Mental Health Champions: “Live a pressure-free life by letting go of expectations”, With Jacqueline Pirtle

I live a pressure-free life by letting go of expectations as to how things have to be for me. This lets me stay in the flow with what IS. As for my wishes and desires, I visualize them clearly, send them out without holding back, and then let go of how it all has to […]

I live a pressure-free life by letting go of expectations as to how things have to be for me. This lets me stay in the flow with what IS. As for my wishes and desires, I visualize them clearly, send them out without holding back, and then let go of how it all has to be for me.

As a part of my series about “Mental Health Champions” helping to normalize the focus on mental wellness, I had the pleasure to interview Jacqueline Pirtle. She serves her clients as a holistic practitioner, a healing arts teacher/mentor, and author, with a unique passion as an ambassador for mindful happiness. Her best-selling book is 365 Days of Happiness — as seen on ABC 7 Chicago. She has helped thousands of clients shift into a “high for life” frequency — a unique experience that calls clients into the highest potential in their NOW! Jacqueline has been featured on NBC News Better, Women Inspired TV, The Sunday School Radio Show, International Health & Wellness summits and podcasts, Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, Bustle, and Buzzfeed, and her article “Are You Happy?” is in print in The Edge Magazine.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us the “backstory” about what brought you to this specific career path?

Like so many higher vibe beings that choose to BE here NOW with a healing purpose, I too have had a path that can be felt as physically or emotionally painful — for example, my childhood, relationships, and many of those ups and downs.

That is where my passion for happiness and my refusal to be limited by any idea that looks like a physical fixed space supports me, because I chose early on to not be glued into yesterday’s story and to understand that these happenings were only put in front of me as a reminder of my purpose and how I can do the most service.

In 2006, I decided to use all these tools to create a higher frequency of teachings for others by utilizing the connected energetic field to tap into the quantum, then sharing space — where there is no separation — and time with my clients — supporting them into the awakening of the infinite potential that is already in them.

My truth is that I am called to tap into my spiritual connection every single day.

This is truly a beautiful gift and I feel really honored to always know that whatever bigger-than-me energy is moving through me is what is necessary and that it is moving and supporting people right where they are at.

According to Mental Health America’s report, over 44 million Americans have a mental health condition. Yet there’s still a stigma about mental illness. Can you share a few reasons you think this is so?

By having expectations that one must feel good and positive at all times, it creates a belief and feeling that “there must be something wrong with me — or the person — when not feeling good.”

And by labeling sadness, anger, frustration, and such, as not “being OK” it creates pressure that can feel like “there must be something wrong with me.”

Any time when there is, or seems to be something wrong, it means it is not normal — creating a stigma.


Making it something wrong identifies the person as being wrong, that mental health condition, when in truth everyone is always so much more — a smile, laughter, kindness, their breath, a whole energetic being — than their symptoms.

Take it even further, when the main focus is to get rid of the symptoms of the mental health condition, it deepens the disconnect — between body, mind, soul, consciousness — that is already present when a person is not feeling good, making the condition and the stigma worse.

Any mental health condition — like any other physical condition — is an invitation for the person and everyone involved to connect and unite with their whole being — body, mind, soul, consciousness — and to align with their truth so they can learn how to take care of themselves in a better, more wholesome, and holistic way.

True healing always includes the whole person, not just the symptom.

Can you tell our readers about how you are helping to de-stigmatize the focus on mental wellness?

By supporting my clients right where they are at…

…be it in that gentle space of waking-up or remembering where my best-selling book 365 Days of Happiness is perfect because it touches you in all ways — meeting you in your soft space to open up your heart and shed your limits by teaching you, and reminding you, of mindful happiness.


…in an intentional deepness — wherever you are on your path and your spiritual evolution and maturity — shifting you into profound energetic experiences, healing, knowing, and being — through my one-on-one sessions.

Was there a story behind why you decided to launch this initiative?

I had my fair share of emotional and physical pain — but I chose early on to believe that these happening only make me stronger and that all my feelings are “normal.” I know that I am in charge of my wellbeing and that I can heal as a whole by taking care of my body, my mind, my soul, and my NOW as being ONE.

This approach helps me to be the best me I can be, and serve my clients in the best way possible.

In your experience, what should a) individuals b) society, and c) the government do to better support people suffering from mental illness?

As individuals it is of utmost importance to take full responsibility of who we are and how we behave — kind or not kind, gentle or not gentle, judging or not judging — towards ourselves and others, and how well we feel like a whole being. This includes a determination to create a strong connection with ourselves and a willingness to do whatever it takes to take excellent care of our whole being — body, mind, soul, consciousness.

When you commit to BE all of the above and enter society, you will make a huge impact by simply being a phenomenal example. People will follow — creating a movement to a kinder, gentler, and non-judging society.

As a ripple effect, a better society can then lead to a more supportive government.

What are the 6 strategies you use to promote your own wellbeing and mental wellness? Can you please give a story or example for each?

1. I live a pressure-free life by letting go of expectations as to how things have to be for me. This lets me stay in the flow with what IS. As for my wishes and desires, I visualize them clearly, send them out without holding back, and then let go of how it all has to be for me.

2. I live a resistance-free life — I acknowledge what IS, then I accept, respect, appreciate, thank, and love all that IS for me. That keeps me open and allowing.

3. I create a healthy environment in all components of my whole being — body, mind, soul, and consciousness.

4. Body: I take excellent care of me by eating clean, drinking plenty of water, moving fittingly, getting good rest, and by listening to my physical body.

5. Mind: I acknowledge all of my thoughts — the negative and positive. The positive ones, I get deeply engaged with and feel them vividly. The negative ones I consciously shift to thoughts that feel better for me — creating more positive ones.

6. Soul and Consciousness: I nurture my soul by creating and then indulging in “good feeling” moments — be it a deep breath, a nice cup of tea, or an adventure out and about — and I focus on what IS going right for me right now — making my consciousness a really happy one.

What are your favorite books, podcasts, or resources that inspire you to be a mental health champion?

My favorites ARE always the ones showing up for me when needed. Today it is this, tomorrow it will be that — I am open to the flow of information that is given to me.

My constant go-to favorites are Bruce Lipton, Esther Hicks, and Gregg Braden.

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