Episodes
In continued celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, former plus-sized fashion model Gina Swire joins Ofosu and Leah to discuss the impact body image has on mental health. They dive into personal struggles they've all had with body image, and Gina shares tools you can use to learn to love the way you look. More about Gina: In addition to helping others learn to love their body, Gina Swire is also the author of P.S. I Love Me: 12 Steps for a Self-Love Transformation and the host of the...
Published 05/23/22
Published 05/16/22
Ofosu used to beat himself up for having frequent intrusive thoughts, especially during meditation. He and Leah discuss tools they've learned to treat themselves with kindness when these types of thoughts arise — and how meditation can help. We want to know what you think of our show! Please share your thoughts at https://www.balanceapp.com/survey
Published 05/16/22
In continued celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, psychologist Todd Kashdan joins Ofosu and Leah to discuss how the people we surround ourselves with affect our mental health — both positively and negatively. About Todd Kashdan A professor of psychology and the director of the Well-Being Laboratory at George Mason University, Todd is a leading expert on the psychology of well-being, curiosity, mental flexibility, and social relationships. And he's passionate about translating...
Published 05/09/22
Leah really doesn't like it when people call her "nice." She and Ofosu unpack the hidden cost of being agreeable and discuss ways to support their mental health with more honesty and authenticity. And, as you may know, Leah and Ofosu are also the meditation coaches on Balance, a top-rated meditation and sleep app. In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Balance team is giving away two lifetime memberships to the award-winning app. Follow @balance on Instagram for more details,...
Published 05/02/22
Comedian Justin Silver joins Ofosu and Leah to talk about how telling jokes about his anxiety has helped him manage it and to share some insightful tools the rest of us can use to turn our own anxieties into sources of strength. You can further explore mental wellness with Ofosu and Leah on the Balance app, where they're the meditation coaches. Learn more at www.balanceapp.com, and all new members can enjoy a free first year. About Justin: Justin Silver is a New York City-based stand up...
Published 04/25/22
Ofosu reflects on a moment (caught on tape!) where he was able to say goodbye to a protective persona he'd had for a long time. Then, he and Leah discuss the psychology behind these types of alter egos. We want to know what you think of our show! Please share your thoughts at https://www.balanceapp.com/survey
Published 04/18/22
New research suggests that taking fewer photos can lead to stronger memories. So Ofosu and Leah put it to the test, resisting the urge to take a photo during a moment when they normally would have. Then, they compare notes to see if it really made a difference. You can further explore mental wellness with Ofosu and Leah on the Balance app, where they're the meditation coaches. Learn more at www.balanceapp.com, and all new members can enjoy a free first year.
Published 04/11/22
Ofosu and Leah chat with former United Nations emergency responder Nadine McNeil about how to stop burnout before it starts, even during high-stress situations. We want to know what you think of our show! Please share your thoughts at https://www.balanceapp.com/survey About Nadine: While working as an emergency responder for the United Nations, Nadine helped people recover from natural disasters like the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. She now uses those skills as a coach, yoga instructor,...
Published 04/04/22
Ofosu and Leah discuss challenges they've encountered in their own meditation journeys and share tips for how to overcome them. We want to know what you think of our show! Please share your thoughts at https://www.balanceapp.com/survey
Published 03/28/22
Ofosu and Leah discuss three tips that can help you manage brain fog—that all-too-familiar feeling of confusion, disorganization, or just a general lack of focus. Tell us what other topics you'd like to hear on the show by emailing us at [email protected]
Published 03/21/22
Ofosu and Leah try a research-backed technique that can help in moments of decision paralysis. By using it to listen to both your mind and body, you can more confidently know when to say "yes.” Tell us what other topics you'd like to hear on the show by emailing us at [email protected] 
Published 03/14/22
Harvard Business School professor Amy Edmondson joins Ofosu and Leah to discuss why so many of us have perfectionistic tendencies. She explains how giving ourselves permission to fail can actually lead to more success. Tell us what other topics you'd like to hear on the show by emailing us at [email protected]
Published 03/07/22
Many of us change parts of who we are to better fit into different spaces, but there's real power in representing your true self. Ofosu and Leah talk with performance psychology coach Faheem Mujahid about how he's learned to embrace that power of representation as a Black man in the mental wellness space. See more of what Faheem is up to on Instagram @faheemamujahid. Or check out his work on his website, seeballthinkball.com.  We want to know what you think of our show! Please share your...
