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Happy as a Mother

Erica Djossa

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Happy as a Mother

Happy as a Mother

Erica Djossa

10
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37
Plays
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How do I cope with the load of motherhood? How do I raise good humans when I'm just trying to survive? How can I take care of my own mental health? And the biggest question of all: how do I redefine myself after going through the metamorphosis of motherhood?On the Happy as a Mother Podcast, host and psychotherapist Erica Djossa teaches strategies to help you cope with the psychological and emotional load of motherhood, guides you on a journey of self love and acceptance, and answers your tough parenting questions. Erica shares the best kept secrets of the therapy world, bringing you knowledge and education that puts you in the driver's seat of your emotional and psychological well being. Along with sharing her knowledge, she interviews other professionals (psychologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, fertility specialists, lactation consultants, and more!) who provide their expertise to empower you on your motherhood journey.

Latest Episodes

044: Managing Perfectionism in Motherhood With Psychologist Dr. Jen Douglas

Do you find you get stuck trying so hard to do things “the right way”? When you become a parent, suddenly you can’t do everything perfectly. You want so badly to give 100% in all areas, all the time….but then it happens, a sense of burnout and not knowing what to prioritize. Will others accept you if you are not perfect all the time? In this episode, psychologist Dr. Jen Douglas and I discuss perfectionism, ways to recognize it in our lives, and how to find ways to be purposely imperfect.

51 min1 w ago
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044: Managing Perfectionism in Motherhood With Psychologist Dr. Jen Douglas

43: Managing Tantrums According to Science With Cindy Hovington, Ph.D.

Having to handle our child’s behaviour and big emotions is to be expected, it comes with being a parent. But goodness, it is exhausting. To better understand what causes our children to react this way, we’ll learn about what’s actually happening in their brains. In this episode, we are joined by Cindy Hovington to help understand this perspective, discuss tantrums, big emotions, and how to make a connection with your child during this key time. Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2GirMXw

57 min3 w ago
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43: Managing Tantrums According to Science With Cindy Hovington, Ph.D.

042: Celebrating 1 Year - A Look Back at the Top 5 Episodes

Cue the confetti, it’s time to celebrate! The Happy as a Mother podcast is celebrating 1 year! A year ago, I had a mission and a clear vision to provide a space for Moms to learn and grow. It needed to be non-judgmental and acknowledge both the amazing blessings of Motherhood but also the taboo hardships that very few Moms speak openly about. I have loved every single moment together this past year! To celebrate today, we are going to take a look back at the five most downloaded episodes of the year.

72 minSEP 16
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042: Celebrating 1 Year - A Look Back at the Top 5 Episodes

041: Dealing With Your Child's Triggering Behaviour With Psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy

Ever wonder why your child behaves the way they do? Did you know that our own childhood and how our own behaviours were addressed back then actually play a role as to how we will react as parents? If we first take a moment to regulate ourselves before we react, this will help us to understand our child’s feelings and behaviors. In this episode, we are joined by psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy, as she helps us understand our child’s trigger behaviour and practical ways to address them as parents.

54 minSEP 2
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041: Dealing With Your Child's Triggering Behaviour With Psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy

040: Organizing All the Mess With Professional Organizer Holly Blakey

As Moms, we feel like we are constantly cleaning. Picking up a mess that you didn’t make is so hard and triggering. The trick is to find ways that make these times easier. Doing a few simple things to create an organizational system and part of our Mom routine is key. Once these are in place, you will experience more calmness, ease, and disconnect from the mess. Join professional organizer Holly Blakey today for some organization hacks to help you conquer all the mess in your home.

62 minAUG 19
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040: Organizing All the Mess With Professional Organizer Holly Blakey

039: When Covid is Triggering with Marriage and Family Therapist Sahar Martinez

Have you found that Covid is triggering stress and anxiety from a previous traumatic experience? Has it been reminiscent of the early motherhood stages? For many Coivd has resurfaced stressful experience of health-related traumas or other significantly impactful life events. Learn more about why this is happening and ways to cope with these feelings in this week’s episode with marriage and Family Therapist Sahar Martinez.

