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Host Jessica Nicole, has made it her mission to reframe the idea of what a "good mom" looks like. It is time to set aside the mom guilt, the shame, the isolation and come together as a community of like minded women who CAN have it all. With a background as a certified yoga instructor, foodie, and self love advocate, Jessica will have the tough conversations as we discuss topics ranging from health, sex, parenting, marriage, friendship and everything in between. We can have the life we have always dreamed of and she is here to get you there. Join us for an opportunity to laugh, share, and SLOW DOWN. Want more? Download the app, The Zen Mommy on Apple and Google Play.
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Today’s guest, Dr. Christina Burns, is the founder of Naturna, an integrative health centre dedicated to the fusion of Eastern medicine and Western science. On this mini episode, we discuss why Dr. Burns believes that taking charge of your fertility journey involves the subtle interplay of factors like diet and stress before bringing out the big guns of traditional fertility treatment. Join us to hear more!Key Points From This Episode:Why it’s always appropriate to seek out knowledge, but it could be too early to find someone to manage your case.How to look at adjusting your lifestyle, starting with seeking out a nutritionist.The softer, gentler approach that involves taking responsibility for your habits.Why Dr. Burns believes in lesser intervention.The power of learning your body.Needing more information as a great reason to seek out support from a doctor.What her advice to patients boils down to: don’t neglect the subtle interplay of things in your life and seek out the knowledge you need to take action.Why taking charge means addressing diet and stress before taking on the big guns. Tweetables:“First line is a softer, more gentle approach in taking responsibility for your own habits that could be either enhancing your fertility or getting in the way of your fertility.” — Dr. Christina Burns [0:00:36]“Don’t neglect the subtle interplay of things in your life that could be influencing your fertility. Seek out the knowledge you need to take action.” — Dr. Christina Burns [0:01:30]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Dr. Christina Burns on Instagram Naturna Institute on Instagram Naturna InstituteFertility in Focus PodcastThe Zen MommyJessica NicoleMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
How the COVID-19 Vaccine Impacts Reproduction with Christina BurnsToday’s guest, Dr. Christina Burns, is the founder of Naturna, an integrative health centre dedicated to the fusion of Eastern medicine and Western science. On this mini episode, we discuss the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine on fertility and the reproductive system as a whole. Within the context of New York, Christina discusses her belief that people should have a personal choice on vaccination based on their own medical history and gives a few examples of patients who have experienced unfavorable fallout on their reproductive activity after receiving the vaccine. We touch on the murky waters of not being able to prove that the vaccine is the root cause of the miscarriages that some of her patients have experienced, and talk about how the vaccine is taxing on the body by causing inflammation. Dr. Burns urges patients to pursue their fertility efforts away from the vaccine, and closes with the truth bomb that there really is no right answer on how to navigate vaccination and fertility. Listen in today!Key Points From This Episode:How New Yorkers were hit by COVID-19 and have strong opinions on vaccinating.Why Christina believes that people should have a personal choice on vaccination. Her post-menopausal patient that wouldn’t stop bleeding after her vaccine.The proven effects of the vaccine on the reproductive system of both men and women.The small contingent of women that believe the vaccine made them miscarry and how this can’t be proved either way.How the vaccine is taxing on the body by causing inflammation.Why Dr. Burns urges patients to pursue their fertility efforts away from the vaccination. How there is no right answer.Tweetables:“I serve primarily a New York population, and New Yorkers were hit so badly by COVID-19 that there is a very strong opinion in New York about vaccinating.” — Dr. Christina Burns [0:00:01] “There are vaccine reactions. I personally believe that people should have a personal choice according to what’s going on with their health and their family.” — Dr. Christina Burns [0:00:35] “I’ve had a number of menstruating women start having irregular cycles, bleeding several times a month, or losing their period altogether. We know that [the vaccine] is definitely affecting the reproductive system of both men and women.” — Dr. Christina Burns [0:01:18]“The vaccine is also taxing, it causes inflammation in the body, and inflammation is at the root of a variety of different disorders.” — Dr. Christina Burns [0:02:40] “What I usually say to women who are wanting to do the vaccine, understandably, is please do it away from your fertility efforts. Give it at least a month, maybe two, for the body to calm down. Do some acupuncture, make sure you’re eating an anti-inflammatory diet.” — Dr. Christina Burns [0:03:38]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Dr. Christina Burns on Instagram Naturna Institute on Instagram Naturna InstituteFertility in Focus PodcastThe Zen MommyJessica NicoleMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Becoming a mom is a life-changing event for our bodies, our minds, and our identities. This concept forms the heart of Amber Trueblood’s wonderful book Stretch Marks: A Self-Development Tool for Mothers Who are Being Stretched in Every Direction. Amber is a licensed therapist, author, podcaster, and mother to four sons. As an avid reader and learner, she curates courses, workshops, and simple self-care tools for women. In