59 episodes

Learn practical tips for improving your stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Each week, meditation coaches Ofosu and Leah will turn their own everyday successes and obstacles into chances to explore the science behind health and wellness. Along the way, they'll talk to experts and seek appreciation for the natural ups and downs we all experience. (Brought to you by the makers of Balance: Meditation & Sleep, the top-rated meditation app on Apple's App Store. Learn more at www.balanceapp.com.)

Well Balanced Balance

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 157 Ratings

Learn practical tips for improving your stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Each week, meditation coaches Ofosu and Leah will turn their own everyday successes and obstacles into chances to explore the science behind health and wellness. Along the way, they'll talk to experts and seek appreciation for the natural ups and downs we all experience. (Brought to you by the makers of Balance: Meditation & Sleep, the top-rated meditation app on Apple's App Store. Learn more at www.balanceapp.com.)

    Celebrating milestones (and one year of Well Balanced) - Bonus Episode

    Celebrating milestones (and one year of Well Balanced) - Bonus Episode

    Ofosu and Leah reflect on their first year of recording the podcast. They discuss their favorite moments and guests from the show, and share what's next for Well Balanced.

    ▶️ You can watch the latest episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/9QPOCTe4nEQ

    📣 Leave Ofosu and Leah a voice message: https://sayhi.chat/wellbalanced

    Other episodes mentioned by Leah, Ofosu, and listeners: 


    Working through Anger with Tara Brach - https://youtu.be/9tMt5utDZvs
    Turning Poison into Medicine with Tara Brach - https://youtu.be/hRwvu3P5ukk
    How to Tap into Your Inner Comedian - https://link.chtbl.com/innercomedian
    How to Rhyme Your Way to Self-Compassion - https://link.chtbl.com/howtorhyme

    🎧 What's in this episode: 


    (00:00) One listener shares what the show means to them 
    (01:27) Musings on meditation's versatility 
    (02:07) Another listener shares what the show means to them 
    (03:53) Ofosu quotes Maya Angelou 
    (04:14) Leah's favorite moment from the show 
    (07:02) Ofosu's favorite moments from the show 
    (08:27) Ofosu's bonding with a guest over The Office 
    (09:56) Leah's connection to Fleetwood Mac 
    (10:39) Leah and Ofosu want to hear from you!

    🧘 About Balance: Well Balanced is co-hosted by Ofosu and Leah, Balance’s Co-Heads of Meditation. Balance is a highly personalized meditation and sleep app that's been named Google's App of the Year and Apple's App of the Day. Completely free for the entire first year, Balance is helping 4 million+ people around the world improve their stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Unlock your free year of Balance today by downloading it from the App Store or Play Store:https://balanceapp.sng.link/Arat1/h3qp/icji

    • 12 min
    Boosting your self-esteem with positive affirmations

    Boosting your self-esteem with positive affirmations

    Many of us are quick to notice the good qualities in our family and friends, but acknowledging what we like about ourselves might not come as naturally. Ofosu and Leah discuss why, and how positive affirmations can be a tool to help improve your self-esteem. They also share their tips for turning self-kindness into an everyday habit.

    ▶️ You can watch the latest episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/ywYhg003ago

    📚 More about Ofosu's new book: "Love Your Amazing Self" is a daily dose of self-kindness. It encourages kids to practice mindfulness and self-empowerment with lyrical verses that can be spoken, recited, or sung aloud. You can order it here: https://tinyurl.com/mt4dhbde

    🎧 More of what's in this episode:


    (00:00) Ofosu and Leah compliment each other and themselves
    (02:00) How to improve your self-esteem
    (03:50) The practice of self-kindness
    (05:50) Why our thoughts become our beliefs
    (06:40) A recording of Ofosu's kids complimenting each other and themselves
    (12:00) Examples of how Ofosu and Leah use positive affirmations in their own lives

    🧘 About Balance: Well Balanced is co-hosted by Ofosu and Leah, Balance’s Co-Heads of Meditation. Balance is a highly personalized meditation and sleep app that's been named Google's App of the Year and Apple's App of the Day. Completely free for the entire first year, Balance is helping 3.5 million+ people around the world improve their stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Unlock your free year of Balance today by downloading it from the App Store or Play Store: https://balanceapp.sng.link/Arat1/h3qp/icji

    • 20 min
    Is it time to take a leap of faith?

    Is it time to take a leap of faith?

    Leah and Ofosu reflect on some big leaps of faith they've taken, from quitting their jobs to pursue their passions to having another child. They share their advice to help you take your own leap of faith, including the questions you should ask yourself before diving into the unknown.

