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Consider Yourself Hugged
11 minutes | Dec 7, 2022
Episode 114 When Change Comes...Again!
Welcome! A quick episode today with some encouragement for dealing with change, even when it's good! Show notes at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/when-change-comes-again
19 minutes | Nov 30, 2022
Episode 113 She Loved Me Then She Bit Me: A lesson on gratitude
Welcome to the last day of November which, unbeknownst to me, is apparently National Gratitude Month. If you saw my post on Facebook a couple of days ago, you saw a picture of my kitty Leesi lying on my shoulder, and of course she saw the title. She loved me, then she bit me. Today, first I'll share the story, then 2 reasons why it’s hard to be grateful, and finally 3 tips on how to be grateful. Show notes at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/she-loved-me-then-she-bit-me-a-lesson-on-gratitude
10 minutes | Nov 23, 2022
Episode 112 STORIES! (And 3 Tips For The Holidays)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! Today's episode is short as I know you probably have a lot to do. I want to share how we spent an early holiday with our son and the lessons I learned. Show notes at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/cyh-112-stories-and-3-tips-for-the-holidays.
34 minutes | Nov 16, 2022
Episode 111 Forgive Your Parents. Period
Honestly I surprised myself when this topic came to mind and it just wouldn’t leave me alone. For example, my son has created a journal that dialogues with you, and this morning, the text said "The first to apologize is the bravest, the first to forgive is the strongest, and the first to forget is the happiest." So here we are. And there’s this phrase I think we have all heard or read or maybe even sad and it’s this “forgiving is not for the other person it’s for you.“ And while I agree with that to some degree, let’s take a broader sweep at this issue. I believe we should be as outward focused as we can without losing ourselves or being taken advantage of. Today I'll share my story of forgiveness, chat about benefits to ourselves and others, and provide a few practical tips. Show notes at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/forgive-your-parents-period.
27 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
Episode 110 Panic Attacks(or Panic Disorder) and What to Do
Today we're chatting about Panic attacks vs Panic disorder as well as a few tips when you're in the middle of one, including: What to do: 1. Tell yourself IMMEDIATELY that you are not dying and this will pass. 2. Breathe! I’ll show you 3. Use a paper bag if you’re hyperventilating 4. Call someone. Michael. 5. Recognize catastrophic/global thinking. 6. Think of someone who has healed from what you’re going through 7. Repeat 8. Therapy/medication Show notes at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/panic-attack-or-panic-disorder-and-what-to-do. Thanks for joining!
17 minutes | Nov 2, 2022
Episode 109 5 Tips You Can Use NOW for Better Mental Health
Recently I have taught a ton of mental health classes. Yesterday I asked myself, "what are the most important lessons I've learned during this past month?" I came up with 5. I hope you'll spend time today learning with me! Today I'll share those 5 and also some tips from Facebook friends. Show notes at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/5-tips-you-can-use-now-for-better-mental-health.
15 minutes | Oct 25, 2022
Episode 108 Why "Let Go of What You Can't Control" Doesn't Work (and what do do about it!)
You've heard it, right? "Let go of what you can't control." Seems simple. But for those of us who struggle with anxiety and worry, it is anything but simple. Join me today as I talk about why that doesn't work for us and how we can work toward letting go. Show notes at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/why-let-go-of-what-you-can-t-control-doesn-t-work-and-what-do-do-about-it.
19 minutes | Oct 19, 2022
Episode 107 Perfectionism - GET OUT OF MY LIFE!
I'm so happy you are here today for a discussion of Brown University's article on Perfectionism (see link in show notes). Today, I have a strongly worded message for my pal, Perfectionism: Get out of my life.... today!!! I hope you have the same message. Today we'll talk about causes of perfectionism, the vicious cycle, and what to do for more peace. Show notes post at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/perfectionism-get-out-of-my-life
17 minutes | Oct 12, 2022
Episode 106 Mental Health: Past, Present, & Future
What does World Mental Health Day mean? It's a day for us to raise awareness, recognize that it's important, try to remove the stigma, move the conversation forward, all of that, which I've been trying to do for a long, long time, most of my professional career. So today is a good day to talk about my past, my present and my future. I would like for you to also think, about your past, your present and your future when it comes to your mental wellbeing. Then I will share the four things that have helped me the most! Show notes at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/mental-health-past-present-future.
26 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
Episode 105 Mental Health in the Workplace: Choices & Conversations
Usually I am addressing you and your mental and emotional well-being. Although this will speak to you, today I want to help you if you work alongside someone who might be struggling with their own. I am going to approach this topic from a couple of different perspectives. First, from my own lived experience as a person with mental health issues in the workplace. Second, as a researcher. So join me as I share stories, and then 4 ideas to make better choices and have better conversations with coworkers, employees and managers who might be struggling with mental wellness. Show notes at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/mental-health-in-the-workplace-choices-and-conversations. Disclaimer: The information in this show is not intended to be therapy or to address your individual situation. It is information based on my experiences, opinions, and research. If you need further help, please reach out to one of the resources mentioned in the show notes.
25 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
Episode 104 Quitting or Quitter: What's the difference?
