Beyond the Smile

Marylayo

Beyond the Smile - with MaryLayo is about issues and life events that negatively affect our mental health and spiritual wellbeing (biblical perspective). Various topics will be discussed, alongside guests, to help listeners understand more about their challenges and learn how they can live a more free and radiant life. read less
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Finding Your Career
06-02-2024
Finding Your Career
SummaryIn this episode of "Beyond the Smile" with host MaryLayo, we delve into the intricacies of finding not just a job, but a fulfilling career that aligns with one's interests and talents. Career and talent strategist Stephen Shortt, CEO of Career Fit, unpacks the importance of job satisfaction and how it contributes to overall happiness and good mental health.Listeners will explore the idea of passion versus enjoyment in career choice, the growing phenomenon of career burnout, and the evolving landscape of jobs that may not even exist yet. Stephen Short emphasises the value of career guidance in schools and how parental expectations can shape—and sometimes limit—a child's career aspirations.The episode also discusses how individuals can navigate career transitions, whether early in their work life or in their later years. It reassures those at career crossroads that happiness in their profession is not just attainable but deserved.Concluding with a touch of spiritual wellness, MaryLayo offers a reflective tip from Psalm 37, inviting listeners to join her next time for more insights on mental health and spiritual wellbeing. Take a moment and delve into what may be 'beyond the smile'. Remember to follow, like and share if you enjoyed the discussion on the critical relationship between career satisfaction and overall life satisfaction.For help in dealing with mental health related matters, please seek specialist advice and support if needed.#BeyondTheSmilePodcast #FindYourCareerPath #PassionVersusEnjoyment #MaryLayoTalks #MentalHealth #SpiritualHealthTimestamps(00:00:01) Introduction to Mental Health and Spiritual Well-being(00:00:45) Aligning Career with Interests(00:04:01) The Cost of Misaligned Career Choices(00:14:11) Career Guidance in Irish Schools(00:16:31) Teen Readiness for Career Choices(00:18:32) Future of Work Discussion in Schools(00:24:49) Multiple Career Changes in a Lifetime(00:26:01) Insights from the eBook 'Your Next Career'(00:30:09) Transforming Passion into Career(00:33:47) Identifying a Career Focus(00:36:01) Biannual Career Trends Update(00:38:30) Advice for Career Crossroads(00:41:52) Spiritual Wellness Tip: Psalm Chapter 37Guest details:As a Career & Talent Strategist, Stephen is deeply committed to helping individuals and organisations in devising and achieving their career aspirations through a blend of career counselling, talent assessment, and strategic planning. His work with ETC Consult, CareerFit, Talent Select, Successful Succession, Delta Events and Distributed Training is centred around helping to match the right people with the right careers. Stephen’s upcoming books, “Your Future Career” and “Your Next Career,” are further examples of his commitment to helping others at different stages of their career journeys. “Your Future Career” is geared towards students and young professionals, while “Your Next Career” offers guidance for those seeking to change or enhance their career paths.Marylayo's spiritual wellbeing tips: Meditate on Bible scripture: Psalm 37:23-24Meditate on song: Open My Heart,...
Perfectly Imperfect
09-01-2024
Perfectly Imperfect
PerfectionismIn today's episode of MaryLayo Talks, I’m with guest, Dr Tom Curran, a world-leading expert on perfectionism. We talk about perfectionism and share our own personal experiences. Questions included:What led you to focus on perfectionism?What's perfectionism and how does it develop and impact on someone's mental health?What misconceptions about perfectionism should be debunked?How could someone know where they sit on the perfectionist spectrum?What role does society play in fostering or challenging perfectionist tendencies? What interesting research findings have you found about perfectionism?How can someone overcome the challenges related to perfectionism?Take a moment to delve into what may be 'beyond the smile' - listen in to the conversation.Guest details:Thomas Curran is a chartered psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics. He has written on perfectionism and related topics for TIME magazine and the Harvard Business Review. His work has been featured in publications such as the New Scientist and the Times of London, and covered by many international publications including the Guardian, Economist, Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Ariana Huffington's 'Thrive Global' campaign. In 2018, he gave a TEDMED talk entitled 'Our Dangerous Obsession with Perfectionism is Getting Worse' and in 2023 he published his debut book, ‘The Perfection Trap.’Guest's website: https://www.thomascurran.co.uk/ MaryLayo's spiritual wellbeing tip:Meditate on the bible scriptures: Matt 11:28-30 & 2 Corinthians 12:9Listen to Dear God. Artist: Cory Asbury Related resources: Also check out podcasts Episode 4: Not now...Later! & Episode 10 Still Procrastinating? Connect with MaryLayo:LinkedInInstagramFor help in dealing with mental health related matters, please seek specialist advice and support if needed.
