RARE SENSE is a mental health theory and practice based on the idea that you can train your mind just like your body. Everybody understands that physical health exists on a spectrum. You can improve your fitness with proper diet, exercise, and recovery. But we think of mental health as a binary concept. Either you have problems, or you don't. This is simply untrue. It exists on a continuum, and mind fitness can be developed like its somatic counterpart.

RARE SENSE is primarily based on lessons I learned as a Navy SEAL veteran struggling with severe anxiety and chronic illness for over a decade post-service. Throughout this journey, I saw dozens of practitioners, ingested thousands of supplements, racked up hundreds of pages of lab results, read countless books, and tried all sorts of unorthodox treatments. It was an experience that taught me one critical lesson—the extent to which many of the solutions to my problems were within the power of my mind.

RARE SENSE represents the application of that key learning, based upon the best practices I’ve found, into a structured and cohesive approach. Treating invisible wounds, decoding mysterious conditions, and ultimately thriving are all possible with the proper mental training regimen. However, creating one tailored to your needs can be daunting. RARE SENSE will help you figure it out.

RARE SENSE content is broken into four categories:

  1. Weekly Mind Warriors training published every Sunday for the following week that can include meditation, breathwork, journaling, problem-solving, skills-based learning, and numerous other practices.

  2. Monthly articles published on the 1st of every month that explore a mind fitness concept in depth.

  3. Thing to Read book recommendations published on the 15th of every month for further study.

  4. One to two podcast interviews with industry professionals published every month.

I created this content to help other veterans, first responders, frontline workers, and anyone else who struggles with or wants to level up their mental health. If you are in that category, please consider subscribing.

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Chris Irwin

Navy SEAL veteran sharing lessons learned from years of mental and chronic illness.