Join Todd for a variety of mental health topics related to chronic illness, anxiety, and depression issues as he shares what he has observed works best, answers questions from his followers, and gives overviews of themes he sees occurring in the scope of his practice, profession, and life.
The "Wellness Talks" podcast presents audio versions of the most useful, compelling, and effective tools and concepts used within Todd Schmenk's mental health counseling practice.
Recently know as "From the Couch", this title change was made to help keep it simple and concise.
Here is a beginning or even end of day reflection where Todd Schmenk walks you through a series of three simple exercises designed to help you deal with that thought that often times will simply just not go away.
These skills can be utilized at any time during your day and will often help you pull back far enough away from the thought to truly engage in a way that matters.
Exercises in this podcast:
Doing a Sensory Check
Quick Body Scan
Values Guided Next Steps
Want the video? Watch it here: End Of Day Reflection | Three Simple Exercises
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This end of week reflection builds upon past videos with similar titles but with more emphasis on application to all situations, not just personal growth during covid-19. This series will continue to focus on current weekly trends while introducing and/or reviewing new concepts, skills, and themes designed to supporting your mental health with greater psychological flexibility. This series will always focus on a current trend and an openness, awareness, and engagement skill or concept. Topics in this presentation are: Openness: Half-Smile Awareness: Mindful Eating Engaged: Personal Values Assessment - a further exploration.
Recording of a recent Anxiety Q&A session with Todd as he explored ways for those asking questions to get a better handle on their anxiety and increase their psychological flexibility in dealing with these questions and more. Broken into three parts due to the length of the Q&A Session. This is part 1.
Principle to live by: Compare Yourself To Who You Were Yesterday Not To Who Someone Else Is Today since the only person you can compare yourself to is you. Quick overview of why we compare, who we compare ourselves against, and who we should be comparing ourselves to.
Consider that Failure Is A Part Of Success. The fear of failure often associated with higher levels of anxiety. This short talk walks through some of the reasons why failure is essential and how we could not succeed without failing.
Join Todd as he walks through what the thinking mind is, what its job is, and how this sometimes gets in the way and causes us to become stuck, especially when dealing with a problem that is, for the moment at least, unsolvable and\or out of our control.
In this episode, Todd Schmenk walks listeners through a series of the most common answers he has been focusing on with those in his practice as well as friends and family in being able to refocus and reset ones mindset in dealing with the stay at home orders in response to Covid-19.
What is the ratio of positive to negative interactions needed to maintain a good relationship? How does one go about figuring out what the ratio is in your relationship? Join Todd as he walks through what it is, where it came from, why it's important, and most importantly, how to use the idea to improve and maintain your own relationship.
In this video, I answer the question "does social anxiety reduce openness to experience" which I received in an email request to answer. It addresses how our behaviors can affect our openness and how, if we are willing to experience some modest discomfort, it is possible to increase our confidence to be more open.
One of the considerations of how to build a chronic illness support group is in learning how the mind works in order to come up with ways of dealing with distress. This podcast looks at the thinking mind and observing mind for strategies to be able to distance yourself as well as highlighting the importance of managing your energy. It is designed for both the patient and for anyone in a supportive role. It is broken into three parts due to its length, one coming out each week, and each one provides an effective coping skill you can try immediately. A special focus of this episode is in managing your energy levels to ensure you can use the other tools outlined in this series.
In this episode in dealing with distress, Todd focuses on two more techniques in being able to better manage stressful situations, thoughts and emotions. The first technique looks at a way to look for and find exceptions to your usual rules or ways of responding. This provides you with two practices within a practice, identification, and defusion from a thought and the ability to test the situation for the thought's truthfulness and its usefulness. In doing so, this frees you up to act on something that truly matters to you. It allows you to find the exceptions to situations which often look more dire than they truly are. The second half looks at the S.T.O.P. technique, which allows you to create some space so that you can find the exceptions and choose what you will do/become next.
One of the considerations of how to build a chronic illness support group is in learning how the mind works in order to come up with ways of dealing with distress. This podcast walks through the topic of the thinking mind and observing mind for strategies to be able to distance yourself as well as highlighting the importance of managing your energy. It is designed for both the patient and for anyone in a supportive role. It is broken into three parts due to its length, one coming out every other week, and each one provides an effective coping skill you can try immediately.
Designed in support of the book: "Team Positive: How to Build Support for Someone Coping with Chronic Illness"
Ever have a moment where you meant well, but it appeared that you somehow missed the mark in communicating with a loved one, child or friend? Take a look at a way to engage more fully by understanding this technique.
You can watch the video here: Right Brain to Right Brain Communication on WellnessTalks.Org
What are recurring thoughts? (sometimes called reoccurring thoughts or repetitive thoughts) and is there any way to manage them? Listen as Todd walks through what they are, where they come from, and follow up with a few experiments and skills for how to handle them.
The mind is always on, always telling you something. This short presentation explains the key to noticing this fact and why you should.
Podcast created from a presentation. When I talk about "Here" imagine me pointing to my head.
You can also watch the video here: Your Personal 24 Hour Radio Station
Excerpt from an ACT Mindfulness class I led early in 2019 where the topic of the mindfulness technique, the witness, was being introduced to help those in attendance understand better the concept of the witness and the importance of doing the exercise in addressing challenges with pain, anxiety, depression, and unwanted thoughts.
This is a simple introduction and exercise giving you an idea for how to add simple mindfulness practices to everyday activities. It does not have to be difficult to add such a life skill to your day and the benefits outweigh the investment. Listen to the whole podcast to get an overview of the skill, why it is useful, and how to add this to other components of your day OR just listen to the actual exercise all by itself by selecting that portion of the podcast. This last suggestion is good should you want to return to the simple 6-minute exercise a few more times.
A simple exercise to increase your mindfulness skills, this quick body scan exercise helps you in noticing the present. It is a body scan meditation 5 minutes in length and a meditation for beginners. I will eventually make a shorter version which will just be a guided mindfulness exercise, this podcast walks you through it while explaining how to do it on your own as well as a few other tidbits to help you grasp and use the skill. This technique is useful in managing symptoms of anxiety, depression and even helps with managing pain.
This was originally a video but I made it into an audio file given the feedback from viewers who wanted to be able to download this to use detached from their phones, tablets, or televisions. You can find the original video here: https://youtu.be/n_cO8EhPmW0