S5. Episode 4: How to Cope With Losing Friends – Show Notes

5. Understanding the Relationship Between Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder Distressed to Joyful; Bailey's Way

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In this episode I delve into the challenging yet crucial topic of “How to Cope with Losing Friends.” Drawing from both extensive research and my own personal experiences, I compassionately guide you through the intricacies of navigating the often painful process of losing friends.

Join me as I open up about my own journey and share valuable insights into the reasons why friendships might come to an end. Through a blend of research findings and heartfelt anecdotes, I shed light on coping mechanisms and strategies to navigate the emotional terrain of friendship loss.

Not stopping there, I courageously discuss instances where I chose to end friendships, providing you with a roadmap to identify red flags and avoid common pitfalls. By sharing my experiences, I aim to empower you to make informed choices in your relationships, fostering healthier connections and personal growth.

Tune in to this emotionally resonant episode of Distressed to Joyful; Bailey’s Way, where my authenticity creates a safe space for you to explore the complexities of friendship dynamics. Whether you’re grappling with a recent loss or simply seeking guidance on nurturing meaningful connections, this episode is a must-listen. Subscribe now for a dose of empathy, research-backed insights, and practical advice on the art of letting go while embracing personal growth.


The announcements in this episode centered around two books I’m currently reading and why I’ve chosen to read them. You’ll find links to both of them below, as well as an article to help you learn more about Brené Brown’s works. Additionally, you’ll find links to two different previous podcast episodes to tune into if you’re interested in learning more about my non-existent relationship with my parents. 

Self Reflection Corner

This week’s topic was my revelation on how childhood trauma has affected my ability to be flexible as an adult. Scroll to find the short Instagram Reel I created about this topic last month, but be sure to tune into the episode to hear all of the details! 

Also, be sure to tune into Travel Tales #2: Fun Times with Friends in Hot Springs, Arkansas to hear what happened on this trip that helped me to overcome my “fear of being agile”. While it wasn’t easy, I’m so grateful for this trip as it’s helped change my life significantly for the better! 

My Challenge for You: If you’re currently struggling with being flexible when plans change, I encourage you to take a few moments to reflect on why that might be the case and write it down in your journal. Ask yourself, why do I have a hard time “going with the flow”? Did something happen in my childhood that might cause me to panic when plans change? Was I conditioned to think this way via someone else’s influence? Taking the time to reflect on your life and why you might be struggling to be flexible might lead you to an answer…which often will bring you a solution. 

Win of the Week!

I was thrilled to tell you about my next trip abroad to Germany and Amsterdam later this year! My husband and I are specifically going to Germany so that we can tour Neuschwanstein Castle, AKA the “Disney Castle” as it was the inspiration for the incredible castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. 

Have a recent win you want me to celebrate with you? Head on over to the Win of the Week webpage and submit your win for me to shoutout on an upcoming episode of the show! You can also send me an email via whatisheybailsdoing@gmail.com if that better suits you. Can’t wait to hear from you, friend! 

Standing in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland California – the architecture is inspired by that of the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany


Until next time friends… Take it easy, stay grateful and be joyful!

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Published by Bailey Reber

Hi friends! Welcome to the world of Hey Bails, where you will get a glimpse of all the things I get myself into! Explore the world with me, check up on my progress learning the Hindi language, hear about my journey with mental health & bipolar 2 disorder via my podcast (Distressed to Joyful; Bailey's Way) and learn how to do a variety of DIY projects with me, such as crafting and beauty tutorials. So, what are you waiting for? Let's start having FUN!

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