World-leading psychologist on why motherhood is the challenge of a lifetime with Dr. Rick Hanson


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Welcome to this episode of the Motherkind podcast. First of all, let me ask you a question, are you kind enough to yourself about how hard it is to be a mother today? Do you even truly recognise the day-to-day pressures with are all under?

My guest this week is Dr. Rick Hanson. He is one of the world’s leading psychologists and he says it’s imperative we recognise the pressures we are under as mothers so we can support ourselves and ask for the support we need from others. Dr. Rick, back in 2002, wrote the seminal book, Mother Nurture. Because he saw his own wife, a happy healthy woman, becoming clinically depleted after having children. And with his decades of experience as a psychologist, he felt called to support mothers.

This episode is incredible. Every word Dr. Rick says is like gold. You are going to finish this episode feeling so much more self-compassion and ease and hopefully be kinder to yourself.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • Practical ideas of how to reduce stress from Motherhood
  • An analogy that made me cry
  • His life-changing words about the impact of the pandemic

As you might know if you are a regular listener of the podcast, I have a list on my desk of dream guests that I want on my podcast. And as of today, after being on that list for a while, I get to finally tick off Dr. Rick Hanson.

This episode with Dr. Rick is incredible. Please share it and listen to it once, even twice.

I think if all mothers could listen to this episode it would be nothing short of life-changing.

"The very best thing we can do for all of our children and the future of humanity is to take good care of their mothers."

- Dr. Rick Hanson

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About Dr. Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 30 languages and include Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture – with 900,000 copies in English alone. His free weekly newsletter has 220,000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial needs. He’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom.

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