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The Better Mental Health For Kids and Parents Podcast
31 minutes | 12 days ago
Episode 81 “Empathy & Anxiety”
Empathy is the ability to 'feel with' another person, to identity with them, and sense what they're experiencing. Anxiety is a feeling of uncertainty or fear caused by not being able to control or know what will or might happen. The more anxious we are, the more individualistic we become, and when that happens, the only thing we care about is ourself. Empathy is the exact opposite. It is wanting to be connected with others and share our common experience. Thus, the more anxious we are, the less empathetic we can be, and vice versa. The more empathetic we can become, the less anxious we will be. Today we talk about this concept and go though some actionable ways for us to be come more empathetic. Information from the following articles was used on this episode: Empathy: The Ability That Makes us Human Feeling Anxious? Being Kind Can Change That 5 Actionable Tips to Develop Empathy & Become a More Empathetic Person
20 minutes | 18 days ago
Episode 80 “Military Kids”
April is designated as Month of the Military Child, a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of children in those families. This life of uncertainty can lead to a variety of mental health problems when kids are young and as they get older. But, research also shows that military kids are amongst the most resilient humans on the planet. On today's episode I talk about the unique situation and sacrifice military families/kids endure, offer my take on establishing a constant in the unknown, and my thanks for their sacrifice. Read more: https://www.dodea.edu/dodeaCelebrates/Military-Child-Month.cfm
17 minutes | a month ago
Episode 79 “Mental Guard Rails”
Guard rails are a means to prevent or deter access to dangerous or off-limits areas. The most common of these are the guard rails we see on the high ways to prevent us from veering off the road and limiting damage during an accident. Our mental health is a progress, a road if you will, and without guard rails we run the risk of driving off the mental health road. So how do we establish some mental guard rails? What are some easy things we can do to be preventative about our mental health and deter access to some dangerous or off limit areas? We discuss on Episode 79.
19 minutes | a month ago
Episode 78 “Gun Violence & Mental Health”
It seems like whenever a mass shooting occurs, mental health or illness makes its way into the conversation. Why? Because mental illness is always tied to the cause and reason someone picks up a gun and goes into a store and kills people. But is that true? And better yet is it fair to further stigmatize mental illness and tie it to violence with no evidence just to avoid the inevitable conversation about guns? On this podcast I do my best to never push an agenda other than promoting mental health and I find it very dangerous to link gun violence with mental illness without any evidence to support it. So what does the data say about mental illness and violence? Are the mentally ill more likely to pick up a gun and kill someone else? We discuss on today's episode. On today's episode i reference the following articles. https://www.theweek.co.uk/102642/gun-violence-why-does-the-us-have-so-many-mass-shootings https://time.com/5645747/gun-violence-mental-illness/
27 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 77 “Teaching Critical Thought”
Critical thought is what defines as a human. Our ability to use rationale thought allows us to take the emotion out of our decisions to ensure the choices we make will be the right ones for not only the present moment but also the future. Critical thought nowadays, however, has become harder and harder with saturation of social media, and curated news feeds that only show us things we like, and get us to hate the things we don't. All of that uses emotion as the driving factor and really clouds our critical thinking process. So how can we become better critical thinkers and more importantly, how can we teach our kids this? Join us as we discuss this on another episode of the Better Mental Health show. The following article was used in th
38 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 76 “The Bad Stuff & Anxiety” ft. Maia James
A major source of anxiety for many people, kids and adults included, is the constant worrying about all of the bad stuff that surrounds us. Bad stuff in our environment, bad stuff in our food, bad stuff in our homes, everywhere we go we can find bad stuff to make us anxious. If only there was a place we could go to get more information about this bad stuff and learn about alternatives to make everyday things less "bad" and more "good". Well, my guest on today's episode, Maia James, has created such a place called Gimme The Good Stuff, and she joins me to discuss how these bad things can harm us and create anxiety and how the business she built aims to combat this.
15 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 75 “Happy Childhood, Better Mental Health?”
It is known that negative experiences during childhood can have a poor outcome on our mental health as we get older. But what about those that have a positive, supportive childhood upbringing? Does this eliminate or reduce mental health problems later? And if not, do these different environments predict what type of mental health problems we will have? A recent study from Australia aimed to address these exact questions and today we discuss the results, implications, and what this means for how we raise our children and our own mental health. We used these articles in our discussion: Article 1 Article 2
13 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 74 “Weighted Blankets”
Weighted Blankets have been suggested to help soothe anxiety and reduce insomnia. The theory behind weighted blankets is rooted in neuroscience and the concept of "pressure therapy". When our bodies feel pressure, our parasympathetic nervous system increases activity which in turn, lowers our hear rates, and increasing our feeling of calm. There has been limited studies performed directly assessing the efficacy, but the majority do report a benefit in terms of reducing anxiety and helping with sleep. I have been using one myslef for about a year now and the benefit has been enormous. We used these articles in our discussion: Article 1 Article 2
34 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 73 “Virtual Mental Health Care” ft Dr. Derek Richards
Through this historically difficult time, one shining light that has emerged is the expansion of mental health therapies made possible through innovated technology and the use of smart phones and tablets. It is no longer necessary that we find a local therapist we can physically go see to talk through our struggles, the rise of digital mental health companies, rooted in real scientific research, have changed the game in terms of how we can receive mental and behavioral health care. Today we speak with Dr. Derek Richards, the Chief Scientific Officer of Silver Cloud Health about this very topic.
