Morning Cup of JoeSep 27, 2023
The Mandalorian and Self-Identity
In this episode we explore the concept of self-identities and how they change and evolve over our lifetimes. These identities can often conflict with each other, and cause us feelings of anxiety and even make us feel like we are betraying parts of ourselves.
Pokémon and Accepting Ourselves
Gotta catch them all! In this episode we look at how we can sometimes struggle and feel like we are not good enough at times. We use Pokémon to talk about strengths and weaknesses, and how those places we struggle do not mean we are not good enough.
Getting used to the Tiger: The Chronic Stress Response.
In a prior episode we talked about the tiger in the room and the acute stress response. What happens when that tiger decides to hang around for days, weeks, months, even years? In this episode we talk about what chronic stress to our bodies, how to combat it, and what burnout is.
Button Smashing Our Emotions
Sometimes those pesky emotions can make us feel things we don't want to feel, and in an effort to make them go away, we can act in ways that are less than healthy even if we are justifying it to ourselves. This podcast is about those unhealthy, "healthy" behaviors that we often use in order to hide from our painful emotions.
There is an App for That!
In this episode we go over a variety of mental health apps that might help do things like increasing your mindfulness, manage your time, regulate your anxiety, and a whole lot more.
Adjusting to College Life
In this episode we speak to incoming freshman about their feelings going into their first year, and how to best preserve our mental health.
Its starting to look like RAIN
In this episode we explore a Mindfulness Technique called RAIN that helps us reduce our anxiety and be more present in the current moment.
How to be the Greatest Showman
Sometimes it seems like we face obstacle after obstacle in our lives. This week we talk about the musical the Greatest Showman and how to apply the lessons it teaches to our everyday lives.
Pudge the Fish, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, and the Why Bucket
In this podcast week we look at cognitive distortions, and why we sometimes develop them as a way of coping with things we can't control.
How 'bout that Sun!
In this episode we look at that big bright ball in the sky and how it effects our body on every level.
In the age of social media and photo filters it is hard to not struggle with having negative feelings about our appearance. This episode is about body image and how sometimes our mind can lie to us about how we look on the outside and make us feel insecure.
Avatar and Narrative Therapy
This episode explores the most recent Avatar Movie and how changing our point of view can often change how we feel about things and how to use Narrative Therapy Techniques to do so.
The Canary in the Mineshaft
Back in the early days of mining, miners used canaries in order to determine the toxic gas levels were safe in the areas they were working. In a similar way, we often have behaviors or symptoms that are signs that bigger problems are coming in relation to our mental health. This week we look at how we can identify our own canaries, and what to do when we do.
Toxic People and the Walking Dead
We hear the term Toxic in popular culture frequently. This episode explores what toxic really means and what we can do when we meet someone that displays these toxic behaviors.
Friends and Emotional Resiliency
We all face hurdles in our lives, and our ability to handle when things go wrong can often play a huge role in our ability to have success in our lives. We are going to use the television show friends to look at some skills that can help us learn to adapt to adversity.
ACEs and Gilmore Girls
Most people have at least one Adverse Childhood Experience, but one in six of us has four or more. This episode explores what ACEs are, and what affect they can have on us as adults using a character from the television show The Gilmore Girls.
In this podcast we explore the idea of self-image and how we view ourselves through looking at the popular movie Ready Player One. How we view ourselves often changes how we interact with the world in hundreds of tiny ways. Let's explore how we can change our self-image in positive ways.
Anger and Rumination
This episode is about Anger. Often, we find ourselves talking to others about the things that make us angry, and when we do so it can either be a healthy practice or an unhealthy practice. This episode explores what practices make talking about what has made us angry healthy, and what makes it unhealthy.
Game of Thrones and The Acute Stress Response
In this podcast we discuss stress and how sudden intense stress affects our bodies, using examples from the hit TV show Game of Thrones. You may have heard it called the fight or flight response, but we are going to explore other possible reactions and discuss how it can affect our behavior and make us act in ways that can sometimes be unpredictable.
St. Pats, S&T and Mental Health
This episode is a special episode for St. Patrick's Day here at Missouri S&T. We will be talking about what St. Pats is like here, some of the traditions, and some ways to stay safe. Have a healthy and happy St. Pats.
Our 5 Basic Needs
This episode is about the 5 basic human needs according to William Glasser. We talk about how understanding these 5 basic needs can help us be happier and better at reaching our goals.
Autism and Pop Culture
This episode examines Autism Spectrum Disorder. We talk about the symptoms and some individuals in pop culture that could possibly be on the spectrum, such as Sheldon Cooper, Temprence Brenan, Brick Heck, and Shaun Murphy.
How Grudges Poison Us
This episode talks about grudges what they are, why we have them, and how to let them go. We discuss several popular culture that have held grudges, and how they have affected those characters.
