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4 Ways Play Helps Dads Lead Richer Lives

4 Ways Play Helps Dads Lead Richer Lives

In our last episode, we had Charlie Hoehn on to tell us about the importance of play in our lives. Not only is a playful mindset good for our health and wellbeing, it’s contagious and benefits all those around us.

In this short show, I highlight four powerful ways play helps dads lead a richer life!

Announcement: We are changing the name of the podcast in a couple weeks to the Dad Edge Podcast. There will be no change in the content or the website. You’ll just see the new show name and logo.

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. - George Bernard Shaw #play #fun #stress #dads #men Click To Tweet

 

 

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Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety with Charlie Hoehn

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Cure for Anxiety

Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety with Charlie Hoehn


Have you noticed that it’s almost impossible for you to have fun anymore? Do you feel guilty unless you make every minute of your day productive? Do you feel stressed, depressed, and isolated? This show will help you break free from anxiety and enjoy life again.

Today we have Charlie Hoehn on the podcast. He is a TEDx speaker and the author of Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety. We talk about his frightening experience with severe anxiety and how he found the ridiculously simple, drug-free cure to our modern day stress.

Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out alive. #stress #anxiety #workaholics Click To Tweet

Charlie Hoehn

Charlie Hoehn is the author of Play It Away, Play for a Living, and Recession-Proof Graduate. Over the last ten years, Charlie has advised more than 100 authors on their book launches, including Ramit Sethi, Tucker Max, Gary Vaynerchuk, Eric Ries, and Charles Duhigg. He worked with Tim Ferriss for three years as his Director of Special Projects, which included the launch of #1 New York Times bestselling book, The 4-Hour Body.

Charlie has presented at the Pentagon, U.S. military bases, Stanford, and four TEDx events. His work has been featured on NPR, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company, and many others.

Charlie just got married last year and is now a brand new dad!

Treat life like a playground instead of a prison. @charliehoehn ‏#stress #anxiety #worklifebalance Click To Tweet

What You’ll Learn

  • How Charlie couldn’t get a job after graduation and decided to work for free for people he admired
  • How his work for Tim Ferriss
  • How after being given the responsibility to plan a huge event, he ordered the “smart drug” Modafanil to cope with the workload
  • How he slept only 6 hours during the 4-day event
  • How his body suffered from the lack of sleep and stress
  • How his workaholic mindset and lifestyle let to debilitating anxiety, dread, and panic attacks.
  • How he tried every cure for anxiety known in the world (Meditation, Yoga, Deep breathing, Exercise, Therapy, CBT, Spiritual healers, Journaling, Super clean diets, Supplements, Fasting, Prayer, Volunteering, even Psychedelics) and nothing worked
  • How he felt dead inside and didn’t know how to fix it
  • How he got the idea to try adding more play into his life
  • How mental illness increases as play declines
  • How doing improv helps Charlie to relax and have fun
  • His marriage meetings with his wife
  • How running around and playing sports can be more effective than medication
  • How video games can be good for your wellbeing
  • Why playing is necessary for your kids to develop skills and feel connected to others
  • How playing as a child contributes to life as a happy, healthy adult

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The Power of Play – Charlie Hoehn – TEDx

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Anxiety, Depression, and Your Gut

Anxiety, Depression, and Your Gut

Anxiety and depression are common this time of year. So are colds and flus. Today we’re going to to revisit Adrian Chavez to learn more about how the gut and its bacteria affects our mood, immunity, and performance. We also talk about why antibiotics send our body into a cycle of sickness and what supplements and natural antibiotics we can take instead.

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What Doesn't Kill Us Scott Carney

What Doesn’t Kill Us with Scott Carney

Would you climb to the top of Kilimanjaro in 30-degree weather wearing nothing but boots, shorts, and a knit cap? Today’s guest did it and he wrote the book on it. We have NY Times bestselling author of What Doesn’t Kill Us, Scott Carney to tell us why he put his body through such extremes and why we all should get out of our physical comfort zones for better health, mental resilience, and disease resistance.

