The Struggle Bus: Self-Care, Mental Health, and Other Hilarious Stuff

The Struggle Bus: Self-Care, Mental Health, and Other Hilarious Stuff

The Struggle Bus is an advice show about mental health, self-care, and just getting through the damn day. Co-hosts Katharine Heller (@spkheller) and Sally Tamarkin (@sallyt) answer listener questions about family, friends, work, mental health, love, and literally everything else — no topic is off-limits and no problem is too big, too small, or too weird. Climb aboard and get advice from two friends who have lots of feelings and lots of opinions.... Show More

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July 23, 2020

On this episode, Katharine has the week off and Sally is joined by friend of the show Rachel Wilkerson-Miller (twitter.com/the_rewm). Sally and Rachel talk about the joys and horrors of reality TV as well as summer peaches and going to the doctor. Then they answer questions listeners sent in about when healthy helping becomes co-dependence and how to have the wedding you want without alienating an overbearing parent.

00:00 Welcome ...

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On this episode Kate and Sally talk about the pandemic, Kate’s possible future as an exterminator, organizing your fellow tenants, and taking time off from things to get your life together. They also answer an email from a listener who wants advice about making queer friends and finding genderqueer stories as they explore and understand their own gender.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

2:35 Opening Jibber Jabber

18:53 A Thing We ...

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On this episode, Kate and guest host Chemda talk about meditation, bikes, awesome t-shirts, and answer a question from a listener who's trying to figure out if someone they met online is behaving inappropriately or if they're overthinking it

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

11:14 Opening Jibber Jabber

13:07 A Thing We Did (For Self Care)

14:53 Email: Trying to figure out if someone you met online is behaving inappropriate...

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On this episode, Kate and guest host Hilary Asare talk about the Black Lives Matter movement, what to do when you find a nest of wasps in your apartment, and deconstruct a rewatch of the popular 90's TV show Beverly Hills 90210.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

1:50 Opening Jibber Jabber

11:47 A Thing We Did (For Self Care)

24:30 Song of the Week (Hilary’s pick)

Listen to Sally's new podcast, Co-op Mood on iTunes StoreSp...

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On this episode Kate and Sally talk about rescuing dogs, mopping, and Sally’s new video game podcast. Then they answer a listener email about coping with house chores during the pandemic. Finally, they shake their fists at anyone not following shelter in place rules and guidance around masks and social distancing.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

2:24 Opening Jibber Jabber

9:11 A Thing We Did (For Self Care)

14:44 Email: Coping wi...

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On this episode Kate and Sally talk about adopting cats, and an excellent book recommendation. Then they answer a listener email from a teenager who’s quarantining at home with an abusive parent. 

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

3:55 Opening Jibber Jabber

14:12 Email: Quarantining at home with an abusive parent.

30:16 Song of the Week (Sally's pick)

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On this episode, Kate and Sally talk about being lost in time and space due to the pandemic. They also talk about social distancing and why we should all do it, even though it’s hard. Then they answer an email from a listener who’s feeling alone, sad, and anxious while sheltering in place. Hang tough, struggle buddies.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

12:14 Opening Jibber Jabber

28:04 A Thing We Did (for Self-Care)

33:30 Email: fe...

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On this episode, Kate and Sally talk about the coronavirus pandemic and share some rage about people who aren’t following the rules about sheltering in place and social distancing. They also talk about cats, Mad Men, and the current state of the presidential race. Stay home if you can! 

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Theme song by Marty Scanlon! twitter.com/mcscan

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On this short episode Kate and Sally talk about how they’re coping mental health-wise with the coronavirus pandemic. They chat about cats, books, stand-up comedy, and video games. Stay home if you can, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and take care of yourselves and each other!

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Theme song by Marty Scanlon! twitter.com/mcscan

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On this special bonus episode Kate and Sally talk about coronavirus for a little bit before moving on to discuss some very important topics including: cake vs. pie, ability to fly vs. invisibility, favorite kinds of dogs and cats, and much, much more. Wash your hands and take care of yourselves and each other. We love you!

