12 episodes

Fear, boredom, grief, confusion—we're all feeling... a lot right now. How do we cope with our heightened emotions during this global pandemic? Susan David—a psychologist at Harvard Medical School—is here to offer us strategies. This show is an urgent response to an urgent moment—a support system, toolkit, and understanding voice during a time of great uncertainty.

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Fear, boredom, grief, confusion—we're all feeling... a lot right now. How do we cope with our heightened emotions during this global pandemic? Susan David—a psychologist at Harvard Medical School—is here to offer us strategies. This show is an urgent response to an urgent moment—a support system, toolkit, and understanding voice during a time of great uncertainty.

    How to tame burnout when your office is your bedroom

    How to tame burnout when your office is your bedroom

    Even before COVID-19, many of us were teetering on the edge of burnout. With the pandemic ushering in changes to daily life, many of our stressors have only worsened. While we can’t change our situation, we can change the way we relate to it. Being intentional about when to grit and when to quit, and reassessing what goals are currently realistic can lead us on a path towards restoration.

    • 13 min
    Facing loneliness with Dr. Steven C. Hayes

    Facing loneliness with Dr. Steven C. Hayes

    The pandemic is putting a spotlight on our loneliness. But by confronting it, and understanding how meaningful connection works, we can take steps to mitigate this difficult feeling. In this episode, Susan is joined by Dr. Steven C. Hayes, Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada and one of the leading voices in modern psychology.

    • 14 min
    Bonus: A quick loneliness exercise with Dr. Steven C. Hayes

    Bonus: A quick loneliness exercise with Dr. Steven C. Hayes

    Dr. Steven C. Hayes, Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada and one of the leading voices in modern psychology, guides us in exercises that help us connect with our experiences of loneliness and loss.

    • 12 min
    What kids need during the pandemic

    What kids need during the pandemic

    One of the best things that parents can do right now to help their children thrive is to teach them emotional skills. For parents, the most effective way to teach these skills is by practicing them yourself. Learn how to help your kids (and yourself) validate, label, and process difficult emotions.

    • 20 min
    Bonus: Self-soothing exercises with Dr. Kristin Neff

    Bonus: Self-soothing exercises with Dr. Kristin Neff

    Practicing self-compassion is so vital right now that we consulted Dr. Kristin Neff on exercises for directing compassion inwards. Kristin is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research and a co-developer of the empirically supported training program "Mindful Self-Compassion." Here she guides us on some self-soothing exercises and unpacks the research on why this approach is one of the most powerful sources of strength, coping, and resilience.

    • 21 min
    Self-compassion for the self-critical

    Self-compassion for the self-critical

    Showing yourself kindness becomes even more important during life's difficult moments, and the current pandemic certainly qualifies. Learn why it’s a misconception that you need to be tough on yourself to succeed, and how practicing self-compassion can make you even more resilient.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
213 Ratings

213 Ratings

Jillene K ,

5 Stars!

First, I LOVE Susan’s voice. Second, this has been so helpful for me during COVID-19 life — and I believe it will be helpful for life after COVID-19 too. Susan doesn’t use big psychology words and terms, she gives you strategies for how to improve your life in easy to understand language and examples. Thank you, Susan!

artemis77 ,

The perfect podcast for our times.

I am so grateful that I found this podcast. It gives practical advice for coping with life in the time of COVID-19, but in a calm and reassuring manner. The episodes are brief but effective, and I feel better by the end of each show.

Better than Serial ,

Reassuring

I started listening to this podcast during the pandemic and I’m so glad I did. I’ve never taken notes on a Podcast before this one. I’m learning so many valuable life lessons that not only help during these times but can also be carried on in regular life. “Helping our kids cope” has been one of my favorites. I enjoy learning about human emotions and the way Sue presents this podcast is very relaxing and makes me feel like it’s okay to not be okay as long as you can recognize it and the reasons why.

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