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Podcast Episode: Understanding Emotions Part I: Sadness and Anger

Everyday frustrations, disappointments, work-life balance, financial stress or grief can cause an individual to feel sad. People are entitled to feel and express sadness. Yet sadness It’s an emotion that helps us relieve stress, empathise with other people and makes us think about what we really want in life Anger is an emotion that everyone has experienced. Something or someone has made you frustrated, infuriated, irritated, annoyed or just plain angry. This episode aims to illustrate the...


Podcast Episode: The Function of Emotions: When and Why Emotions Help Us

Mental health refers to your overall psychological well-being. It includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties. Being mentally healthy doesn't mean never going through bad times or experiencing emotional problems. We all go through disappointments, loss, and change. And while these are normal parts of life, they can still cause sadness, anxiety, and stress. In todays episode, Jake will break...


Podcast Episode: How Oral Health Impacts Mental Health

In todays episode Jake is joined by Dr. Demian Woyciehowsky who is a dentist doctor. They discuss on how oral health touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. So what does oral health have to do with mental health? Well poor or neglected oral health can damage feelings of personal value and self-confidence, which is harmful to mental health. Since we are here to provide you with tips to all round wellbeing, oral health plays a big part in that. There is a close...


Podcast Episode: How to Communicate Without Being Defensive

Defensiveness sends terrible signals. When you indulge in it, you’re likely to be seen as insecure, closed-minded and overly emotional. None of these labels is going to help you be successful or build stronger relationships. Being defensive is a sign that you’re in fight or flight mode, and that’s not a place where you can accomplish anything constructive. Learn to read your own signals so you can nip your defensive reaction in the bud. Suppress it with deep breaths, with listening and...


Podcast Episode: The Dangers of Chaos Addiction

Chaos is defined as disorganization, lack of coherence, disorder or dispersion. Whenever a human being is confronted with such situations, he/she develops defensive responses for action or attack. When we speak of addictions, generally, they fulfill the function of covering up a much deeper conflict, which has not been solved. This compulsive tendency to create new problems is no more than a strategy for attention. In todays episode Jakes breaks down and elaborates what it means to be...


Podcast Episode: Social-Emotional Learning: Why It Matters

We know that social-emotional learning (SEL) empowers students with abilities that directly impact not only their academic lives, but their success and happiness as adults. We live in a stressful world, and our nation’s children and young adults are coping with new and prevalent emotional realities we can’t ignore. Research indicates that when educators work to teach learners how to alleviate and manage stress, students become more likely to learn deeply, avoid negative behaviors and...


Podcast Episode: Acts of Kindness

Kindness means a behavioral response of compassion and actions that are selfless, or a mindset that places compassion for others before one’s own interests. In performing the selfless act, a person may undercut their own selfish interests. In todays episode we had the honor of having Boomer Perrault Co-Founder of 1 a Week. 1 A Week is an organization which promotes mental health awareness and positivity, through random acts of kindness. Hoping to make an impact on the world, giving out a...


Podcast Episode: Overcoming Procrastination

Everyone puts things off until the last minute sometimes, but procrastinators chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for distractions. Procrastination in large part reflects our perennial struggle with self-control as well as our inability to accurately predict how we'll feel tomorrow, or the next day. "I don't feel like it" takes precedence over goals; however, it then begets a downward spiral of negative emotions that deter future effort. Perfectionists are often...


Podcast Episode Reboot: Shame/Guilt Part I

Feelings of guilt and shame can be intense when we are depressed. Our perception of the past becomes skewed and these guilty and shameful feelings can become such a burden that we feel overwhelmed, unable to see realistically. We have decided to reboot one of our popular episodes on the emotion series. In todays episode Jake discusses the emotion of Guilt and Shame. In brief, shame tells us that we failed to meet someone else’s expectations, and guilt tells us to make a repair for failing...


Podcast Episode: How Non-Attachment is the Key to a Happy Relationship & Life

Non-attachment is a highly beneficial state of mind in all fields of life, and in our relationship with people, with possessions, and even with our own physical body. Non-attachment is a state of mind that will help you both in times of joy and sorrow. Life is a mixture of pleasure and pain, of comfort and hardship. We cling to pleasure, hoping that it will never leave, and we are overwhelmed by pain, fearing that it will never end. In today's episode Jake discusses and gives essential...


