MAke it Innovative Podcast: Mental Health Moment – How to Have a Happy Holiday in 2020

December 9, 2020
MA Design

Check out our podcast episode “How to Have a Happy Holiday in 2020”, a Mental Health Moment, featuring one of Columbus’ top mental health counselors, Kate Pedro, of Blue Boat Counseling.

We’re sharing tips on how to be happier than you’ve ever been, and more productive than you ever thought you could be, with solution-based ways to shift your mindset.

If you’ve ever felt like something was wrong, and you didn’t know why, this episode is for you.

Depression rates have tripled in the United States since April with the advent of COVID, and mental health requires our attention now more than ever. We’re working to be proactive, instead of reactive, in designing spaces in the built environment, and beyond, that support mental well being for all.

Take a listen and see how this episode can change your lives – if nothing else, leaving you feeling happier, and with more hope than you have in a while.


14:30 Nostalgia Narcotic

20:00 – Understand and Unpack what the concept of “triggers” and what healthy coping mechanisms are

27:00 – How 5 Minutes a Day Can Change Your Life

29:58 – Early warning signs of an anxiety attack – and how to stop it

35:00 – Why Mark Bryan thinks everyone needs a “Dark Day”

41:00 – Pro-tips on how to be more productive + energetic than ever before, even in the winter

46:45 – Signals of positive impacts on mental health in the next ten years

“I just feel down, and I don’t know why…”

Isolation, lack of stimulation, lack of social connection and feeling glued to the home have left us with needs to support our mental well being.

Check out the list of “inventory of needs” recommended by Kate to see where you could improve your mental health by spending time and shifting focus, including:

– Opportunities to Recharge

– Mental Stimulation

– Sense of Accomplishment

– Opportunities for Downtime

– Food/Water for Body

– Opportunities for Social Connection- Physical and Mental Rest

– Opportunities for Movement

– Opportunities for Creativity

– Feeling Seen/Appreciated

– Intimacy and Feeling Numb


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