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…

Boundaries

Two Therapists Talk About Healthy Boundaries

Self-Care Houston, Episode 16: In preparation for the holidays, Chelsie Sargent and Jennifer came together for a down-to-earth conversation about creating healthy boundaries and self-care. Boundaries are essential for healthy , thriving, relationships… but are also challenging in relationships that do not respect boundaries. Chelsie and Jennifer share from their own experiences and provide helpful 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…

self-care Houston finances

Creating Financial Stability

Self-Care Houston, Episode 6: Daniel Scholl joins Jennifer Christian in a conversation about empowering individuals, couples, and families to sustain ongoing financial stability. Daniel also shares how we can overcome obstacles that get in the way of achieving our financial goals. Daniel is the program manager for financial coaching at Family Houston. Subscribe in iTunes. Resources mentioned in this episode: Services 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…

Upside of Stress

The Upside of Stress

In Kelly McGonigal’s latest book,”The Upside of Stress,” she explores how things that create meaning and happiness in our lives also create stress. When we learn to change our relationship with stress, we build in possibilities for meaning and happiness. In the following video, McGonigal recommends practical ways to shift our perspective on stress: Take some time to journal, visit Read more…

Emotional Freedom Tapping

Emotional Freedom Tapping

Emotional Freedom Tapping, or EFT, is very easy to learn, and will help you: Alleviate Negative Emotions Reduce Food Cravings Reduce or Eliminate Pain And Implement Positive Goals Emotional Freedom Tapping, or EFT, is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture. Simply tapping Read more…

Sleep Your Anxiety Away

Sleep Your Anxiety Away

Becky Hein‘s recent article, Sleep Your Anxiety Away, Part I: You’ve Tried the Rest, Now Get Some Rest, discusses the impact of sleep deprivation on anxiety. If anxiety is a challenge, improving sleep is an excellent place to begin the focus of your efforts. She includes the latest research and helpful tools Read more…

Anger in Relationships

Managing Anger In Relationships

I recently had the honor of facilitating a class about healthy relationship practices. During one discussion about the importance of anger as an emotion, we examined how anger in relationships can be detrimental if we are not gentle with those we love. Anger is neither good nor bad. In fact, Read more…

Power of Gratitude

The Power of Gratitude

Last week, I had a dream that I was caught in a blizzard. A blanket of swirling white surrounded me. My mind raced to discover some sense of direction. I was disoriented and frightened. Paralyzed. Where was I? Where was the path home? And, then it was as if everything Read more…

Minimum Requirements of Self-Care

Minimum Requirements of Self-Care

Parenting, care-giving, crises, and life transitions have the potential of squeezing your self-care abilities below the bare minimum, leaving you in a self-care deficit. The article, “Minimum Self-Care Requirements” discusses the practice of “minimum requirements of self-care” to sustain you through these times. Excerpt from “Minimum Self-Care Requirements:” Between surviving and leading a fully Read more…