Join Dr. Amanda Ferguson, psychologist and published author as she discusses a range of topics including personal and work issues, relationships, professional and personal development, performance and more. Sharing her insights along side a variety of guests, the Pysch for Life podcast is your insight into mental health, psychology and life.
From postnatal depression to mindful and thriving, with Chelsea Pottenger, Founder and Director at EQ Minds
I caught up with Chelsea Pottenger, an international wellbeing speaker, ambassador for mental health charities, and author of “The Mindful High Performer”. Chelsea suffered a life changing mental health crisis, suicidal ideation and was hospitalised for postnatal depression.
Listen in to find out -
- what is EQ and why it deserves more of our attention
- why you want to future-proof your mindset and sharpen your performance with science-based tools
- the importance of asking for support to prevent stress and overwhelm leading to serious mental health concerns
Accessing anger for good - to create peace and empowerment
Anger often gets a bad rap and certainly – aggression should!
However, anger is an important emotion and when used wisely – it's part of how we empower ourselves and others, achieve amazing things and stay mentally well.
In the latest episode of Psych for Life I chat all things anger, so tune in to find out -
- the 3 ways we communicate with anger and how to make anger work for us, not against us
- how feelings provide us with critical information indicating something internally or externally needs attention
- why anger needs to be used constructively and how getting a bit angry, before you get really angry is key
A lot of things happening in the world lately are contributing to many of us feeling disempowered – resulting in increased anger and frustration, along with the downsides of these emotions – aggression and despair – these feelings can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety, stress and depression. So, if you're feeling this way, listen in to find out how to pay attention to your anger and other emotions and why you may just feel and function better for it.
Teen mental health and the enduring power of parents, with Daisy Turnbull
In this wonderfully engaging yet highly insightful episode, I sit down with Daisy Turnbull, a secondary school teacher of 10 years, published author of two books, Lifeline counsellor and mother of two. We discuss her new book “50 Questions to Ask Your Teens”, the many facets of raising teens, and some of the most powerful processes parents can adopt during this part of their parenting journey.
Daisy emphasises that teens are a work in progress and develop predominantly through their lived experiences. She highlights how parents are usually learning many things – like setting and managing boundaries – at the same time as their teens. Plus the importance of parents and teens "starting great conversations".
Friendships – the mystery, management and magic
Friendships are strange things. In other relationships the rules are pretty clear to most of us, but friendships can take so many forms and many of the rules are concealed – and are often bewildering.
When we make a true friend it’s like a magic spell has been cast over us – we feel so lucky! But what do we do when this initial bubble bursts? What does the work of friendship involve? How can we best deal with the changes, hurdles, uncomfortable and painful times?
In this episode I look at some of the problems with friendships. Shockingly – research has found – most friendships WON’T last. Most of us know the terrible devastation of losing a friendship – which can be more painful than losing a partner! And yet, some friendships DO last a lifetime – as have many of mine! I’ll tell you how, and why making new friends is part of keeping old friendships.
Learn how to ride and manage the magic and mystery of friendships.
Blended families – problems, pitfalls and solutions, with clinical psychologist Nell Zandberg
In this fascinating chat, I sit down with my friend and peer, Nell Zandberg, to discuss the highly topical and often deeply fraught business of blending families.
Most marriages in the western world end – so the likelihood of finding ourselves creating a blended family is high. There has been a rapid rise in this recently, with nuclear families seeming set to soon become uncommon. 40% of families in the U.S. are now blended.
If you’re considering creating a blended family, avoid “The Brady Bunch” mentality and consequent emotional disasters and devastation. Discover the problems to watch out for, the pitfalls you can avoid and how to make sure you create the most successful new family system for every member’s benefit. A family you can be proud of.
If you or your children are already in a blended family, obtain an understanding of where and why things may not be working as well as they can. Gain insights and tips on how you might correct the dynamics, mend, and heal rifts or power dynamics.
Job Crafting - embrace the new mindset
Job crafting is how we shape our jobs to align with our strengths, values, and interests. Scrutiny of job crafting began before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, but since then, it is now considered an essential workplace skill for those who want to stay engaged in their work, secure in employment and successful in their careers. But what is it exactly and why should you be onboard?
Whether you're an employee or an employer, this episode will speak to you. It delves into the details of job crafting and why it's essential for workers to increase their sense of agency, adaptability, and engagement. Thriving organisations have job crafting and shaping built into their processes and their increased productivity and results speak for themselves. They foster learning and psychologically safe cultures, where workers feel safe and are encouraged to adapt and grow.
So, if you want to stay ahead of the curve and set yourself up for career or organisational success, pop this episode on your playlist.
Insightful, engaging and super informative for all. So refreshing to hear real, practical and thought provoking content from such a qualified professional. Definitely a podcast to add to your “must listen” list!
I found the resilience podcast so informative and easy to listen to, while providing some ‘real life’ ideas to help me navigate the dynamic and challenging environment we find ourselves in. Looking forward to listening to the other podcasts!
Evidence-based, practical and engaging.
Top-quality, engaging information from a source you can trust Amanda delivers sophisticated psychological concepts in a digestible informative format with her soothing voice. Information is thoroughly researched, and listeners are given tools to apply strategies straight away. Do yourself a favour in 2021 - listen and grow wiser and stronger.