Published 02/28/22
In honor of Black History Month, psychiatrist Dr. Stephanie Stewart joins Ofosu and Leah to discuss how she is working to make therapy better for Black patients — and what her experiences can teach us about building a more inclusive world. We want to know what you think of our show! Please share your thoughts and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card in our survey at https://www.balanceapp.com/survey
Published 02/21/22
A simple message from someone special makes Leah's day and inspires her and Ofosu to find more opportunities to spread joy this Valentine's Day and beyond. We want to know what you think of this show! Please share your thoughts and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card in our survey at https://www.balanceapp.com/survey
Published 02/14/22
When Leah recently needed extra support, she didn't quite know how to get it. Psychologist Todd Kashdan joins her and Ofosu to discuss why so many of us struggle to ask for help and what we can do to better support ourselves and our loved ones. To stay up to date with "Well Balanced," follow us on your favorite podcast app. Share your feedback with us at [email protected] And follow this link to preorder Todd's book: https://bit.ly/3Hqdcbq
Published 02/07/22
Ofosu and Leah get to the bottom of what sometimes causes their anxiety. Then performance psychologist Faheem Mujahid joins to share some tips for working through anxious moments. To stay up to date with "Well Balanced," follow us on your favorite podcast app. Share your feedback with us at [email protected] And learn more about Faheem’s work at faheemmujahid.com.
Published 01/31/22
Ofosu recently had to recalibrate his perspective after a global headline impacted him directly. He and Leah talk with journalist Wajahat Ali about what it's like when the news hits home and how we can use those experiences to increase our compassion. To stay up to date with "Well Balanced," follow us on your favorite podcast app. Share your feedback with us at [email protected] And check out Wajahat’s work at wajali.com. His book, Go Back to Where You Came From, is available...
Published 01/24/22
Ofosu and Leah celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by sharing some of his most impactful words. They reflect on what we can learn from Dr. King about the power to use our words for good. To stay up to date with "Well Balanced," follow us on your favorite podcast app. And share your feedback with us at [email protected]
Published 01/17/22
Leah shares a moment when scrolling through news headlines triggered stress and overwhelm. Then, journalist Wajahat Ali joins her and Ofosu to discuss tips for staying informed in an emotionally healthy way. To stay up to date with "Well Balanced," follow us on your favorite podcast app. Share your feedback at [email protected] And check out Wajahat’s work at wajali.com. His book, Go Back to Where You Came From, is available starting January 25.
Published 01/10/22
The new year can be an inspiring time to start something new. Ofosu and Leah share their first steps into new hobbies. Then, improv teacher and therapist Jill Eickmann joins to discuss the beginner's mindset and the idea that it's never too late to try new things. To stay up to date with "Well Balanced," follow us on your favorite podcast app. Share your feedback with us at [email protected] And check out Jill's work at leela-sf.com.
Published 01/03/22
With only a handful of days left in 2021, Ofosu, Leah, and some Well Balanced listeners reflect on what they learned this year to acknowledge their growth and remind themselves what they want to carry with them into 2022. To stay up to date with "Well Balanced," follow us on your favorite podcast app. And share your feedback with us at [email protected]
Published 12/27/21
Leah opens up about giving tough feedback to her mom. Then, psychologist Todd Kashdan joins her and Ofosu to discuss tips for leaning into difficult conversations. To stay up to date with "Well Balanced," follow us on your favorite podcast app. Share your feedback with us at [email protected] And follow this link to preorder Todd's book: https://bit.ly/3Hqdcbq
Published 12/20/21
The way you're anticipating the holidays could affect your actual experience of them. Psychologist Todd Kashdan joins Ofosu and Leah to discuss how strategically looking forward to things can benefit your well-being. To stay up to date with "Well Balanced," follow the show on your favorite podcast app, and share your feedback with us at [email protected] Additionally, you can check out the article Ofosu and Leah chat about here: https://bit.ly/3EPIEOz.  And you can follow this...
Published 12/13/21