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0350 | Your Body Is Your Brain with Amanda Blake Jun 01, 2022

One of the basic principles of cognitive behavioral theory (CBT) is that our mind and our behavior (and our emotions and life experience) are strongly linked. Our body and our behavior send strong messages that tell us how to appraise a situation and how we might want to respond. Yet, we spend so...

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Making Sense of the Senseless: Dealing with Tragedy and Loss May 30, 2022

It's Memorial Day in the U.S., which is celebrated with 3 day weekends, BBQs, and the opening of swimming pools. The true meaning of the holiday, however, is much more somber. It's a day dedicated to remembering those who died during military service, for honoring their sacrifice and that of...

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0349 | The FUN Habit with Michael Rucker May 25, 2022

Did you know that research tells us that we all should strive to get TWO HOURS of enjoyable leisure activity EVERY SINGLE DAY?! When I heard that statistic, I was shocked!

We focus so intently on performance, optimization, and striving. We focus on how much we can get done and how to increase...

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9 Tips for Taking Care of Your Mental Health May 23, 2022

I have some questions for you. How important is health to you? What do you do to take care of your health? 

Take a sec to think of all the things you do to protect your health. What comes to mind? Diet, exercise, sleep, routine medical and dental care, vitamins, fitness trackers?

How many of...

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0348 | What is Your Neurological Profile? with Libby Kemkaran May 18, 2022

Life Design is a field that I am incredibly passionate about. The ability to envision a future we want to create and then take intentional steps to get there is so POWERFUL.

However, the path toward that future is a very individual one. Not everyone will face the same challenges, and we differ in...

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What Causes Mental Illness? May 16, 2022

If you or someone you love has ever struggled with a mental illness or poor psychological well-being, then you've probably asked yourself why. It's human nature to want to know why. Why did this happen? Why did they do that? What caused that? Why are things this way?

Today, we're going to...

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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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