our conversation with Amber, we delve into her work on helping moms find calm, peace, and fulfillment by silencing self-judgment, identifying unreasonable expectations, and banishing baloney beliefs. We discuss some of the expectations that might be causing you frustration, as well as how to identify and address them. Amber unpacks some of the challenges parents might currently be facing, like getting kids to bed at a reasonable hour and establishing a morning routine. We also discuss teaching kids independence from an early age and interrogate how moms can sometimes become addicted to their family being dependent on them. Key Points From This Episode:Why Amber used the term ‘stretch marks’ as the title for her book.The drastic changes that happen in your mind and body when you become a mother.Why guilt and expectations are the two major hurdles standing in the way of moms finding joy and success.Why the first step is identifying your expectations of yourself.Why expectations are often the primary source of frustration and guilt.How to determine whether your expectations are helping or hurting you and your family.Identifying how letting go of an expectation can help your family.How you can become addicted to your family relying on you for everything.How families learn the habit of automatically consulting the mom when they can’t find something.Why this pattern forms and how it impacts different family members.How this dependence can affect kids later in life.How to disrupt this pattern by telling them where the item is that they are looking for.How morning routines set you up for the rest of your day.Tips for helping yourself and your family with their morning routines.Why getting enough sleep as a parent is crucial.How to slowly shift bedtimes back to an earlier time.Why removing devices from the bedroom at night is integral to a good night's sleep.How to replace digital activities with activities like yoga or reading that deregulate the nervous system.How to delegate more responsibilities while also giving the support they need.Why it’s important to realize how delegating benefits both you and your child.Ask yourself what qualities you’d like to see in your children as they age.How meditation helped Amber bridge the gap between her heart and brain.Some of the biggest things Amber learned about parenting misconceptions.The neurological effects of meditation and how Amber practices self-care.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Amber TruebloodAmber Trueblood on InstagramStretch Marks: A Self-Development Tool for Mothers Who are Being Stretched in Every DirectionThe Stretch Marks PodcastThe Zen MommyJessica NicoleMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Nighttime and Morning Routines with Amber TruebloodDuring the summer months, it’s natural for bedtimes to creep continually later into the evening. This can make mornings particularly challenging when kids return to school. In this mini conversation with Amber, we discuss morning routines and why getting a good night’s sleep is integral to better mornings. She shares her tips for returning to an earlier bedtime and explains how devices can wreak havoc with your children’s sleep. Tune in today for more on this universal topic!Key Points From This Episode:How morning routines set you up for the rest of your day.Tips for helping yourself and your family with their morning routines.Why getting enough sleep as a parent is crucial.How bedtimes shift to a later time slot during the summer.How to slowly shift bedtimes back to an earlier time.Why removing devices from the bedroom at night is integral to a good night's sleep.Tweetables:“I think for me, right now, school mornings are intertwined with anxiety, like when it doesn't go well it's intertwined with anxiety,” — Amber Trueblood [0:00:45]“Protecting your sleep, for me, is the first step in having a good morning.” — Amber Trueblood [0:01:41]“If they're literally bouncing off the walls, it might be an overtired. You remember when we were kids and you get so sleepy, you get like punch drunk, like cracking up, like giggling, laughing so hard at sleepovers because you're just so exhausted.” — Amber Trueblood [0:03:05]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Amber TruebloodAmber Trueblood on InstagramThe Zen MommyJessica NicoleMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
So often moms end up being the ones responsible for finding any missing items in the house, but why is that? And is it doing a disservice to yourself and your family? In this mini conversation, we discuss why family’s fall into this pattern, how it impacts your time and why it’s ineffective. Tune in to hear more!Key Points From This Episode:How families learn the habit of automatically consulting mom when they can’t find something.Why this pattern forms and how it impacts different family members.How this dependence can affect kids later in life.Tweetables:“They figured out, because I taught them, that the quickest way to find something is to ask mom.” — Jessica Nicole [0:00:11]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Amber TruebloodAmber Trueblood on InstagramThe Zen MommyJessica NicoleMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
