It's not talked about much, and is actually more common than you might think.
Take a listen as the two OB/GYNs from The V Word podcast discuss miscarriage: https://vwordpod.com/episode/miscarriage/
IVFML is a podcast following Anna Almendrala and Simon Ganz as they try to have a baby. They are frank and honest, letting the listener eavesdrop on their voice memos even in the darkest of moments throughout their infertility journey.
Episode 3: Cash Money focuses specifically on the finances involved in using assisted reproductive technologies.
Linking to Episode #2 of Laura Tremaine’s 10 Things To Tell You podcast titled: Are You Lonely?
Are you lonely? What a great question to ask yourself, your partner, or your friends.
Admitting and identifying a problem is a first step to finding a solution. Being honest about if you’re feeling lonely and disconnected from others may be the beginning of finding new or deeper connections.
Is there someone that you can ask, “Are you lonely?”
If someone asked you, “Are you lonely?” how would you respond?
It's mid-autumn, but it's hard to tell that weather-wise here in California. Here are a few items that have caught my eye while I've been waiting for some chilly weather and rainy days to move in.
I Don't Feel Middle Age, Until I Do
"I’m not complaining. Really I’m not. I feel fortunate that I get to grow older, and I have to laugh as I watch myself and my peers morphing into our parents."
A Little Happier: A Lesson From Harry Potter About Knowing Who You Are
"It’s when Harry Potter accepts his own nature, and his own strengths, and works within them to meet his dragon."
Every Adult Should Have a Bedtime
"Not only is a regular bedtime just about the most enjoyable habit available to us living things, but it is extremely good for us."
This summer, the Death, Sex, and Money podcast has a series called Hot Dates. The podcast is tracking several singles as they meet new people, navigate dating apps, and go on dates.
Dating can be complicated, and if you didn’t already know that, this podcast series makes that clear rather quickly. Listening to this podcast series could be helpful in normalizing what it’s like to be on the dating scene right now. Happy listening!
How was the month of June for you?
For this Round-Up, I have all podcasts for you:
This American Life Episode #339: Heartbreak. “Partly today, we have an anatomy of the completely contradictory feelings that are part of a breakup. I think that’s what makes it such a special and particularly cursed state.”
Smartest Person in the Room Episode #29: When A Black Person Says It's About Race. “The divide between black and white America has never felt greater. Is reconciliation possible? In this series, we’re exploring how to cross the divide.”
The Lazy Genius Episode #58: The Lazy Genius Morning Routine. “How do we develop a morning routine? Maybe not quite what you expect. Have a listen, and create mornings that make you feel like yourself.”
It’s the end of May, the sun is shining here in California, and summer is not so far off.
In this Monthly Round-Up, I’ve listed a few items that have caught my attention this month:
In Terrible, Thanks for Asking Episode #11, end-of-life care and decisions are discussed. It’s not a light conversation for sure, but it gives us lots to think about. (Warning: this episode contains discussion about death, brain cancer, hospice, and the right-to-die law.)
This short and sweet article on gratitude is a great reminder to take stock of what we are thankful for today, in this moment.
In Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say, Kelly Corrigan writes essays about the words that nurture relationships. This is a memoir that is bittersweet, tender, funny, and warm.
Welcome to spring! Here are some resources that caught my eye this month. All are related to knowing yourself better.
In this post:
Ever think about journaling as a way to be in touch with what you're learning, how you're growing, and what you're struggling with? In this article by Michael Hyatt, he provides a simple journal template with eight questions that can make the journaling process easier.
In podcast episode #45, the Lazy Genius talks all about setting goals based on the person that you want to become. It's a short episode (13 minutes) but it's packed with stuff to think about.
In her book, Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything, Anne Bogel gives us an overview of eight different personality frameworks. In a conversational, memoir-ish way, she explains how each of the frameworks help us know ourselves better. If you'd like to dip your toe into personality types, this is an easy way to figure out where you might want to start.
Happy March! This is a round-up of what has caught my eye (and ear) this past month.
In Nir Eyal’s article, Happiness Hack: This One Ritual Made Me Much Happier, he writes about how having good friends is crucial for your mental and physical health. Intentionally maintaining friendships keeps them alive. If friendships aren’t maintained, Eyal writes: “This is how friendships die- they starve to death.” His solution? A “kibbutz” style friendship.
Were you ever taught about how to make a friend? How do we learn this? The Lazy Genius Episode #13: The Lazy Genius Makes a Friend is a very short introduction on the basics of making a friend.
In Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin writes about how we can develop healthy habits and eliminate the negative habits. She writes about the importance of knowing yourself and how you work, and how knowing this will help make or break these habits. She combines research and personal stories into a very readable, practical, and motivating book.
Happy February! Here are a few resources that have caught my eye (and ear) recently. Below you'll find:
In How Reading Rewires Your Brain for More Intelligence and Empathy, Derek Beres writes that “Novel reading is a great way to practice being human.” He makes a great argument for reading more! Time to visit the library.
Introversion and extraversion can be commonly misunderstood. Take a listen to Personality Hacker Episode #82 in which the discussion is all about introverts and how they experience the world. This may help you know yourself better, or that introvert in your life better.
In Keep Your Head Up: How Smartphone Addiction Kills Manners and Moods, Adam Popescu draws attention to the psychological, social, and physical costs and dangers of looking at your smartphone too much.
I’m Elaine Gee-Wong and I'm a therapist with a private practice in Santa Clara, CA.
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