As we start enter into May, designated as Mental Health Awareness Month, Matana reflects on four years of Hope to Recharge and celebrates walking alongside mental health warriors. She shares how she balances work and passions and lessons learned at the happiness Study Academy retreat in Lake Como, Italy and traveling through Switzerland. Offering practical tips for today and tomorrow as well as the importance of flexibility in mental health support by discovering Switzerland and how the power of manifestation in travel and life can help find gratitude in hectic seasons. She discussed the different styles of mental health support offered by a therapist vs. coach and insights gleaned from the positive psychology of Tal Ben-Shahar, that discuss the strategies for a happier and more fulfilling life.
Having a strained relationship with religion is not new for a lot of people, especially those that come from an Orthodox background. In this episode, Matana and Dr. Leah Katz, a clinical psychologist who specializes in working with teenagers and adults, talks with us about the role of mindfulness in breaking free from the traditions and expectations that keep us from living an authentic life and the journey towards living your authentic self and dealing with the obstacles that come with it. They also tackle the difference between spirituality and religion, and how mindfulness helps in redefining our approach to religion, traditional beliefs, and God.
Talli Rosenbaum, an individual, couples and certified sex therapist, who deals mainly with human relationships, and in particular, intimate relationships, joins us in this eye opening episode that confronts a controversial topic that needs exploration. Suppressed and overt traumas of all kinds can be often be triggered and revealed in intimate and personal sexual situations. Even more, one’s first sexual experience in of itself, can be perceived as a traumatic event, if conversation, mutual expectations, assumptions and desires are not properly addressed in advance.
In this first episode of 2023, Matana walks through the steps of how to focus on listening. Others often turn to us to unpack concerns, share moments and be a listening ear but we may not give the attention they deserve, despite our best intentions. Moreoften, people aren’t using the words to accurately transmit what they wish to convey or the emotions they feel.
Each morning I start my day with a gratitude meditation that grounds me, brings me back to “center” and “balances” me for the day as much as possible. This process helps me to focus on things that matter to me and still allows space for what hurts at the same time.
Esther Goldstein is a licensed clinical social worker and trauma specialist, supporting adults with anxiety, depression, and trauma. She appreciates human struggles, unknowns and challenges and has seen pain, hurt and defeat as well as persistence, commitment and triumph.
Anna Przy, (Anna Przybylski) is a wife, business owner and humorous social media personality who juggles and struggles life with mental health challenges. Having been diagnosed with Anorexia, ADHD and depression, she channels her creativity into entertaining and engaging media content, to provide humor and help those who need a lift from the problems we all face.
We welcome summer in with happiness and optimism at whats to come. Coming out of our series on Marriage & Relationships and looking forward, we still hear and see many who do not understand the what the struggles with mental health means and how demanding and dominating it can be on ourselves and those whom we love. Some of us are alienated by those who we considered friends and others are pushed back into stigma.
Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife, an LDS relationship and sexuality coach with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, discusses how we all want security in our lives, marriage, society and often in religious beliefs. Often the “rule” becomes the most important thing, which then creates tension and frays our freedom and structure. Instead of allowing honesty and courage to drive us, we resort to making others happy, which causes us to fracture.
In this second part of this episode, (part 1 here) with our returning guest Elisheva Liss, we dive into the controversial topic of the benefits and challenges of making our partners and children aware of the fundamentals of relationships and the taboo topic of sex awareness. Often, religious or community obligations and accepted practices encourage young people to marry, and often without providing the tools to a happy marriage. Expectations in physical and emotional relationships are followed by disappointment, marital distress and divorce, leaving us to ponder what went wrong. Nowadays, the notion of commitment is mocked like an outdated religious construct and Elisheva suggests we take the time and patience to educate children, when age appropriate, and on an easy to understand level, that people experience love in different ways as a much needed preparation for relationships, so as to avoid misinformation and missed expectations later on in life.