In our first mini conversation, we ask Amber Trueblood, a licensed therapist and mother of four, about the biggest obstacles standing in the way of mothers finding joy and success in life. We discuss the interconnected role of guilt and expectations as well as how to recognize when your subconscious expectations are affecting your overall happiness. These expectations can come from a multitude of sources and are often unhelpful. Amber shares her tips for identifying these expectations and evaluating whether they are worth your time and energy. Join us today to hear more!Key Points From This Episode:Why guilt and expectations are the two major hurdles standing in the way of moms finding joy and success.Understanding that your expectations of yourself can come from a multitude of places.Why these expectations are often subconscious and unhelpful.Why the first step is identifying your expectations of yourself.Why expectations are often the primary source of frustration and guilt.How identifying a subconscious expectation can banish it.Tweetables:“And they're the ones that are a lot of the source of that guilt, the source of that self-judgment, the source of that shame, the source of that frustration because at some level, you don't agree with most of these expectations.” — Amber Trueblood [0:01:07]“When you're feeling guilty or triggered in some way, emotionally asking yourself, ‘What's the problem here? What's my judgment? Oh, my judgment is I feel like I should be done with work by six o’clock.’” — Amber Trueblood [0:02:15]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Amber TruebloodAmber Trueblood on InstagramThe Zen MommyJessica NicoleMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Fostering Independence in Your Children with Amber TruebloodIt’s not always clear what responsibilities our kids can take on, and often as moms it’s easier to do tasks on their behalf, like preparing lunches or laying out clothes for the following day. In this mini conversation, we discuss how you can gradually foster independence in your kids in a way that is both supportive but also encourages them to grow. Amber shares her advice on how to determine what you can expect from your child depending on their age and how to support their journey to becoming increasingly independent. Tune in today for useful tips and eye-opening insights on this important topic!Key Points From This Episode:How to use your child’s grade as a guide to how much responsibility they can take on.Why it’s important to remind yourself that your child is more capable than they were the year before.How to delegate more responsibilities while also giving the support they need.Why it’s important to realize how delegating benefits both you and your child.Ask yourself what qualities you’d like to see in your children as they age.Tweetables:“All your kids are a year older than they were last year at this time, they can do more, so you can delegate more.” — Amber Trueblood [0:00:43]“Give them some autonomy to make some decisions, but then helping them follow through with it and creating a habit of it.” — Amber Trueblood [0:01:23]“It's nice to realize not only how it benefits you but how it benefits them, and what kind of characteristics you're trying to build in your kids.” — Amber Trueblood [0:01:54]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Amber TruebloodAmber Trueblood on InstagramThe Zen MommyJessica NicoleMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Online Dating with Perri SchneiderToday, we have the pleasure of speaking to Perri Schneider, an online dating expert who draws from her own experience to guide us through all the do’s and don’ts of modern dating. You’ll hear why apps are so popular, how Perri has based her professional approach on her own experience, and why using apps is a powerful time-saving tool. Perri tells us what she considers to be the best dating apps, and urges us to use our common knowledge to discern which platforms are worth our time. She also reminds us that time doesn’t guarantee success, but rather the quality of your actions does, before explaining why she discourages users to pay for dating apps and telling us how a life coach helped her to see that her expectations were unrealistic. Next, she tells us how giving her girlfriends guidance turned into a business to help others, and urges audiences to start with asking what you want, before giving us a two-fold process of finding out what that is. We dive into the pros and cons of the dating landscape in a post-COVID world, and why it is important to create an honest representation of yourself online. Perri points out that people who won’t communicate before a date are showing you a huge red flag, and talks about the value of virtual dating in terms of establishing whether there is a connection. She tells us some funny stories from her own dating life, and shares her greatest success story with a client, before leaving us with the truth bomb that the goal is not to find the perfect partner, but to live in your truth everyday. Lastly, she tells us what her definition of self-care is, being in her truth, listening to podcasts, yoga, walking, and pizza, doing what feels good for her in the moment and listening to herself. We hope you join us to hear from this inspiring dating expert today!Key Points From This Episode:Why apps are popular: they’re great for meeting people and exploring a new area of life.Why using apps is a powerful tool to judge if someone is worth your time.What Perri considers to be the best dating apps: Bumble and Hinge.Why she loves OKCupid: they are very inclusive.The importance of using common knowledge to discern which platform is worth your time.Why time does not equal success, but the quality of your actions determines success.Why you shouldn’t pay for a dating app: the algorithm favors active users. Why you need to start with asking what you want.The two-fold process of finding out what you want: journaling, going for solo walks. The pros and cons of a post-COVID world: a level playing field for men and women.How the pandemic has made us all realize our need for connection.Why it is important to create an honest representation of yourself on dating apps.Why Bumble is so successful, because it encourages mutual effort.Red flags on a dating app: people who won’t communicate.The value of virtual dating to establish voice chemistry and banter. Her greatest success story: the woman with the broken engagement who is dating again.Why the goal is not to find the perfect partner but to live in your truth everyday.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Mom, Slow Down!Perri SchneiderPerri Schneider on TwitterPerri Schneider on InstagramSupport the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
