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About Dr. B Dr. Cristi Bundukamara, Ed.D., PMHNP has been a psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2000, gaining extensive experience over the last several decades. Her medical career began as an Army Medic before attending nursing school and receiving a master’s degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Florida International University (FIU). She went on to receive a doctorate in Education at Nova Southeastern University. From there, she launched the first Mentally STRONG Clinic in Colora ...
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Mental strength is the key to improving your mental health and living your best life. When you grow mentally stronger, you'll be able to overcome self-doubt, manage your emotions, and feel confident in your ability to reach your goals. Join Webby award-winning host Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and international best-selling author to learn the tools, tips, and strategies that will help you think, feel, and do your best in life. On Mondays, she interviews experts, authors, entrepreneurs, athl ...
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Callum Sutherland

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I'm Callum Sutherland and my goal is to thrive despite having Multiple Sclerosis. Join me on my journey and listen to inspirational people who are thriving and overcoming their obstacles tell their stories. I will interview experts in the medical field, fitness, nutrition, social connection, stress reduction, etc. seeking guidance to help us all live healthier and happier lives. Please send an email if you are interested in being on the Podcast or if you are interested in having me share my ...
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Melli O'Brien

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Melli O’Brien is an internationally known mindfulness and mental strength coach. With over a decade of experience, she has helped thousands of people from around the world to perform at their peak under pressure and become mentally stronger. She is also the co-founder of mindfulness.com and the creator of the Deep Resilience Method, a 4-step framework to permanently retrain the mind from stuck in struggle to mentally strong. She is also the co-founder of ‘the mindfulness summit, the world's ...
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With remarkable vulnerability, Dr. B shares their journey towards healing, introducing the concept of "controlled grief" as a method of actively engaging with one's pain in a constructive manner. They offer insights into somatic practices and movement as transformative tools for releasing emotional burdens stored in the body. As the episode unfolds…
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James Altucher interviews Amy about what it's like to be a therapist, her experience becoming an author, and her newest book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don't Do. Links & Resources The James Altucher Show 13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don't Do Offers From Our Sponsors Factor - Head to FACTORMEALS.com/mentallystronger50 and use code menta…
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Narcissists and psychopaths are just a few examples of "pathological lovers." Their charm often lures people in and their partners often develop what's known as "trauma bonds." They're tough to escape, but once you do, the healing can begin. No one knows this better than Dr. Nadine Macaluso. She was married to the man known as "The Wolf of Wall Str…
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Acting "as if" is a therapy strategy that helps people change their habits, their emotions, and their lives. It's a simple but effective way to start creating positive change right now. And the good news is, it works for many different problems. Some of the things I share are how "acting as if" works, what issues you can target, and what sort of re…
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Your career path and your mental strength are likely a two-way street. Creating a great career likely requires mental strength. But having a career that fits your lifestyle will also likely help you grow mentally stronger. That's why creating a career path that works for you is important. Scott Jeffrey Miller is the senior advisor on thought leader…
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Join Dr. B, as she delves into the complexities of inattention in her latest YouTube episode. In this insightful discussion, Dr. B addresses a concerning trend in clinical practice where individuals self-diagnose attention deficit disorder (ADD) or ADHD based on online assessments and seek stimulant medication treatment. Through personal anecdotes …
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Decision fatigue occurs when we become mentally exhausted from making numerous decisions throughout the day. As a result, we make poorer decisions because our brains are just too tired to think. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent yourself from getting mentally exhausted. Here are five simple strategies that can prevent decision fa…
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Delve into Colonel Bob's remarkable journey spanning nearly 30 years of military service. From his commissioning during the Reagan era to deployments in various challenging environments, Colonel Bob shares insights into the values, camaraderie, and resilience that define the military experience. In this episode, Colonel Bob opens up about the evolu…
