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0346 | GET IT DONE: Surprising Lessons from the Science of Motivation May 04, 2022

Is it better to set a goal to achieve something or to avoid something? Exactly how detrimental is it to have people around you who don't support your goals? Are big, hairy, audacious goals (BHAG) better to set, or are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals...

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Peak Mind Pro: Supporting Employee Mental Health May 03, 2022

In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, let's talk about supporting employee mental health and, if we're willing to be truthful, how we're failing to do so.

If there is one silver lining of the COVID pandemic, it is that we have been forced to face the fact that mental health is...

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Rethinking Our Approach to Mental Health May 02, 2022

I want to kick off May's Mental Health Awareness Month with a truth bomb: our approach to mental health is broken. I say that as a clinical psychologist who has been in practice since 2007. 

Inadequate mental healthcare isn't a new thing - I've said for eons that we need...

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0345 | The Psychology of Parental Guilt Apr 27, 2022

If you're a parent and you've ever felt guilty for taking a break, raise your hand! (April raises her hand.)

Parental guilt is all too familiar for so many of us. Taking care of our little ones is challenging, and sometimes, you just need a break. But, the second you get one, the guilt creeps in....

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Transforming Stress into a Positive Thing Apr 25, 2022

Let's wrap Stress Awareness Month up on a positive note. While we often think of stress as a bad thing, it doesn't have to be. In fact, there's a type of stress, called eustress, that can actually be good for us, physically and mentally. The trick is keeping stress in check and, ideally,...

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0344 | Doing the Best You Can & Fostering the Ability to Change Apr 20, 2022

If you have ever felt like there must be something wrong with you because of how you handled a situation, this episode is for you.

We've all been there. We've experienced anxiety, anger, depression and other states of being, and it can be easy to look at ourselves as though there's something...

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6 Steps for Dealing with Overwhelm Apr 18, 2022

We've all been there before, drowning under a sea of to dos and pressures. We feel anxious, stressed, irritable, or even hopeless. Our thoughts are scattered, our bodies are uncomfortable, and we're not able to take effective action. Here are 6 strategies to help combat overwhelm and stay afloat....

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0343 | Cultivating Wellbeing Professionally and Personally Apr 13, 2022

If the last 2 years have taught us one thing it is this: people's lives don't exist in silos. The experiences, stresses, and challenges people face in their personal lives bleed over into their professional lives, and vice versa. It has never been more apparent that we need to support people in a...

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Let's Stress Together: Social Support Protects Against Stress Apr 11, 2022

I was thrilled a few years ago when M, my college roommate, decided to move to Kansas City. I loved the idea of having my oldest and closest friend within walking difference after years of being several states away. Sadly, this weekend is her last in KC. As conflicted as I am about her move...

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0342 | Achieving Peak Performance (without Burnout) Apr 06, 2022

What does it mean for you to "perform well" or "win" today? Have you ever stopped to consider that? One more question, as a high-achieving person or a top-performing person, have you ever stopped to consider times when it might be ok for you to show up intentionally looking to achieve at a B+...

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From Stressed Out to Strong: Rethinking Our Relationship with Stress Apr 04, 2022

The end of my first semester in graduate school was probably the most stressed out I have ever been. It was finals week, and I had a ton of writing assignments due within an 18 hour window. Did I work ahead and plan my time out accordingly? No! Of course not! My best friend and I watched ...

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0341 | Using Micro-Behaviors to Reduce Anxiety Mar 30, 2022

One of the most common things we get asked is how to reduce anxiety. Talk about the ultimate question! Anxiety is SO incredibly common, yet the tools to reduce it can feel so elusive. In today's episode, we're leaning on cognitive-behavioral theory to help us use micro-behaviors to reduce anxiety...

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