Catt Sadler on being more 'unguarded': 'There are days I get nervous before talking to my therapist'
May 30, 2021·7 min read
Catt Sadler talks mental health, her new podcast and why celery juice is overrated. (Photo: Jared Kocka; designed by Quinn Lemmers)
The Unwind is Yahoo Life’s well-being series in which experts, influencers and celebrities share their approaches to wellness and mental health, from self-care rituals to setting healthy boundaries to the mantras that keep them afloat.
Catt Sadler can't help but see the glass half full in life, despite the curveballs she’s been thrown lately. The entertainment journalist, activist and mom just launched the Dear Media podcast It Sure Is A Beautiful Day.,
which features unfiltered conversations about important topics, including mental health, with both close friends and notable celebrities.
“'It Sure Is A Beautiful Day'
doesn't mean every day is going to be easy or filled with sunshine and joy,” Sadler says, chatting to Yahoo Life. “It’s remembering that regardless of what comes at us, there is a peace and a solace where we can be OK — and OK is really nice. We’ll all take OK after what we went through last year, right? That OK is beautiful in and of itself.”
What has surprised you the most over this past year of change and transition?
The waves of it all. [This past year brought] a lot of highs and a lot of lows and I felt the rollercoaster of emotions like so many people did. Beyond the pandemic, I went through a lot of personal changes — a romantic relationship had ended, my kids' father moved across the country — and I found myself faced with an opportunity to look inside and think more about my stage in life, being in the middle of my life.
What surprised me was that I was pretty good at being still and being centered. I got really comfortable swimming around in this bigger, deeper question of our purpose. I liked the slower pace and the introspection, and I invoked that in the direction of the show. The last year, for me, was a gift in a lot of ways.
What's something you learned during the recording of It Sure Is A Beautiful Day?
This is my second podcast and this time around it’s different because, right now, [the show] is recorded over Zoom. That won't last forever and I still try to paint an intimate picture for the listener, and spend some time cultivating an exchange that’s real. We’re all human beings that come to a conversation in the middle of our lives. These are people's real lives and I love capturing that. I like asking where in the world people are so I can paint a picture for listeners.
For example, I interviewed CNN’s chief White House correspondent, Kaitlan Collins. I was really impressed by her over the past year and she was one of my first Beautiful Day guests. She was coming to the interview from the basement of the White House, below the press room — which was just so cool — so I wanted her to describe that scene for the listener.
What’s your approach to mental health?
You have to make [self-care] a priority. We hear about “the work” — the work we’re supposed to do on ourselves, whether it's therapy or exercise or eating a certain way or meditation — to heal or just to sharpen up your wellness. It is the discipline of the practice. I told my therapist that [self-care] does work if you’re actually consistent, if you invest time each day, bit by bit. It doesn't have to be three hours a day, but it has to be consistent. You do feel the shift; you do blossom into this better version of yourself. I am here for it — I know that it works and I really want to be that cheerleader for people. I don't feel bad about [taking time for] self-care at all!