11 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 72 “Take the First Step”
It is not easy to begin our mental health journey and sometimes the concept of getting help can seem daunting and scary. The landscape of mental health and behavioral therapy has changed so much in the past 4 years, and with increased resources and digital technologies, starting that journey has never been more attainable. The only way for us to begin this journey, however, is to take the first step. On this episode, the first of 2021, we talk about how we can take this first step and embark on a journey that will change our life. The post Episode 72 “Take the First Step” appeared first on Mental Health Strategies- Kids Health- Mental Strong Kids.
18 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 71 “2020: What I Learned”
2020 has been a nightmare, or a perpetual hail storm as I have said before. But with any hard time, we have to take it in and make sure we learn from it, so next time, we might be better prepared. While the hard times are still not over, there are some things I have learned is this terrible storm, and this episode I discuss what they are, and how I will use them to better help in the future. The post Episode 71 “2020: What I Learned” appeared first on Mental Health Strategies- Kids Health- Mental Strong Kids.
18 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 70 “Are Schools Safe?”
COVID spread is the highest it has been since the pandemic began, and kids are still in school. Should they be? Is it safe for kids to be in school? This question is being asked by kids, parents, and teachers all over the country and as a significant contributor high levels of anxiety. The anxiety stems from the lack of clarity around whether or not schools are a major source of COVID spread and transmission. On today’s episode we try to provide some answers and clarity to these questions by looking at the data from states reporting infection rates within school districts and comparing this to the community level transmission data. Join me for an important discussion regarding COVID in schools. Information used on this episode was taken from the following articles: Why schools probably aren’t COVID hotspots. As COVID-19 soars in many communities, schools attempt to find ways through the crisis. NY State School COVID-19 Report Card The post Episode 70 “Are Schools Safe?” appeared first on Mental Health Strategies- Kids Health- Mental Strong Kids.
14 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 69 “Boost Your Holiday Mood”
The 2020 COVID Holiday season will have a different feel this year, and with many families choosing to not get together, an already isolated year can become that much more depressive. Unless, of coursed, we take this crazy situation and completely flip it around to make it the reason we start feeling better. Join us as we discuss ways to boost your holiday mood during this very different holiday season. The post Episode 69 “Boost Your Holiday Mood” appeared first on Mental Health Strategies- Kids Health- Mental Strong Kids.
18 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 68 “Seasonal Affective Disorder on COVID”
The changing of seasons, especially heading into the colder and darker months can lead to a type of depression know as Season Affective Disorder (SAD). This year, with COVID restrictions still in place this will be worse given our inability to interact with more people. So what are some ways to combat this for you and kids? We discuss on Episode 68. The post Episode 68 “Seasonal Affective Disorder on COVID” appeared first on Mental Health Strategies- Kids Health- Mental Strong Kids.
14 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 67 “Tech Tantrums Solved”
Tantrums are inevitable with kids, and if you are a parent like me, you are always looking for new effective strategies to control and stop them. “Tech Tantrums” are a tantrums induced when a form of technology such as a video game or phone is taken away from the child when they are not ready to stop with it. They get angry, mean, yell, stomp, and become almost animal like. I’ve tried all of the strategies with little luck….until NOW. Take a listen to the new strategy that has been a game changer for me. In this episode we discuss the following article. The post Episode 67 “Tech Tantrums Solved” appeared first on Mental Health Strategies- Kids Health- Mental Strong Kids.
19 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 66 “The Future is the Enemy”
How much time do you spend each day thinking about the future? New research suggests that our minds tend to live in the future, and when these future events become distorted with fear and negativity, anxiety comes rushing in. On Episode 66 we discuss an article published in the NY Times about this concept, and how we can train our minds to think of a more positive future. In this episode we discuss the following article. The post Episode 66 “The Future is the Enemy” appeared first on Mental Health Strategies- Kids Health- Mental Strong Kids.
25 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 65 “Social Media Age Restriction”
What does Cocaine, Alcohol, and Social Media have in common? They both manipulate our brains into raising the pleasure and addiction chemical, dopamine, in our brain. You. know what else? They are both addicting and can lead to serious harm. Harm in different ways, but harm none the less. So why is one illegal, one age restricted, and the other not? Join me as I make an argument we should start treating social media more like the drug it is and start thinking about age restrictions. The post Episode 65 “Social Media Age Restriction” appeared first on Mental Health Strategies- Kids Health- Mental Strong Kids.
9 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 64 “How Are You?”
How are you doing? This is the question we must take time to ask ourselves during this difficult time. It is so important we recognize the mental toll we are feeling and be willing to admit we need something. It all starts with checking in, and asking “How Am I Doing?” Join me as we do it together on Episode 64. The post Episode 64 “How Are You?” appeared first on Mental Health Strategies- Kids Health- Mental Strong Kids.
26 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 63 “Back To School Risks”
Will kids go back to school this fall? This question is getting a lot of attention right now, and rightly slow. Kids have been out school since March with many districts trying their best to keep learning going through online measures. While it is clearly in the kids’s and parents best interest for in class school to resume, what does the data say? And in my opinion, most importantly, how do the teachers feel, and what is their risk? We discuss these topics on Episode 64. The post Episode 63 “Back To School Risks” appeared first on Mental Health Strategies- Kids Health- Mental Strong Kids.
20 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 62 “The Real Second Wave”
We are still going…still in the first wave of this pandemic. And while the second wave hasn’t started just yet, I argue the real 2nd wave has already begun and it is here to stay. Mental health was already on the decline and the coronavirus has accelerated it. What does the data say and what can we do? The post Episode 62 “The Real Second Wave” appeared first on Mental Health Strategies- Kids Health- Mental Strong Kids.
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