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It's easy to tell other people to seek help or take charge of their mental health, but much harder to take those steps when you need to do so for yourself. But struggles with your mental health don't mean you're mentally weak. Accomplished singer and songwriter Madeline Merlo has made it her mission to remove the stigma associated with mental healt…
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Our emotions get the best of us sometimes. Whether your anxiety affects your decisions or your anger causes you to do things you later regret, emotion regulation skills can help you gain better control over your feelings. You don't have to be happy all the time. But you can develop strategies that can calm you down, cheer you up, or shift your emot…
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In this captivating conversation, Dr. B and Jen Musa of Fox21 Colorado Springs Loving Living Local explore the profound impact of mindfulness on our mental well-being, personal growth, and overall quality of life. From practical tips to profound insights, they uncover the secrets to harnessing the power of mindfulness in today's fast-paced world. 🎙…
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There's often pressure to develop a "passion" in life. But you can still still live a fulfilling life even if there's not an easily identifiable thing you feel passionate about. Instead, you can create a passionate lifestyle where you feel fulfilled and mentally strong, even if there's not one thing you really love to do. John Miles is the author o…
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Join Dr. B as she uncovers the hidden patterns of negative thinking and responses that often hinder our growth and achievement. Through relatable anecdotes and practical advice, Dr. B explores the profound impact of childhood experiences, trauma, and grief on our mental strength. She reveals how these internal barriers can shape our self-perception…
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Do you find the more you try to stop thinking about something unpleasant, the more those unwanted thoughts keep popping up in your brain? Whether you're trying to quit thinking about an ex after your breakup, or you want to quit rehashing that conversation that didn't go well earlier in the day, it's hard to get your brain to stop thinking about so…
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In this insightful conversation, leadership expert Rebecca shares her journey and expertise in fostering a positive workplace culture. With over 13 years of experience in leadership roles, Rebecca delves into the importance of creating an environment where employees love coming to work every day. From her personal experiences as a single parent nav…
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There's a lot of information about the mind/body connection and the ways exercise, in general, is good for mental health. But there's a lot less information about the specific exercises that can target certain aspects of emotional well-being. For example, running is just as effective in combating depression as antidepressants. And one of the best w…
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The fear of abandonment, difficulty managing emotions in relationships, and a need for reassurance are just a few signs you might have an anxious attachment. Attachment issues are on the rise, and they can cause a lot of pain. They often stem beyond just romantic relationships. Jessica Baum is a psychotherapist and the author of Anxiously Attached.…
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Join us as Dr. B delves into the heart of the matter, exploring why so many of us grapple with feelings of inadequacy and "not being good enough." Drawing from her extensive experience and personal anecdotes, she sheds light on the origins of these beliefs, often stemming from childhood experiences and societal norms. In this thought-provoking disc…
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Studies consistently show that kids are telling us they're academically prepared for life beyond high school but not emotionally prepared. Fortunately, we can change that. A few shifts in the way we support kids can make a big difference in their ability to build mental strength. In this episode, I explain how to play an active role in helping your…
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🌟 Join us for a candid and insightful conversation as we delve into the intricacies of the Mentally Strong Method. In this video, we explore the powerful process of identifying and organizing thoughts and emotions, with a particular focus on trauma and mental health. 👥 In this engaging discussion, we touch on various aspects, including childhood tr…
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Welcome to a preview of the 10th "Ask Me Anything (AMA)" episode, which is part of Mentally Stronger Premium. Today, I'm responding to a listener who finds himself in a sticky situation. He wasn't honest with his therapist, and now he's not sure how to come clean. Listeners who subscribe to Mentally Stronger Premium get weekly bonus episodes, oppor…
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A quest is different from a goal. But a quest doesn't need to be lifelong. Instead, you could create lots of short, fun quests that add value to your life. Best-selling author James Altucher has created lots of quests for himself — from becoming a standup comedian to trying to buy a foreign country. Some of the things he talks about today are how t…
