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.

Episodes

November 13, 2020

On this, the last episode of The Struggle Bus, Kate and Sally kick things off with jibber jabber about the election. Then they talk about going back to therapy and not looking at election returns as self-care. Finally, they answer listener questions about the Struggle Bus, their careers and projects, and more. They also talk about how much they love each other and the Struggle Bus community. A LOT.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bu...

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On this episode Kate and Sally have an announcement about the future of the Struggle Bus. They also talk about the election, volunteering to get out and defend the vote, new computers, and getting into fights on Facebook. Finally, they answer listener questions about dealing with the impending pandemic winter, staying organized during online classes when you have ADHD, and Sally’s cat Miles.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

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On this episode Sally is joined by guest co-host Eric Silver (@el_silvero), co-host and dungeon master of the actual play podcast Join the Party, to answer any and all questions about roleplaying games, from dealing with awkwardness at the table to RPGs that aren’t D&D, to playing games online during the pandemic, and much more. They also talk about the glory of autumn, the TV show The Boys, the podcast My 90s Playlist, an...

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October 8, 2020

On this episode Kate and Sally answer questions about supporting a partner who has cut off their conservative family members, how to deal with fear of the outside world during the pandemic, and a few important questions about seasonal Peeps, pizza toppings, and Glo Worms.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

2:36 Opening Jibber Jabber

14:35 A Thing We Did For Self Care

19:05 How to support a partner who has cut off their cons...

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On this episode Kate and Sally talk about Cobra Kai and The OA and the live (Zoom) performances they’ve each attended during the pandemic. Then they answer listener emails about starting new relationships after codependency and dealing with a partner’s substance dependency.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

4:22 Update and expansion on the previous ep's email

7:35 Opening Jibber Jabber

21:02 A Thing We Did For Self Car...

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September 3, 2020

On this episode Kate and Sally talk about the misery of hacked email accounts, the ecstasy of new fridges, and Scientology. Then also discuss insomnia and starting your day with a few minutes of meditation or exercise. Finally they answer an email from a listener who’s feeling frustrated and hurt by a friend’s judgement about their activism.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

1:52 Opening Jibber Jabber

12:12 A Thing We Did Fo...

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On this episode Kate and Sally talk about new refrigerators and hightops, as well as Scientology and organizing your office. Then they answer a question from a listener in a quarter life crisis.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

2:20 Opening Jibber Jabber

14:14 A Thing We Did For Self Care

16:55 Email: What to do when you're in a quarter life crisis

36:40 Enjoy the Song of the Week (Sally's pick): "Red Rock Riviera"...

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On this episode Kate and Sally are reunited to catch up and jibber jabber to their hearts’ content. They talk about what it’s like to get pap smears and COVID-19 tests, how more people should wear masks, participate in mutual aid, and protest the state; taking a trip safely during the pandemic, Leah Remini, dogs, Sally’s cat, and much, much more.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

4:22 Opening Jibber Jabber

39:23 A Thing We Did For ...

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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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Theme song by Marty ...

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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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twitter.com/spkheller

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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!

Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/thestrugglebus

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!

Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/thestrugglebus

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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