60 minJUL 22
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039: When Covid is Triggering with Marriage and Family Therapist Sahar Martinez

038: Understanding Scary and Intrusive Thoughts With Dr. Cassidy Freitas

Intrusive thoughts are thoughts that seem to become stuck in the mind. They usually cause distress, as the nature of the thought may be upsetting. Up to as many of 50% of pregnant and postpartum women experience these thoughts, but due to their nature, many are too ashamed to talk about them. Join Marriage and Family therapist Dr. Cassidy Freitas and I as we dive deep into these thoughts and how to help improve them. Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2VBFf1a

58 minJUL 2
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038: Understanding Scary and Intrusive Thoughts With Dr. Cassidy Freitas

Day 6 Bonus: A Beautiful Messy Journey

Surprise! It is a bonus episode! Welcome to day 6 of the mom guilt mini-series. Today we highlight the importance of practice and having realistic expectations. We unpack how this marks the beginning of a journey not the end of one! You have the skills and now it’s time to unlearn the things that hold you back! If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the worksheet downloads, you can get them here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2WAQlED

15 minMAY 16
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Day 6 Bonus: A Beautiful Messy Journey

Day 5: Dealing with Shame Thoughts

Welcome to Day 5 of the letting go of mom shame and guilt mini-course! Today we focus on how to reframe your shame beliefs and how to create a cheat sheet for hard days. You can learn to do things differently. You can unlearn behaviours and patterns adopted from your parents. You can unload the baggage that you don’t want to carry! If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the worksheet downloads, you can get them here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2zDaAse

16 minMAY 15
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Day 5: Dealing with Shame Thoughts

Day 4: Dealing with Shame in the body

Welcome to day 4, in today’s mini-episode we focus on shame manifests in the body and how to access your logical brain in the heat of the moment. You are not a helpless bystander of your emotions; you are the conductor and can learn to change the pace, tempo and feeling. Tune into today's episode to learn how. If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the worksheet downloads, you can get them here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2WZNNiy

16 minMAY 14
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Day 4: Dealing with Shame in the body

Latest Episodes

044: Managing Perfectionism in Motherhood With Psychologist Dr. Jen Douglas

Do you find you get stuck trying so hard to do things “the right way”? When you become a parent, suddenly you can’t do everything perfectly. You want so badly to give 100% in all areas, all the time….but then it happens, a sense of burnout and not knowing what to prioritize. Will others accept you if you are not perfect all the time? In this episode, psychologist Dr. Jen Douglas and I discuss perfectionism, ways to recognize it in our lives, and how to find ways to be purposely imperfect.

51 min1 w ago
Comments
044: Managing Perfectionism in Motherhood With Psychologist Dr. Jen Douglas

43: Managing Tantrums According to Science With Cindy Hovington, Ph.D.

Having to handle our child’s behaviour and big emotions is to be expected, it comes with being a parent. But goodness, it is exhausting. To better understand what causes our children to react this way, we’ll learn about what’s actually happening in their brains. In this episode, we are joined by Cindy Hovington to help understand this perspective, discuss tantrums, big emotions, and how to make a connection with your child during this key time. Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2GirMXw

57 min3 w ago
Comments
43: Managing Tantrums According to Science With Cindy Hovington, Ph.D.

042: Celebrating 1 Year - A Look Back at the Top 5 Episodes

Cue the confetti, it’s time to celebrate! The Happy as a Mother podcast is celebrating 1 year! A year ago, I had a mission and a clear vision to provide a space for Moms to learn and grow. It needed to be non-judgmental and acknowledge both the amazing blessings of Motherhood but also the taboo hardships that very few Moms speak openly about. I have loved every single moment together this past year! To celebrate today, we are going to take a look back at the five most downloaded episodes of the year.

