Window of Tolerance

Window of Tolerance

Join Jen as she discusses Daniel Siegel’s “Window of Tolerance” and how this model guides us in Emotional Regulation. What happens when we are present, okay enough to be here? What happens when our threat system goes into high alert (fight and flight and collapse)? How can we know if Read more…

The Vagus Nerve

The Vagus Nerve

Join Jen as she discusses the essential connection between the Vagus Nerve and emotional regulation. Vagus, simply means “wandering.” Jen explains Stephen Porge’s Polyvagal Theory, a guide to better understand your nervous system reactions. Our survival systems include Social Engagement, Fight and Flight, and Collapse. By bringing present moment awareness Read more…

Hughes, Jennifer Vicarious Trauma

Vicarious Trauma and Healthcare Providers

Self-Care Houston, Episode 24: Jennifer Hughes joins Jennifer Christian in a conversation about the impact of vicarious trauma on healthcare professionals in the medical and mental health fields. Jennifer discusses the impact of trauma on the mind and body. She shares how to identify the effects of vicarious trauma as Read more…

Seven A's of Healing Gabor Mate

Seven A’s of Healing

The following is taken from Chapter 19 of When the Body Says No; Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection by Gabor Mate, M.D. The Seven A’s of Healing “Pursuing the seven A’s of healing will help us grow into emotional competence. Emotional competence is the capacity that enables us to stand in a responsible, Read more…

Sherianna Boyle Emotional Detox

Emotional Detox for Anxiety

Self-Care Houston, Episode 23: Sherianna Boyle joins Jennifer in a conversation about the first step of beginning an emotional detox for anxiety: Toning the vagus nerve. Sherianna and Jennifer explore how the vagus nerve impacts the mind/body connection and accessible tools to “tone” the vagus nerve. Sherianna Boyle is the Read more…

Shani Bell Art Therapy

How Art Improves Self-Care

Self-Care Houston, Episode 20: Shani Bell joins Jennifer in a conversation about how art and creativity improve self-care. Shani shares how art is an empowering tool in conjunction with therapy and discusses ways to use art as a personal self-care tool. Shani Bell is Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist offering counseling Read more…

Energy Medicine Yoga Lauren Walker

Energy Medicine Yoga

Self-Care Houston, Episode 19: Lauren Walker joins Jennifer in a conversation about Energy Medicine Yoga. Lauren and Jennifer discuss the rise of anxiety and stress in our culture and how Energy Medicine Yoga creates a way to find balance in your body, so you can be present and alive in your Read more…

Kim Jones Postpartum Depression

Where Can I Find Support For Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Self-Care Houston, Episode 17: Kim Jones joins Jennifer in a conversation about common signs of postpartum depression and anxiety. Kim and Jennifer discuss obstacles to self-care and helpful resources for moms that also equip the entire family. Kim is the associate clinical director at The Center for Postpartum Family Health. Subscribe in iTunes. Resources from this Episode: Read more…

Jennifer Christian Anxiety

Anxiety and Shame Resilience

  Self-Care Houston, Episode 11: In this solo podcast, Jennifer Christian continues her discussion about anxiety from Episode 10, Anxiety Cycle. Jennifer discusses how building emotional regulation muscles and practicing shame resilience add to the self-care toolbox. Subscribe in iTunes. Resources from this Episode: Kim Fredrickson, “Give Yourself a Break: Turning Read more…

Jennifer Christian Anxiety Cycle

Anxiety Cycle

Self-Care Houston, Episode 10: In this solo podcast, Jennifer Christian shares her journey with anxiety/panic attacks. Jennifer talks about where anxiety comes from and how we get caught in anxiety cycles. Subscribe in iTunes. Resources from this Episode: Kelly McGonigal TED Talk, “Make Stress Your Friend.” Mark Williams’ Mindfulness Meditations, “Finding Read more…

Making Meaningful Decisions

Making Meaningful Decisions

Self-Care Houston, Episode 9: Kathleen Straker joins Jennifer in a conversation about a process of decision making that brings joy to life in a way that aligns with your values. Kathleen works with students from around the globe through her learning strategies workshops and individual academic coaching sessions. She has also Read more…

Brene Brown Trust

The Anatomy of Trust

Healthy relationships are built by cultivating trust. But, what does that mean? In her recent talk, “The Anatomy of Trust,” Dr. Brené Brown shares key components that are the hallmarks of trusting relationships with others and with yourself. In her talk, Brené shares Charles Feltman’s “most beautiful definition of trust:” “Trust is Read more…

Shannon McLain Sleep

Sleep

Self-Care Houston, Episode 8: Shannon McLain joins Jennifer in a conversation about sleep and intentional practices that can improve sleep. Shannon is a  mind-body medicine practitioner and certified health and wellness coach at The Center for Intentional Healing. Subscribe in iTunes. Resources from this episode: Impact of Sleep Deprivation on the emotional and Read more…

Elizabeth Haberer Thrive Trauma Informed Yoga

Thrive Trauma Informed Yoga

Self-Care Houston, Episode 7: Elizabeth Haberer joins Jennifer in a conversation about Thrive Trauma Informed Yoga. Trauma Informed Yoga can increase connection with the breath, enabling the brain to become less aroused, and relaxation to begin. A yoga practice partners beautifully with specialized trauma therapies such as EMDR, Emotional Dysregulation, Read more…

Virgil Fry Self-Care for Caregivers

Self-Care for Caregivers

Self-Care Houston, Episode 5: Virgil Fry joins Jennifer in a conversation about the needs and challenges of self-care for caregivers. Virgil is the Executive Director at Lifeline Chaplaincy. Subscribe in iTunes. Resources for Caregivers Lifeline Chaplaincy Compassionate Touch Ministry Virgil Fry, Disrupted: Finding God in Illness and Loss, 2007 Virgil Fry, Rekindled: Warmed by the Read more…