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January 9, 2020 @ 4:08 pm

How to Heal Your Hurts

Welcome to Episode 37 of Catching Your Breath: The Podcast, with Steve Austin.

If you listen to this episode in its entirety, you will gain 10 ways to start letting go of emotional pain, plus I'll share my Survivor's Manifesto with you, and tell you all about how you can sign up for my brand-new free 7-day course called, "How to Heal Your Hurts."


  1. How to Heal Your Hurts FREE Course.
  2. Mikala's story of surviving an affair.
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  6. Download my Survivor's Manifesto for just $7.
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December 2, 2019 @ 12:33 pm

Breaking the Shackles of Shame (with Lauren Sisler)

In Episode 36 of Catching Your Breath: The Podcast, Steve Austin sits down with ESPN and SEC Sportscaster, Lauren Sisler, to talk about breaking the shackles of shame.

Lauren is a multi national award-winning sports broadcaster working with ESPN, the SEC Network, and

Her  journey was not always full of victories and celebrations. In 2003 as a freshman at Rutgers University, tragedy struck Lauren’s world when she  unexpectedly lost both of her parents to their concealed battle with  addiction. Through her grief and despair, Lauren found the courage to  continue moving forward and find success.

Lauren now shares her story across the country in hopes of spreading awareness about the dangers of addiction and the devastation it can cause for those who abuse substances, their loved ones, and the community.

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November 26, 2019 @ 8:44 am

Bonus: How to Have a Healthy, Happy, Low-Stress Holiday Season

Welcome to this Bonus Holiday Episode of Catching Your Breath: The Podcast.

This content is from a new thing I'm doing on Facebook, called #MentalHealthMonday. Each Monday at 8pm CST, I'll be sharing a new Facebook Live video about something under the umbrella of mental health. Today, I'm sharing the audio of my very first Mental Health Monday video, which aired Monday, 11/25/19.

The holidays can be stressful and unpredictable. Join me as I respond to a few questions I received recently from a coaching client:

1. What can I do to get more in control of the holiday festivities this year?

2. How can I find the time to prepare all the holiday foods when it seems we’ve only got time for the holiday parties

3. What can I do to discourage our sons from wanting so many presents?

4. Is there any way I can bring back the joy of the holidays?

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November 5, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Why I Believe Growth Begins with Acceptance

Welcome to Episode 34 of Catching Your Breath: The Podcast (with Steve Austin). The beginning of this episode includes lots of important announcements, and then we dive right into a recent talk Steve gave at Unity of Birmingham.

The Bible story of Jonah and the Whale is a perfect example of why growth begins with acceptance.

Show notes:

  1. The website is all-new! (click here)
  2. New monthly mental health resource. (click here)
  3. Subscribe to the monthly newsletter. (click here)
  4. Monthly Catching Your Breath Calls with Steve. (click here)
  5. New faith and mental health video. (click here)
  6. Leave a podcast review - get a shout out! (click here)

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October 2, 2019 @ 1:21 pm

Life-Giving Spiritual Practices for Weary Parents (Courtney Ellis)

Welcome to episode 33 of Catching Your Breath: The Podcast. I’m so excited for you to hear this conversation between my wife Lindsey, our new friend Courtney Ellis, and me.

Almost Holy Mama is so friggin honest, funny, and beautiful. It is real, raw, and relatable. It’s not full of platitudes or unreasonable expectations from someone who just doesn’t get it. Courtney is a mama of 3 little ones and she gives us permission to tell the truth, while gently nudging us toward a better way to have a relationship with God WHILE parenting. The one makes us better at the other.

For parents of young children, it often feels like we will have to wait until the kids graduate to engage in regular spiritual practices. That, or just shame ourselves into trying harder. But what if there was another way? A better way. How do we create spiritual practices in one of life’s more exhausting seasons? This is a talk about that.

Welcome to the podcast.

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September 25, 2019 @ 1:20 pm

What is shame? (And how to heal it.)

Welcome to Episode 32 of Catching Your Breath: The Podcast, with Steve Austin! In this episode, we're talking about what shame is, how it can impact your daily life, how to share it, and how to heal it. Keep scrolling for more great shame resources, plus my free workbook!

Healing from shame isn’t something you can do overnight. It’s a process that can take months or even years. The good news is that you don’t have to take the journey alone. Many professionals have written insightful guides that can guide you on this journey. Here are a few books you may want to pick up…

Self Care for the Wounded Soul: 21 Days of Messy Grace (by Steve Austin, with Kate Pieper, LMFT)

If you have ever felt hopeless, if you have ever believed that all the bad things in your life were beyond redemption, if you have ever felt unworthy of being loved or accepted, if you have ever feared what would happen if people found out whatever it is that haunts you - I get it. I have been there, too.