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🧠 Ever wondered why behavioral change feels like such a complex puzzle? I'll break it down for you, shedding light on the neurobiological intricacies and the role of grace in this transformative process. It's about more than just positive thinking—it's about understanding the intricate dance of habits and emotions. 🌈 👁️‍🗨 Walk with me through the c…
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While calming music and meditation may work for mild anxiety, these may not be effective for intense anxiety. Fortunately, there's a simple and fast strategy that can help you cope with serious anxiety. By utilizing the mammalian dive reflex, the body's panic response is halted right away, and you'll experience a calming effect. You can get the ref…
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Join us for an eye-opening and inspiring discussion with Dane Crampton, a licensed psychologist and co-founder of Status Code Four, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting first responders and their families. 🚑👩‍⚕️🚒 Dane, a retired paramedic with 25 years of experience, shares his personal journey from the frontlines of emergency response to becoming a…
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Magnesium is being touted as a powerful solution to anxiety, depression, insomnia, memory problems, and attention span. But is the hype realistic? Dr. Jennifer Gu is a researcher who studies how Magnesium affects the brain and the body. She explains why so many people are magnesium deficient, how adding a supplement could benefit you, and why Magte…
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What do you say to a loved one who predicts the worst-case scenario? Or how do you help someone who is convinced everything is going to go wrong? Your response could either add fuel to the fire or help them extinguish their anxious thoughts. It's tough to know how to help someone deal with anxious thoughts. Some of the things I share today are how …
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Join us for a heartfelt conversation with Kathy Sparnins grief specialist who shares her personal experiences, insights, and wisdom on navigating the complex terrain of grief. Personal Grief Journey: Kathy takes us on her own personal grief journey, highlighting pivotal losses that have shaped her unique approach to supporting others through the gr…
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Trauma is not solely determined by the severity of an event but rather by its impact on an individual's perception of themselves and the world. "Tiny t" traumas are cumulative, low-grade traumas that build up over time and can have a profound effect on mental health. Dr. Meg Arroll, the author of Tiny Traumas: When You Don't Know What's Wrong, But …
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Whether you want to get in better shape or you want to spend less time watching TV, it's important to set an action-oriented, measurable goal. But if you really want to increase your chances of success, you should take this one step further and create a goal range for yourself. Here's how to establish a goal range, the science behind why it works s…
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Intergenerational trauma is trauma that is passed down through family lines, with both biological and psychological components. That means the hardships your grandparents endured or the stressful events your parents went through might impact you in some surprising ways. Dr. Mariel Buqué is a psychologist and the author of the book "Break the Cycle:…
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Whether you want your partner to eat healthier or you hope they'll quit smoking, trying to change your partner won't be effective. Listen to an audio excerpt from my new book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Couples Don't Do and I'll explain how to support positive change from your partner. Subscribe to Mentally Stronger Premium — Get exclusive bonus epi…
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In this emotionally charged episode of "Mentally Strong," we sit down with Christina Starkey, a grieving mother who shares her harrowing experience navigating the mental health care system while seeking help for her daughter. Join us as she recounts the heartbreaking day that changed her life forever and fueled her determination to advocate for bet…
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Most New Year's resolutions fail. But that doesn't mean you're a failure. You might just be approaching your goals wrong. New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff explains how to set and achieve goals. He's the author of several books including, "All It Takes Is a Goal," which explains how one goal could change your life. Some of the things he s…
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Join us as we embark on a mental health journey like no other. The mentally strong medical model is not your typical counseling experience; it's a transformative, educational adventure designed to empower you to master your mental well-being. [01:20] - What Sets Us Apart: In the mentally strong medical model, we embrace a psychoeducational counseli…
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Breathing exercises that slow the breath down to 10 breaths per minute are effective in calming the nervous system. But many breathing exercises are complicated, and they're tough to remember when you're stressed out. This breathing exercise, however, is simple but effective. And I guarantee you'll remember it. The best news is you'll start to feel…
