#174 Setting Boundaries with Amy E. Smith

There’s something in your life that you complain about constantly to everyone...except the person who can actually do something about it. Time to set a boundary! Life coach and communication expert Amy E. Smith (The Joy Junkie) walks us through why boundary setting is worth it even when it’s uncomfortable, how to have the actual conversation, and how to enforce it without burning all of our bridges.

Links in this episode: Amy’s website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, Amy’s podcast The Joy Junkie

#093RR Exercise: Why Bother?

Lots of people don’t exercise. You might be one of them. (Don’t worry, there are a lot of you.) In this episode, we’re going to try and convince you that it’s worth your time. Already exercising? We’re going to tell you which workouts are worth your time and which workouts are like tossing your time and energy down the drain. Plus, we discover a remarkable crouton in “Best Choice”.

Links in this episode: Our "Stress" episode, Mayo Clinic on Exercise and Depression, Fitness Blender free online workout videos, Daphnie’s HIIT It! classes





#173 Jenn Welch's Concussion Journey

Comedian Jenn Welch had no idea that a slip in the shower would completely change her life. 15 months after her concussion, Jenn’s recovery is still in progress. How do you keep doing stand-up comedy when you can’t stand up and all you can picture in your mind is a bowl of popcorn? Jenn shares her hilarious story of her not-at-all-funny concussion.

Links in this episode: Jenn’s Twitter and Instagram, Our 150th episode featuring Jenn, More on concussions from the Mayo Clinic, More information on CTE, Dave Eagleman’s book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, NYU Langone Concussion Center



#167 Birth and Everything After with Caitlin Kean

To wrap up our Pregnancy Series, we’re talking to Real Life Mom Caitlin Kean (The Paper Year podcast) about pregnancy, birth, and all the unexpected complicated things that can happen after. From trouble with nursing to allergies to postpartum anxiety, Caitlin has amazing perspective and great advice on handling anything that comes your way as a new parent.

Links in this episode: The Paper Year podcast, Caitlin on Instagram, Information on Gestational Diabetes, Information on RhoGAM, Information on Tongue-Tie, Study on the relationship between lack of sleep and postpartum depression and anxiety, More on Postpartum Depression and Anxiety, More on the FDA-approved PPD drug, Park Slope Parents group



#142 Therapy with Psychotherapist Lindsey Pratt

We’ve told our listeners to consider going to therapy a million times, but how do you figure out if therapy might be helpful to you? Psychotherapist Lindsey Pratt, LMHC, joins us to talk about signs that therapy might be useful, how to find a therapist that’s a good fit, how to break up with a therapist that isn’t working out, and (let’s be real) how to pay for it.

Links in this episode: Lindsey's individual practice website, Intuitive Healing Psychotherapy Practice website, Find a therapist anywhere in the country on Psychology Today, Find low-cost therapy options ($30-$50) on Open Path, NYC Mental Health resources

#122 Fitness, Nutrition, and the Brain

We try not to play favorites, but let’s be honest: the brain is the most important organ in the body. So why do we talk so little about how we can take good care of it? Daphnie explains how we can use nutrition and exercise to supercharge our brains for focus, memory, and even happiness. Warning: science ahead!

Links in this episode: More on sugar and the brain from Harvard Medical School, Spark by John J. Ratey MD with Eric HagermanMore on exercise and depression, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Wendy SuzukiHealthy Brain, Happy Life by Wendy Suzuki, PhD  

#113 SAD and the Winter Blues

Do you sometimes find yourself feeling depressed in the winter months? You’re not alone! Many of us suffer from the Winter Blues, or the more serious Seasonal Affective Disorder. Daphnie explains what the symptoms are, when to see a doctor, and what you can do in your day-to-day life to try and lift your mood until the sun comes back in the spring. Plus, we hit a grand slam in “Best Choice”.

Links in this episode: National Suicide Prevention LIfeline, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mayo Clinic Info on SAD, Light Therapy Lamp, Dr. Rhonda Patrick podcast on saunas, Lavender pillow spray

#102 Couples Therapy with Jen Elmquist

A lot of us get nervous about the idea of “couples counseling”: doesn’t seeing someone mean something is really...wrong with us? Isn't it just for old married people who are getting divorced? Absolutely not! Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Jen Elmquist joins us to break through the stigma of taking care of our hearts and minds the way we take care of our bodies. We talk about what couples therapy is, when might be a good time to try it, and how her book, Relationship Reset, can get us heading in the right direction without even sitting down on The Couch.

Links in this episode: Jen's book Relationship Reset, Jen’s website, Jen on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, find a therapist at goodtherapy.org or psychologytoday.com

#093 Exercise: Why Bother?

Lots of people don’t exercise. You might be one of them. (Don’t worry, there are a lot of you.) In this episode, we’re going to try and convince you that it’s worth your time. Already exercising? We’re going to tell you which workouts are worth your time and which workouts are like tossing your time and energy down the drain. Plus, we discover a remarkable crouton in “Best Choice”.

Links in this episode: Our "Stress" episode, Mayo Clinic on Exercise and Depression, Fitness Blender free online workout videos, Daphnie’s HIIT It! classes