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4. Owning Your Mistakes

Mistakes are a fact of life, but many of us can get trapped in the spiral of negative thinking that they invoke. Today’s episode is a pep talk full of practical advice for moving on from mistakes, from brainstorming solutions in ‘stupid idea time’ to reframing your situation as an opportunity for growth.

Today, I speak about how damaging negative self-talk can be, including how it can impact situations disastrously and lead to avoiding problems rather than taking issues head-on. I also discuss, personally, how owning your mistakes can be difficult but necessary in moving forward. I also discuss how guilt can weigh you down and inhibit you from taking the steps you may need to take to feel better.

I speak about intentions, also discussing:

  • ‘Stupid idea time’ (a journal exercise in which an issue you might not know how to resolve is just all scattered across a journal page without abandon)
  • How intention and guilt can affect your perception of mistakes
  • The importance of seeking advice from others, rather than taking on burdens by yourself
  • How taking responsibility is essential in moving forward


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Join host Alice Lyons as she and her guests explore their experiences with suicide ideation, in order to reduce the silence, stigma and shame that surrounds this issue.

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Suicide Support Organisations

Samaritans: Confidential suicide discussion and support. Free helpline available round the clock. Text – 116123. Call – 08457 909090 Email – Website –

Mind: Support and information for anyone suffering from a mental health problem. 0300 123 3393 Website –

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