Shamed Grief
12-12-2023
Shamed Grief
Grief with ShameIn today's episode of MaryLayo Talks, I’m with guest, Professor Dale Larson, an award winning author and clinical psychologist, about the feeling of shame some can have when grieving and how they can overcome the challenges based on evidence-based findings.  Discussion includes:What comes under the bracket of ‘shameful grief’?How cultural and societal norms impact the perception of shame when grieving?How can someone face and unburden their secrets?What are the healthy and unhealthy ways to deal with secrets?What tips and advice would you give to someone who is suffering from grief in silence?Bible scriptures to support spiritual wellbeing.Take a moment. Delve into what may be 'beyond the smile' and listen in to the conversation.Guest details:Professor Dale Larson is an award winning author and clinical psychologist. He is the J. Thomas and Kathleen L. McCarthy Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, a Fellow in three Divisions of the American Psychological Association (Counseling, Health, and Humanistic Psychology) and Member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.  Larson, D. G., & Chastain, R. L. (1990). Self-concealment: Conceptualization, measurement, and health implications. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 9(4), 439-455.Larson, D. G., Chastain, R. L., Hoyt, W. T., & Ayzenberg, R. (2015). Self-concealment: Integrative review and working model. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 34(8), 705-729.Guest's website Related resources: Check out Episode 7: Losing Keven Marylayo's spiritual wellbeing tips: Romans 8:1 & 1 John 1:9.Connect with MaryLayo:LinkedInInstagramFor help in dealing with mental health related matters, please seek specialist advice and support if needed.
All Work, No Play
31-10-2023
All Work, No Play
All Work and No Play - Insights on BurnoutIn today's episode of MaryLayo Talks, I’m with guest Dr Karen Michell. Karen, an occupational health nurse with experience in academia, shares her experience of going through burnout, both as a worker and a boss, and how it impacted her mental health.The conversation and questions include:What is burnout?What are the common signs of burnout?What burnout symptoms did you experience?What triggered the burnout?How did you come to realise you had burnout?How many times have you experienced burnout?What key steps did you take to overcome burnout?What do you do to keep you from burning out again?What advice would you give to someone who is currently experiencing burnout?How faith in God helped in the burnout process.Bible verses for burnout.Take a moment to delve into what may be 'beyond the smile' - listen in to the conversation.Guest details:Karen is a wife and mother with two grandsons. She is also an occupational health nurse practitioner with over 25 years’ international experience spanning occupational health, safety, research, and education. Her professional experience is underpinned by a strong academic and research background which extended into occupational safety and health (OSH) consultancy in pharmaceutical, construction, logistics, healthcare and manufacturing sectors.Karen's a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing in South Africa in recognition of her contribution to research and practice in occupational health nursing. She is an accomplished international author and presenter on multiple occupational safety and health related subjects. MaryLayo's spiritual wellbeing tip: Meditate on the bible scripture Colossians 1:11.Related resources: Also check out podcasts Episode 1: Running on Empty & Episode 8: Helping the Helper. Connect with MaryLayo:LinkedInInstagramFor help in dealing with mental health related matters, please seek specialist advice and support if needed.
Bouncing Back from Brain Tumour
17-10-2023
Bouncing Back from Brain Tumour
Going through a Brain Tumour In today's episode of MaryLayo Talks, I’m with guest, Mildred Talabi, about her experience when she discovered she had a brain tumour and the impact this had on her mental health and spiritual wellbeing during the recovery process. The conversation includes:Signs that led Mildred to realise that something wasn’t right and that she had brain tumour.Questioning and hearing from God about the illness.       Mildred’s recovery process after surgery.Challenges and successes post operation.The different forms of support Mildred received from friends and family.How Mildred deals with the annual medical check-ups.Mildred’s faith in Jesus over her health and future.  Bible scriptures and music that helped Mildred in her journey.What Mildred learned about herself following her battle with brain tumour.How Mildred now views life and the changes made following the experience.Advice for those going through a serious health challenge.Take a moment to delve into what may be 'beyond the smile' - listen in to the conversation.Guest details:Mildred Talabi trained as a Journalist and worked in the media, before transitioning into Public Relations and then Communications. Along the way, Mildred started several businesses, authored four books, and had the privilege of speaking to and training many audiences across different countries. Today, Mildred specialises in working with female leaders and women in business to build powerful and authentic personal brands through being visible on LinkedIn. Guest's websiteMaryLayo's spiritual wellbeing tips: Meditate on the bible scriptures: John 16:33, Philippians 4:13 & Psalm 23:4Listen to No Longer Slaves. Artist: Zach Williams. Connect with MaryLayo:LinkedInInstagramFor help in dealing with mental health related matters, please seek specialist professional advice and support if needed.
