How do I cope with the load of motherhood? How do I raise good humans when I'm just trying to survive? How can I take care of my own mental health? And the biggest question of all: how do I redefine myself after going through the metamorphosis of motherhood?
On the Happy as a Mother Podcast, host and psychotherapist Erica Djossa teaches strategies to help you cope with the psychological and emotional load of motherhood, guides you on a journey of self love and acceptance, and answers your tough parenting questions. Erica shares the best kept secrets of the therapy world, bringing you knowledge and education that puts you in the driver's seat of your emotional and psychological well being. Along with sharing her knowledge, she interviews other professionals (psychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, fertility specialists, lactation consultants, and more!) who provide their expertise to empower you on your motherhood journey.
046: Learning to Love Your Postpartum Body With Cofounder of Beauty Redefined Lexie Kite, PhD
During pregnancy, your body is changing so much! It goes through so much during that time and grows an entire human being in the process! After our baby is born, we are met with so much pressure to snap back and look like we never gave birth. Our body is more than an ornament. It is an instrument that as moms, we need to embrace. In this episode, Beauty Redefined Cofounder Lexie Kite and I discuss body image, share examples of our own journey with body image, and how we can love our body just the way it is.
045: Maintaining Your Identity in Motherhood With Therapist Chasity Holcomb
Did you always daydream about the day you would hopefully become a Mom? Then the day arrives and you have to shift into the reality of motherhood, an all consuming role we've had no training for. How do we make the shift into motherhood without losing who we are? How do we retain our pre-Mom identity? Every Mom evolves over time, and we are challenged to explore depths of ourselves. In this episode, Therapist Chasity Holcomb and I talk about how we can maintain our identity in motherhood.
044: Managing Perfectionism in Motherhood With Psychologist Dr. Jen Douglas
Do you find you get stuck trying so hard to do things “the right way”? When you become a parent, suddenly you can’t do everything perfectly. You want so badly to give 100% in all areas, all the time….but then it happens, a sense of burnout and not knowing what to prioritize. Will others accept you if you are not perfect all the time? In this episode, psychologist Dr. Jen Douglas and I discuss perfectionism, ways to recognize it in our lives, and how to find ways to be purposely imperfect.
43: Managing Tantrums According to Science With Cindy Hovington, Ph.D.
Having to handle our child’s behaviour and big emotions is to be expected, it comes with being a parent. But goodness, it is exhausting. To better understand what causes our children to react this way, we’ll learn about what’s actually happening in their brains. In this episode, we are joined by Cindy Hovington to help understand this perspective, discuss tantrums, big emotions, and how to make a connection with your child during this key time.
Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2GirMXw
042: Celebrating 1 Year - A Look Back at the Top 5 Episodes
Cue the confetti, it’s time to celebrate! The Happy as a Mother podcast is celebrating 1 year! A year ago, I had a mission and a clear vision to provide a space for Moms to learn and grow. It needed to be non-judgmental and acknowledge both the amazing blessings of Motherhood but also the taboo hardships that very few Moms speak openly about. I have loved every single moment together this past year! To celebrate today, we are going to take a look back at the five most downloaded episodes of the year.
041: Dealing With Your Child's Triggering Behaviour With Psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy
Ever wonder why your child behaves the way they do? Did you know that our own childhood and how our own behaviours were addressed back then actually play a role as to how we will react as parents? If we first take a moment to regulate ourselves before we react, this will help us to understand our child’s feelings and behaviors. In this episode, we are joined by psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy, as she helps us understand our child’s trigger behaviour and practical ways to address them as parents.