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Theme song by Marty Scanlon! twitter.com/mcscan

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On this episode, Kate and Sally talk about Katharine’s birthday, leaving therapy early, naps, and Bernard Brothers and Liz Ladies. Then they answer an email from a listener who’s wondering about being attracted to people outside their monogamous relationship.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

5:23 Opening Jibber Jabber

32:59 A Thing We Did (for Self-Care)

35:15 Email: Wondering about being attracted to people outside of a monogam...

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February 20, 2020

On this episode, Kate and Sally talk about electability, dog whispering, and meditation. Then they answer an email from a listener who’s wondering how to repair a fractured friendship.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

2:34 Opening Jibber Jabber

24:15 A Thing We Did (for Self-Care)

33:48 Email: How to repair a fractured friendship

53:12 Song of the Week (Sally's pick)

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On this episode, Kate and Sally talk at length about the movie Cats and also Miles, Sally’s cat. They also discuss scheduling your time, including breaks, as self-care, and how trauma impacts pets.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

8:26 Opening Jibber Jabber

31:36 A Thing We Did (for Self-Care)

41:45 Song of the Week (Kate's pick)

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January 16, 2020

On this episode, Kate and Sally talk about The Joker’s origin story and Sally’s new cat’s origin story. They also discuss the best $12 watch money can buy and answer an email from a listener who’s unhappy at work, feeling depressed, and wondering if they should quit.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

4:16 Opening Jibber Jabber

21:18 A Thing We Did (for Self-Care)

25:08 Email: Being unhappy at work, feeling depressed, and wonderin...

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On this episode Kate and Sally talk about New Year’s resolutions and the various ways we mark time and progress throughout our lives. Then they discuss transcendent experiences with video games and TV shows, and move on to talking about being honest in therapy, cancelling social engagements, and making pizza. Finally they answer an email from a listener who’s trying to figure out how to talk to their friend about the friend’s post...

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On this episode Kate and Sally share holiday survival tips from the struggle buddy community. Then they jibber jabber about Katharine’s nephew’s long con and things people are upset about on Twitter. Finally they answer an email from a listener who wants advice on how to cope with her husband’s depression.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

2:00 Holiday tips from listeners!

17:46 Opening Jibber Jabber

30:52 A Thing We Did (for Sel...

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December 5, 2019

On this episode Kate and Sally talk about Christmas and whether Santa Claus is real, and if so does he have a master key to your apartment? Then they talk about comedian Josh Gondelman’s (@joshgondelman) essay for The Cut about how being in a relationship means your partner’s enemies become your enemies. They also discuss Native comedian Joey Clift’s (@joeytainment) essay for the AV Club about confronting two white podcast...

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On this episode Kate and Sally talk about some bad stuff on Twitter as well as some good stuff on Twitter. Then they discuss performative male anger, jogging, and getting new glasses. Finally, they answer an email from a listener who is trying to figure out how to navigate a relationship with a parent in the aftermath of trauma.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

3:26 Opening Jibber Jabber

34:33 A Thing We Did (for Self-Care)

36:3...

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On this episode Kate and Sally don’t get to an email. But they DO talk about boomers and “cancel culture.” They talk about Schitt’s Creek, Succession, and how Katharine canceled two white boys on the subway. And much more!

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

3:22 Opening Jibber Jabber 

46:01 A Thing We Did (for Self-Care)

54:45 Song of the Week (Kate's pick)

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On this episode Kate and Sally talk about how the 2020 election is a life ruiner. Then they discuss dancing with Sarah Michelle Gellar, going to the fucking dentist, and much more. Finally, they answer an email from a listener who wants to go to church without being reminded of their abusive ex. 

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

2:16 Opening Jibber Jabber (TW: 31:09 - 32:51 talk about sexual assault, Brock Turner)

32:54 A Thing We...

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