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Embark on a transformative journey with me, Dr. B, as I delve into holistic healing with therapist and coach Rachel Stiff. Explore the power of a systemic approach, the "both-and" mindset, and the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. Join me in uncovering Rachel's inspiring story, her passion for growth, and her vision to impact lives thro…
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Shame can lead to a negative spiral that keeps us trapped in a painful place. Whether you experienced childhood trauma or you feel shame about a mistake you made, shame often leads to secrecy, social isolation, and self-sabotage. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to heal from shame so we can live our best lives. Sheila Rubin is a licensed ma…
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In this heartfelt episode, Dr. B delves into the profound journey of coping with intense grief and trauma. Dr. B shares personal experiences and challenges the notion of external rescues, emphasizing the importance of self-awareness and self-love in the healing process. Key Points: The Illusion of External Rescue: Reflecting on societal influences,…
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Catastrophic thoughts involve imagining worst-case scenarios and predicting doom and gloom. If you're not careful, those thoughts can keep you stuck in a dark place. And the more often you entertain them, the more likely they are to happen again. Catastrophic thoughts are a common issue we tackle in therapy, and they often go hand-in-hand with issu…
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Have you ever felt lost in a maze of past hurts, anger, and grief? This video explores the powerful story of Tara navigating exactly that. It's a journey of facing shadows and finding light, of learning to forgive and embrace self-compassion. Key Takeaways: Aspiring to kindness and trust, despite past wounds. Unraveling the impact of family dynamic…
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Healthy relationships are key to good mental health and building more mental strength. But sometimes it's tough to form deeper connections with people. We want to be authentic but also don't want to be an oversharer. Dr. Nick Morgan outlines some strategies for forming genuine connections without crossing the line into TMI. Dr. Morgan is an expert …
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❤️FREE Choice Opportunity Worksheet Download: Controlled Grief https://mailchi.mp/4740a1224b89/wiqfh8h3ff Join us in this emotional and insightful episode as Dr. B, candidly shares her journey through anticipatory grief. From decoding the complexities of grief to offering practical coping strategies, Dr. B's warm and relatable approach provides com…
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Your brain and your body respond to your words. When you introduce positive affirmations into your day, you can rewire the neural pathways in your brain to change the way you think. But don't just take my word for it. Test out the quick experiment I share in this episode. Within 5 minutes, you'll see how it works for yourself. Some of the things I …
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🌟 Join Dr. B in a compelling interview with Nathan Klotz, a dedicated mental health professional with a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In this insightful conversation, Nathan delves into his passion for specializing in trauma, substance use disorder, and personality disorders within Cluster B. 🔍 Nathan shares his personal journey, h…
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What gets in your way of living a good life? Too often we think things like money, achievement, or popularity will lead to happiness. But those things often leave us feeling empty. Jonathan Fields, a speaker, author, and host of the podcast Good Life Project, is known for his work on living a meaningful and fulfilling life. Some of the things he ta…
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In this heartfelt episode, we explore the intricacies of supporting grieving mothers with compassion and sensitivity. Dr. B navigates the challenging terrain of conversations surrounding loss and grief, offering valuable insights on what to say and, perhaps more importantly, what to avoid. Supporting a grieving mother requires sensitivity and thoug…
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Negative people should get the least of our energy. But we often think about them, complain about them, and invest a lot of energy in them. Whether it's a difficult colleague or a family member who tries to drag you down, cutting these people out of your life isn't always an option. Fortunately, once you recognize you're giving someone more mental …
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Dr. B welcomes Carmina Blasko LPC, a mental health counselor with over 10 years of experience, to discuss strategies for navigating the holiday season with grace, resilience, and joy. Carmina shares her insights on the importance of prioritizing self-care during the holidays, emphasizing the need to balance festive preparations with personal well-b…
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In this heartfelt and empowering podcast, Cristi Bundukamara shares a deeply personal journey of grief and the pursuit of gratitude in the face of unimaginable loss. With a story marked by the passing of three beloved children, the speaker offers genuine insights into the challenges of finding gratitude amid profound sorrow. Timestamps: 00:01 Intro…
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