Losing Keven
22-08-2023
Losing Keven
A Mother's Journey Through GriefIn today's episode of MaryLayo Talks, I’m with guest, Barbara Legere, to talk about her experience of losing a child to suicide. We discuss how she managed to cope following the death of her son, Keven, and what’s kept her going. This covers:What was Keven like?How did he end his life?How did you deal with his death?What forms of support helped you with the grieving process?Did you find there was a stigma attached to suicide?Tell me about your book 'Keven’s Choice'?Tell me about your latest book 'Talk to Me I’m Grieving'?What should someone not say to a grieving person?How can someone help a person that's grieving?What advice would you give someone who's child is struggling with substance abuse and expressing suicidal thoughts?What advice would you give to someone who's recently lost their child?Bible verses for bereavementTake time out. Delve into what may lie beyond a smile and listen in to the conversation.Guest details:Barbara Legere is the author of 'Keven's Choice – A Mother’s Journey Through Her Son’s Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide' and 'Talk to Me I'm Grieving – Supportive Ways to Help Someone Through Grief'. Barbara is an advocate for harm reduction and ending the stigma towards substance abuse and mental health issues.Guest's websiteMaryLayo's spiritual wellbeing tip: Meditate on the bible scriptures Psalm 34:18 and Matthew 5:4.Connect with MaryLayo:LinkedInInstagramFor help in dealing with mental health related matters, please seek specialist advice and support if needed.
Helping the Helper
08-08-2023
Helping the Helper
Mental Health Insights for Healthcare workers and other CaregiversIn today's episode of MaryLayo Talks, I’m with guest, Professor Dale Larson, to discuss the mental health of caregivers, who are also known or include care workers, carers and healthcare workers. Professor Larson shares about experiences nurses, doctors, therapists, social workers, and others such as the clergy can often struggle with in their role to help others, e.g., burnout, trauma, Covid, showing compassion and grief, and how they too can be helped. Questions included:How prevalent is burnout among first line healthcare workers?What are the unique challenges healthcare workers face that impacts their mental health?What are the signs that a caregiver is facing burnout?Tell me about your book ‘The Helper's Journey’?What key things could a caregiver do to stay well and protect themselves?What advice would you give to a caregiver that is struggling?Bible verses about caring for others, being cared for and offloading burdens.Take a moment to delve into what may be 'beyond the smile' - listen in to the conversation.Guest details:Professor Dale Larson is an award winning author and clinical psychologist. He is the J. Thomas and Kathleen L. McCarthy Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, a Fellow in three Divisions of the American Psychological Association (Counseling, Health, and Humanistic Psychology) and Member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.Professor Larson is author of the book "The Helper's Journey - empathy, Compassion, and the Challenge of Caring".Guest's website Related resources: Check out Episode 1: Running on Empty & Episode 15: All Work, No Play also.MaryLayo's spiritual wellbeing tips: Matthew 25:40, Psalm 23:1-4 & 1 Peter 5:7.Connect with MaryLayo:LinkedInInstagramFor help in dealing with mental health related matters, please seek specialist advice and support if needed.
Standing up to Goliath
25-07-2023
Standing up to Goliath
Workplace Bullying and Intimidation In today's episode of MaryLayo Talks, I’m with guest, Jessy Gomes, about workplace intimidation and bullying. Jessy shares how her experience had an impact on mental health and she overcame the challenges. The conversation covers:Jessy’s personality, character and confident natureJessy’s experience of anxiety and loss of confidence at workWhat Jessy did to gain back her confidence What Jessy learned about herself The steps Jessy put in place to look after her wellbeing Tips friends and family can do to support those going through bullying or intimidation at work?Tips for someone who may be experiencing bullying or intimidation at work?A Bible scripture to meditate on and support spiritual wellbeing.Take a moment to delve into what may be 'beyond the smile' - listen in to the conversation.Guest details:Jessy is a creative thinker, PhD researcher, a Global Health and Safety Leader in the Construction sector and a change maker. Jessy serves as an Occupational Safety and Health Strategist and women’s advocate on the profession. Her latest research is on Health and Safety strategies that are overcoming the plateaued statistics in the UK.TEDx talk: Your Job Does Not Define Your Worth Marylayo's spiritual wellbeing tip: Meditate on the bible scripture Romans 8:28.Connect with MaryLayo:LinkedInInstagramFor help in dealing with mental health related matters, please seek specialist advice and support if needed.