself means thinking you’re perfect. Self-acceptance is something we have to keep relearning and practicing. Acceptance doesn’t mean you can’t move towards some form of change but you need to recognize that in that moment, you are good enough. #lovingyourself #selflove
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Loving Yourself
The Three Components of Self-Compassion
Self-compassion includes three things: mindfulness of the present moment, self-kindness, and common humanity. We need to remember that it is normal to feel emotional pain. It doesn’t mean you are broken or alone. #selflove #selfawareness #mindfulness
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Loving Yourself
With Practice, Self-Compassion Becomes Natural
I give my clients a script saying it is understandable to be anxious or nervous about something and what to say to encourage themselves to take that risk. With practice, self-assurance becomes our default. #selflove #selfimprovement
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Loving Yourself
Common Humanity and the Human Condition
The final piece of self-compassion is common humanity. Remember there are billions of people out there experiencing a similar emotions as you. We can find comfort in knowing that this is part of the human condition. #selflove #humanexperience
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
Meaning Can Come From Different Places
What will get you through the difficult times when you don’t feel like there’s a point to life? Meaning can come from different places: relationships, creativity, spirituality or work. #purpose #inspiration #relationship #creativity #spirituality
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Loving Yourself
Pushed out of My Comfort Zone
Just two years ago I had a happy life by all accounts, yet I felt a yearning for more. I left for New York and was pushed out of my comfort zone. I have been able to embrace that journey and the uncertainty of life because of self-compassion. #selflove #selfawareness #risk #journey
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
The Difference Between Purpose and Meaning
I differentiate between life purpose and meaning. Your life purpose can fluctuate over time and not everyone should expect that they have one overarching purpose. However, as humans we do need to feel a sense of meaning. #purpose #lifepurpose
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Finding & Fulfilling Our Purpose
We Need to Have Meaning
We need to be able to create some form of meaning out of life or we feel depression. It’s important to have a sense of meaning but that doesn’t have to be our overarching life purpose. #lifepurpose #purpose #depression
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Productivity
SMART Goals
Oftentimes when we feel overwhelmed, it’s a sign that our expectations are too high. It can also mean that we don’t have enough certainty. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, you could try to make your goals “SMART.” This stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-oriented. #productivity #goal #anxiety #wordsintoactions
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Productivity
Making Your Goals Specific
What will setting a goal actually look like? We need to make our goals more specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-oriented. Otherwise, we can begin to feel anxiety over tasks looming ahead. Be honest with yourself and figure out if this is a change you really want to make. #productivity #goal #anxiety #wordsintoactions
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Productivity
Know Your Motivation
Turning words into actions is about knowing motivation. Sometimes motivation comes from within and sometimes it’s because someone else is holding us accountable. As humans, we are very driven by anxiety. #motivation #wordsintoaction #anxiety #procrastination
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Money, Society & Status
The Buddhist Philosophy of Financial Well-Being
Financial well-being depends from person to person. Following the Buddhist philosophy, it’s about living in the moment and not looking outside the self for happiness. There are basic human needs but our society takes materialism to an extreme. #money #happiness
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Productivity
Recognizing Instant Gratification
You want to be aware of how giving into instant gratification is preventing you from reaching your overall goals. Recognize what emotions are driving the instant gratification so that you can respond to it in a more self-compassionate way. #productivity #goal #wordsintoactions #selfawareness
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Are Your Expectations Realistic?
It’s important to be honest with yourself and understand whether or not your expectations are realistic. Part of knowing yourself is asking how realistic your expectations are. #goal #productivity
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Loving Yourself
The Critical Inner Voice
Many of us have a critical inner voice that sabotages the possibility for self love or compassion. It causes both depression and anxiety, preventing us from taking risks. Once we are aware of our inner critical voice we can start to learn self kindness, but it takes time. #selfawareness #selflove #anxiety #depression #bepresent
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Loving Yourself
The First Step to Self-Compassion
Mindfulness is an important first step to self-compassion. It can happen by paying attention to our emotions in the present moment with acceptance. This allows us to become aware of the relationship we have with ourselves. #selfawareness #selflove #mindfulness
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Loving Yourself
The Self-Esteem Movement
In the 1990s, there was a self-esteem movement which told every child they were the best. This has created fragile self esteem. As soon as people go out into the real world and realize they’re not the best, it can provoke anxiety. #selfesteem #anxiety
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Loving Yourself
Self-Compassion is the Key
The key to loving yourself is self-compassion. Self-compassion is the idea that you are imperfect and that is okay. We come terms with the fact that we have strengths and weaknesses. #lovingyourself #selflove #selfawareness
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The Role of Religion
Letting Go of Ego
After coming out of a very prestigious university program, I couldn’t find a job in my field which was incredibly humbling. I got a job at a yoga studio cleaning the mats so I could do yoga for free. It helped me let go of ego and grow my comfort zone. #religion #flexibility
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
The Grief of Heartbreak
When I was 24 I had been with someone for three years and was certain we were going to get married. I was struggling with my eating disorder and depression at that time and he ended up leaving me. For weeks, I felt the intense pain of grief. #depression #heartbreak #grief #suffering
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
My Struggle With Eating Disorders
Thinness was idealized in my family. I struggled with bulimia for eight years which later transformed into anorexia. My father left my mom for a younger woman and after watching my mom suffer, I thought I could protect myself by being thin or successful. #depression #sadness #vulnerability #suffering #familyloss
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Dealing with Anxiety & Depression
Life as a Perfectionist: Part 1
I’ve been a perfectionist my whole life, meaning I was unable to tolerate uncomfortable feelings. I expected perfection from myself no matter life’s circumstances. The reason I never failed was because I never took risks. #anxiety #stress
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