During today’s mini convos, we check in with online dating coach, Perri Schneider, about the pros and cons of dating pre- and post-COVID. Perri’s main insight is that the casual style of surface level dating pre-COVID has transformed into a space where everyone is in pursuit of finding a connection, rather than dating casually. In our second mini convo, Perri tells the story of returning to a cool bar after an awkward date, and seeing the guy still waiting for his Uber! Tune in to hear more.Key Points From This Episode:The casual style of surface level dating pre-COVID that primarily focused on hook ups.How the pandemic forced people to realize their need for connection.How isolated men realized that they wanted relationships instead of casual dating.How this has leveled the playing field between men and women.The positive impact that everyone is in pursuit of finding a connection.Perri’s dating story of returning to a bar after ending an awkward date. Tweetables:“During the pandemic, we were isolated and lonely and sad and we really deeply craved connection and a partner. Both men and women are like, okay, I’m ready to get deep with someone.” — @SchneiderPerri [0:00:37] “With the pandemic, we did pause and we did take a really good look at our lives and where we’re at. Is this what I really want? Do I want to be myself? No, I want a partner. I want to do life with someone.” — @SchneiderPerri [0:01:24] “The positive side is that everybody is in pursuit now of finding a connection.” — @SchneiderPerri [0:01:38]“I didn’t even think that he was still there – that he was still waiting for his Uber! It was so bad.” — @SchneiderPerri [0:00:52]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Perri Schneider Perri Schneider on InstagramPerri Schneider on TwitterMom, Slow Down!Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Today’s guest, Beryl Solomon, also known as Weed Mom, is the creator of Poplar, an e-commerce site that sells the best in legal cannabis. She tells us a bit about her personal journey with cannabis and why she is such a big proponent of it, how she made the move to develop a balance between Prozac and cannabis, and her thoughts on postpartum depression and treatment options. Beryl lets us in on her personal health and wellness routine, which includes hemp dried CBD and a microdose of psychotropic THC, and reveals how the benefits she enjoyed by integrating cannabis products into her life made her see the business opportunity. She predicts a future where you’ll be able to step into a dispensary and find a product for every part of your day. We touch on the stigma around cannabis and Beryl talks about the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is built to absorb the cannabis plant, before outlining the three main problems that cannabis assists with: sleep, pain, and stress. Next, we chat about how cannabis can create balance in the body and Beryl tells us about the thirty brands stocked on her website. Touching on the fear of developing an addiction to cannabis, Beryl tells us that you can get addicted to anything, and that communication and honesty around usage are key. Lastly, she tells us how consuming cannabis has enriched her parenting experience, and leaves us with this thought: there are precautions you need to take as a parent, just as there are around alcohol. We hope you join us for today’s eye-opening episode! Key Points From This Episode:Beryl’s personal journey with cannabis and why she is such a big proponent of it.Her experience using pharmaceuticals for anxiety, and how she discovered natural solutions. Why she believes there is a place for both pharmaceuticals and natural remedies.How she made the move to develop a balance between Prozac and cannabis.Cannabis is made up of more than 130 cannabinoids, including CBD and CBN.How research shows that the best CBD has a tiny amount of THC in it.Beryl’s hope that the stigma around cannabis usage will diminish over time. How the body’s endocannabinoid system is built to absorb the cannabis plant.Accessibility to cannabis in New York and the role of PrestoDoctor in creating prescriptions.The three problems that cannabis assists with: pain, stress, and sleep. The role of cannabis in creating balance in the body. The online store’s 30 brands, which are predominantly female-owned small businesses.How you can use CBD to bring your high to an end.The addictive component of cannabis: you can be addicted to anything! The importance of moderation, communication, and honesty in everything you do.How cannabis has impacted her relationship with her husband: a shared interest, in the bedroom, and from a fun perspective.How consuming cannabis can enrich your parenting experience through presence and anxiety management.The reality of there being things you need to do as a parent who consumes cannabis. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Beryl Solomon on LinkedInBeryl Solomon on InstagramPoplar Poplar on Instagram Poplar on Facebook PrestoDoctorMom, Slow Down! The Zen MommySupport the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
How to Pick the Right Dose with Beryl SolomonEpisode S3E6: Show Notes.During this mini conversation, Jessica tells us about her experience in Aspen, indulging in a low dose of cannabis to start with. Beryl assures us that this method is right on the money, and that she always tells her customers to try half of everything to start with!Key Points From This Episode:Jessica’s experience in Aspen, trying and enjoying a low dose of cannabis. Beryl’s advice to always try half of everything to start with. Tweetables:“I always say: half of everything to start. You can always take more, you can’t take less!” — Beryl Solomon [0:00:52]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Beryl Solomon on LinkedInBeryl Solomon on InstagramPoplar Poplar on Instagram Poplar on FacebookMom, Slow Down! The Zen MommySupport the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Medical Uses for Cannabis with Beryl SolomonEpisode S3E6: Show Notes.During today’s mini conversation, Beryl Solomon tells