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Weird & Wonderful Ways to Build Mental Resilience with Ben Aldridge


What are the best ways to build mental resilience? Today’s guest teaches us how to create weird and wonderful challenges to push through resistance and overcome anxiety.

Ben Aldridge is the bestselling author of How to be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: 43 Weird & Wonderful Ways to Build a Strong, Resilient Mindset. Ben’s crippling anxiety prevented him from living fully. In his search for a solution, he discovered that the more he tested himself in controlled environments, the more his anxiety diminished. Since then, he continues to push himself by accomplishing the strange and seemingly impossible.

In this episode, Ben explains how to plan mental, physical, and skill-based challenges that will accelerate our growth and develop a tolerance for being uncomfortable. He talks about how we can leave our comfort zones, face our fears, and increase our confidence. He also tells us how we can help our kids build mental resilience with weird and wonderful challenges!

Are you ready to get uncomfortable and build a more resilient mindset?

Ben Aldridge

Ben Aldridge is a writer, teacher and musician from the UK. He writes about practical philosophy, comfort zones, mental health and adventure. His first book “How to Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: 43 Weird & Wonderful Ways to Build a Strong Resilient Mindset” is an exploration of unique ways to leave our comfort zones and face our fears. Heavily influenced by Stoicism, Buddhism, Popular Psychology and CBT, Ben’s challenges encourage us to get uncomfortable and experience the personal growth that we can only gain from pushing ourselves to the limit.

Ben’s interests are extremely diverse. You’ll find him climbing mountains, learning Japanese, running marathons, solving Rubik’s cubes, eating bizarre food, taking ice baths and sleeping in unusual places. The challenges that he sets for himself and his readers are often quirky, fun and demanding.

How to Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: 43 Weird & Wonderful Ways to Build a Strong, Resilient Mindset

After debilitating anxiety and panic attacks began to impact his daily life, Ben Aldridge decided to tackle his mental health issues in a creative way. His journey led him on a year of completing weird and wonderful challenges in the name of self-improvement. By deliberately leaving his comfort zone and enduring difficulties, Ben completely changed his life.

Ice-cold showers, eating repulsive insects, running marathons, sleeping in unusual places, wearing ridiculous clothes and learning to solve the Rubik’s cube in under a minute are some of the ways Ben has pushed his body and mind to learn more, endure more and conquer more.

Varying in length, difficulty and category, Ben explains how to complete each challenge, how it changed his life and how you can push yourself with this practical method of self-development.

From learning a new language to climbing a mountain, see how far you can challenge yourself to overcome your fears and self-imposed limitations.

Packed with useful tips and tricks from Stoicism, Buddhism, CBT and popular psychology, this book encourages us to face our fears, embrace adversity and leave our comfort zones.

What You’ll Learn

  • The variety challenges Ben has conquered.
  • Through these challenges, Ben went from a gray, fear-based existence to a colorful life.
  • The 3 types of challenges you should practice:
    • Physical (like working up to running a marathon)
    • Skill-based (like leaving your academic-intellectual comfort zone)
    • Mental (practicing discomfort, like cold exposure)
  • Struggling is good for the mind. You should put yourself in frustrating situations.
  • Pay attention to your thoughts when under stress and anxiety so you can develop strategies for dealing with them.
  • The stoics of ancient Greece and Rome would deliberately sleep on the floor to practice discomfort. Ben tried “bivvying” where he slept outside in a bag in scary environments.
  • You receive a boost in confidence each time you conquer a challenge.
  • Lean into your fears instead of avoiding them.
  • Why we should look at our anti-bucket list instead of our bucket list
  • Go where there is huge mental resistance. Ben had acupuncture because he was afraid of needles.
  • Prepare for chaos and in life because it will come.
  • These challenges are an insurance policy against future adversity.
  • How Ben climbed Mount Everest … on his stairs in his home during lockdown. Ben also ran a marathon in his yard.
  • Start small and break up your routine. Find pockets of time to challenge yourself.
  • Have something on the calendar you are working towards, like an event to train for.
  • Bring friends in with you to help with accountability.
  • Children should see parents step out of their comfort zones.
  • Inviting your kids to do challenge with you creates a special bond.
  • Using downtime for adventure instead of TV.
  • Develop your own system to deal with adversity and anxiety and use challenges as a controlled environment to test these strategies.

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Surviving Suicide: A Dad’s Story


Suicide is the number one killer among men aged 35-50. The World Health Organization reports that suicide represents half of all male violent deaths worldwide. Why are men at such risk and what can we do about it?

Men are more likely to go for desperate measures for several reasons. Our culture teaches men to internalize emotions and hide distress. At the same time, men tend to lose their close friends and support systems as they step into the role of a provider. They’re also reluctant to seek help when struggling with anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts.

The first step in fighting suicide among men is raising awareness. Today, one of our Dad Edge Alliance Commanders courageously steps up to share his story of surviving suicide.

Nick Sotelo recounts his intense battle against rage, darkness, and suicide. He also tells us how to interrupt the negative scripts that run through our heads and what to do when overwhelmed with shame and hopelessness.

We never know what is going to send us or someone we care about down a dark road. This is an episode every dad should listen to for himself and any boy or man he knows.

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Change Your Brain, Change Your Life with Dr. Daniel Amen


We obsess over nutrition and fitness for a strong physique, but we ignore the most important organ in the body—the brain. The brain manages every function of the human body and is also in charge of our focus, mood, and ability to learn.

