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Episode 38 “Family Vacations”

Research shows that Family Vacations are excellent for a child’s development and mental health. Thinking back on my childhood, I have countless memories of my family vacations, and I am confident that it had a significant affect on my social skills and overall mental health. It makes sense. When families get together, away from their daily routine and the stresses of life they tend to be more relaxed, upbeat, and happy. On today’s episode we will discuss six different ways family vacations positively affect the mental health of kids and children, and why even taking a quick day trip can do the trick.

Episode 37 “Talking to Kids About Death”

Death can be a confusing subject for kids to understand. Depending on their age, many kids have a difficult time understanding the concept of permanence. That is, the idea that someone or something is gone and never coming back. On Monday of this week I lost my grandfather and my wife and I were discussing how we handle talking to our son about this and what we would do about the wake and funeral. We went back and forth on what we should say, how direct we should be, and what to do if he asked questions. Luckily, there is a wealth of knowledge out there by experts who know a lot more than me, and so I decided that is was the perfect time to an episode on this topic. While a bit sad and morose, death is a part of life, and the sooner and more we can talk our kids about it, the more comfortable they will be with the concept, and the less scary and anxious it will make them. Join me on Episode 37, “Talking to Kids About Death” on our quest to build an army of mental strong kids.

Topics discussed on this show:

  • What my grandfather meant to me.
  • Being direct with kids about death.
  • Don’t dumb it down, make them confused.
  • They will ask questions, and you should answer them directly.
  • Keep their routines as normal as possible.
  • Ask your kids if they want to attend the funeral.
  • Exposing kids to death, teaches them it’s OK to express emotions.
  • Death will teach kids that life goes on after tough, traumatic events.

“Don’t just be strong, be mental strong!”

Episode 36 “Resilience” ft. Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. As a parent I struggle with this with my kid. When I see him hurt, or about to get hurt, I want to make it better. We all want to make it better. But are we making it worse by always running to our kids and trying to protect them from everything? By doing this we are not teaching them to be resilient. We aren’t teaching them to bounce back. We aren’t teaching them to problem solve and to be ready for the inevitable downturns ahead. Today on Episode 36 we bring on parenting expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa to teach us more about this important topic of resilience.

Topics discussed on this show:

  • Introduction to Dr. G and her passion for teaching resilience.
  • What is resilience at relates to kids and parents?
  • Why is it so important to teach kids to be resilient?
  • Strategies to help build more resilient kids.
  • The concept of empathy and how this relates to resilience.
  • Is there such think as tough love, what does this mean?
  • Teaching resilience to anxious children.

“Don’t just be strong, be mental strong!”

Episode 35 “Virtual Reality”

Virtual reality (VR) is an experience taking place within simulated and immersive environments that can be similar to or completely different from the real world. While VR has been typically thought about as a form of entrainment, a means to escape the real world and enter into a different reality, scientists and researchers are now using VR as a tool to help diagnose and treat disease. In particular, VR has been reported to help with mental health disorders like PTSD and anxiety, and on Episode 35 we discuss this, and talk about the ways VR might be the next big thing in the mental health movement.

Topics Discussed on Episode 35:

  • What is virtual reality?
  • What is the history of VR’s use in medicine?
  • How has VR been used in the field of mental health?
  • What are some examples of diseases VR can help with?
  • Studies that show benefit in helping diagnose disease using VR.

“Don’t just be strong, be mental strong!”

Episode 34 “Darkness of Comedy” ft. Paul Gilmartin

Laughter is indeed the best medicine, but what is it about the comedic mind then lends itself to darkness? Many comedians suffer from mental disease including depression and substance abuse, but when they walk on stage, their only job is to make people laugh. So interesting. To talk about this fascinating topic on Episode 34, it is my great pleasure to introduce comedian, television personality and  podcast host Paul Gilmartin. Since 2011, Paul has been the host and executive producer of the podcast The Mental Illness Happy Hour. The long-format interview style show examines lives affected by mental health issues, including depression, addiction, fear, anxiety, abuse, and gender identity. We are so excited to welcome Paul to the show for some great discussion around comedy and darkness.

Topics Discussed on Episode 34:

  • Information on new places to find the better mental health show podcast
  • Introduction to comedian and actor Paul Gilmartin
  • What type of person/mind is drawn to comedy
  • Why do comedians tend to have a strong dark side
  • How deep in the darkness did Paul get
  • How did Paul channel his darkness into his current project
  • Lessons from Paul on ho we can pull ourselves out of the darkness

“Don’t just be strong, be mental strong!”

Episode 33 “Sick Of Drinking”

Drinking alcohol has been associated with serious physical and mental health risks, so any news showing drinking to be on the decline would be warranted. As we move into this era of wellness and mental health awareness, people are becoming less likely to go out with their friends to have a drink and a whole new spectrum of products are popping up to support this new “sober curious” culture. Are we getting sick of drinking? Is drinking not cool anymore? In Episode 33 we discuss this and how alcohol affects our brain and alters its chemistry.

Topics Discussed on Episode 33:

  • A new mental health policy proposal from Democratic Presidential candidate Seth Moulton
  • How alcohol affects your bran transmission
  • Why alcohol can cause a relaxed feel
  • Drinking incidence on the decline, reasons, and implications
  • New products popping up to support the growing wellness and mental health movement
  • The concept that drinking might no longer be “cool”

In this episode we reference the following article.

“Don’t just be strong, be mental strong!”

Episode 32″ Are You A Burnout?”

Burnouts used to be something completely different when I was growing out, but nowadays, being a burnout is steadily in the rise, and on today’s show we talk about what is going on. Being a “burnout” is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. And while we all think we experience this at some point, the World Health Organization has just officially made being a “burnout” a diagnosis, meaning people will be able to get diagnosed as such, and thus allow them to get some sort of mental and or physical relief. How do you feel about this? Are you a burnout? Do you disagree with this or is this another just another way we are creating a bunch of soft humans. Join the discussion and take a listen.

Episode 31 “Grudges Will Kill You”

Grudges will kill you and I wish I was joking. Research has shown that people who hold grudges are more likely to suffer from an adverse cardiovascular event and are at more risk for heart disease. And in addition to this lovely fact, on the way to this accelerated death because of the grudge you hold, your mental health is in ruins dealing with the ongoing onslaught of up and downs the grudge brings with it. On today’s episode we discuss how grudges affect our health, ways we can prevent holding a grudge, and an interesting way to get rid of a grudge we hold.

Episode 30 “Ask These Questions”

Over the past few weeks I have listened to your questions and in Episode 30 I discuss one of the most frequently asked…How do I know when my kid is having a problem?   Join me as I discuss an article that lists the 14 questions to ask our kids… many of these can apply to adults as well.  Enjoy!

In this episode we discuss the following article

Episode 29 “Too Soft”

A high school in Ohio just announced it will be removing the valedictorian and salutatorian awards from graduations as part of their overall effort to improve student wellness. Rather then use these labels, the school is moving to a more broader based award system, similar to colleges, that award multiple students, rather than 2, based off their GPA. This announcement received some strong reaction from both sides of the argument, including professional football player from Ohio Baker Mayfield who went to social media to proclaim “People are too soft?” Are we too soft? What do you think about this move? Are we being too soft in an effort to make our kids more mentally strong? Lets talk about it today on Episode 29, “Too Soft”.