Depression, anxiety, and personal emotional struggles, are hard to manage on their own. You can feel very lonely in that battle. And so many people either can’t or won’t try therapy. It’s too weird, it’s too expensive, or you’re nervous about trying it. SelfWork can help you begin that healing, or be an addition to the work you’re already doing, as I offer compassionate common-sense directions, ideas and goals toward the changes you want to make. I’ve been a psychologist for over 25 years; and here at SelfWork, I let you in on what I’ve learned from people just like you.
231 SelfWork: How To Go From Languishing To Flourishing: What Positive Psychology Has To Say
Today’s episode, sponsored by BetterHelp, covers two topics – each one of them important to understand. The first topic is what positive psychologists (those that study what makes life worth living) call languishing – as its touted as the major emotion caused by the pandemic. What is languishing? It’s defined as a lack of well-being – or as one definition put it, an absence of a positive emotion about life.
SelfWork YGTG: Maybe Women Don't "Suffer" From Imposter Syndrome After All?
Today I’m revealing some new thoughts about imposter syndrome. I was intrigued to read some research coming out of Harvard – critiquing the whole idea of women "suffering" from this horribly insecure feeling. Now, with the impetus of the #metoo movement, women of all ethnicities are realizing that perhaps it's been the workplace that's been most of the problem.
230 SelfWork: The Painful Reality of Sexual Addiction: Josh Duggar Is Far From Alone
There are so many times when I don’t think things are going to go well and I hope I'm wrong. And sometimes, I certainly am. But I wrote a post back in 2015 right after a young Josh Duggar’s problems with sexual abuse came to be known. He never sought or received appropriate treatment. Now he’s been charged with alleged internet child porn charges – and has six of his own children with another on the way.
229 SelfWork: Careers That Kill: Could Your Vet Be At Risk?
Dr. Kristina Kiefer reached out to me recently. Her email was simple and to the point. "I’m in vet med and veterinarians are in trouble." I was intrigued and looked up some statistics on my own. Nearly 400 veterinarians died by suicide between 1979 and 2015. She then introduced me to her friend and colleague, Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson who has spoken many times about this subject and is the author of the book “The Unspoken Life”.
228 SelfWork: What's Up With Your Gut and Depression?
Today we’re going to focus on your gut – and how recent research is finding that it may have more to do with depression and anxiety than realized in the past. Believe it or not, there’s a second independent nervous system in your body called the enteric nervous system, located in your gut. And it constantly communicates with the brain through the vagus nerve. We'll focus on ways to calm that nerve down.. and thus calm your mind.
227 SelfWork: Good Stuffing. Bad Stuffing. What's the Difference?
So learning how to monitor and evaluate a situation – using mindfulness to be aware of something being emotionally difficult - and then being able to table those feeling until it’s the right time and place to work through those emotions can be a vital skill.
I finally found my podcast
I stumbled upon this podcast a couple months ago when I was looking for answers. I couldn’t believe how spot on everything was and how much I could relate to so many episodes. This has been my therapy for the last several months and I’m so grateful for it. I look forward to new episodes and have already purchased both your book and Jenny Lawson’s book Broken. You definitely inspire me to work on things I normalized for so long and make me want to keep reaching out to improve myself. I tried several other podcasts and yours stuck with me. Thank you for all that you do!
I am so thankful for Dr. Margaret's expertise and ability to normalize the conversation around mental health. Listening truly allows me to breathe deeper and remind myself of the tools I have access to.
I love listening to your Podcast! I was really struggling with my depression and decided to find something to listen to. It has helped me tremendously!!! I have found a therapist. And now realize I’m not alone! Thank you!