Listen to “Episode 29-Minimizing Depression in Achievers and Immigrants with Karina Garden” on Spreaker

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Karina Garden is a power partner of Thigpro. She has founded several businesses and co-started W.E. or Women Entrepreneurs, where she dedicates to empower women entrepreneurs as they strive to make their mark in the business world. She does transactional work as a lawyer on weekdays while creating meaningful impact in the business community by using her legal background to do what she’s passionate about – helping, supporting, and promoting minority-owned small businesses.

Today, Karina shares how she balances her analytical side and her creative side, and how she redirects her skills to her passion as a visionary. She also shares the struggles she went through as an immigrant and an overachiever, its serious mental and emotional implications, and how she chooses to face the fear and shame over living a miserable and exhausted life.

“There’s power in admitting you need help.” – Karina Garden

This Week on Balance Boldly:

  • The heaviness of being an analytical-creative
  • The challenges of being a first-generation immigrant
  • Why immigrants are less likely to seek medical health treatment
  • Refusing to become a victim of circumstances
  • Minimizing the severity of depression and anxiety
  • Describing the fear of complacency and how it affects you
  • How mental health professionals and practitioners can help
  • Explaining what Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is
  • A system for combating the extremes

Key Takeaways:

  • Embrace the unique you and stop trying to fit in.
  • Pause and identify your triggers.
  • Connect with your family and friends.
  • Come up with and stick to a healthy regimen.
  • Pursue what brings you joy that’s apart from your business and family life.

A Little Gentle Honesty:

  • Being an ultra achiever has its pluses and minuses. The fear of complacency and mediocrity can create a void filled with shame when we are at a special place when we don’t recognize that we can be content and not have to be complacent.

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