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Mental Edge Lifestyle Podcast
56 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Talking About It with Brent Hayden
On this episode, Ryan speaks with the fastest swimmer in Canadian sports history, Brent Hayden. They speak about Brent’s childhood and what inspired him to take the path that he took to becoming an Olympic swimmer, the challenges he faced and what helped him to keep going. Brent discusses how he tries to give back through swimming and through talking about the challenges in his life and provides an insight into an incident which could have stopped his career in its tracks. In this episode: How Brent views himself and how he came to terms with his own success and image in the public eye. Getting into swimming, how Brent kept moving forward despite early failures and what inspired him to set him off on the journey he ended up taking. How the love for swimming kept Brent going despite not being innately good at the sport and eventually building up to the point where he got to an Olympic standard through perseverance. An insight into his first Olympic experience in Athens, how the failure impacted him, his side of the story regarding the misunderstanding with the Police and how he used that experience to push himself to be even better than ever before. Learning the power of recognising that you only need one reason to succeed, despite how many things are going against you. How his mental health struggle with depression stemming from the early setbacks made training harder for Brent and eventually led to him retiring after a string of victories including the Bronze Medal at London 2012. Working through the pain and inconvenience which came with the back spasms he struggled with, how it contributed to him walking away, and how he came around to wanting to make a comeback. Using his experience and profile as an Olympian to inspire others, the way he was inspired by the people who he looked up to as a young child, by visiting young people around Canada. How Brent and his partner came up with their idea for filming his swim camps, his motivation to teach others how to swim around the world and how that helped remind him of his love for swimming. Living with Covid as an athlete, how its limited the traditional opportunities for training and led to Brent discovering a new love for open water swimming. Connect with Brent Hayden Web: www.brenthayden.com Social Media: @thebrenthayden Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle Web: mentaledge.ca Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL
41 minutes | May 13, 2021
Episode 35 - Pushing Through with Josh Cassidy
On this episode, Ryan speaks with Canadian Paralympian and athlete Josh Cassidy, winner of both the London and Boston Marathons. In this episode: Being diagnosed with neuroblastoma at birth and given a very low chance of survival, and how that affected the rest of his life by resulting in paralysis in his legs following remission. How his cancer helped Josh understand the realities of life at an early age, and how to get over some of the obstacles that life throws your way. Growing up in a large family that moved around a lot and how it helped Josh learn to adapt at an early age. Dealing with ignorance and hostility from the children his age, and how his siblings dealt with the difficult questions they were asked about their brother. Feeling compassion for the people who made fun of him. Find the balance between getting support and providing support in his role as the oldest child in the family. The evolution of the feeling of gratitude for the people in your life that support you, your progress, and the little wins in life. The people and events that started steering Josh towards becoming the multi-award winning, record holding Paralympian that he is today. Josh’s career highlights and the achievements of which he is most proud. Getting through rough patches and avoiding getting stuck in the “why me” attitude. Remembering and recognising your successes to get you through coming adversities. Picking yourself up and using your setbacks to fuel your fire. The impact of Covid-19 on Josh as an athlete, on the sporting calendar, and how people like him have adapted to prepare for the future and racing once again. Connect with Josh Cassidy Facebook: Joshua Cassidy Instagram: @joshcassidy84 Twitter: @joshcassidy84 Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle Web: mentaledge.ca Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL
54 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Episode 34 - Losing Sight yet Gaining Vision with Jill Wheatley
On this episode, Ryan is joined by Jill Wheatley, a teacher turned life-long activist and adventurer. Jill suffered from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) on her job, losing 70% of her sight and in the process changing her entire view on life. Jill speaks about the experience itself, what went through her mind in the moment, and breaks down her thought process in both the immediate aftermath and the long-term effects. She has taken it upon herself to use her life-changing experience to shine a light on an otherwise stigmatised issue that lacks public awareness. In this Episode: Jill speaks of the events of the day that changed her life forever, and her journey of realising what had actually happened to her. Jill discusses how she would have felt if the accident had happened to anyone else who was there that day and her acceptance of a difficult situation. Coping with the loss of autonomy and being a highly independent person living through a situation where you do not have the level of control you are used to having. Living with the uncertainty of a medical prognosis that keeps changing and an issue that is not all that well understood even amongst experts. How Jill sees the mental mountains she has to climb to be more challenging than the mountains she climbs in real life. Learning how to accept help and support from friends & family, and how that was particularly challenging in the early stages of her journey. Coming to understand the value of sharing your story, and hearing that of others, beyond niceties and surface-level conversation. Evolving from a fixed-mindset to a growth mindset. Highlights of Jill’s mountaineering career, her most significant climbs and runs. The role of travelling in helping Jill accepting the direction her life had taken. Acceptance through being grateful for the lessons learned through adversity. Connect with Jill Wheatley Web: mountainsofmymind.com Facebook: facebook.com/mountainsofmymind Instagram: @mtnsofmymind Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle Web: mentaledge.ca Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL
73 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Episode 33 - The Rewards of Perseverance with Adam Schafer
On this episode, Ryan is joined by Adam Schafer, one of three hosts of the hugely popular Mind Pump Podcast. Adam has also been a lifelong entrepreneur, professionally certified fitness instructor and father. Adam speaks of his experiences dealing with the trauma of losing his father to suicide very early on his life, how he overcame his struggles to become the person he is today, his thoughts on being a father and, of course, fitness. In this Episode: Processing and coping with the loss of a parent to suicide at an early stage and how that led to Adam becoming more self-aware, compassionate, and vulnerable as a person. Finding reasons to be grateful for adversity and turning resentment into an opportunity for growth. The evolution of your perspective on your own life events. The strength of the human survival instinct and how ‘survival mode’ changes the way you behave. Recognizing your strengths and appreciating your personal successes. The role of spirituality in coping with life and adversity, and finding a way. Learning to look at the silver linings in every situation. Finding balance in the face of hypocrisy. Putting self-awareness ahead of instinctual reactions to be open minded. The thought process behind the Mind Pump Podcast and what brings the team together. The growth process of a trainer. Looking past physical appearances to understand the importance of mental health in your overall wellbeing. Sharing your story and talking about your experiences. Accepting how external situations affect you and controlling your reactions to challenging situations by being self-aware. Reflecting on how your day has gone every night to unpack your behaviours and understand why you acted the way that you did. Training yourself to catch yourself engaging in behaviours you want to root out. Parenthood and the impact of Adam’s past on the kind of father that he is. Balancing the human desire to provide for your children and providing the right amount of adversity to develop their personality and work ethic. Appreciating the role your negative traits have played in your life. Connect with Adam Web: mindpumppodcast.com Youtube: Mind Pump Podcast Who is Mind Pump? Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle Web: mentaledge.ca Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL
68 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Ep.32 - Fasting, Longevity and Supplements with Dr. Callum Cowan
In this episode Ryan is joined by Dr. Callum Cowan. A doctor of naturopathic medicine and high performance medicine practitioner his approach is to optimize his patients health, performance and to prevent the occurrence of illness and injury. Ryan and Dr. Cowan have a great discussion about fasting, longevity, and supplementing your nutrition but feel and perform your very best everyday. In this Episode What led Callum to naturopathic medicine Omega-3 Magnesium Vitamin D Vitamin C Human Strain Probiotic Milk Thistle Fasting Fasting & workouts Connect with Dr. Cowan 🖥 Web: phenomhpm.com 📱 Instagram: @phenom_doc 📱 Facebook: @phenomHPM . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle 🖥 Web: mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle 📱 Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL .
43 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Ep.31 - Losing Sight of Yourself, and the Opinions of Others with Jon Lounsbury
On this episode Ryan is joined by Jon Lounsbury, Vice President of Gel Sticks. Jon also runs a private on-ice training business. Jon shares about his mentors, his parents, dealing with the death of his mother, his brothers substance abuse and battling injury while playing minor professional hockey from 2005-2010. In this Episode: Growing up in a small town playing sports Going pro Injuries Losing sight of yourself Losing someone you love Self-care The opinions of others Connect with Jon: 📱 Web: https://www.gelstx.com 📱 Twitter: https://twitter.com/jlounsbury11?lang=en . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle 🖥 Web: mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle 📱 Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL .
47 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Ep.30 - Take a Chance on Yourself with Vernon Brown
On this episode Ryan is joined by Vernon Brown, Happiness and Success Coach. Happiness evaded Vernon for much of his young life until he was 20 years old. He grew up in an abusive and drug ridden home, he was profoundly depressed, overweight and had little self worth. He knew he wanted more, so he began to create the person he is today. Vernon now helps men and women find and sustain their true happiness. In this Episode: Struggling as a young man Recognizing self-care The evolution into coaching Measuring happiness Thinking time - awareness What do you do for fun? Taking action Connect with Vernon: 📱 Instagram: @whats_your_happi 📱 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vernon-brown-455102121/ . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle 🖥 Web: mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle 📱 Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL .
45 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
Ep.29 - "I Will Find a Way..." with Ben Harrow
On this episode Ryan is joined by Ben Harrow, US Army CPT, accomplished officer and a decorated American hero. Ben attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and received the Unsung Hero award his senior year. In 2006, he prepared for his first 15-month combat deployment to Iraq and earned the rank of Captain. On May 15, 2012, while deployed in Afghanistan, Ben was leading a team of Green Berets on an anti-terrorism mission when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED). He lost both legs above the knee, two fingers, and a large portion of flesh from his right forearm. In this Episode: How Ben found his way to the Military Special Forces selection Deploying overseas Stepping on an IED Reliving trauma, developing a strong mindset Healing physically and mentally "I will find a way." Being resilient Connect with Ben: 📱 Instagram: @bharrow37 . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle 🖥 Web: mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle 📱 Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL .
47 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Ep.28 - Leaders Are Always Learning with JB Spisso
On this episode Ryan is joined by JB Spisso, Author, and Leadership and Cultural Development expert. JB has over thirty years of experience in transforming individuals into leaders. He is a Veteran of the US Army with 26 years of service including ten years in Special Operations with the elite 75th Ranger regiment. In this Episode JB's experience and background Mentorship Transforming into a leader Always be learning Styles of leadership Negativity Being present Leaders make mistakes Do leaders ever cut loose? Becoming an Author Staying healthy Hockey talk Connect with JB: 🖥 Web: jbsleaders.com 📱 Instagram: @jbspisso 📚 Get the Book: Warrior Leadership: Steps to Success for Leaders on the Ground . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle 🖥 Web: mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle 📱 Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL .
37 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Ep.27 - How Vulnerability Creates Safety and Healing with Theo Fleury
On this episode, Ryan is joined by Theo Fleury. Theo is a expert in the field of Relational Trauma, and is a Mental Health advocate. Theo is an NHL Stanley Cup Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, and World Cup Junior Champion. Today, Theo defines himself as a victor over trauma and addiction, and a facilitator to those still trying to find their way. Theo has been awarded the Canadian Humanitarian Award and the Queen’s Jubilee Medallion. He is a Siksika Nation Honorary Chief and recipient of the Aboriginal Indspire Award. In this episode: Theo, off the ice The early years, trauma at home and at the rink Collecting tools for sobriety Vulnerability Compassion, forgiveness and opportunities for growth Self-care Emotional, physical and spiritual Effective leadership 🖥 https://www.janicelandry.ca/ 📱https://www.linkedin.com/in/janicelandry/ 📱https://twitter.com/JtheCanadian . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle 🖥 Web: mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle 📱 Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL
54 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
Ep.26-Developing Gratitude and Resiliency
On this episode, Ryan is joined by Janice Landry. Janice is an award-winning writer and journalist whose non-fiction work primarily focuses on mental health and wellness. She started writing books to honor her late father, Capt. Basil (Baz) Landry M.B., of the former Halifax Fire Department, now Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE). HRFE is the oldest fire service in Canada. Capt. Landry was awarded the Medal of Bravery by the Canadian government, in 1980, for his part in rescuing an eight-week-old baby from a horrific 1978 Halifax house fire. Most of Landry's books include multiple interviews with Canadian first responders, emergency personnel, and their loved ones - as she advocates nationally for better support, education, and pre-emptive training for people across agencies, backgrounds, and careers, who work around trauma. She has recently completed her fifth book (2019) which focuses on two key cornerstones in mental health and wellness: gratitude and resiliency. In this episode: The feeling of gratitude for her dad An invitation and opportunity to examine life Where Janice learned the art of perseverance Experiences that taught her artistically, creatively and journalistically How we can benefit from failures and trauma 🖥 https://www.janicelandry.ca/ 📱https://www.linkedin.com/in/janicelandry/ 📱https://twitter.com/JtheCanadian . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle 🖥 Web: mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle 📱 Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL
61 minutes | May 14, 2020
Ep.25 -The Power of Human Resilience with Ben Fanelli
On this episode, Ryan is joined by Ben Fanelli. While pursuing his masters in Psychology. Ben is trying to tackle one of modern days biggest issues. The issue is that many people are living with subclinical issues that are stopping them from reaching their full potential. Ben believes the reason for his recovery was due to the support he had around him. This has motivated him to learn and share as much as he can about human resilience and the power of the mind. This is what drives him to jump out of bed every morning. Ben is excited by the opportunity to empower people to awaken the hero within. In this Episode: Obsession over hockey or ego Self defense mechanism The importance of blunt, hard work Being connected all the time, is it a good thing? The risk of deterioration of cognitive abilities Importance of having support groups Value of engaging in different conversations Connect with Ben Fanelli 🖥 http://www.heroicminds.live/ 📱https://www.instagram.com/heroicminds_/ 📱https://twitter.com/HeroicMinds_ “Understanding of other people and reading other people with empathy is a skill.” . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle 🖥 Web: mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle 📱 Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL .
47 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Ep.24 - Concussions, Sports and Mental Health with Dr. Chris Friesen
In this episode, Ryan is joined by Dr. Chris Friesen. Dr. Friesen is a licensed in clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and forensic/correctional psychology. He works with Professional, National, Olympic and up-coming elite Athletes, as well as Executives, Academics, Entrepreneurs and Writers to help them achieve their personal and professional potential. Ryan and Dr. Friesen have a great discussion about concussions, the role they play in mental health, how they occur, symptoms, treatment and so much more! In this Episode What is a concussion? Levels of traumatic brain injuries Treatment, a new perspective Second Impact Syndrome Testing Concussion and mental health CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) Heart rate variability biofeedback Connect with Dr. Friesen 🖥 Web: https://niagaraneuropsychology.com 📱 Twitter: @NiagaraNeuro 📱 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NiagaraNeuro/ . 🖥 Web: https://friesenperformance.com 📱 Twitter: @FriesenPerform 📱 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriesenPerformance . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle 🖥 Web: mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle 📱 Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL .
41 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
Ep.23 - Implementing Physical and Mental Health Education in the Fire Service with Annette Zapp
On this episode Ryan is joined by Annette Zapp. Annette Zapp is a 14-year veteran of the fire service, currently serving as a full-time lieutenant for the Lisle-Woodridge, IL, Fire Protection District near Chicago. Annette is a member of her peer support team. She also operates a fire, rescue, fitness and coaching business that is dedicated to helping firefighters physically and mentally, around the world. Annette has a master’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, and is credentialed through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and a tactical strength and conditioning facilitator (TSAC-F). In this Episode From biochemistry to fighting fires Fire Protection district vs Fire Department Peer support Physical and mental health Firefighter wellness #Spring4Change - suicide awareness Grateful for adversity Connect with Annette: 🖥 Web: https://www.firesqfitness.com 📱 Instagram | Annette: https://www.instagram.com/firesqfitness/ 📱 Instagram | Chris: https://www.instagram.com/4th_shift_fitness/ . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle: 🖥 Web: https://mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mental_edge_lifestyle/ 📱 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MENTALEDGEL/ .
62 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
Ep.22 - It's Not About Being Tough with Clint Malarchuk
On this episode Ryan is joined by Clint Malarchuk, former NHL goaltender and coach, author, speaker, father, husband, cowboy and mental health advocate. Ryan and Clint have a great conversation as Clint describes how he survived several significant traumas, the effect it had on his mental health how he regained balance in his life and how he is now helping others. In this Episode Clint's childhood Anxiety, depression, OCD Goaltending in the family Trauma on the ice PTSD and insomnia Finally a diagnosis and some relief The downward spiral A suicide attempt Acceptance Writing The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond Relapse & Rehab The stigma of being weak The body remembers trauma Clint's hockey career Nightmares, EMDR Keeping balance daily Finding the right tools Grateful for adversity Hockey talk Connect with Clint Malarchuk: 🖥 Web: https://malarchuk.com 📚 Get the Book: https://malarchuk.com/book . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle 🖥 Web: mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle 📱 Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL .
45 minutes | Feb 27, 2020
Ep.21 - The Importance and Impact of Telling Your Story with Michael Landsberg
On this episode Ryan is joined by Michael Landsberg. Michael is a mental health advocate and founder of Sick Not Weak, a not-for-profit corporation who's objective is to help people understand that mental illness is a sickness, NOT a weakness and to be a community of people who come to gain strength, and stay to give strength. In addition, Michael is a Canadian Sports Journalist, and host of TSN's First Up with Landsberg and Colaiacovo. Ryan and Michael have an open and honest conversation about their own mental health, breaking the stigma, the importance of sharing your story and much more... In this Episode Michael's start in broadcasting TSN, OTR Anxiety & Depression re-surface In so much pain Helping people to feel understood A life changing story Sharing with others Breaking the stigma Treatment Embracing other peoples challenges Sick Not Weak OTR Favourite guests OTR Challenging guest Grateful for adversity Connect with Michael Landsberg: 🖥 Web: https://www.sicknotweak.com 📱 Twitter: @heylandsberg | https://twitter.com/heylandsberg . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle 🖥 Web: mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle 📱 Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL .
41 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
Ep.20 - The Importance of Sleep with Dr. Callum Cowan
On this episode Ryan is joined by Dr. Callum Cowan. A doctor of naturopathic medicine and high performance medicine practitioner his approach is to optimize his patients health, performance and to prevent the occurrence of illness and injury. Ryan and Dr. Cowan have a great discussion about the importance of sleep, sleep disturbances, optimal sleep patterns, ways to help you sleep better, napping, shift work and so much more! In this Episode The optimal amount of sleep Sleep cycles getting better sleep - 10,3,2,1 Sleep medication and supplements Sleep basics CBT & CBD Shift work Should you take a nap? Natural rhythms Alcohol, THC and nicotine Too much sleep? Can I catch up on sleep? Connect with Dr. Cowan 🖥 Web: phenomhpm.com 📱 Instagram: @phenom_doc 📱 Facebook: @phenomHPM . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle 🖥 Web: mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle 📱 Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL .
48 minutes | Jan 2, 2020
Ep.19 - Rebuilding Your Brain for Resilience with DeAnn Wandler-Vukovich
On this episode Ryan is joined by DeAnn Wandler-Vukovich, a former university executive who suffered from chronic stress and executive burnout which led to a suicide attempt on her 52nd birthday. In this Episode Chronic stress, anxiety and depression Declining baseline of resilience Brain-Based Coaching Identifying triggers Stress journal Mind-body connection Mindfullness Controlling our reactions Mental health safety plan Self-care The healthy mind platter Grateful for adversity Connect with DeAnn: 🖥 Web: https://deannwandler.com/#intro 📱 Instagram: @deannwandlervukovich 📱 Facebook: @deannwandlervukovich 📱 Twitter: @deannwandler Resource: Books by Dr.Leaf https://drleaf.com/collections/all . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle 🖥 Web: mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle 📱 Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL .
66 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
Ep.18 - Be The Project Manager of Your Life with Scott Hewlett
On this episode Ryan is joined by Scott Hewlett, City of Brampton Firefighter. Scott shares his mental health journey through childhood bullying, dealing with anxiety and depression and his work with helping others on their mental health journey. In this Episode Bullying Becoming a Firefighter Balancing careers Leading from where you are Mental health Peer Support Do something for them and with them Anxiety, Depression and sleep Changing your baseline Being proactive with your mental health Grateful for adversity Connect with Scott: 🖥 Web: https://multiplecalls.squarespace.com 📱 Instagram: @multiplecallspodcast 📱 Facebook: @multiplecallspodcast 🎧 Listen to the Podcast, Multiple Calls: https://soundcloud.com/scott-hewlett-204008995 . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle 🖥 Web: mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle 📱 Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL .
55 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
Ep.17 - Warrior Leadership with JB Spisso
On this episode Ryan is joined by JB Spisso, Business & Leadership Coach. JB has over thirty years of experience in transforming individuals into leaders. He is a Veteran of the US Army with 26 years of service including ten years in Special Operations with the elite 75th Ranger regiment. In this Episode JB's background, growing up US Army Ranger Leadership consulting with professional sports teams Being a good leader Can you teach leadership? Adapt and be open Always be learning Mental health PTSD - the importance of connection Resiliency Ride the wave, not too high, not too low Book - Warrior Leadership Grateful for adversity Connect with JB: 🖥 Web: jbsleaders.com 📱 Instagram: @jbspisso 📚 Get the Book: Warrior Leadership: Steps to Success for Leaders on the Ground . Connect with Mental Edge Lifestyle 🖥 Web: mentaledge.ca 📱 Instagram: @mental_edge_lifestyle 📱 Facebook: @MENTALEDGEL .
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