We talk about dads’ health a lot on the GDP – diet, exercise, and finding the time to take care of ourselves, but we’ve never had a show like this. Scott Carney believes our comfortable modern lifestyle is making us weak and shows how to use 15 minutes a day to make ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally invincible.

Think about it. We get up from our warm beds into a warm shower. We walk from our front doors to our cars, from our cars to our workplaces. Whether we go to the store or the gym or the movie theater, our climate is controlled. We are never exposed to the elements. Our environment is always the same.

Our human evolution was not built for that. Our bodies developed systems for survival and adaptation, but we are never challenged. Our habitat is static and these systems aren’t exercised anymore. This is why Scott Carney believes there is more to human health than diet and exercise. He suggests there is a third pillar, the environment you inhabit.

If your environment is static, you’re not exercising your systems.

Scott Carney’s story

Grew up in Rhode Island with a good family. His father was a surgeon and was absent most of the time. He was a good man, but worked probably 100 hours a week. Scott and his father were not incredibly close because of that. But he had a close relationship with his mom, and spent most of his childhood whacking sticks at trees, pretending he was a knight.

Scott says that did everything he wanted to do as a kid. He played video games, went sailing, dug for mollusks on the beach. He played Dungeons and Dragons. The game was considered counter-culture at the time, but being dungeon master involved a great deal of storytelling. Scot was telling stories to his friends throughout his teens, and he thinks that’s why he became a writer.

Scott grew up in an exclusively white suburb. In 5th grade, his parents asked him to choose a school. When they visited a poorer school in low-income community, he saw his first black kid in a skull cap and he told his parents that this was the school he wanted to attend. He was a minority and he chose it for that.

I’m interested in finding places that make me uncomfortable. 

Scott’s mission before was debunking false gurus and selling his articles to magazines like Playboy and Details. One day he spotted a picture of Wim Hof sitting on an iceberg in nothing but a pair of shorts. Wim Hof had broken all kinds of records when it came to testing the limits of the human body, but when Hof claimed to be able to teach people to do the same, Scott had to go out and debunk him. He had seen deaths result from people with claims like this. Maybe Wim Hof was a genetic freak, but normal people would die if they followed him.

Scott meets him and is unimpressed with Hof’s appearance. His big ruddy nose from years of alcoholism, his bad balding head with long hair hairstyle, gave him the aura of a smelly homeless dude. Still, Scott went to Hof’s training center in Poland. The first thing Scott sees when he arrives at the dilapidated farm house is a guy outside his window, barefoot and only wearing his underwear in the dead of Polish winter. The man was throwing snow on himself and Scott could see the steam rising from his body. He wondered what he had gotten himself into.

But after hanging out with Hoff and training under his methods, Scott realized it wasn’t bullshit at all. He could learn to do the same things. He found out he could get comfortable with the cold, and he could learn these skills quickly.  At the end of the week, in 2-degree weather, Scott found himself in boots, shorts, and a hat climbing to top of a mountain and burning up all the time.

This started him on the path that would lead him to Kilimanjaro and his bestselling book, What Doesn’t Kills Us.

What Doesn’t Kill Us

We are hairless apes with billions of years of development behind us. Our bodies and cells are evolved to change in relation to the signals we receive from light, temperature, and elements.

But we have factored out our environment. The systems created to respond to changes have gotten lazy and weak.

Scott says that when those systems aren’t used, they turn against us, causing inflammation and chronic health problems from blood pressure to auto-immune diseases like Lupus, Crohn’s, and allergies.

15 Minutes to Exercise Your Systems

Scott says that when you start giving people environmental stimulus that is uncomfortable, you start to trigger the fight or flight response that modulates all sorts of systems in the body. If you learn to control your physical response, it can help with all kinds of problems, even anxiety.

Fathers don’t have a lot of time to train in the snow and climb mountains in their boxers, but staying in a comfort zone for a man is deadly. This quick 2-phase morning routine will help sync your systems.