us about her digital site that sells the best in legal cannabis, which today is CBD. Cannabis addresses three main problems: pain, stress, and sleep by helping the body to get back to its equilibrium. It is a powerful tool that is meant to work with our bodies, especially as women, and an organic product that comes from the earth and can support our wellness. Tune in to hear more about how it works! Key Points From This Episode:Introducing Poplar: an e-commerce site that sells the best in legal cannabis.Where to find Poplar: online, shipping to 50 states.Three main problems cannabis solves: pain, stress, and sleep.How cannabis helps your body get back to its equilibrium.Why cannabis is a powerful tool that is meant to work with our bodies as women.How we can apply the same logic around organic produce to the cannabis plant.Tweetables:“Poplar is an e-commerce site that sells the best in legal cannabis, which today is CBD.” — Beryl Solomon [0:00:13] “Cannabis is a tool that can affect pain, stress, and sleep.” — Beryl Solomon [0:00:45] “[Cannabis] is a powerful tool that is meant to work with our bodies as women.” — Beryl Solomon [0:00:45]Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Beryl Solomon on LinkedInBeryl Solomon on InstagramPoplar Poplar on Instagram Poplar on FacebookMom, Slow Down! The Zen MommySupport the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Episode S2E13: Show Notes.Naturopathic medicine, holistic medicine, and functional medicine are all different terms for the same holistic approach to healing the body. Looking at the body as a complete system can change your approach to health and wellness, enabling you to unravel your body’s complex systems, get to the root cause of imbalances and support the body’s optimal functioning. Today’s guest, Swathi Rao, is a functional medicine practitioner who believes in the pillars of eat well, sleep well, move well and poop well to be well. We begin our conversation with Swathi by asking her what lead her to functional medicine after making her start in traditional healthcare, and what it means to her. She tells us about her underlying philosophy for health and touches on what eating well looks like in functional medicine. We talk about the role of healthy movement and why it is so important to get enough sleep every night. Swathi explains the role of the microbiome, the gut-brain connection and the cuddle factor. She tells us where to start to address gut issues and we explore food sensitivities and what causes them. Next, we dive into inflammation, leaky gut and the role of gluten, mindful eating and practicing gratitude towards yourself. We dive into the role of supplements versus medication and where each is appropriate and Swathi shares a bit about her most rewarding work. We hope you join us for a wealth of wisdom on functional medicine and holistic health today. Key Points From This Episode: •    What lead Swathi to functional medicine from her time in traditional healthcare.•    Why eat well, sleep well, poop well, live well have become the defining factors of how Swathi practices medicine.•    What eating well looks like in functional medicine.•    Why children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night and adults need a full 8.•    Enriching the microbiome as the foundation of wellness.•    The gut-brain connection and the cuddle factor.•    Where to start to address gut issues: adopt a paleo diet.•    Food sensitivities and what causes them.•    Inflammation, leaky gut and the role of gluten and mindful eating.•    The importance of practicing gratitude for yourself and your contribution to the world.•    How functional medicine has changed throughout the global pandemic and what has been revealed.•    The role of supplements versus medication.•    The hardest cases that Swathi deals with and the most rewarding. •    The problem of inflammation.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Be Well Family Careifm.orgMom, Slow Down!The Zen Mommy on InstagramThe Zen MommySupport the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Healing Sound Baths with Sarah GardnerEpisode S2E12: Show Notes.Have you ever felt down and unable to pull yourself out of a funk? When the thought of even trying to meditate or start a yoga practice seems like too much? Well, this episode might just have some answers for you! Have you heard of sound baths? They’re not actually baths at all, but rather an immersive sensory experience where healing sound waves wash over the body, activating the parasympathetic nervous system with very little effort on your part. Want to learn more? Luckily, today’s guest will tell you all you need to know. Sarah Gardner, known as The Gardner Girl, is a sound bath artist and mindfulness facilitator who works with corporate clients, athletic teams, coaching cohorts, students, families, and individuals to provide the ultimate experience in passive self-care. In this episode, Sarah shares her personal path to healing and highlights the very real correlation between sound and the human body, explaining how sound baths activate our natural rest, digest, and heal response and some of the other benefits you can receive from a sound bath session. To find out more, tune in today!Key Points From This Episode:•    Find out why Sarah doesn’t refer to herself as a sound healer.•    Her personal path to healing, which began with understanding that it must start within.•    Some of the incremental lifestyle changes she made that amounted to a greater change.•    Understanding that healing paths are non-linear and continuous.•    The energetic catalyst that was Sarah’s first sound bath experience.•    What is a sound bath: an immersive sensory experience involving healing sound waves.•    The very real correlation between sound and the human body.•    How a sound bath activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the body’s natural rest, digest, and heal response.•    You don’t need to be coherent to absorb the benefits of this practice; go ahead, take a nap!•    Sarah explains why she calls sound baths a “meditation hack.”•    How sound affects everyone differently depending on our individual human biofields.•    Hear why Sarah doesn’t recommend a sound bath if you have unresolved trauma. •    Learn how she plays the bowls intuitively and improvises depending on the session.•    The imposter syndrome Sarah had to overcome to begin practicing as a sound bath artist.•    Sarah shares her self-care practice, which includes listening to ASMR.•    Some of the other instruments used during sound baths and why the human voice is one of the most powerful modalities.Sarah Gardner on LinkedInSarah Gardner on InstagramThe Gardner GirlMom, Slow Down!Jessica Nicole on InstagramSelf-Love Collective Waitlist Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
