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Why I Hate Talking About Mental Health, from a Psychologist May 09, 2023

It's that time of year again...Mental Health Awareness month.

As a practicing psychologist, I am quite literally in the business of mental health. 

And yet, I hate it.

Not my job. I am fascinated by the brain, and I love helping others learn how their minds work and using that...

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Peak Mind Pro: Moving the Needle on Employee Mental Health May 04, 2023

Despite recognizing that mental health has tanked in the past 3 years, our efforts to make meaningful and significant gains in how we support employees remain insufficient. 

We've all seen the startling statistics:

  • Dramatic increases in anxiety, depression, and stress
  • Burnout...
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When Is Worry Helpful? May 01, 2023

Don't worry. Be happy!

Ah, those illustrious words of Bobby McPherrin (it's a classic 80's song, in case I'm dating myself here). 

"In your life, expect some trouble. but when you worry you make it double."

Wise words set to a catchy tune.

 

Just Don't Worry

I'd argue (and often do)...

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Which Is More Important, the Journey or the Destination? Apr 24, 2023

"Are we there yet?" I asked/whined. 

"Ashley, it's been like 5 minutes since you asked last time. What's with the ants in the pants?" she replied, with only the slightest touch of detectable annoyance. (Her patience was commendable.)

I wish I could say this was a conversation...

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Are You Willing to Die for That Job? Apr 17, 2023

"Are you willing to die for that job?"

Oof. That question is a punch in the gut. 

I was recently catching up with a dear friend who is in the field of education. The last several times we've spoken, she's shared how incredibly stressed she's been. Her anxiety has been through the roof....

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Becoming Stress Proof Apr 10, 2023

I recently shared the TEDx talk I gave a few months ago. What I haven't shared yet is the way I prepared for it. I got some strange looks from friends when I initially described my methods, but I think they were brilliant...and they worked. 

Before I fill you in on the what...

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The Secret Sauce of Self-improvement and Personal Growth Apr 03, 2023

Yesterday, I recorded some video content for a project I'm working on. I did dozens of takes of various segments to give myself lots of footage to choose from. After a couple hours, I called it a wrap and headed home. I started reviewing clips only to realize that my hair was sticking up crazy in...

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The Mindset of Mental Toughess Mar 27, 2023

Despite loving audio books and being a big fan of the work Dr. April (my counterpart here at Peak Mind) does through the Building Psychological Strength podcast, I don't really listen to a lot of podcasts. Unless someone sends me a specific episode, promising me that I'll find it interesting, or...

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Peak Mind Pro: Resilience at Work Mar 20, 2023

Go with me for a minute. When you think of a strong, powerful tree, what images come to mind? Do you envision an oak? Something solid and sturdy? 

What about a palm tree? 

I'd venture to say that a palm isn't what comes to mind when you think of strong trees, but I'd argue that it is,...

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Redefining and Prioritizing Effective Self-Care Mar 20, 2023

I live and breathe psych strength. I think about our minds, how they influence us, shape our life experience, the importance of maintaining a helpful mindset, the glitches in our thinking EVERY SINGLE DAY. I believe wholeheartedly in the science I share through Peak Mind and in my clinical...

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What to Do When Life Gives You Ick: Coping with Hard Things Mar 06, 2023

There's a super professional term that I routinely use...ick. 

Sometimes, I'm talking about inside ick, the uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, sensations, memories, or urges that arise in so many situations. Sometimes, ick might refer to external circumstances that are hard or gross or...

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Where Are You Going In Life? Feb 27, 2023

I spent a couple years in Omaha in my late 20s. When my friend Marcel came to visit toward the end of my tenure there, he suggested that we go explore downtown.

"Where do you want to go?" I asked. "Let's just explore," he replied.

Just explore. Park the car. Get out. Wander...

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