This past Saturday, 9/17, my photographer husband Tim exhibited his photographic art at a show in TX. We drove the day before to get set up, and we discovered a completely chaotic setting. When we asked where our booth was, the response was – and I quote – Just take the next available spot. Now, bear in mind, there were no spots! The festival was in a mall parking lot on black asphalt lined for cars – but no markings for booths. We also discovered, despite the marketing materials, that it was in a dying mall. So, we did the best we could and set up the booth. Saturday morning, we arrived around 8:30 am to finish the setup. It is still very unorganized, but we got everything done and waited for the grand opening at 10 – we were pumped! And then… 10:00 arrived and no visitors. We waited. And waited. We were realizing that this didn’t seem like a “real” art show. It appeared thrown together, not marketed, and in an almost deserted parking lot. The temperature was forecast to be around 95 degrees with a heat index of over 100. As the morning went on, the heat went up. And up. And up. Neither Tim nor I do well in temperature extremes, and he has intense outdoor allergies. We felt worse and worse as time drug on. By 3:00 pm we had seen 5 people. Vendors started tearing down, and we had to make the tough decision to do the same. By the time we arrived at our hotel, sorry to give you TMI, but we got 2 wet wash cloths, stripped off our clothes, turned the air on high, and lay on the sofa and bed for almost an hour. I’m certain Tim was nearing a heat stroke. So were we quitters? Join me as I walk you through the process of deciding: quitting or quitter! Show notes at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/quitting-or-quitter-what-s-the-difference.
20 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
Episode 103 Mental Health and Self Talk: 3 Destructive voices
Two weeks ago I shared a story with you about having an angry meltdown. Basically I got upset about a household “task” and I absolutely lost my mind! Venomous language poured out of me. One thing I shared was how surprised I was that it happened, and I mentioned that it freaked me out because it hadn’t happened in such a long time – not that level of anger, anyway. Today I want to go a bit deeper about the voices in our heads and the impact they have on our mental health. Join me as I discuss these 3 voices and how to overcome them! Show notes at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/mental-health-self-talk-three-destructive-voices.
16 minutes | Sep 7, 2022
Episode 102 Be Careful How You Speak
What a morning!! You know one of those days when you have everything scheduled and then.... BAM - change of plans. I was going to chat with you today about negative self-talk, but now that will come next week. This morning, I had to take my kitty Leesi for an emergency pet visit. She is home and recovering now, but I learned a valuable lesson from the experience. It doesn't have to do with her or her health, but rather the way I have been speaking about her. Today is short, about 15 minutes, so give it a listen and let me know what you think!
28 minutes | Aug 31, 2022
Episode 101 Mental Health in a Post-Pandemic World
Welcome back to a new season of Consider Yourself Hugged: A Place for Women! During my entire time podcasting, I've never had this level of enthusiasm for our time together. More than ever, we need help for improved mental and emotional well-being. I pray this show will be a blessing to you, and I hope you will connect in a deeper way than you ever imagined. So.... here we go!
22 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Special Episode: Handling the Tough Topics
This past Sunday I posted on Facebook to take the day reflect on how you will handle the difficulties in the world. That’s what I’m talking about today: the overturning of Roe v. Wade. It's a tough topic, and I'm not here to voice my opinion but rather my thoughts on handling these tough topics. I hope you'll listen and reflect. I won't put much here, just a few tips I talk about in the episode:
25 minutes | Mar 2, 2022
Episode 100: Elizabeth Holmes - Final Episode of this Season
In 2003, Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford University and started Theranos, Inc. In 2014, the company released it's first product: a lab testing process that could run 100's of tests on a single drop of blood. The only problem was, that was not the case. Read more here. In January of 2021, Ms. Holmes was convicted of four counts of fraud. Her sentencing is scheduled for September 26, 2022, and she could face up to 20 years for each count. Read more here. Our goal today, as before, is to dissect this story as it relates to us as women. Join us for our final episode of the season! Show notes will post by 7 am CST, 3/2/22.
40 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
Episode 99: Ghislane Maxwell - Women in the News
On December 1, 2021, Ghislane Maxwell was found guilty of sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and three related counts of conspiracy, and faces up to 65 years in prison. Join us today for lessons learned from this horrific situation. Show notes at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/consider-yourself-hugged-episode-99-ghislane-maxwell.
20 minutes | Feb 2, 2022
CYH 98 Cheslie Kryst - Suicide by Pressure
In 2019, at 28 years old, Cheslie Kryst was crowned Miss USA, the oldest woman in history to win. This past Sunday 1/30 at 7:15 am, she took her own life. Today's episode is very last minute, so please forgive any errors. My hope is that you will learn and grow so that her death has meaning to the world! Show notes at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/consider-yourself-hugged-episode-98-cheslie-kryst-suicide-by-pressure
34 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
Episode 97 Kim Potter: Women in the News
After roughly 27 hours of deliberation over four days, a jury found Kim Potter guilty of both first-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter in the April 11 killing of Daunte Wright. Today we'll discuss lessons we can learn from this tragic accident. There will be tons of links in the show notes, including a very emotional YouTube video. Notes at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/cyh-episode-97-kim-potter.
16 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Episode 96 New Series: Women in the News
We have exciting news: For the next 4 weeks (at least) we are doing a series on Women in the News. Our goal is to dissect the story and extract lessons we can apply to our own mental and emotional health. We'll say this many times, but we are NOT attempting to pass judgement or take sides on any of these issues. We just want to help YOU. Be sure to check out the show notes for quick descriptions and links to the women in our upcoming 3 episodes. We're not quite sure yet on week 4, so we'd love your ideas and your feedback. If you enjoy this and it helps, we might do more! Show notes at https://www.tamiwest.com/post/cyh-episode-96-intro-to-new-series-women-in-the-news.
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