The Power of Hype with Whitney GeorgeWe all need someone in our lives who can hype us when we need it. Maybe you are your own best hype-person, or maybe you have a person, or people, who you can go to when you need a pick-me-up to get you through whatever slump you might be in. Whitney George is a GO-TO hype mom, an entrepreneur, motivator-mindset coach, Pilates master trainer, and pre/postnatal expert. Yes, she wears all those hats! In today's episode, Whitney gets vulnerable and talks about why she is so passionate about hyping-up other women. It was not always this way for her, and it is a trait she has worked hard to nurture. We hear about the work she did to overcome her triggers and soften to the world. As someone so focused on helping people feel their best, Whitney understands the importance of taking a holistic approach to wellbeing. She shares how a difficult pregnancy led her to reflect on her health and why she felt compelled to share what she has learned with others. Our conversation also touches on why self-care is not selfish and the value of taking time to fill up your cup, the need for community as an entrepreneur, and the power of being receptive to help. So often, as women, we believe we have to do it all alone, but as Whitney shows us, when you have community and people to hype you, you can always go so much further than you could ever by yourself.  Key Points From This Episode:•   Where Whitney gets her boundless energy and ability to hype from. •   Surrender, impact, joy, and peace: the four words Whitney wants to exude. •   The role Whitney's mom played in her life and the work she did to feel less triggered by her behavior. •   Whitney's involvement with yoga, which started when she was in college. •   Hear about Whitney's experience of pregnancy, the difficulties she had, and how she came out on top. •   How becoming a mother to girls changed Whitney's life and outlook. •   Some of the products Whitney created to help pre and postnatal women. •   The importance of doing one thing at a time to achieve a grand vision. •   We have to be able to receive as well as give; it's not selfish to take care of ourselves. •   The value of slowing down and just taking things moment by moment. •   As an entrepreneur, you have to be your own hype person. •   How Whitney preserves her energy so she can replenish her cup. •   Being receptive to help is a skill that we have to learn to cultivate. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Whitney GeorgeWhitney George on InstagramWhitney George on LinkedInWhitney G MaternityClaim Your PowerZach BushAtomic HabitsGreenlightsSoulspace Christian MeditationMom, Slow Down!Jessica Nicole on Instagram Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Raising Highly Sensitive Children with Amy Vasterling Episode S2E10: Show Notes.If you or your child are easily overwhelmed by things like bright lights, coarse fabrics, and intense smells, and you have been described as too much, too sensitive, or too intensive, there is a chance you could be a highly sensitive person. Today's guest, Amy Vasterling, is a highly sensitive individual, who is navigating raising highly sensitive children, and she shares some incredible insights with us. We learn more about what high sensitivity means and the character traits that are synonymous with it. Being highly sensitive is not a disorder, and we must shift the paradigm to view it for its strengths rather than simply trying to make people fit into narrow boxes. Amy shares her own journey of learning about being highly sensitive, as well as examples of how her children benefitted when they were given the space they needed and allowed to tune into their intuition. As work on parenting techniques continues to expand and information becomes more accessible, we are in a position to constantly learn and grow as parents so we can be there for our children in the way they need. If you think that your child might be highly sensitive, this show is essential listening!Key Points From This Episode:•   A look into what it means to be a highly sensitive child. •   Why highly sensitive people often are not categorized. •   Most highly sensitive adults will either be INFJ or ENFP personality types. •   Some of the skills that highly sensitive people typically have. •   Why high sensitivity is not a disorder, but rather an evolutionary necessity. •   The importance of letting highly sensitive people process things on their own time. •   An example of how Amy gave her daughter the room she needed in a specific situation. •   Highly sensitive children know the path of least resistance and know what they need to do. •   Being conditioned into doing things you don’t like sets you up to not speak for yourself. •   Moving past the belief that high sensitivity is a problem.•   Amy’s journey of discovering that she was a highly sensitive person. •   How Amy believes being a highly sensitive person has helped her as a businessperson. •   What you can do if you suspect you have a highly sensitive child. •   The two parenting techniques that work well for highly sensitive children. •   How parents can model behavior for highly sensitive children. •   Some of the work that Amy is doing with highly sensitive children.