  1. Wim Hof breathing protocol – You can do this exercise in bed. What you’ll essentially be doing is hyperventilating. Breathe deeply in and out thirty times. You’ll get lightheaded, and this is normal. Then after the last breath, hold it till you feel like you’re going to gasp (but don’t pass out). Then take a half-breath and hold it for ten seconds. After that, do another cycle of thirty breaths, then hold again. The second time you’ll discover that you can hold much longer. You might see colors behind your eyes. You will feel dizzy, amped, and full of adrenaline. Do one more rep of thirty breaths. Now, let all air out, get on the floor, and do as many pushups as you can while holding your breath. Tip: Do not eat beforehand. All your blood will go to your stomach.
  2. The Cold Shower – After your breathing exercise, you can eat breakfast. Then hop in the shower. Start off with warm water and at the end, turn the water all the way to cold (the colder the better). The goal is this: when the water is cascading, instead of clenching your body and shivering to create heat, learn to relax in the cold. Get the mental power to be at ease in this stressful environment. This teaches body to find another way to heat itself, thus raising metabolic rate. This exercise also helps anxiety by activating the fight or flight and then stopping it

Wisdom to Make Us Better Men

Dads are constantly faced with stressors. Work, kids, relationships. How can we be better responders instead of horrible reactors?

Scott Carney is not a dad, but he says to always try to do things that make you uncomfortable. Stay curious throughout your life. Explore. Find something weird, strange, new, or unfamiliar. When we lose our curiosity, we die a little bit.

Kids have great curiosity. Learn from them.


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Insomnia, Depression, and Anxiety

Getting Real About Insomnia, Depression, and Anxiety

What happens when we go through something so difficult that it rocks the very core of who we are? Today I have a real, raw discussion with Josiah Novak from True Transformation about my battle with insomnia, depression, and anxiety.

Regular listeners know that I just recovered from a 33-day bout of debilitating insomnia. It was the most insane thing I ever went through. It tested me mentally, emotionally, physically and I felt that I might lose everything that was important to me. For the first time in my life, I understood how awful depression and anxiety could be.

During this episode, I go through the story from beginning to end. Here are a few takeaway lessons from my experience.

Listen to your body

My insomnia began after vigorous training for SEALFIT 20X. After breaking my personal records, I didn’t feel right. Instead of listening to my body, I kept pushing myself and the adrenaline and cortisol from the intense workouts wouldn’t let my body calm down. I put myself through an unnecessary domino effect of absolute hell.

Ask for help right away

I couldn’t sleep for more than 90 minutes to 3 hours a night. I thought it would pass and go away on its own. It didn’t.

I couldn’t think right. I began to have panic attacks. If I had gotten help in the beginning, it may not had gotten to that point.

Don’t give up

My wife became a single mother during this time. I had gotten so depressed I didn’t know what to do with myself. There was tension in our relationship and I felt that if I couldn’t function, provide, or please her, what good was I as a man? At one point I thought I wouldn’t be able to hang on much longer. But eventually I broke the cycle. As desperate as I felt, there was an end to the nightmare.

The doctor isn’t always right

I tried all kinds of sleeping pills and psychiatric meds. I even swigged shots of Benadryl. One doctor told me that if my prescription didn’t work for me, there was no hope. Another doctor prescribed me four different powerful drugs to take everyday. They had awful side-effects. Against doctor’s orders, I tapered myself off and now use natural techniques to make sure I fall asleep.

Set boundaries

You can’t ‘yes’ to everything. In the end you spread yourself too thin and can’t give your attention to those who need it most, like your kids. Think about what’s important in your life and save your energy for your priorities.

Depression and Anxiety can happen to anybody

I now have tremendous compassion for people who have depression and anxiety. It’s not something anyone wants to have. It’s not something anyone can control. It represents emotional struggle, a cycle that no one knows how to deal with. It can seem like digging an endless hole. If you’ve never experienced it, you don’t know. Men do suffer depression and anxiety, and we should be talking about it.

 

Referenced Episode : How to Get Rid of the Dad Bod in 2017 with Josiah Novak

 


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