Episode 22: “Small Talk: Breaking Up is Hard To Do...and Overcome”

Breakups (long-term dating, marriage, even close friendships) are difficult to navigate and can be heartbreaking. The end of a relationship can completely turn one's world upside down and trigger a wide range of intense emotions. Some people accept the dismantling of a relationship and are able to quickly move on, while others find themselves on a long road to recovery filled with everything from depression to confidence issues to anger.

Tune is to this week's episode, as Dr. Poole breaks down the different ways we’re affected by a breakup and offers some strategies on how to overcome.

Episode 21: “#TooMuchSauce...or Not Enough: Navigating Self-Esteem & Positive Body Image”

We all struggle with #self-esteem and #bodyimage at different points in our lives: teenage years, post-pregnancy, transitioning to sedentary lifestyles that come with aging. Body image and self-esteem start in the #mind, not in the mirror and can change the way you understand your value and worth. Healthy body image and self-esteem are a big part of overall #wellbeing.

A person with a positive body and high self-esteem feels comfortable and happy in their body. Join Dr. Poole on #theemeraldcouch for this week's #episode and this important conversation about the ways in which men and women can struggle with issues of low self-esteem and negative body image.

Episode 20: “A Helpers Heart: Mental Health Support for Caretakers/Caregivers”

An estimated 44 million #Americans age 18 and older provide unpaid assistance and support to older people and adults with #disabilities. Evidence shows that most #caregivers are ill-prepared for their role and provide care with little or no support, yet more than one-third of caregivers continue to provide intense care to others while suffering from #poorhealth themselves. A substantial body of #research shows that #family members who provide care to individuals with chronic or disabling conditions are themselves at risk. #Emotional, #physical, and #mentalhealth problems arise from complex caregiving situations and the strains of caring for frail or disabled relatives (Family Caregiver Alliance www.caregiver.org).

Back for another episode is #TheEmeraldCouch fan favorite, Ms. Amanda Jackson, who will share her experiences of being a caregiver and discuss the rewards and challenges that accompany such an immense task. Tune in now!

Episode 19: “Under New Management: Establishing Work-Life Balance”

The unofficial end of summer is about two weeks away with Labor Day quickly approaching. Most of us who have roles in #academic settings are preparing for classes, creating research agendas, and initiating programs. Those of us in #business/#entrepreneurship are preparing our game plans for the end of the 3rd quarter and the start of the 4th and final quarter of the year. In the midst of so many #transitions, we often forget about the intentionality that it takes to maintain such a hectic #lifestyle and that we need #balance in order to make sure everything gets done. But is work-life balance something that can actually be achieved? If so, what’s the first step?

Moreover, what’s the deeper desire/need behind pushing ourselves beyond our limits at times? How do we balance “getting it done” for our #careeradvancement and making sure that we take care of home at the same time? Tune in to this week's episode as we explore ways to create and maintain balance while continuing to seek #personalfulfillment.

Episode 18: “Let’s Talk About Love, Relationships, & Mental Health”

As the threat of the end of #summer approaches, there is always time for a fresh start and planning for new beginnings, even when it comes to #love.

Research tells us that there can be both positive and negative residuals of love's impact on mental health. While romantic partnerships can be a source of support and #balance, it can also be challenging and stressful. Even under the best possible circumstances, things like communication problems, trust issues, and conflict can plague even the strongest #relationships.

Tune in as we chat live from #TheEmeraldCouch this week with our two special guests, Ms. Teresia Greer & Mr. Jared Williams, and discuss all things #nonnegotiables, #spirituality, and #mentalhealth within love and relationships.