Podcast Episode: The Essential Tips for Traveling with Kids

Traveling with children is challenging, but a bit of forethought can help reduce parental stress. If your child is old enough, involve them in planning for the trip so they can get excited about it. Make sure to include enough family events and child-oriented activities to amuse them while on holidays. In todays episode Jake discusses and gives essential points when traveling with children. He is also joined by a very special guest who gives us his personal experience on traveling. Hope...


Podcast Episode: Why Couples Counselling?

We all know romantic relationships are hard work. Like anything that is important to us we need to continuously work on it. Marriage and family therapy is based on the idea that mental health issues and family problems are best treated in a relationship context. Everyone is part of a larger system of relationships that includes partners, other family members, friends and even people in the broader community. Life is a web of relationships. In todays episode Jake discuses relationships and...


Podcast Episode: School Counseling and Student Achievement: The Impact of School Counselors

In this episode Jake is joined by Katie Baskerville and Dana Livermont from Rapid City, South Dakota as they discuss school counseling and what school counselors do. A school counselor is a member of the education team, and is someone who gives valuable assistance to students, helping them with their academic goals, their social and personal development, and with their career development. They work in public or private elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. School counselors...


Noggin Notes and SanoMind Episode: What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), whoa that is a mouthful! Have you heard of EMDR Therapy? As a therapeutic approach, EMDR is based on several theories of psychotherapy, including concepts of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). During an EMDR session, the therapist will ask the client to recall difficult thoughts and emotions. He or she will then instruct the client to continue thinking about these traumatic thoughts or past events while having the client to move their...


Podcast Episode: Young People, Mental Health and Sports

In this episode Jake interview John Malcolm from SafeEmbrace, were they discuss their different outreach programs through prevention education in the communities. They specifically go over their sports program teaching coaches and athletes in schools on how to develop them on how to be better people. Safe Embrace is a full service family violence intervention and prevention program. They offer emergency shelter, 24 hour crisis intervention, legal advocacy and counseling. If you are looking...


Podcast Episode: Tracing the History of Stigma

In this episode Jake discusses and takes us back in history, to understand how and why mental illness is stigmatized. Just like physical health, mental health has a significant impact on our well-being, and especially among youth, which has been an increasingly prevalent concern. Two hundred years ago, mental illness was not an ailment that drew much sympathy from the public. To those who were mentally ill in the Western world, specifically Britain, and her colonies, were ostracized and...


Podcast Episode: Surviving The Storm: Vicarious Trauma

Vicarious trauma happens when we accumulate and carry the stories of trauma including images, sounds, and resonant details we have heard, which then come to inform our worldview. The symptoms can appear much like those of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but also encompass changes in frame of reference, identity, sense of safety, ability to trust, self-esteem, intimacy, and a sense of control. In our latest episode Jake discusses the effects of Vicarious Trauma. Hope you enjoy the...


Noggin Notes and SanoMind Episode: Breaking the Mental Health Stigma

So what is this stigma we want to break? It is negative attitudes and beliefs towards people who have a mental health condition. It can lead to discrimination and those inflicted with a condition failing to seek or believe in treatment. How terrifying is it that if you wake up tomorrow with the a disease of the mind that it might affect the way people will treat you. We are happy to introduce the first of many crossover episodes we will be having with SanoMind! On this episode we have...


Podcast Episode Reboot: Content versus Process with special guest Jesse Lott

This week we would like to reboot an episode that Jake had with guest Jesse Lott from Zephyr Wellness, to discuss deeper on the topic of Content versus Process. It is not the language often spoken of in the world of relationships, but I think it is a highly relevant issue to address. It’s the idea of ‘how’ to do something, more than ‘what specifically to do.’ When two people can totally be authentic with each other giving each other space to be completely genuine to one another, this is...


Podcast Episode 51:Seeking Authenticity

We have all identified who we are and what our world is, whether we are aware of it or not. While our identity may seem static, objective, and given in truth it is fluid, subjective, and chosen. Jake discusses authenticity and breaks down the meaning of the analytic self. Hope you enjoy the podcast and please go ahead subscribe and give us a review of our show. You can write a review on iTunes.