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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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Jul 30, 2021

I hear from people ALL THE TIME who say they aren't creative. They struggle with participating in brainstorming sessions and feel like their ideas are somehow lacking compared to others.

The thing is, creativity is a SUPER POWER in our professional lives. The ability to put ideas together in a way they haven't been put together before or to come up with a new, innovative approach to some issue is so valuable!

Because of that, in this episode, I'm offering you 5 ways to SPARK creativity in your work. Put them to use, and let's get CREATIVE!

Jul 28, 2021

This week on the podcast, we're having a very intimate, open conversation about the process of coming out with none other than the incredible Megs Pulvermacher. Megs is a nationally certified School Psychologist, host of the hit podcast Out, What Now?, and the founder of the Queer Impact Collective.

During this episode we speak intimately about the coming out process. From the initial realization and recognition to the decisions about who to come out to, when, and in what context. We talk about the shift in identity that happens during this process and the resulting impact it has on a person's sense of self and how they show up in the world.

Whether you personally identify with the LGBTQIA+ community or not, this episode can not be missed. Everyone will benefit from this meaningful conversation.

Learn more about the Queer Impact Collective at: www.queerimpactcollective.com

Listen to the Out, What Now? podcast at: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/out-what-now/id1525428380

Jul 26, 2021

No doubt, some of the most meaningful accomplishments come on the heels of a big effort. We work exceedingly hard at something, and when we achieve it, we feel incredible. Hard work and endurance are important to cultivate, but so is rest.

Jul 23, 2021

In the U.S., we put an incredible amount of pressure on ourselves to be passionate about our jobs. When we feel a lack in creativity, expression, and impact, we immediately turn to our jobs as the one and only source that should be filling up those cups.

But, what if there was another way to fill those cups? If you're feeling a lack of passion and satisfaction for your job, this just might be the episode for you.

Jul 21, 2021

How often do you find yourself feeling reactive to the circumstances life hands you? Human beings are naturally reactive, and many times, that reactivity can actually be helpful. But, many times, our minds are tricked into reactivity in situations that don't actually call for it.

This week, we're speaking with Philip Cox-Hynd, a personal development facilitator and vipassana meditation teacher. He has trained some of the world's leading executives in companies like Microsoft and Pfizer, and today, he's here to train us.

In this conversation we talk about the difference between happiness and satisfaction. The role mindfulness plays in many facets of our lives. The role of pain and discomfort, as well as our ability to sit with it and be accepting of it when it comes. The connection between our mind and body and what our body can tell us about our own emotional profile. Finally, we talk about using all of those skills to help us in interpersonal communication, particularly when the conversation is more difficult.

Learn more about Philip's work at: https://www.techniquesforliving.com/

Get a copy of Philip's book: Mindfulness and the Art of Change by Choice https://amzn.to/3w8ZR09

Jul 19, 2021

Many times when we're trying to change a habit, we get excited when we can go for a long streak. I've made it 10 days! or 2 months! But oftentimes, when we "slip up" we feel like we've failed.

Jul 16, 2021

If there are 2 things I hear most often from people it's this: How do you get so much done? Why are you so RIGID about the systems and structure you use?

What people don't realize is this: Structure is what allows for flexibility and efficiency in my week. I get so much done BECAUSE I use systems and structure to accomplish my most important tasks. In this episode, we'll dive into why and how I do it, and how you can too!

Jul 14, 2021

There hasn't been a day that's gone by during the pandemic when I haven't heard a parent question the impact the pandemic has had on their kids. What's at the heart of that concern is the desire to raise kids who are resilient. Kids who can stand up to life's challenges, pandemic or otherwise.

Today, we're talking to renown educational psychologist, Dr. Michele Borba, author of the book THRIVERS: The Surprising Reasons of Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine.

In this interview, we cover what thriving is and the 7 sets of TEACHABLE skills kids need in order to be THRIVERS. You won't want to miss it.

Michele Borba, Ed.Dis an educational psychologist, former teacher, and mom recognized for offering research-driven advice culled from a career of working with over one million parents and educators. A frequent Today show contributor and recipient of the National Educator Award, she is the author of 25 books including UnSelfie, and her latest, THRIVERS: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine. She also appears on Dr. Phil, The View, CNN, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, as well as  U.S. News & World Report, The Chicago Tribune, TIME, and The NYTimes.  

Learn more about Dr. Borba's book Thrivers here: https://www.amazon.com/Thrivers-Surprising-Reasons-Struggle-Others/dp/0593085272

Jul 12, 2021

The relationship we. have with ourselves is perhaps the most important relationship we'll ever cultivate. Think about how you cultivate other important, intimate relationships. We express love. We show our love. And in turn, that love grows. Consider doing the same thing for yourself.

Jul 9, 2021

Question for you - how's your calendar looking these days? Are you feeling aligned, spacious, intentional? Or, does it look like total time confetti? If you're feeling overwhelmed or consumed by the hustle and bustle and reactivity of your calendar, this episode is for you.

Today, we're taking a life design approach to designing our calendars. Specifically, I'm offering 6 hacks to help steer your calendar into alignment. These 6 hacks will help you become less reactive, in more control, and more intentional about how you spend your time. It'll help you create a calendar by design, rather than one that sways and bends reactively to the chaos around you.

Sign up at www.aprilseifert.com to be the first to know about a new resource I'm putting out there to truly help steer your calendar into alignment. Coming in the next couple of months.

Jul 7, 2021

How many times have you experienced a strong, negative emotion and acted in a way that you later regret? How many times have you experienced intense fear, anger, or anxiety, seemingly out of the blue? These experiences are what's called disruptive emotional patterns, and they can be changed.

Today's guest is Cedric Bertelli, the founder of the Emotional Health Institute. Through is work, he helps people recognize and overcome disruptive emotional patterns that interfere with their lives. Through a process called Emotional Resolution or EmRes, he helps people retrain their mind to more accurately respond to day-to-day life and move past disruptive emotional patterns.

I personally found incredible value in this episode, particularly as we spoke about our ability to use our bodily sensations as a guide in this process. I know you'll get incredible insight from this conversation.

Learn more about the Emotional Health Institute: https://www.emotionalhealthinstitute.org/

During this episode I mentioned last week's episode with Dr. Richard Nisbett. You can check that episode out here: www.peakmindpsychology.com/blog/0281

Jul 5, 2021

We have a tendency to look to the future as though it's the source of our happiness. But, what if, in doing so, we miss out on the opportunities to cultivate happiness in the here and now?

Jul 2, 2021

On today's professional edition of the podcast, we're using Life Design to help us move forward when we're feeling stuck. The Life Design process has so many valuable tools and techniques to help us creatively solve some of life's most difficult problems, and today, we're focusing on 2 of the stickiest problems. Something called anchor problems and gravity problems.

We cover what they are, and I give a process you can use to reframe these sticky problems into something that can actually be solved.

If you're unhappy in your job or another aspect of your life, you won't want to miss this episode.

I also mentioned a few books and resources to dive even deeper. Here are some helpful links:

  1. Designing Your Work Life (book) https://amzn.to/3jyPsrX

  2. Designing Your Life (book) https://amzn.to/3wkJvlv

  3. Designing Your Life (workbook) https://amzn.to/3Am7S5a

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