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Building Psychological Strength

More and more, people are seeing the benefits of building resilience, building confidence, building mental toughness and flexibility, and moving past fear and anxiety in their lives. April Seifert, Ph.D., hosts this powerful podcast that will help you build psychological strength through interviews and information from some of the world's leading experts in the fields of Psychology and Life Design. It's time to go beyond merely surviving. It's time to thrive! This podcast is brought to you by Peak Mind: The Center for Psychological Strength.
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Nov 27, 2019

Each and every one of us have struggled with feelings of anxiety in our lives. Anxiety has become so pervasive and common that people have begun to believe that it’s just a fact of life that can’t be changed. 

This week, we’re debunking that notion. 

This week, you’re going to hear from Ken Goodman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, author of The Anxiety Solution Series and Break Free from Anxiety, and Board Member Of the American Depression and Anxiety Association. Ken specializes in the treatment of anxiety and OCD, and he is a powerhouse of information and actionable tips.  

In his interview, Ken talks about: 

  • The real root cause of anxiety 
  • How the feeling of anxiety is actually a good thing and necessary for us to have when we’re trying to reduce anxiety (sounds, crazy, doesn’t it?!) 
  • How to recognize feelings of anxiety when they’re so pervasive and what the right mindset is for moving through them. 

This episode is jam-packed with actionable steps you can take TODAY to begin moving past feelings of anxiety in your life. We’re so grateful to Ken for sharing his wisdom and expertise! 

Nov 20, 2019

When was the last time you genuinely said "thank you" to someone else? How often do you recognize people for the big (and small) things they do? Have you ever stopped to consider how impactful the act of recognition can be?

Today, we're speaking with Sarah McVanel. Sarah is a recognition expert and is passionate about guiding each of us to re-discover our own greatness, and recognize the greatness in others. 

As it turns out, such a simple gesture (recognition) can have a major impact, and there is some interesting science behind it. During our conversation, Sarah and I talk about the role that recognition plays in helping others (and ourselves) reach our true potential. We discuss that recognition seems to hit on each and ever one of Martin Seligman's PERMA factors. These are the key factors in Positive Psychology that help people flourish and thrive. And, Sarah shares a moving story about how recognition helped her family through an incredibly difficult time.

Sarah has put her psychology undergrad and MSc in family therapy/dynamics to good use and has excelled the field of Organizational Development, Training and Communications for over 15 years.

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Nov 13, 2019

If you’ve ever felt like you weren’t enough, this episode is for you. 

If you’ve ever felt like you needed to lose X pounds or make $X in order to be happy, this episode is for you. 

If you have a set of beliefs or thought patterns about yourself that aren’t helpful, this episode definitely is for you. 

This week, we’re talking to Betty Jean Bell. Betty has helped successful women around the world to lose weight, improve their health, and love their bodies now, regardless of shape. All while running their businesses, families, and lives. She helps people transform their confidence, body image, and health with meaningful science, psychology, spirituality, and uncommon action that works.  

We get into the most incredible conversation about habitual thought patterns and how they can trick us into believing that they’re true. How we can begin to reprogram our neural-pathways through intentional effort. How this can impact your physical health, your financial and career success, and your relationships. 

The beliefs we have about ourselves influence every aspect of our lives, and there are ways to impact those beliefs to turn them into something more helpful and empowering. Join us for a FREE live webinar in December to learn how your identity shapes your self-limiting beliefs and why they’re so influential. 

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Nov 6, 2019

Let's be honest for just one moment. Meditation can be hard and frustrating. We've all heard that meditation has incredible benefits, but it can be incredibly difficult to sit still and focus for that long, and it's so frustrating when thoughts continue to intrude.

Plus, how do you even know if you're doing it right and reaping the benefits of the time you're putting in?!

This week, you're meeting a woman who is changing all of that. This week on the podcast, you'll hear from Ariel Garten, inventor of Muse. Muse is a headband that helps you meditateUsing brain sensors, MUSE gives you real-time feedback on your brain's activity during meditation -- actually letting you hear the sound of your own mind.

This was such a fascinating interview. It's not everyday that I get to interview someone who is both a psychotherapist and a neuroscientist. During her interview, Ariel gives us the real, scientific lowdown on:

  • What meditation and mindfulness really are
  • Why meditation is so helpful for us
  • What exactly happens during the brain when you meditate
  • How meditation changes the structure of the brain after you've been doing it for a while.
  • As a BONUS, Ariel dives into the neuroscience behind FEAR and how we can move forward in spite of feeling afraid

This interview is jam-packed with fascinating and practical information, and I can't wait for you to dive in!

Learn more about Muse here

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