June 7 – Chris’s Weekly Pacifica Update

June 7 – Chris’s Weekly Pacifica Update

Weekly Update - June 7, 2015

Hey everyone,

With over 215K users, we’ve introduced two new social features this week:
Private Groups & Public Communities (see them in action here)

So far, everyone has been so positive and supportive. Keep it up. In this first weekly email, I’ve selected some of this week’s top posts. Check them out below.

As a sneak peek, Dale and I are working on adding private chat to the Communities, so stay tuned… Remember too, you can reach me at chris@thinkpacifica.com with questions or feedback. I’m all ears.

If you haven’t downloaded the update, what are you waiting for? Get it now in the App Store or Google Play Store and check out the community. We’re all in this together.

Until next week,
Chris Goettel
Designer & Co-Founder


Today I’m grateful for finding this app and seeing that other people struggle also. Not that I want anyone to struggle – sometimes I feel alone. Knowing other people are out there and getting through the mess is helpful.

Today I am grateful for my body. Once ravaged by chemo, radiation and surgeries…now in the process of being rebuilt and strong. Also, for coffee and Fridays, naturally!

Your Stories

I panic whenever someone randomly stops texting me. Like “Oh my god, did I say something wrong!?” “He hates me.” “She hates me.” “What did I do?” And then I start freaking out and texting them so many times and then I realize what I’m doing but it’s too late I’ve texted them like a hundred times “hello” and I end up having a lot less people to talk to which only makes it worse because then that person has to deal with all my freaking out.

I’m finding my anxiety to be much improved. I’ve been dealing with it for years. So far I’m really loving these thought tools on Pacifica. So glad I found this app and looking forward to using the communities in the future.


You have two choices: to control your mind or to let your mind control you.

Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.


To conquer my fear of driving, today I will sit in my parked car for just 15 minutes.

Laugh wholeheartedly three times.

Pacifica Talk & Tips

So happy with this update, want to hear and read stories. Remember you’re not alone.

I really enjoy the updates. Encouraging to see other posts and remember you’re not alone. The bar graph for health is perfect. If nothing else, I’m already remembering to drink more water and make more time for me.


I wish I could comment on people’s post to tell them we will be alright. Anxiety isn’t going to kill us and it can only affect us as much as we let it. Surround yourselves with people who care and understand, it ma mean cutting some old ties but trust me that it is necessary. Support and encouragement is important.

REPEAT AFTER ME: My current situation is not my final destination

Work Stress

Building a startup has been a challenge to say the least. I’m also lucky enough to be getting married this summer, but it provides an added amount of stress that has been difficult to handle at times. What has kept me grounded is being able to acknowledge that negative thought is just that; it isn’t based in rational thought. Sometimes those thoughts take hold and it’s hard to pull away from but every time I do it helps me acknowledge just how lucky I really am.

I work as a supervisor at a local pet store. I love my job and the ability to help people learn new things about pet care. I am damn good at my job. But some days, the rotten rich people, the awful coworkers and stress of trying to keep our numbers up gets to me. It’s hard some days to bring myself to come here. I wish this wasn’t the case as I want to be here and help out rescues. I try my hardest on those days to remember why I am here.


I just want to say to anyone who has any sort of mental illness, you can do this mate! I believe in you. You are a beautiful human being and are valuable to the world. I love you and keep your head held high! You are worth it. Even though I may not know you. I care about you a whole lot. No matter your past. Just know that I care for you <3 Stay awesome guys!

I’m falling apart and I’m terrified.


It really stresses me out when I can’t sleep knowing I have work or school early the next day. I know me worrying about me not being able to sleep doesn’t help at all, but I don’t know what to do.

I’m afraid I’ll become dependent on sleeping pills but what can I do? I need to sleep at some point.


Going for a bike ride helps me. I like to go really fast, the air whipping around me makes me feel free of everything. I’m lucky to live in the country side so for me it’s a regular tool!

I drink tea – several cups a day. It has an amino acid called l-theanine, which helps promote relaxation and alertness. The process of waiting for the water to heat, using my favorite pots and cups, and watching the leaves unfurl is a meditative experience!


My deepest fear…ending up being alone in life with no friends, or any support, and failing to accomplish the goals I set for myself.

I’m afraid to fail someone who depends on me… And I’m a massive pushover so I agree to loads of stuff and I can never do it all and then I’m afraid that they will be angry or disappointed… Any advice?

My deepest fear is life going by too fast.

Weekly Reads

15 Things Anyone Who Loves A Woman With Anxiety Should Know
by Emma Gray at Huffington Post

I Was An Anxious Kid And Now I’m A Let It Go Mom
by Samantha Rodman at The Washington Post

4 Simple Things You Can Do to Improve Your Mental Wellness
by Dr. Matt Goldenberg at Huffington Post

10 Things You Should Know If Your Partner Has Anxiety
by Adelaide Maria at Thought Catalog

How to Handle Someone Else’s Anxiety or Panic Attacks
by George Tinari via Medium