72 minSEP 16
Comments
042: Celebrating 1 Year - A Look Back at the Top 5 Episodes

041: Dealing With Your Child's Triggering Behaviour With Psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy

Ever wonder why your child behaves the way they do? Did you know that our own childhood and how our own behaviours were addressed back then actually play a role as to how we will react as parents? If we first take a moment to regulate ourselves before we react, this will help us to understand our child’s feelings and behaviors. In this episode, we are joined by psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy, as she helps us understand our child’s trigger behaviour and practical ways to address them as parents.

54 minSEP 2
Comments
041: Dealing With Your Child's Triggering Behaviour With Psychologist Dr. Becky Kennedy

040: Organizing All the Mess With Professional Organizer Holly Blakey

As Moms, we feel like we are constantly cleaning. Picking up a mess that you didn’t make is so hard and triggering. The trick is to find ways that make these times easier. Doing a few simple things to create an organizational system and part of our Mom routine is key. Once these are in place, you will experience more calmness, ease, and disconnect from the mess. Join professional organizer Holly Blakey today for some organization hacks to help you conquer all the mess in your home.

62 minAUG 19
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040: Organizing All the Mess With Professional Organizer Holly Blakey

039: When Covid is Triggering with Marriage and Family Therapist Sahar Martinez

Have you found that Covid is triggering stress and anxiety from a previous traumatic experience? Has it been reminiscent of the early motherhood stages? For many Coivd has resurfaced stressful experience of health-related traumas or other significantly impactful life events. Learn more about why this is happening and ways to cope with these feelings in this week’s episode with marriage and Family Therapist Sahar Martinez.

60 minJUL 22
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039: When Covid is Triggering with Marriage and Family Therapist Sahar Martinez

038: Understanding Scary and Intrusive Thoughts With Dr. Cassidy Freitas

Intrusive thoughts are thoughts that seem to become stuck in the mind. They usually cause distress, as the nature of the thought may be upsetting. Up to as many of 50% of pregnant and postpartum women experience these thoughts, but due to their nature, many are too ashamed to talk about them. Join Marriage and Family therapist Dr. Cassidy Freitas and I as we dive deep into these thoughts and how to help improve them. Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2VBFf1a

58 minJUL 2
Comments
038: Understanding Scary and Intrusive Thoughts With Dr. Cassidy Freitas

Day 6 Bonus: A Beautiful Messy Journey

Surprise! It is a bonus episode! Welcome to day 6 of the mom guilt mini-series. Today we highlight the importance of practice and having realistic expectations. We unpack how this marks the beginning of a journey not the end of one! You have the skills and now it’s time to unlearn the things that hold you back! If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the worksheet downloads, you can get them here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2WAQlED

15 minMAY 16
Comments
Day 6 Bonus: A Beautiful Messy Journey

Day 5: Dealing with Shame Thoughts

Welcome to Day 5 of the letting go of mom shame and guilt mini-course! Today we focus on how to reframe your shame beliefs and how to create a cheat sheet for hard days. You can learn to do things differently. You can unlearn behaviours and patterns adopted from your parents. You can unload the baggage that you don’t want to carry! If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the worksheet downloads, you can get them here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2zDaAse

16 minMAY 15
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Day 5: Dealing with Shame Thoughts

Day 4: Dealing with Shame in the body

Welcome to day 4, in today’s mini-episode we focus on shame manifests in the body and how to access your logical brain in the heat of the moment. You are not a helpless bystander of your emotions; you are the conductor and can learn to change the pace, tempo and feeling. Tune into today's episode to learn how. If you are not yet signed up for the emails to get the worksheet downloads, you can get them here: https://bit.ly/35NmziU Show Notes: https://bit.ly/2WZNNiy

16 minMAY 14
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Day 4: Dealing with Shame in the body
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