Episodes

Feb. 6, 2023

Racial trauma is real (Here's how to take care of yourself)

Ofosu's had a lot on his mind since the release of the video footage of Tyre Nichols being brutally beaten. So he and psychologist Dr. Maryam Jernigan-Noesi check in with each other and discuss the impact that race-related st...

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Jan. 30, 2023

How to feel all your feelings (and why you should)

Ofosu and Leah are together in Los Cabos, Mexico, and take advantage of this face-to-face time to check in with their emotions. They discuss what it means to be able to express exactly how we’re feeling and why we don’t …

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Jan. 23, 2023

Discipline vs. compassion: What's more motivating?

Can you be disciplined and nice to yourself? Ofosu and Leah believe it’s possible. Actually, they say self-compassion is essential to reaching your goals. They also discuss their experiences of putting intense pressure on the...

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Jan. 16, 2023

MLK Day 2023: How to use words the MLK way

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy is proof that our words have power. So to honor MLK today, Ofosu and Leah look back on their conversation from MLK Day 2022 and discuss what his impact means to them in 2023. …

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Jan. 9, 2023

Is mainstream wellness culture toxic? (with Thosh Collins)

Ofosu talks with photographer Thosh Collins about what we can learn about wellness from an Indigenous perspective. They also discuss the toxicity of mainstream wellness culture, the interconnectedness of your body, mind, and ...

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Jan. 2, 2023

What's your word of the year? (And tips to make it last)

So you found your word of the year in last week's episode, instead of making New Year's resolutions. Now what? Ofosu and Leah share practical tips for incorporating your word into everyday life, and they reveal theirs for 202...

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Dec. 26, 2022

Find your word for 2023 with Susannah Conway

Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, author Susannah Conway chooses a word to represent the intention she wants to bring into the new year. She talks with Ofosu and Leah about how to find your word for 2023, shares the …

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Dec. 19, 2022

How to cope with the holiday blues

The holidays can be a time of happiness and cheer, but not everyone experiences them this way. Ofosu and Leah talk all about the holiday blues and how they've coped with them in the past. They also share practical tips …

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Dec. 12, 2022

2 ways to navigate uncomfortable family gatherings with Todd Kashdan

Leah's been spending a lot of time with family during the holidays, and she's finding it difficult to balance being around so many people (and opinions) and making space for her "me time." She and Ofosu talk with psychologist...

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Dec. 7, 2022

Celebrating milestones (and one year of Well Balanced) - Bonus Episode

Ofosu and Leah reflect on their first year of recording the podcast. They discuss their favorite moments and guests from the show, and share what's next for Well Balanced. ▶️ You can watch the latest episode on YouTube here: ...

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Dec. 5, 2022

Boosting your self-esteem with positive affirmations

Many of us are quick to notice the good qualities in our family and friends, but acknowledging what we like about ourselves might not come as naturally. Ofosu and Leah discuss why, and how positive affirmations can be a tool …

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Nov. 28, 2022

Is it time to take a leap of faith?

Leah and Ofosu reflect on some big leaps of faith they've taken, from quitting their jobs to pursue their passions to having another child. They share their advice to help you take your own leap of faith, including the questi...

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Nov. 21, 2022

Friendsgiving: Building your chosen family

You can choose your friends, but can you choose your family? Ofosu and Leah think so. They discuss their experiences choosing friends that have become family, the challenges of forming and maintaining these close bonds, and w...

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Nov. 14, 2022

Why meditation might not be working for you (yet)

Ofosu talks with Leah about the lessons he learned leading a mindfulness workshop with a group of formerly incarcerated persons. They discuss his biggest takeaway from the experience—that meditation should be a safe and adapt...

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Nov. 7, 2022

Turning poison into medicine with Tara Brach

Fear and anxiety can be unlikely allies, according to Tara Brach, a psychologist and leading mindfulness meditation teacher. Ofosu and Leah talk with her about how to get to the root of these difficult emotions and discover t...

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Oct. 31, 2022

Don't be frightened by your fears

In celebration of Halloween, Ofosu and Leah discuss the origins of the holiday and how it can be an opportunity to acknowledge what you're afraid of. They also open up about how they're facing their own fears and share practi...

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Oct. 24, 2022

Your brain on relationships - with Alie Caldwell

What does it mean to be close to someone? Ofosu and Leah talk with neuroscientist Alie Caldwell to answer this question and learn how our close relationships actually change our brain chemistry. They also discuss how we can u...

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Oct. 17, 2022

Meditation Myth-Busting: Emptying your mind

Ofosu and Leah answer their most commonly asked question—How do you empty your mind while meditating?—and share the things they do when they're experiencing an active mind during meditation. They also discuss where this idea ...

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Oct. 10, 2022

World Mental Health Day: Culture's impact on mental health

In celebration of World Mental Health Day, Ofosu and Leah talk with Miwa Yasui, PhD, a clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago’s Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, ...

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Oct. 3, 2022

Why you procrastinate (and tips to help you stop)

You don’t want to put off listening to this episode. Ofosu and Leah talk with Micah Caldwell, a clinical therapist, the Resident Psychology Expert for the award-winning brain training app Elevate ( www.elevateapp.com ), and a...

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Sept. 26, 2022

Working through anger with Tara Brach

Even meditation coaches get angry from time to time. Ofosu and Leah work through some things that make them angry with Tara Brach, a psychologist and leading mindfulness meditation teacher. They discuss RAIN, a technique that...

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Sept. 19, 2022

Practical tips for better sleep with Sara Ivanhoe

Ofosu and Leah talk with sleep specialist and Director of YogaUSC Sara Ivanhoe about how to have a healthier night’s sleep. She shares the impact sleep has on our bodies, the neuroscience behind how sleep works, and learnings...

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Sept. 12, 2022

Does your image matter?

You can watch this episode on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/BU7OCDKJ-YE As Ofosu and Leah make their debut as YouTubers, they reflect on the vulnerability of sharing images of their lives with friends, neighbors, and the pub...

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Sept. 5, 2022

Mindful living—even while brushing your teeth

Ofosu and Leah talk with meditator and martial artist Hakim Tafari about how he finds mindfulness outside of meditation—even when he's brushing his teeth. They discuss practical tips for becoming more mindful in situations wh...

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