    ▶️ You can watch the latest episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/VaOsV-fcXeA

    🧘 About Balance: Well Balanced is co-hosted by Ofosu and Leah, Balance’s Co-Heads of Meditation. Balance is a highly personalized meditation and sleep app that's been named Google's App of the Year and Apple's App of the Day. Completely free for the entire first year, Balance is helping 3.5 million+ people around the world improve their stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Unlock your free year of Balance today by downloading it from the App Store or Play Store: https://balanceapp.sng.link/Arat1/h3qp/icji

    • 18 min
    Friendsgiving: Building your chosen family

    Friendsgiving: Building your chosen family

    You can choose your friends, but can you choose your family? Ofosu and Leah think so. They discuss their experiences choosing friends that have become family, the challenges of forming and maintaining these close bonds, and why it's important for your overall well-being.

    This discussion comes just in time for the US Thanksgiving—and Friendsgiving—celebrations. But its message extends far beyond that, too, providing benefit for all who listen at any time.

    We want to hear from you to help us celebrate one year of Well Balanced! Go to https://sayhi.chat/wellbalanced to send us a voice memo describing your favorite moment from the podcast or what it's meant to you this past year.

    ▶️ You can watch the latest episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/e19sWZx-GRE

    🧘 About Balance: Well Balanced is co-hosted by Ofosu and Leah, Balance’s Co-Heads of Meditation. Balance is a highly personalized meditation and sleep app that's been named Google's App of the Year and Apple's App of the Day. Completely free for the entire first year, Balance is helping 3.5 million+ people around the world improve their stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Unlock your free year of Balance today by downloading it from the App Store or Play Store:

    https://balanceapp.sng.link/Arat1/h3qp/icji

    • 17 min
    Why meditation might not be working for you (yet)

    Why meditation might not be working for you (yet)

    Ofosu talks with Leah about the lessons he learned leading a mindfulness workshop with a group of formerly incarcerated persons. They discuss his biggest takeaway from the experience—that meditation should be a safe and adaptable life tool—and share tips to help you embrace meditating in your own unique way.

    You can watch the latest episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/rATK-JtVdpA

    We want to hear from you to help us celebrate one year of Well Balanced! Go to https://sayhi.chat/wellbalanced to send us a voice memo describing your favorite moment from the podcast or what it's meant to you this past year.

    Further reading:
    🔬 2016 study on trauma-informed mindfulness-based stress reduction for survivors of interpersonal violence
    👩‍🔬 2021 study on mindfulness-based, trauma-informed program with veterans
    📚 David Treleavan, expert in trauma-sensitive mindfulness

    🧘 About Balance: Well Balanced is co-hosted by Ofosu and Leah, Balance’s Co-Heads of Meditation. Balance is a highly personalized meditation and sleep app that's been named Google's App of the Year and Apple's App of the Day. Completely free for the entire first year, Balance is helping 3.5 million+ people around the world improve their stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Unlock your free year of Balance today by downloading it from the App Store or Play Store: https://balanceapp.sng.link/Arat1/h3qp/icji

    • 14 min
    Turning poison into medicine with Tara Brach

    Turning poison into medicine with Tara Brach

    Fear and anxiety can be unlikely allies, according to Tara Brach, a psychologist and leading mindfulness meditation teacher. Ofosu and Leah talk with her about how to get to the root of these difficult emotions and discover tools to come out on the other side with a sense of clarity and a desire to live more fully.

    You can watch the latest episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/hRwvu3P5ukk 

    More about Tara: Tara Brach is a psychologist, meditation teacher, and the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. She’s the bestselling author of several books, including “Radical Acceptance,” “Radical Compassion,” and “Trusting the Gold.” You can learn more about Tara’s work on her website —

    https://www.tarabrach.com/

    About Balance: Well Balanced is co-hosted by Ofosu and Leah, Balance’s Co-Heads of Meditation. Balance is a highly personalized meditation and sleep app that's been named Google's App of the Year and Apple's App of the Day. Completely free for the entire first year, Balance is helping 3.5 million+ people around the world improve their stress, sleep, focus, and mood. Unlock your free year of Balance today by downloading it from the App Store or Play Store:

    https://balanceapp.sng.link/Arat1/h3qp/icji

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
157 Ratings

157 Ratings

Gigi LC ,

Reconnect

What appreciate about this podcast is that there are these deep, engaging conversations that reconnects me to my humanness and the humanness of others. Takes me away from mental chatter and brings me to awareness in everyday life experiences.

Dandy Lionness ,

Balanced for YOU

I used Balance for the free first year and then purchased a lifetime subscription.
I’ve tried SO MANY meditation apps over the years and never was able to connect. Balance is customized to how you are feeling and what you are experiencing in the moment. It’s a choose your own adventure for meditation. As as he is a different human being, my husband has a very different experience with the app because it has been customized to him. It’s amazing. You don’t spend forever trying to find the right meditation. It’s as easy as picking your current situation (very easy menu) and then selecting the options from there. Both coaches are wonderful. Thank you Balance!

Jcarolinabell ,

Moments to reset

This podcast is a part of my weekly routine as an opportunity to practice the habit of rewiring my internal dialogue. Each episode has had a nugget of conscious reminder to be kind to myself and realize others are doing their best just as I am.

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