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…

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…

Randi Rubenstein Self-Care for Moms

Self-Care for Moms

Self-Care Houston, Episode 13: Randi Rubenstein joins Jennifer in a conversation about self-care and what that means as a mom. Randi and Jennifer talk about their own experiences as moms and how they continue to learn what self-care looks like in the context of a marriage and family. Randi is 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…

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…

kim Fredrickson going through difficult times

Going Through Difficult Times

Self-Care Houston, Episode 3: Kim Fredrickson joins Jennifer in a conversation about being a compassionate friend to yourself when you go through difficult times. Kim is a retired marriage and family therapist and the author of “Give Yourself A Break: Turning Your Inner Critic Into a Compassionate Friend.” Subscribe in iTunes. Resources Read more…

The Gift of Uncertainty

The Gift of Uncertainty

I am thrilled to have another contribution as part of the conversation going on in the Kindness Community, A Word Imagined, from Diana Walla, a seasoned marriage and family therapist, recently relocated in Austin, Texas. She discusses the opportunity for us to look for the potential gifts in disorienting experiences. She Read more…

Kindness heart

Self-Compassion Fuels Kindness

I am excited to do something a little different this week. Kim Fredrickson, counselor and author of the book, Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend, graciously contributed a guest post as part of the conversation going on in the Kindness Community, A Word Imagined. Her Read more…

A Word Imagined

A Word Imagined

by Jennifer Christian, LPC and Dr. Jeff M. Christian Words of hate tear at the fabric of our society; words of kindness mend. Imagine. Imagine life without unkind words. Imagine comments sections on your favorite website that only allow constructive criticism, words meant to further the conversation rather than out-shout those Read more…