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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.

Building Psychological Strength April Seifert

    • Health & Fitness
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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.

    How to Use Boundaries to Avoid Burnout

    How to Use Boundaries to Avoid Burnout

    Burnout is a topic that is becoming so prolific because so many of us are EXPERIENCING IT! Turns out, burnout is a state that is at the end of the road of a long continuum. There are ways we can intervene to reduce the chances of ourselves becoming burned out, but we have to recognize it first.
    I'm thrilled to be diving into that very topic today.
    Today we're speaking with Dr. Cassandra LeClair. She is a Communications & Relationships Expert, Motivator, Author, and Podcaster. With a Ph.D. in communications studies, specializing in women's and gender studies, Cassandra is an expert on communicating feelings, setting boundaries, and improving connections. She enables high-achieving women to gain an understanding of their identity and communication practices to improve their relationships with friends and family, in the workplace, and beyond.
    On this episode with Dr. LeClaire, we dive into burnout - how to know when you're burned out, and what the precursors are. We also dive into the role that boundaries play in burnout. Wow are they important! We also talk about how to figure out what our needs are and communicate them to others. And, finally, we talk about the role that our own behavioral patterns play in our burnout cycle.
    I so hope this episode helps you or someone you love. You're worth it.
    Additional Resources:
    Curate Your Life & Manage Your EnergyHow to Cultivate a Relationship with YourselfThoughts, Emotions, and 'Mom Guilt'From Dr. LeClaire: 30 Ways to Say 'No'


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    • 43 min
    How to Build the Love Life You Have Always Wanted

    How to Build the Love Life You Have Always Wanted

    Our romantic relationships are simultaneously some of the most important, most misunderstood, most under-resourced relationships in our lives. So many of us have this misconception that our 'love lives' should just come naturally. That we shouldn't have to work so hard. That they can unfold in a healthy way, even if they're unexamined.
    The 50% divorce rate in the US suggests otherwise.
    Today, we're digging into the topic of romantic relationships with a true expert. Dr. Thomas Jordan is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He is on the faculty of NYU’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, author of "Learn to Love: Guide to Healing Your Disappointing Love Life" and founder of LoveLifeLearningCenter.com. Dr. Jordan specializes in the treatment of unhealthy love lives and has been studying them for over 30 years.
    This episode hits on some truly practical, ACTIONABLE steps you can start taking TODAY to make meaningful improvements in your love life. I hope you find so much value in this powerful conversation.
    Additional Resources:
    LoveLifeLearningCenter.com6 Principles of Meaningful RelationshipsHow Your Attachment Style Impacts Your Relationships


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    • 56 min
    How to Create a Culture of Wellbeing Around Yourself

    How to Create a Culture of Wellbeing Around Yourself

    There are few things more fundamentally important than our health and wellbeing. When we have it, we take it for granted. However, when we're told there's a problem or when we aren't feeling well, it's all we can think about.
    Wellbeing has become even more of a focus since the pandemic because of the experiences we all had over the last 2 years. Mental health has suffered. We've neglected to take care of ourselves and chronic conditions are worsening. Yet, we see many people making professional decisions to help guard the lifestyle they had during the pandemic - particularly if it helped them make positive changes in their health and wellbeing.
    It's a lot to think about, so we brought in an expert.
    Laura Putnam, MA, author of the award-winning Workplace Wellness That Works, is CEO and founder of Motion Infusion, a leading well-being provider. Her work has been covered by MSNBC, The New York Times, FOX News, ABC News, US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and NPR. She is a former urban public high school teacher, international community organizer, dancer, gymnast and now a movement-builder in the world of health and well-being. With a mission to get people and organizations “in motion,” Laura is a frequent keynote speaker and has worked with a range of organizations from Fortune 500s to government agencies to academic institutes and nonprofits.
    I met Laura at a recent conference, and I knew I needed to get her on the show. I hope you find actionable value in this episode and begin to make healthy changes in your own life.
    Additional Resources:
    Workplace Wellness that WorksThe Link Between Self Compassion and Self CareDevelop Better Habits in 2022


