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April 26, 2021  

Toxic Productivity

Do you have a toxic relationship with productivity? I do. Toxic productivity can basically be summed up as:

  • Struggling to be alone with yourself when not completing a task. 
  • Feeling guilty when you take breaks or take a day off. 
  • Comparing yourself to others based on productivity.
  • Feeling a sense of restlessness during moments of stillness, play, or other things you may label in your head as “non-productive.”
  • Attaching feelings of self worth to producing, creating, or working in some way. 

Listen to this week’s episode to hear about what I have learned about toxic productivity and how it relates to my life and this podcast. I also announce that I am taking a podcasting break in an attempt to answer the question: Who am I when I’m not creating, doing or producing something.

 

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April 19, 2021  

Career Dad - Paternal Mental Health

Did you know that 1 in 10 dads get postpartum depression within the first year of their child’s life. 18% of fathers develop anxiety related disorders in the first year and the risk of depression also goes up to 50% if their partner has postpartum depression too. This week’s episode features Daniel B. Singley, Ph.D., ABPP.

Dr. Singley is a San Diego-based board certified psychologist and Director of The Center for Men’s Excellence. His research and practice focus on men’s mental health with a particular emphasis on reproductive psychology and the transition to fatherhood. Dr. Singley won the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Practitioner of the Year Award from the Division on Men & Masculinities. He is Past President of the APA’s Section on Positive Psychology and currently serves on the Board of the APA’s Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities as well as Postpartum Support International. He conducts trainings and presentations around the country to assist individuals and organizations to enhance their level of father inclusiveness and founded the grant-funded Basic Training for New Dads, Inc nonprofit and Padre Cadre social networking application just for dads in order to give new fathers the tools they need to be highly engaged with their infants as well as their partners. In his free time, Dr. Singley likes to cook, surf, read, and drive his two sons to activities all over town so they can’t escape his annoying shrinky questions. Follow him @MenExcel and www.facebook.com/MenExcel/

Things we talk about in the episode: 

  • The dude to dad transition - male identity shifts
  • Fatherhood generational gap - the expectations for males to be caregivers and not just providers
  • Masked male depression - how postpartum depression manifests in men and questions to ask your partner if you are concerned about their mental health. 
  • Communication strategies for couples as they navigate the challenging transition into parenthood.

 

Follow Dr Singley:  @men.excel  and Facebook.com/MenExcel

 

Check out my course on Listenable! Have a Career and Be a Good Mom: How to Redefine Working Motherhood The first 7 days of a listenable subscription is free so listen to my course (only 46 minutes) in those 7 days and then cancel - I won’t tell anyone ;)

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Music Credit: Campfire by Scandinavianz:  soundcloud.com/scandinavianz

April 12, 2021  

Burnout and Completing the Stress Cycle

I recently read the book,  Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking The Stress Cycle by Emily and Amelia Nagoski. This book has been a game changer for me and how I think about and treat stress in my life.  As a Career Mom, I know you are no stranger to stress and I know that for most of us COVID has done nothing but add 100x more of it  to our lives.  The term burnout has been thrown all over the working mom community in relation to this pandemic so this episode is how to begin treating and preventing burnout. I share several ways to complete the stress cycle and actually more stress through your body. 

 

Check out this book on audible and get a free audiobook download here: audibletrial.com/careermom

 

Check out my course on Listenable! Have a Career and Be a Good Mom: How to Redefine Working Motherhood The first 7 days of a listenable subscription is free so listen to my course (only 46 minutes) in those 7 days and then cancel - I won’t tell anyone ;)

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Music Credit: Campfire by Scandinavianz:  soundcloud.com/scandinavianz

April 5, 2021  

Routine and Things

Routines, you either love them or hate them. I’ve leaned hard on routines during COVID and while they can be a challenge to start I do appreciate their power. This week’s guest, Ashley Brown, created a business and podcast all around routines. She uses routines not only to structure her days but to reduce stress, reduce the mental load, and to intentionally align her life with her values. 

Ashley  is a mom of 2 and creator and owner of Routine and Things, which equips women to consistently live their happiest life one routine at a time. Ashley strongly believes routines are a form of wellness and can be a beautiful springboard for improving your home, yourself, and your life. She’s on a mission to see as many women as possible live life with ease by starting, maintaining, and enjoying routines! 

Things we talk about in the episode: 

  • Ashley’s definition of a routine - an intentional flow of actions done consistently.
  • Common beliefs of routine resistant people - they are boring and restrictive (not true, btw!). 
  • The benefits of routines: reduced stress and confusion, lighten the mental load, create more flexibility, and live your life aligned with your values. 

Check out Ashley’s FREE routine assessment here: routineandthings/assessment

 

I hope you enjoy our conversation!

 

Check out my course on Listenable! Have a Career and Be a Good Mom: How to Redefine Working Motherhood 

Check out Ashley’s podcast  Routine and Things Podcast

Check out Ashley’s website routineandthings.com

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Music Credit: Campfire by Scandinavianz:  soundcloud.com/scandinavianz

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