Julie & I just dropped off our son, George, back at college for his senior year, and it got inspired us to talk a little bit this week about periods of transition and change that we encounter throughout our lives, especially as parents as we watch our kids grow up and move to on to do all the great things they’re destined for.  While these times can be scary and uncertain, change is nothing to fear, so tune in to get our extended thoughts on the topic!

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Back To School time can sometimes be a harrowing period that where old anxieties re-surface and new ones form seemingly out of thin air.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  So in the spirit of undoing our undue anxiety, I’ve collected a list of thoughts on how you can have your happiest, healthiest school year yet.  This is the stuff I work with most commonly in the therapy room, so take a listen and then take action! Have a great school year!

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Sean Griffin is the owner of Chicago Primal Gym, and he’s here today to share some of his incredible insights on how to cultivate strength, health, and happiness.  Sean opened his gym back in 2013, and has managed to build an extremely tight-knit community of more than 250 members.  What interests me about Sean’s philosophies is that they tend to differ from the norm —  he describes the CPG experience as being like the TV show “Cheers,” except you’re in a gym instead of a bar!  Hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!

Be sure to check out Sean’s gym on the web at www.chicagoprimal.com

Highlights of this episode include:

— Why Sean dropped out of corporate America 

— How he came to discover his path lie in helping people achieve fitness instead

— How he was highly influenced by books like “The Alchemist” and “The Untethered Soul”

— Some unconventional habits Sean has adopted for the gym such as friday gratitude circles

— What is unconditional positive regard, the importance of taking action, and much much more!

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We wanted to post an additional episode this week sharing our thoughts on the breaking news that Steve Bartman will be receiving a 2016 World Series Championship Ring from the Chicago Cubs!  Bartman was the subject of relentless public scrutiny after he accidentally tipped a foul ball in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, and we’re pleasantly surprised that his story has a great ending.  

In case you need to catch up to speed on the story: http://wgntv.com/2017/07/31/steve-bartman-to-receive-2016-chicago-cubs-world-series-championship-ring/

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Joining me on this week’s episode is Matt Quinn, Community Relations Coordinator at Rosecrance, a substance abuse treatment center with locations throughout Illinois.  Matt’s here to help me touch on a number of areas we haven’t really had an opportunity to discuss on the podcast just yet, mainly as it relates to marijuana and alcohol usage in teenagers. 

Topics we discuss include:

— Substance abuse trends that have surprised him.  What drugs has he seen decreases and increases in?

— His biggest concern about teens and young adults using marijuana

— Marijuana usage as it related to brain development in teens

— Can marijuana be a long-term healing solution overcome anxiety, or does it only have short-term benefits?

— Is Connection the opposite of Addiction?  An interesting theory you’ll want to tune into…

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Returning to the podcast for this week’s episode is my esteemed colleague Laura Kaehler.  We talking largely about the anxiety that tends to develop in our kids during the late high school to early college transition, and some approached we can take as parents to ensure that we’re sending them out into the world to confidently embrace the challenges of life, and the resilience to bounce back from setbacks. 

If you don’t recall Laura’s story, feel free scroll back through the archives for another great listen!

Topics we hit in this episode include:

— Why are kids growing more and more anxious toward getting their drivers license?

— Instilling confidence and resilience in our kids

— Is Snapchat is cleverly designed to circumvent us parents?

— Is taking the phone away ever an effective punishment?

— Why you should make an effort to understand your kid’s music

— Our musings on when medication can be useful 

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On this week’s episode of the podcast, I’m joined once again by my wife Julie.  After being inspired by the latest Macklemore music video featuring his 100-year-old grandmother, we got onto the topic of family, and had a few musings on how we can all coexist together a little more peacefully. 

Also, here is the link to the Macklemore video we talk about in this episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OrLroFa0AI

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If you’ve listened to this podcast before, you’ll be familiar with the idea that fear, judgement and ego are the big three facilitators of the undue anxieties we all encounter in our daily lives.  Well, today we’re going to focus on the ego part of that with James McCrae, author of the new book “Sh*t Your Ego Says.”  James has a roller coaster of a life story that involves leaving an unfulfilling lifestyle behind, becoming homeless after Hurricane Sandy, and putting it all back together largely thanks to mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation.  If you like what James has to say, and I suspect you will, check out his work at www.shityouregosays.com.  Enjoy!

Highlights of this episode include:

— How James became unhappy climbing the typical corporate ladder in Minneapolis 

— The final “kick in the ass” that inspired James to change his life and move to New York

— How he became homeless after Hurricane Sandy

— How he became acquainted with the negative aspects of ego, and tools like yoga and meditation

 

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Today’s guest is Alex, a high school English teacher & cross country/track coach.  Alex decided his path was in coaching when he became he realized that hard work alone didn’t always equal success, and as a result became very interested in learning about the remaining puzzle pieces.  His journey has allowed him to cultivate a rather unique approach to coaching teens and he’s here to share his story and wisdom. 

Highlights of this episode include:

— The unusual reason Alex began coaching (hint: it wasn’t just to win)

— What is psychological momentum and how it can help you move toward your goals

— How focusing on the process instead of the outcome can create better teams and athletes

— How being engaged in athletics can help curb depression and anxiety in teens

— Tips for motivating an unmotivated child

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Today’s guest is Susan, a long-time friend of my mine who is here to share her story about her battles with anorexia and bulimia throughout college.  We also touch on her husbands’s suicide later on in her life, and how that has affected her family moving forward. 

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