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Shower for the Soul is a community that shares stories about health, wellness and our mental wellness. Host Shane Fame Alexander dives deep into subjects as anxiety, depression and new ways to make our lives feel more balanced.

Hi, it’s Shane. What you might not know is that I (think I) have misophonia. I say that in an uncertain tone because see, misophonia isn’t recognized as...anything. Yet. They’ve been doing research on this for two decades. 

 

Here’s how the website, Disabled World explains it; “Misophonia is a sound sensitivity disorder that is not well understood and is rare. It is characterized by an extreme aversion to certain sounds. The disorder may occur in both children and adults from any age group.”

 

There are triggers. There’s a lot of anger. There’s a lot of frustration. They call it 'fight or flight’. And it’s a bear to deal with. Since my triggers are from sounds upstairs from my basement-dwelling,, I need to wear headphones for 80% of the day. It’s rough. It’s demotivating. It’s depressing. 

 

And I’m not the only one that’s feeling like this. There are others. While this makes me feel comforted that I’m not the only one suffering from this, it also makes me sad that others are needing to battle this debilitating disorder every day. 

 

This is why I’m doing this. I host two podcasts on mental health. I’m a proud mental health advocate. But, today, I would like to officially announce that I would like to be your misophonia advocate. I’m working on a podcast about misophonia. It’s called Fight or Flight.  I’m reaching out to see if my fellow misophonia warriors would like to hop on the show to chat about your triggers, coping mechanisms, and misophonia stories. We’ll meet over Zoom for less than an hour and have a chat. 

 

Send me a DM and we’ll go from there. Or, email me directly at hostshane@gmail.com

 

#misophonia #misophoniawarrior #misophoniaawareness 

#mentalhealth #fightorflight 

On May 29th, 2020, I woke up at around 3am, as usual, and checked out Twitter. Tweets were all about the riots that happened the night before. I couldn’t go back to sleep. I needed to do something. I needed to do a show about this. I needed to make my voice heard. 

Podcasting is all about storytelling - one reason why I love it so much. But what was the story I was going to tell here? I didn’t want it to be a news type of episode where I blabbered off facts and numbers and the typical lines. I wanted to make a difference, in my own way and to make people realize how long this has been happening. 

I thought back to the days when I was obsessed with learning everything I could about Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. They were my guys. I thought of this one time when I was talking to my dad and how I said that I felt safer in the world knowing that Malcolm and Martin made it better for me and my family. 

This is the story I wanted to tell. It won me a runner-up prize in a contest last year sponsored by Rode Microphones. 

So, here it is, again for you because we need to be reminded. Here is the Rinse episode from 2020, We Shall Overcome. 

Welcome to the second season of Rinse. Short impactful episodes focussing on health, wealth, and self.  We kick off the second season by looking at Misophonia. Not very many people know about it. Can someone actually hate sounds? What happens when they hear these dreadful sounds and why do they have these reactions? Shane takes a deep dive as he suffers from it too. 

 

If you would like to help Shane with his virtual Walk and Talk for Mental Health on May 29th, check out his official team page here. 

We're back and Shane's flying solo this week. We take a trip back to a year ago when this whole COVID thing started. Has anything REALLY changed? How's your mental health been and how has it differed from when we went into lockdown in March 2000? Shane also takes a trip down memory lane talking about the recent passing of one of his radio heroes, Dick Smyth. 

 

Shane wants you to join his team this year for the Defeat Depression Virtual Walk and Talk for Mental Health. Join and/or donate here. Shane will fill us in about this, too. 

 

Let's get social. Find Shane here:

Facebook 

Fame and Friend's official Instagram

Shane's personal, amusing, Instagram account

 

Angele D'Alessio of the Canadian Mental Health Association speaks with Shane about Bounceback. Its "a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry." 

For more information on Bounceback, go to  https://bouncebackontario.ca/

News and mental health. 2020 has been packed with headlines that haven't been the best for any of our health. But when is it too much? And what's the responsibility of the newscasters to inform us with credibility and sensitivity? We sit down and chat with broadcaster Michael Hainsowrth about this. 

On our first year anniversary episode, Shane welcomes back Cory Chadwick from The Mental Gym. This time they're talking goals. How do you reach them and what do you do after you reach said goal? The guys talk about it and share their own goal conquering tales.

 

Find more Cory here

Find more info on Check up from the Head up here.

In the season premier episode of Shower for the Soul, Shane is returns and shares what he did during the hiatus.  We also welcome friend of the show, Cory Chadwick to the show where we chat about leaving our comfort zones in order to live your 10. 

 

Find more Cory at here.

 

We're back with our July installment of Rinse. Robin Williams would've turned 69 this week. Shane takes a look into mental health in the entertainment industry on a global scale. K-Pop, Bollywood and Hollywood have their sad stories and what are they doing now to help their performers?  We examine this. 

Wrapping up our series on psychedelics and mental health, Shane looks at LSD, man and what a huge pharma company is doing with it. We also hear from Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary on why he's investing in the future.

 

 

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