In this episode of The Dad Edge, America’s Most Popular Psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Amen, talks about how we can improve the lives of ourselves and our children by making the brain a priority. He tells us how to eat to optimize brain power, how to create a bedtime routine for the best sleep, and how to stop the negative thoughts and behaviors that sabotage our progress in life.

This show will transform the way you think, literally. Prepare to Change Your Brain, Change Your Life!

Get the brain right and your mind will follow.–Dr. Daniel Amen

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“Dr. Amen believes that brain health is central to all health and success. His work is dedicated to helping people have better brains and better lives.

Patients love him…viewers worship him…and thousands of people say they owe their lives to Dr. Amen.

His health clinics across the country see over 4,000 patient visits each month and continue to grow. And his breakthrough public television programs on various issues of brain and mental health have aired over 80,000 times and have been watched by millions of people.

He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and as a pioneer in brain SPECT imaging, he introduced a whole new way of looking at the brain. His research on brain imaging was ranked #19 out of the top 100 stories in science in 2015 by Discover Magazine.

Dr. Amen is a #1 New York Times best-selling author, double board-certified psychiatrist, professor and brain health expert.”

Your brain is involved in everything you do, every decision you make, and everything you are. And when your brain works right, you work right.–Dr. Daniel Amen

What You’ll Learn

  • How Dr. Amen went from average C student to graduating medical school
  • Depression and suicide increase with inadequate sleep.
  • The brain washes itself and consolidates information from the day during sleep
  • More people die on the road from sleep deprivation than alcohol.
  • How to honor a child’s circadian rhythm
  • Using a light box to reset your kids’ circadian rhythm to wake up early
  • How ADD kids are usually night owls
  • How to create a calming routine for your kids, engaging all 5 senses with relaxation before bedtime
  • Getting your kids to fall in love with their brains
  • How gadgets keep us awake by flooding us with blue light
  • The more secure the attachment to your kids, the safer they feel and the better they sleep.
  • How to bond with your child by spending 20 minutes each day listening to your him/her without giving your opinion.
  • The best brain breakfasts
  • Why eggs are the perfect food
  • The great cholesterol myth
  • How very low levels of cholesterol are associated with mental illness
  • Finding foods you love that love you back
  • Amen’s house rule: never spend money on food that will harm the kids
  • Getting your kids to eat brain healthy foods
  • Teaching kids to read food labels
  • When blood sugar is low, blood flow to your frontal lobe is slow.
  • Healthy snacks for after school
  • Why apple juice is a bad food
  • The truth about dairy
  • How most people don’t have the enzyme to process lactose (dairy sugar)
  • Healthy Brain Diet: 70% plants 30% healthy protein and a lot of healthy fats
  • Cultures who eat the most fish have the least depression.
  • The younger you start giving children fish, the better.
  • Preparing the brain for learning
  • How to proactively get ready for class to reduce study time and increase retention
  • Studying the day’s lesson before class to ask smarter questions
  • How and why kids should make an effort to develop a good relationship with teachers
  • Why interacting in a group setting is so helpful in learning
  • How to limit distractions and reward yourself for staying focused
  • Why it’s crucial to define your life and what you want for all aspects of it
  • How to ensure your behavior fits the goals you have
  • Consistent thinking or acting over time gets you what you want.
  • Why you must base your activities around what will matter most in the future
  • The smallest, most effective thing you can do today is to ask yourself, “Is the consequence of this decision the best for my brain?”
  • Whenever you feel sad, mad, or out of control, write your feelings down and question the negative thinking.
  • Avoiding psychiatric medication when possible.
  • The power of nutritional supplements


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Triumphing Through Dark Times: Exclusive Dad Edge Alliance Q&A with Chad Robichaux


How do we take the first step in reclaiming ourselves when we’re navigating dark times? How do we harness the courage to move forward when it seems that there is absolutely no way out?

No one is safe from adversity. It could be a mental, physical, or spiritual crisis. We might have to cope with a failed business, a devastating loss, or a destroyed relationship.

Today we have Chad Robichaux back on The Dad Edge Podcast. We had such a powerful response to his first show with us, that we invited him to The Dad Edge Mastermind for a live Q&A session with our members.

Chad talks about triumphing through dark times. He shows us that no matter how hopeless and depressed we feel, there is always a way out with the right mindset, tools, and support.

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How to Help Kids with Anxiety and Depression – Exclusive Dad Edge Alliance Q&A with Natasha Daniels


Today, more parents are raising kids with anxiety, depression, and OCD but have no idea how to cope. Judging by the downloads on our shows about anxiety and depression in kids, this topic is in high demand.

Unfortunately, the stigma that still surrounds mental health issues prevents parents from talking about them. The truth is, many mental health issues are part of physiological problems that are beyond a child’s control. We need to educate ourselves as parents and help our children walk through their fear and manage their feelings. That is why today we have an exclusive Dad Edge Alliance Q&A with child therapist, Natasha Daniels.

In this show, you will hear everyday dads talk about the real struggles they have with their kids in ages ranging from toddler to teenagers. Natasha Daniels answers questions about different behaviors including panic attacks, strange phobias, and drug abuse.

Find out how to help kids with anxiety and depression and what signs to look out for in this episode!

What You’ll Learn

  • How to uncover the theme of your child’s anxiety
  • What is driving your kids’ behavior
  • How to motivate kids to reframe their thinking
  • How to expose kids to challenges to strengthen their resilience
  • How to gamify exposure to their fears and give them rewards when they succeed
  • How to help kids through transition periods like divorce
  • What questions to ask to help your kids open up an articulate their feelings


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