Managing the Stress of Being a Caretaker With Actor Nathan Kress

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Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews authors, experts, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life.

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Meet Nathan Kress

Nathan Kress is an actor who is best known for playing Freddie Benson on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly, which aired between 2007 and 2012. In 2021, he reprised his role in the iCarly revival. 

He’s also the co-host of a podcast called "RadioActive Dads." He and his co-host, fellow actor Brett Davern, talk about their experiences raising kids

Why Nathan Kress Is Mentally Strong

Nathan met his wife, London Moore, on the set of a movie. The pair have been married since 2015 and they have two daughters.

Nathan recently began talking about their experiences with London’s health issues. She has endometriosis and at times, her symptoms are debilitating. Nathan started sharing what it’s like to be a caretaker and the grief he and his wife has experienced after having five miscarriages.

Nathan’s willingness to be vulnerable is a sign of strength. He encourages other caretakers to reach out and connect with people who understand what they’re going through.

What You’ll Hear on the Show

  • How Nathan is challenging himself professionally
  • What made Nathan realized he should talk more about his struggles
  • How he and his wife managed their grief after miscariagge 
  • The steps he takes to push himself outside his comfort zone
  • Why he started crying when someone asked him how he was doing and what he learned at that moment
  • How he uses social media to share the ‘real’ side of life
  • How he manages his time
  • The steps he takes to take care of himself
  • The tips he has for other caretakers about managing mental health

What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength

While no one can build mental strength for you, you don’t need to make your journey solo. Support from other people can be instrumental in helping you become the strongest and best version of yourself.

It’s important to connect with people on a deeper level sometimes. Being able to talk about your struggles, your feelings, and your mental health is important. 

It’s helpful for us to be reminded that we aren’t alone in our struggles. Opening up to people is hard sometimes but it can be really good for our mental health.

Quotes From Nathan

Nathan Kress

I didn't realize that maybe I wasn't doing so good or that there were just things that I wasn't processing. And that me—as a hulking macho man—was taught to compartmentalize and compress [and] put these things away because they're not 'manly' enough.

— Nathan Kress
  • "The world is so fake online. Injecting a little bit of reality into it, even if maybe it's a little bit too much reality, at the very least it's refreshing."
  • "I don't know if it's just an American thing or a Western thing or a guy thing, but it also feels like when someone says, ‘how are you?’ you're not allowed to say anything other than, ‘Oh, I'm good. How are you?’"

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By Amy Morin, LCSW
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.