Ep 94: Stories We Tell & Flipping the Script

Did you know that humans have at least 70,000 thoughts per day?

You might be surprised to learn that these thoughts turn into the stories you tell yourself and others. Some stories can be positive, while others are very negative and can hold you back from leading the life you truly desire.

And as educators, we’re dealing with our own stories and the stories of our students, coworkers, plus the people closest to us.

It’s a lot for any one person to process!

In this episode, host Meg Durham speaks with guest Madhavi Nawana Parker, a leading expert in mental health and wellbeing, about the stories we tell ourselves.

You’ll learn where our stories come from, the power of our stories, how to flip the script, and ways to foster a more positive mindset.

If you don’t know what Automatic Negative Thoughts are or how to take control of your stories for better wellbeing, this is an episode you must listen to.

Madhavi is an accomplished author – shop her books here!

In this conversation we discuss

▫️ Where our stories come from

▫️ Why the stories we tell ourselves matter

▫️ How to flip the script on our unhelpful stories 

▫️ And so much more…

You can quote us on that…

“Paying attention to the stories we tell ourselves is the first step.”

Madhavi Nawana Parker

“Automatic negative thoughts can hold us back, but we can start to change them by deliberately noticing and regulating our emotions.”

Madhavi Nawana Parker

“Our brains are like Velcro for bad experiences and like Teflon for good ones, so we must work on flipping our negative stories.”

Madhavi Nawana Parker


Madhavi Nawana Parker – Books | LinkedIn | Website

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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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