Maybe you are recovering from abuse, addiction, or a suicide attempt like me. Maybe you are struggling with anxiety or depression and don’t know why yet. No matter what your starting point is, the tools in this journal will help you begin to answer the question, “Now what?”

You’re tired of living this way. You want to change your life, and you don’t know where to begin. I hope this 21-day self-care journal will help you answer that question. It’s time to take ownership of your life, and that begins with good self-care. It’s hard work, but you can do it. No more running, no more hiding, no more masks. No matter what your journey has looked like so far, recovery is possible. I am living proof.

Healing the Shame that Binds You by John Bradshaw

One book that can be helpful for you’re dealing with shame is Healing the Shame that Binds You. In this book, the author discusses shame, how it develops, and what to do about it.

Much of the book has been influenced by the author’s own experience with alcoholism. He shares many of the same concepts found in the 12-step program. So if you’re dealing with an addiction as well as shame, you may find this resource the most helpful.

I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't) by Brene Brown

Brene Brown’s book, I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) isn’t just about shame. It’s about living authentically and letting go of the need for perfection. She encourages readers to embrace their flaws and imperfections and release their guilt.

Although anyone can benefit from reading this book, many of the stories and interviews inside it are related to motherhood. If you’re struggling with being a parent, this can be an eye-opening read.

If you want to learn more shame and how it’s affecting you, consider watching Brene Brown’s TED Talk titled Listening to Shame. It’s both educational and inspiring.

The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves by Curt Thompson

In The Soul of Shame, psychiatrist Curt Thompson, invites you to take a look at how shame is affecting your life. He explores the different ways shame enters your life and how to experience true and lasting freedom.

The author is an expert in interpersonal neurobiology, so some people found his book can be a bit academic in parts. He’s also a Christian and much of his content stems from a Christian worldview, so you can expect to encounter some theology in this book as well.

Living with Your Heart Wide Open by Steve Flowers and Bob Stahl

When you carry shame with you, it’s easy to hold onto negative thoughts. That’s why in Living with Your Heart Wide Open, the authors spend much of the content focusing on mindfulness and self-compassion.

Many reviewers loved that the book was good for self-discovery and healing of internal wounds. There’s a heavy influence on meditation and Buddhist principles. The authors discuss common scenarios and recommend healing meditations for them.

Reading about how others are affected by shame can be freeing. It’s freeing to realize that you’re not alone in your pain and that healing can be found. It may not be easy but it is a journey you’ll never regret taking.

How is shame affecting your life? Find out when you download your free workbook! (Just click here.)

Read Steve's article for USA Today on how churches should look more like psych wards. (Just click here.)

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September 16, 2019 @ 9:50 am

Pastors and Suicide: What You Need to Know

Welcome to Catching Your Breath: The Podcast. Following the recent death of Pastor Jarrid Wilson by suicide, in Episode 31, Steve shares several recent articles and thoughts on pastors and suicide.


  1. USA Today: Jarrid Wilson's Suicide Forces Church to Confront Mental Illness
  2. I was a pastor with a broken brain.
  3. Pastor's and Suicide: How Do We Keep this From Happening Again?


  1. Free book: From Pastor to a Psych Ward
  2. 10-Day Love Your Life Challenge
  3. Mental Health Getting Started Guide

Are you in a dark place? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

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September 2, 2019 @ 10:01 am

Exploring Grief: Finding Your New Normal

In the final episode of this "Exploring Grief" series, we talk with Scott Watkins who is a hospice chaplain. We ask Scott what life might look like a few years into the grieving process. We also read a Ute poem that can serve as mantra for us as we move forward in the grieving process.

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September 2, 2019 @ 9:56 am

Exploring Grief: Finding Expression for Your Grief

In episode 3 of Exploring Grief, we examine a letter written by Ram Dass to Steve and Anita who are grieving the loss of their daughter Rachel. This letter has become a resource for many who find themselves grieving. It's full of wisdom and grace, let's see what it has for us!
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August 19, 2019 @ 7:20 pm

Exploring Grief: You Heal When You’re Heard

In episode two of our four episode series on grief, guest host Brandon Carleton sits down with Sarah Stevens from the Beautifull Project to examine the power of making and holding space for people to grieve. Also, have you ever felt like you can't describe how you're feeling? Brandon offers a practical tip to help us develop our ability to put names to our emotions.
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