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Amy VasterlingThe Highly Sensitive PersonSensitive The MovieMaking Work Work for the Highly Sensitive PersonHow to Talk So Kids Will ListenLove & LogicEmpath MamaMom, Slow Down!Jessica Nicole on Instagram  Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Learn how to be mindful with author Aimee Morgan, "The Chaos Antidote; a fable about mindfulness"Episode S2E9: Show Notes. Do you find yourself checking on your phone every few minutes? Do you struggle to be present? Are you often preoccupied with worries about the future and past decisions? If so, mindfulness might be a welcome antidote to the chaos of your modern lifestyle. In today’s episode, we get together with Aimee Morgan to talk about her new book The Chaos Antidote: A Fable About Mindfulness along with its accompanying workbook The Chaos Antidote: Six Week Mindfulness Workbook. In our discussion, Aimee shares her journey to mindfulness after a life-threatening miscarriage prompted her to reexamine her life. After participating in the comprehensive Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course by John Kabat-Zinn, she felt compelled to distill those ideas and rework them for her two new books. Aimee reflects on why she chose to disseminate these approaches to mindfulness through fables to make them accessible and ensure a broader impact. Listeners will hear how mindfulness techniques have helped Aimee in her life, what her daily practice looks like these days, and how to start your daily practice. Aimee breaks down her original daily reflection practice GLOWY, as outlined in her workbook, and gives some useful tips for overcoming one's fear of difficult emotions during meditation. We loved having Aimee on the show and had a fantastic conversation full of insightful wisdom, kindness, and hope, you won’t want to miss this!Key Points From This Episode:●      Aimee defines what mindfulness means for her.●      Aimee describes her book The Chaos Antidote: A Fable About Mindfulness and why she chose to share her ideas on mindfulness through accessible stories rather than a traditional self-help format.●      Why the characters in Aimee’s book are relatable, everyday people.●      How Aimee’s book is an accessible way into mindfulness.●      Aimee shares her journey with mindfulness.●      How Aimee took the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course by John Kabat-Zinn and distilled what she learned from it to form part of her book.●      The challenges that mindfulness has helped Aimee overcome.●      The benefit of identifying anxious thoughts.●      How Aimee has learned to self-regulate through mindfulness.●      A description of the workbook that accompanies The Chaos Antidote: A Fable About Mindfulness.●      Aimee shares her daily practice.●      Hear Aimee’s advice for creating a daily mindfulness practice.●      A look out for Aimee’s Mindfulness Academy, coming soon!Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Aimee MorganAimee Morgan on FacebookAimee Morgan on InstagramAimee Morgan on GoodreadsMindfulness AcademyThe Chaos Antidote: A Fable about MindfulnessMom, Slow Down!Jessica Nicole on InstagramSupport the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Many of us understand the importance of yoga and mindfulness. But when you do not have basic necessities like food, shelter, and visibility, you will have difficulty accessing your consciousness. Over the past summer, with growing food lines, police brutality, and a political divide that rocked the country to its core, we saw the struggles that Black and brown communities face being played out time and again. Katara Mccarty has made it her life’s mission to reach out to Black, indigenous, and women of color through her speaking, writing, and philanthropic work. 2020 gave her the fuel to redirect her focus, bringing mindfulness techniques to Black and brown communities through her app, EXHALE. In this conversation, Katara opens up about how being adopted by a Black mother and accepted into the community led her to philanthropic work. We talk about her experience of running a truly inclusive church, given that a lot of organized religion is not accepting of everyone. Our conversation then moves onto systemic racism, where we touch on how we, as individuals, can work to dismantle it, and the power that comes with being open to learning. As we wrap up, we touch on the wellness space and how, through its whiteness, it excludes and can even harm marginalized communities. Taking apart systemic racism is not easy, and we might feel as though we have no part to play. Our actions do not have to be perfect. However, if we approach change with vulnerability and humility, we can make a difference.  Key Points From This Episode:•  Why Katara struggled with a sense of belonging despite having a supportive community.•  The story of Katara’s spiritual journey and how she met her husband.•  The importance of acknowledging the systemic racism that we are upholding.•  Why sitting in neutral and saying you are not racist does not create change.•  It's not that systemic racism does not benefit Black and brown people; it literally kills them.•  Why Katara believes that anti-racism is a practice rather than an endpoint. •  We have to be willing to change and evolve and accept that it will be messy.•  The work that the yoga and mindfulness spaces have to do to be more inclusive.•  Difficulties that Black and brown women have in predominantly white wellness spaces.•  When we think about antiracism, it’s about Black and brown liberation.•  We need to move past an all-or-nothing mentality; there is a full spectrum in between.•  Katara’s impetus for starting the EXHALE app and the feedback she has received.•  How Katara believes we can educate our children about racism; we can learn with them.•  We need brave spaces, not safe spaces for Black and brown people.