Psychologist, Author, Teacher of Mindfulness and Compassion

Short Interviews Featuring Dr. Susan Pollak


4 Mindfulness Steps Every Freelancer Should Do Before Starting Their Day
Everyone has days where just getting started is a job in and of itself—whether it's due to stress, sluggishness, or an ongoing pandemic, there's a whole world of distractions that can demand our...
How to Be A Happier Working Parent Under Quarantine
Before I even open my eyes to begin my day, I often feel defeated. There’s the work I need to get done (a problem when you have a three-year-old with a short attention span but zilch on the childcare front)...
The Surprising Power of Self-Compassion
"Compassion has horrible PR! People equate it with indulgence or wimpiness," says Susan Pollak, Ed.D., But compassion, and especially self-compassion, is exactly what parents need when...
Help Me Shake Off My Angry Edge!
"While men tend to feel guilt after an angry episode, women often feel profound shame," says anger expert Russell Kolts, Ph.D. "But shame prevents us from investigating what made us vulnerable to...
The Ultimate Survival Guide for Mentally Coping During the Holidays
For all the cheer the holidays bring, they can also be a time of stress. From having to attend numerous social events to interacting with multiple family members to feeling the loss of a loved one, there are...
Parents feel burnout just like other workers
As a former nurse, Erin Werley was used to 12-hour shifts sometimes stretching into 15, constantly being on her feet and feeling high levels of stress. But nothing prepared her for the demands of motherhood...
Q & A with the Author, Dr. Susan Pollak
Author of Self-Compassion for Parents: Nurture Your Child by Caring for Yourself  "I yelled at the kids again—and feel so ashamed." "I barely have time to shower, let alone exercise; no wonder I’m so...
Self-Compassion for Parents: Nurture Your Child by Caring for Yourself
On a tough day, raising children can feel like one of the most difficult, seemingly thankless roles a person can have. The stakes are high, and the hours are rough. There is no formal training, and it isn’t...
Mindfulness for Parents and Children: New Parenting Books 2019
The abundance of parenting styles and fads—tiger moms, helicopter parents, and cat dads, not to mention free-range parenting, baby-led parenting, and attachment parenting—is enough to make any new...