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    • 51 min
    Take a Self-Compassion Break

    Take a Self-Compassion Break

    There's no denying it - the last handful of years have been very challenging. Aside from the personal adversity we've all felt in our individual lives, we've faced incredible collective adversity. The pandemic. Political divide. Crime and mass shootings. It has all been a lot to handle, and many of us have found ourselves searching for ways to move through it and cope.
    Thankfully, the field of psychology has a very effective tool for times like these: self-compassion. By opening up to and being mindful of our own emotional experience, by realizing that we aren't alone in the way we're feeling, and by offering ourselves kindness rather than criticism, we can help support ourselves through truly challenging times.
    The main audio of this episode is a replay of an impromptu self-compassion break I led the day after the mass shooting at the elementary school in Ulvalde, Texas. Quite a few people from around the world joined in community to learn how to apply this important tool during challenging times.
    Not everyone who wanted to join was able to (it was a very last-minute session), so this week's podcast episode is a replay of the audio of that session.
    In addition, there is a very valuable section at the end of this podcast about what it means to support other people through challenging times. So many times we say, "I just don't know what to say or do." And so we do nothing. The final segment of this week's podcast helps give you another perspective on those situations, and I give you some practical tips about how you can support others during painful or challenging times.
    Additional Resources:
    Fierce Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff


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    • 43 min
    Your Body is Your Brain with Amanda Blake

    Your Body is Your Brain with Amanda Blake

    One of the basic principles of cognitive behavioral theory (CBT) is that our mind and our behavior (and our emotions and life experience) are strongly linked. Our body and our behavior send strong messages that tell us how to appraise a situation and how we might want to respond. Yet, we spend so much energy attempting to ignore it. We focus instead on being "rational," or "logical." We believe emotions are "irrational" and shouldn't be trusted.
    Today, we're debunking that.
    Today we're speaking with Dr. Amanda Blake. Dr. Blake is the author of the award-winning book Your Body Is Your Brain, and creator of the Body = Brain course on the neurobiology of experiential leadership learning. In addition to teaching about the art and science of embodiment, she works with progressive leaders worldwide to help them become their best self, enjoy life more, and make a bigger contribution. Once an internationally competitive athlete, Mandy is skilled at cultivating high performance in herself and others. She is a Master Somatic Leadership Coach, holds a degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, and is both a Fetzer Scholar and a Research Fellow at the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. 
    The goal of today's episode is to help you learn how to tap into another form of insight, the insight in your body, to help you make some of your most difficult important decisions.
    Additional Resources:
    Stress to Serenity Centering ChallengeEpisode with my personal coach, Shannon SchottlerUsing Micro Behaviors to Combat Anxiety


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    • 51 min
    Free Self-Compassion Break TODAY 5/25 (Link in episode description)

    Free Self-Compassion Break TODAY 5/25 (Link in episode description)

    In light of recent events in Texas and across the U.S., I am offering a free self-compassion break today at 2:30 pm CT. No registration necessary. Simply click the link below to join.
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81847216706


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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
163 Ratings

163 Ratings

Lammon325 ,

Fantastic conversation

April is a phenomenal host!! Natural, genuine - an absolute delight to talk to and bounce around ideas. She made the podcast experience seamless and enjoyable. Truly honored to be among her guests. Appreciate the platform and conversation.

KJ.Led ,

Great way to start the day

April shares proven ways to adjust your mindset… I listen many morning on my way into work and it’s aways a new and refreshing reminder how my mindset sets the tone for my day, my team and my family. Highly recommend!

ShellyDoc ,

A Gem 💎

Dr. Seifert is a gem as her podcast has experts who reflect her heart and commitment to bring psychological principles to bear on daily living in practical and personal ways that build people up. This podcast is now a staple within my podcast listening library…& I highly recommend it be in yours.

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