The Four Horsemen and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
We have often talked about John Gottman and his ability to predict the long-term success of relationships. This episode discusses Gottman's Four Horsemen (of the Apocalypse) which foreshadow that a relationship is failing. We also talk about some things to do to combat these symptoms.
Healthy Relationships in TV
Last week we covered Toxi relationships in film, this week lets go a little lighter and cover healthy examples in film and television.
Toxic Relationships in Popular Culture
When we are struggling to understand what healthy relationships look like, the toxic relationships depicted in film and television can often be idealized as being romantic. Unhealthy relationships are more eventful, and can often feel more exciting, and let's face it they make for better entertainment. So, in this episode let's explore some relationships that have been idealized as #RealtionshipGoals, that would be very unhealthy and even abusive if they existed in real life.
SpongeBob and SAD
Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly known as Seasonal Depression affects a large number of people during the colder, darker fall and winter months. In this episode we use SpongeBob SquarePants to explore SAD, what it is, and ways it can be treated.
Depression and Stranger Things
Have you ever felt like you were completely lost and alone. This can be a symptom of Depression, and in this episode we are going to explore the symptoms of Depression by comparing it to the Upside Down in the television show Stranger Things.
In this episode we explore Mindfulness using Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec. If manly man Ron Swanson can be mindful, anyone can be.
When we look at making decisions, we can look to our values in order to guide us in making decisions. This episode is about making choices and acting in ways that are consistent with our values.
This episode is about the importance of Self-Care and the never-ending quest to increase the amount of self-care that we get on a daily basis. So, grab a cup of tea, put on your cozy slippers and let's explore ways to increase our emotional energy and decrease our stress levels.
No matter if it is a job you didn't get, a date that fell through, or an award you didn't win; we have all delt with rejection at one time or another. Let's be real, rejection is painful, and can he hard to deal with. In this episode of Morning Cup of Joe, we talk about rejection and some rather shocking famous rejections in pop culture. In addition, we review a few ways to cope with rejection in healthy ways. Rejection is not the end of the world, in fact for many of our famous examples, it was the beginning that set the stage for their later success.
Attachment Theory and Batman
What better way to explore the ins and outs of Attachment Theory than through looking at the Heroes and Villains of Gotham. This episode uses characters from Batman to explain what Attachment Theory is, and how it effects our ability to relate to others.
Athletes and Mental Health
This episode is about the mental health struggles of athletes. We highlight several famous athletes who have come into the spotlight recently for their courage in talking about the mental health challenges that athletes face.
Leveling Up and SMART Goals
Have you ever wanted to level up in the same way that you would in a video game. This podcast is about how to do just that. We explore how to use the same concepts that we use in order to build video game character stats in order to achieve goals and propel our lives forward.
Ignaz and Clinging Experiences
Have you ever had an experience that seems to cling to you, and continues to effect you to this day? This episode explores how certain experiences can cling to us through the experiences of famous historical figures, and Hawkeye from the Avengers series.
Working With Difficult People
This episode uses The Office in order to explain how to get along with difficult people. While not all of our workplace struggles will be as dramatic as working with Jim, Dwight, and Michael Scott; we all have to deal with people that are difficult to get along with from time to time. So buckle up, and lets learn how to best navigate uncomfortable office environments, and de-escalate difficult co-workers.
First Rule of Fight Club, is we don't talk about Fight Club. However, we do talk about sleep. That is the topic this week. We explore the effects of sleep deprivation through the cult classic Fight Club, and we discuss tips to improve our sleep hygiene.
This episode is in honor of National Coming Out Day, October 11, 2022. In this episode we have a special guest Annie Birt, and they help us review the history of National Coming Out Day as well as some tips regarding coming out and LGBTQ+ resources on campus.
ADHD as a Superpower
This episode uses examples from pop culture that are not necessarily identified as having ADHD, but show symptoms and characteristics of ADHD to show that while ADHD can cause challenges in our life, it can also give us a leg up in certain areas of our lives. This episode also reviews some of the ways to "hack" our ADHD in order to be able to function more effectively.
Doctor Who and the Stages of Grief
Most people have heard about the stages of grief, but this episode explores them in a new and different way. We look at the Doctors, 9-12 and explore how the personalities of each Doctor reflect progress through the grief process after the events of the Time War.
This episode is about overwhelm and hope to cope with it. We discuss various characters from pop culture and how they deal with being overwhelmed, as well as the causes and effects of overwhelm in our everyday lives.
Emotional Regulation and Star Wars
It is generally accepted that the Sith allow themselves to feed off of their emotions, and use it as a source of their power. However, does that mean that the Jedi method of emotional suppression is more healthy? This podcast explores emotional regulation, what it means, and how Star Wars explored the benefits and consequences of emotional regulation, long long ago in a galaxy far far away.
Spell Slots and Emotional Energy
Sometimes we struggle with having the energy to do things that we think that we should be able to do. In this podcast we use Dungeon and Dragons and the concept of spell slots to explain emotional energy.