All season long, we’ve talked about self care practices that can help you to feel healthier, happier, and more fulfilled. We’ve talked about eating well, exercise, getting enough sleep, feeling our feelings, but we haven’t talked about how to stick with these practices in a meaningful way. 

In this episode Jennifer talks through questions, practices, and resources that will help you to turn your self care actions into long-term healthy habits. 

Planning meals, grocery shopping, and cooking nourishing meals for you and your family are deep level self care behaviors that can be especially challenging to fit into a busy schedule. The key is to figure out what works for you and allowing the process to change and grow over time. It may actually become something that you look forward to and cherish as self care time! 

Jennifer and Sara share tips and tricks for meal planning, including your family in the planning and cooking process, and how to overcome the most common barriers to getting to the store and getting healthy food on the table. 

For most parents, summertime is a big transition. The schedule is looser, kids are headed off in all directions, and there is an added pressure to enjoy everything and have fun. Plus, there’s worrying about the kids at sleepaway camp and the guilt that comes with not parenting perfectly. 

This episode is a quick one that explores ways that we can care for ourselves when life feels a little out of control. Jennifer gives some good ideas for continuing your deep self-care practice even when your schedule goes out the window. 

Shannon is an intuitive eating expert and somatic experiencing practitioner who works with her clients to help optimize the self-discovery and healing in the process of creating a new relationship with food and body. She’s also one of my best friends! 

In this episode we talk about how to deal with the guilt around self care, Shannon’s professional journey, and somatic experiencing techniques you can do today.

With her whole household down with the flu, Jennifer and her son are both struggling with hard feelings. In this episode, Jennifer uses Mark Nepo’s writings to explore how you can experience your feelings without labeling them as good or bad.

Accepting and experiencing your feelings is the highest form of self care and one that is so often overlooked. Whether your going through hard things right now, if you’re sick and quarantined, or if you’re feeling pretty good, this episode is definitely worth a listen.  

At a time when 2/3 of Americans want to change the relationship they have with their smartphone, there has never been a better time to evaluate the control your phone has over you. This episode outlines how you can start to change the way you use your phone with the goal of paying more attention and spending your time more intentionally. 

Jennifer is trying 10 techniques to change the way she uses her phone – join her to revamp the relationship you have with your smartphone. 

Were you taught self-compassion as a kid? I know I wasn’t. I was definitely taught to treat other people nicely, but no one ever talked to me about treating myself kindly. Self-compassion can make you healthier both mentally and physically, and generally makes people happier overall. 

In this episode we look at how we talk to ourselves and I’ll give you some well-researched ways to start cultivating a self-compassion practice.

Kelly is a sleep expert that walks us through how we can improve sleep from infancy into adulthood. She explains why we have trouble falling and staying asleep and gives us real world solutions to improving our sleep. 

At a time when 1/3 of Americans are getting less than 7 hours of sleep per night, people are scrolling social media in bed, and we seem to just be getting busier and busier, good sleep is needed now more than ever.  Are you getting your 8 hours??

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been taking a critical look at the role alcohol plays in my life, the role that it plays in my clients lives, and the role that it plays in society. 

Does drinking add to my enjoyment of life? Does it make me healthier? Does it make me a better mom? These are the questions that I’ve been asking myself. Join us to talk through answers to these questions and for ideas to start cutting down on your own alcohol consumption.

After reading Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, I found myself evaluating how I deal with stress and if I was doing everything I could to avoid burnout. Are you suffering from the 3 warning signs of burnout? Do you know how to deal with stress in a healthy and productive way?

We’ll talk through the signs of burnout and 5 easy changes you can make to help deal with stress, feel better, and avoid the negative long-term effects of stress and burnout.

An important component of self care is nourishing your body in ways that feel good, reduce disease, and provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function optimally. Incorporating more plants into your diet is the key to all of those. Whether you want to learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet, want to learn easy swaps you can use to get more fruit and vegetables in your meals, or are struggling to manage a diagnosis this episode is for you! 

Between the Great Pause, working from home, kids doing at home learning, sick family members, and constant up and down news cycles, COVID knocked a lot of us off of our normal schedules. This has left lingering affects on our nervous system that makes it harder for us to deal with stress.

This episode focuses on developing self care routines that help you to meet your needs daily without having to make constant decisions. We will talk through the importance of self care routines, why they work, how to set them up, practice them, and how to sit with the good once you have a routine in place.

Jennifer has been in private practice working with clients for over 15 years and has realized that once people start practicing self care, everything else starts to fall into place. She started this podcast as a way to help people find a self care routine and to see how a self care routine could improve their lives.

This episode focuses on developing a deeper self care routine. While manicures and lunches with friends are important, there is a deeper level of self care to explore.