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Mental Health, Relationships, Habits


After getting a job in a hospital she once was a patient of, Paris Prynkiewicz felt drawn to launch her podcast, Crooked Illness,  to share her story in hopes to inspire others to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health. 

At 19 years old, Paris was given a diagnosis of Bipolar I after she was hospitalized. But after graduating college a few years later with her degree in psychology, and working in that same hospital, she saw things in two lights. It wasn’t until then that she recognized the stigmas had led her to live a life full of guilt and fear.  Her diagnosis made her completely afraid to be around others and accept herself. To overcome her greatest fear, she felt it was necessary to bring awareness to the community about mental health with the use of not only her story, but the stories of others as well. 

For Paris, her go-to strategies to maintain her mental happiness are to practice gratitude and move her body every single day.  Consistently taking some time to examine all the things and people she has in her own life leaves less room for negative self-talk. These habits have helped her shift her focus and energy to gain clarity so she can crush her goals instead of being crushed by her old limiting beliefs. 

Tune in to this week’s episode of ValueVerse for a genuine and open conversation surrounding one of today’s most talked about conversations. Mental health is without a doubt a conversation that everyone needs to be having. Paris graciously reminds listeners that we all have struggles and “it’s okay and normal to not have everything figured out.” There is no better time than now to take charge of your own happiness! 


“Look at the things you have already been able to do, and look at the places you’ve gone, the people you’ve met..  look at the people already in your life.” (12:01-12:08) 

“When we shift our energy and our focus on the things we do have, it helps us get in a better place and get in a better mindset in order to get our goals crushed this year instead of being crushed by our limiting beliefs.” (12:28- 12:44) 

“It’s normal and it’s okay to not have everything figured out.” (13:57-13:59)

“To move away from being more problem focused to more solution focused, the biggest part of that is making these things in our life that are helping us grow a habit and eliminating things that are hurting us or holding us back.” (17:44-18:02)


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