The Finding My Psych Podcast

The Finding My Psych Podcast

Explore the world of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine, guided by your host, Jerod Killick, M.S., senior healthcare operations leader in mental health and addiction. Design your wellness journey through evidence-based clinical practice and research in psychology, fitness, and plant-based nutrition. Welcome to our community of support and self-discovery. Learn more at https://findingmypsych.com

Episodes

May 18, 2022 29 min

“We seek sameness – This is the root of distortion.”

The Power of the Cognitive Reframe

A colleague at work recently remarked that I had a talent for keeping conversations positive (and therefore productive), even when meetings turned towards the negative. I thought, “Wow, do I have everyone fooled!” In reality, what goes on in my head, just like everyone else, is often in stark contrast to what I put out to the real world. Wha...

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“Adaptation to physical activity declines with age.”

Runners In Their 40s and 50s

Let’s face it! From a fitness perspective, getting older, without the proper mindset and approach, is potentially disastrous. We are sore in places we never knew we could. Our energy level throughout the day is not what it was in our early adulthood. In short, maintaining fitness decade after decade, is nothing short of challenging.

While we ad...

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“Sometimes emotions feel like chaos regardless of what is going on around me.”

Emotional Self-Regulation

A few weeks back, we did an episode on grounding exercises for anxiety. We received a ton of listener feedback from individuals wanting much more in-depth information on regulating emotions, especially for those who have experienced significant trauma. This goes well beyond monitoring and managing day-to-day anxiety. Instead...

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“Motivation is a practice, not an feeling”

Walking To Kickstart your Wellness Journey

Walking is the best way to start and sustain your wellness journey. Whether you are attempting to lose weight, or improve your emotional wellbeing, walking is an accessible activity for anyone wanting to increase their level of physical activity. In today’s episode we provide an overview of the benefits of walking and what you will need to get ...

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“Data rich does not mean useful, only interesting.”

Is The Whoop 4.0 For You?

Are you thinking about getting the Whoop 4.0? Have you seen mixed reviews of the product and don’t know where to land? I dove in and made the six month financial commitment to give the wearable a try. In today’s episode, I share my experience and try to answer who the Whoop 4.0 is for. I break down what I love, and what leaves me ‘almost’ certain I w...

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“Allow time for up-regulation at the neurological level.”

Going Alcohol and THC Free…Again!

Making the commitment to eliminate alcohol and THC products from your life is one you will never regret. On the first day of January this year, I made the commitment to stop drinking alcohol for 90 Days in an effort to improve anxiety and sleep. About three weeks later, I took the additional step to stop consuming THC edibles. After near...

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“It’s not about you as an individual.”

I Got COVID-19 and I am a Healthcare Administrator

In the middle of last week, I started feeling sick. By Thursday, I was wrapped in a blanket, sitting in front of my computer, working from home. What I worried about, even feared a year ago, had come true – I had COVID-19.

In today’s episode, I describe the symptoms that emerged throughout the week and how the course of the viral infection ...

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“Are you ready to create the life of your dreams?”

The Law of Attraction

We are so proud to have Liz Garrett, Author of, “My Best Life: Deliberately Creating the Life Of Your Dreams“. In this deeply personal interview, Liz describes her discovery of the Law of Attraction and the principles that prompted a journey into self-discovery and transformation.

Liz and I also discuss similar approaches to self-help, in particular, the pos...

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“Addiction takes all your joy away…”

Saying Goodbye to 2021

It is hard to believe that the year is about to come to a close. We had every hope for 2021 at the start. This was supposed to be the year we left our medical grade masks, cheap slimy hand sanitizer, and disaster of a home office behind. In the end, we reflect on the fact that COVID-19 remains a reality along with its impact on our professional and personal lives. We ...

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“Adaptive Coping Strategy: Compartmentalize where possible.”

COVID-19 Depression

We are all going through so much. Each of us, whether you are a frontline healthcare professional or healthcare leader, is coping with the results of the ongoing pandemic in both adaptive and maladaptive ways. COVID-19 Depression is how we are now conceptualizing what we as individuals are experiencing and what we observe in others. Today, I provi...

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Denial just might have an organic origin.”

Addiction and Precontemplation

You will remember the insightful conversation I had with Tamara Randall on her experience as an alcoholic who changed her life by choosing abstinence over a decade ago. This radical and decisive commitment is a reminder that decisive moments have the power to shift the trajectory of our life towards sustainable physical and emotional wellbeing.

However, n...

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“What you choose to forget, comes back in disguise.”

Psychodynamics in Health Psychology

Freud’s Psychoanalytic theory and the field of Health Psychology have one thing in common – Both approaches seek to help individuals, ‘feel better’. We typically associated Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine within the context of cognition and behaviour. However, there is extreme power found in gaining insight and our ability to co...

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“There hare no hacks for improved health”

Five Disturbing Health Trends Sure to Kill

Everyone is looking for a hack to wellness. In reality, the turtle wins the race when it comes to improved physical and emotional wellbeing. In today’s episode, I review five dangerous health trends, many promoted on TikTok to youth. Some trends have the potential to cause long term health consequences and even death. We encourage everyone to ...

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“Our thoughts on the best questions you sent in.”

Your Psychology Q&A

Over the past three years, we received dozens of questions from our listeners. In this special episode, we sifted through the most relevant and interesting queries and answer each from a place of thoughtfulness and authenticity. Hear our response to questions about career development, plant-based living, medication management for depression, and so much mo...

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“Moralism and guilt produce short-term gains in behaviour change.”

My Vegan Choice

Living a vegan lifestyle is a journey, not an endpoint. I discuss my own circuitous path living as a vegan, the bumps along the way, and the lessons I have learned. My vegan choice started over a decade ago. Over the years, my adherence has not been perfect. I reflect on my own challenges and where the vegan community fails in approach and messa...

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“We will be judged by how we treated the most vulnerable in our society.”

Controversial Treatments

Based on listener feedback, today, I review the dark history of treatments for mental illness. In my review, I highlight the most astonishing practices – Who knows how well intentioned these actors were. Nevertheless, treatments such as blood letting, insulin shock therapy, and lobotomy were anything but humane. Finally, I draw ...

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“The most important moment is now!”

Grounding Exercises For Anxiety

A listener reached out inquiring about managing moments of acute anxiety and feeling overwhelmed at work. Today, we discuss the power of “Grounding,” an approach that interrupts the mental and physiological response to anxiety. We provide five powerful techniques that are easy to remember, approaches that are also good for managing the life-long symptoms assoc...

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“Your emotional life should not be your anvil.”

Professional and Personal Growth Insights

In today’s episode, I walk through a series of insights on professional and personal growth as part of my Autumn period of self-reflection. I challenge the idea that our work and home life should be considered separate. I also consider the importance of being comfortable with who you are and your accomplishments as a part of emotional wel...

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“”Perfection is not attainable, but oddly, we keep trying.”

Perfectionism Is Destructive

In a previous article on Finding My Psych, we explored the application of the Triple Column Technique on addressing perfectionism. Today, in this solo episode, I addressed my own experience with perfectionism and provide some suggestions for containment.

I find myself trapped in perfectionism at work as a healthcare professional. While this...

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“Resist indulging in negative self-worth.” – Rich Roll

Promoting Hope

I review recent thoughts on the pervasive hopelessness invading our culture. After stumbling onto a recent reflection by Rich Roll, I couldn’t help but be impacted by his persistent hope promoting approach found in his work as a content creator, athlete, and human being. The reflection caused me to examine negative perceptions of my past and the murky vision o...

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