The Power of Om: How Meditation Helped Me Through a Mental Health Crisis

Guest post by Liz Wegerer

Jyssica Schwartz

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Liz Wegerer is a successful full-time freelance writer who splits her time between Seattle, Washington and Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. In her multi-decade career, she’s helped clients across a variety of industries with copywriting and long-form content to amplify their voices and educate readers. Liz is an advocate for mental health — and great writing. Check her out at www.lizwegerer.com.

The Power of Om: How Meditation Helped Me Through a Mental Health Crisis

In early January 2023, I involuntarily joined a group nobody wanted to be in: I got laid off from my well-paying tech industry job.

If the old adage is true that misery loves company, I had a lot of company that month.

How I learned I was about to lose my job was in some ways worse than actually losing it. I received an unusual, last-minute Teams meeting invitation from my manager’s boss at 3:00 p.m. for an 8:30 a.m. meeting the next morning.

That I had never before been invited to a last-minute meeting by this person was the first alarm bell. The second was the invitation list. Just me, my manager’s manager, an HR rep, and the company attorney. I figured out pretty fast what was going to happen in less than 24 hours.

My brain went into overdrive. It goes without saying I didn’t sleep that night. I did, however, shed a lot of tears. It was the start of what I didn’t realize would be a rapid decline into depression and anxiety like I’d never known before.

Aside from my most immediate fears, like how I was going to pay my existing mountain of bills (I had just funded a family move from overseas back to a very high cost-of-living area), I was also angry.

Angry at the callous way the company handled the situation. Angry at myself (irrationally) for being in the 10 percent that was let go. Angry that less than three months earlier I traded a country with socialized health care for the U.S. and its privatized system. Now my company-provided health insurance evaporated with a five-minute video call.

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Jyssica Schwartz

Manging editor. entrepreneur, writer, editor, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.” jyssicaschwartz.com