Episode #8: The Danger of Defining our Realities & Relationships with Reality TV (like The Bachelor)-- with Hannah Riley
In this episode, Hannah gives us an insight into her childhood and how much of an influence reality TV shows (like The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and more) had on her ideas of relationships, sexuality, and values. She has come a long way and makes some great points that are very relatable. She also has a few ideas about how to enjoy shows like The Bachelor in a healthy way!
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On this guest episode, Kara McCutchen and I discuss the world of dating these days and how it sometimes feels like a competition, not unlike what we see in the Bachelor franchise. Kara shares her personal story of forming more intentional friendships, competition for men in the dating world, and how this all impacts her mental health. Kara used to watch the Bachelor and the Bachelorette but no longer does and you will find out why (though she's the first to admit she watches other shows that are similar!). She also offers some great tips for dealing with feelings of inadequacy when in the dating world. You can follow her on instagram (which I highly recommend to see her art and her dating stories) @idahoadventuresart. And as always, please share this episode with anyone who might find it helpful, validating, or interesting-- and you can connect with me via email at email@example.com, on my website draprilwatts.com, or via instagram @draprilwatts.
What did you think? Have you felt this competition in the dating world and how did it affect you?
A short segment about my email series, 10 Lessons we can Learn from the Bachelor During COVID-19! In this episode I share the first 5 "lessons". I hope you enjoy and always please follow me on Instagram @draprilwatts and check out my website to sign up for the email series at draprilwatts.com.
What did you think-- what else can we learn from the Bachelor during COVID 19?
What is diet culture? Why does it matter? And how does it show up in our beloved Bachelor shows? What can we do about it? Danielle Basye, Registered Dietitian, is a wonderful guest to discuss these questions and more. To connect with Danielle, check out her website gentlynourished.net or follow her on Instagram @_gentlynourished_. The books Danielle recommended include: ANTI-DIET by Christy Harrison, INTUITIVE EATING by Evelyn Tribole, HEALTH AT EVERY SIZE by Lindo Bacon, BODY WARS by Margo Maine, THE BEAUTY MYTH by Naomi Wolf, and NOURISH by Heidi Schauster.
Thanks for listening! As always, please share the podcast with anyone you think might find it interesting, fun, or useful!
What did you think of this episode? How does diet culture impact you?
My FIRST guest on the Process the Journey podcast, Jillian Winters, LCPC. She will walk us through what self compassion is (and what it isn't) and how we can apply it to our "guilty" pleasure of the Bachelor and how "villains" like Victoria F. can use it too. If you enjoyed this episode please share with a friend and follow me on Instagram @draprilwatts. You can get in touch with Jillian at jillianwinters.com-- she is truly wonderful! For more info about self compassion (including research) visit self-compassion.org.
Thanks for listening! Comment below... what is a situation in your life to which you could bring a little self compassion?
In this introductory episode, I cover: who I am (Dr. April Watts, Licensed Professional Counselor in Idaho); my "history" with the Bachelor shows (I've been watching for a while...); my idea to combine Bachelor talk with mental health and counseling stuff; episode ideas including talking about villains, mental health issues, and other relevant topics mentioned on the Bachelor shows!
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What do you think? What ideas do you have for future episodes? Comment below!
On this podcast I combine my passion for counseling with my love for The Bachelor/The Bachelorette. We have fun and helpful discussions, recaps, and interviews about all of the Bachelor shows, highlighting topics relevant to mental and emotional wellness! Available on all major podcast platforms (Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor, and more). You can listen and support the podcast by following this link: https://anchor.fm/processthejourney/support