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Mom, Slow Down!Jessica Nicole on InstagramKatara McCartyKatara McCarty on Instagram‎Red Lips & Eye Rolls Podcast'EXHALE App Supports Emotional Wellbeing Of Black Women'Fannie Lou HamerLayla F. SaadChriSupport the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Healing Through Plants with Audrey BarronFood is medicine, but the industrialized food system has got so many of us hooked on processed, nutrient-poor food that harms rather than heals us. Audrey Barron is a medicine woman, creative talent, and owner of Ezra’s Enlightened Café in Indianapolis, a vegan, gluten-free, and 100% GMO-free restaurant. She is as passionate about plants as she is about empowering women to take back their own power and heal from the earth while trusting their intuition. Audrey is not simply hopping on the growing vegan trend; she has used plants to heal herself and, in this episode, she shares that journey with us. From struggling with a myriad of health conditions like insomnia, skin issues, and gut problems, Audrey found that eliminating certain foods from her diet and adding more plants changed her life, and the better she started feeling, the more she could learn about the healing power of plants. We talk about mainstream medicine, its approach to dealing with disease, and why this often disempowers people. Our conversation also touches on the importance of listening to your body rather than following food trends, insights into Audrey’s Medicine Woman program, and the power we all have when we listen to our intuition. Audrey's approach to plants and food is mindful, aware, and puts women back in the driver’s seat, and to get a taste of what her message is all about, be sure to tune in today!Key Points From This Episode:•   Audrey’s health struggles, when they reached their peak, and her journey of healing. •   The improvement Audrey saw after eliminating dairy and gluten from her diet. •   Veganism is not necessarily right for everyone; you have to listen to your body. •   The stories Audrey has heard about how a changed diet has improved people’s lives. •   There is a disconnect between mainstream medicine and proper disease treatment. •   We have to find a way to be empowered advocates for our own health. •   As mothers, we have to lead by example and model healthy behavior. •   The reception to Ezra’s in Indianapolis, a place that did not have many healthy options. •   People underestimate the cost of truly organic food; it’s a hard business. •   Why Audrey does not like the idea of fake meat as veganism becomes more popular. •   Small farming can help people who need meat eat higher quality products. •   How having six acres of land has changed Audrey’s life. •   Details about Audrey’s Medicine Woman program and the way it empowers women. •   Aubrey does not want to be an expert; she wants to guide women to their innate expertise.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Ezra's Enlightened CafeGaia ChefMedicine WomanAudrey Barron on LinkedInAudrey Barron on TwitterAudrey Barron on InstagramMom, Slow Down!Jessica Nicole on Instagram Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
Speaking up about the imperfect reality of motherhood is important to dispel the guilt and shame surrounding this topic. It’s okay to say that you need time away from your child for self-care! It’s okay not to “bounce back” after having a baby! Motherhood is an incredible thing, and we are blessed to have that experience, but it’s certainly not all perfect and wonderful. It’s a gamut of emotions, but no one talks about it. Adopting a both-and mentality is important – it’s both beautiful and difficult – as is finding the support you need and making sure not to compare yourself with others. Today we are joined by Jaya, a Healthcare Project Manager, mom of two boys, fashionista who loves yoga, spirituality, and who believes in all the connections of people through the heart and soul. Tune into this episode to hear Jaya share her experience of motherhood, both the ups and the downs, as she talks about dealing with family pressure, discovering there is no “normal”, the need for external support, and taking time for yourself. Find out what she learned between baby one to baby two, including accepting her changed body, taking the pressure off of herself to create aspirational content about motherhood for social media, and taking “perfect” representations on Instagram with a pinch of salt. Tuen in to find out more! Key Points From This Episode:•    Jaya talks about the night she had her first son and the disconnect she felt with motherhood.•    Learning to deal with family pressure to have kids and sticking to your own timeline.•    Jaya explains that she wished she knew what she was signing up for – the imperfect reality.•    Learning that there is no “normal”, as Jaya learned with sleep patterns or breastfeeding.•    The shame and guilt around breastfeeding (or being unable to breastfeed).•    It takes a village to raise a child: Jaya talks about the need for external support.•    The issue with the lack of honest feedback and support for postpartum depression.•    Why Jaya believes having freedom of choice is crucial – it’s okay to need time to yourself!•    Accepting changes in your body post-pregnancy and not comparing yourself to others.•    There is only so much you can do as a mother – to be there, you need time for yourself.•    The value of potentially taking a break from social media as a new mom.•    How the tides are changing on social media, with messy, imperfect representations of motherhood overtaking the curated ones.•    Jaya has taken the pressure off of herself to create aspirational content for social media.•    Taking what works for you from influencer’s content and leaving the rest.•    Jaya asks Jessica what inspired her to start her organization.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: JayaJaya’s WebsiteJaya on InstagramMom, Slow Down!Jessica Nicole on Instagram Support the show (https://paypal.me/momslowdown)
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