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The Big Life
49 minutes | May 8, 2020
Coronavirus Edition: A Unique Opportunity to Be With Yourself
Each person is experiencing the Coronavirus in different ways. Some feel this is the perfect moment to do all the things they never have time for: learn a new skill, read all the books, cook and or bake more. In other words, be more productive. For others it might be the opposite—the forced pause is the perfect opportunity to slow down, do less. Others might be bouncing back and forth between the need to feel like they can allow themselves to slow down and the need to achieve and produce more. Wherever you are, the truth is that this is a unique opportunity for stillness and ask ourselves: who am I? What do I want? What are my needs? Until now, many of us may have answered these questions drawing from the expectations of others, the external world. The Coronavirus could be the moment to find the answers within. If you’re struggling with being alone with your thoughts, if you’re discovering a desire to understand who you really are, or if you’re simply continuing the journey of befriending yourself, this episode is for you. Our guest is Catherine Wood, author of Belonging: Overcome Your Inner Critic and Reclaim Your Joy. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
52 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Coronavirus Edition: In Case You Didn’t Notice, Attention is Key to Your Well-being
This is a moment in history to notice how fractured and vulnerable our attention can be. In today’s economy, everyone is competing for our attention. Because of how triggering the current context is, the links between attention and well-being are more evident and salient. How do we take charge of our attention in a way that benefits our well-being? How can we be more intentional about what we dedicate our attention to? Could we bring purpose and values to our relationship with technology? Just as we reflect on the type of career we want, how we want to raise our kids, or our family values, it’s necessary to reflect about the relationship we want to have with technology. Our guest is Jay Vidyarthi, an attention activist who believes mindfulness can empower individuals to reclaim choice in the attention economy. He leads mindfulness training sessions in organizations of all shapes and sizes. Learn more about him at www.attentionactivist.com. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
36 minutes | Apr 14, 2020
Coronavirus Edition: Reimaging Community
Our world has been turned upside down, the places and things we did to build community are no longer accessible to us. However, having a community to rely on in these times is critical. In this episode we talk about how this new reality is forcing us to reimagine what community looks like and why, now, more than ever it is so important. Our guest is Lindsey Parry. Lindsey is a community building expert and runs a business focused on community development, event planning and marketing. She’s a firm believer that life and businesses thrive when community is at the center. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
36 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
Coronavirus Edition: Quarantined with an Eating Disorder
The Coronavirus is disrupting everyone’s lives in different ways and intensities. It is particularly challenging for those who suffer from an eating disorder. When you have or are recovering from an eating disorder, having a structure, a routine, and permanent support and connection is extremely important to stay centered and sane. While they are necessary, the measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus—social distancing and the stay at home orders—can have a detrimental effect on those who struggle with food issues. Today's episode raises awareness about the challenges that the Coronavirus raises for people with eating disorders or anyone who struggles with food and body image; it also offers tools and resources to stay afloat amidst this situation. Our guest is Christie Dondero Bettwy. She’s the Executive Director for Rock Recovery, a Washington DC based nonprofit that does wonderful work helping people overcome disordered eating by combining clinical and community care. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
40 minutes | Mar 31, 2020
Coronavirus Edition: How to Boost your Immune System
Last week’s episode was all about giving you some concrete actions you can take to help ease the anxiety resulting from the generalized sense of lack of control. This week, we focus on the things you can be in charge of: Caring for your well-being by boosting your immune system. Our guest is Dr., Jodi Kanuer, Acupuncturist and owner of Bula Wellness in Alexandria, VA. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
34 minutes | Mar 21, 2020
Coronavirus edition: Three things you might not be doing right now (but should)
We're in the midst of a pandemic. You may have stocked up on anti-bacterial, food (and toilet paper!). But, you still feel anxious and stressed. You're still trying to adjust to your new routine and it's hard not to feel panicked with the uncertainty that dominates the news. On The Big Life podcast, we want to help. This show will give you practical tips and guidance to stay sane and healthy as you navigate the Coronavirus pandemic. We want to help you think differently about caring for your mental and physical health in a moment where very little is within your control. On this episode of The Big Life, Sam Attard—founder of Spiro Collective—shares her top three actions to manage anxiety and stress. In the second half of the show we include a calming guided meditation that you can listen to on the go. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
41 minutes | Mar 6, 2020
Living a healthy life outside of diet culture
What is health for you? Some people think, “it’s eating an apple instead of chips when you’re hungry”; "having a healthy weight"'; or "having the willpower to eat salads when everyone else ate pizza". Our idea of how to be healthy and how to care for ourselves, has been hijacked by diet culture, which tells us that thin is better, riding off cravings is valuable, and working out a lot is desirable. We confuse our desire for weight-loss and beauty with our desire for health. Defining and living health in terms dictated by diet culture has serious physical, mental and emotional repercussions. Today's show is a invitation to reflect on how you define health, how diet/wellness culture might be affecting the way you practice self-care, and learn practical tools to practice body kindness. Our guest is Rebecca Scritchfield, a well-being coach, registered dietitian nutritionist, and certified health and fitness specialist and the author of the book, Body Kindness. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
38 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
Can your Career, Parenting and Personal Life Coexist?
In today’s show we’ll be exploring how to navigate work and life in a way that feels aligned with your values and goals-- and doesn’t lead to burnout. This is a key component of the work that I do. There is a lot of talk about work-life balance, but I don’t think we should look at it this this way. It can set a negative tone and lead to feelings of failure. Instead, I challenge my clients to think about harmony--the idea that different parts of our lives can exist together without destroying one another. Our guest is Arlington County Board member, Katie Cristol. As a public servant, wife and new mom there is no denying her life is pretty full. So, I thought it would be great to talk about what motivated her to get into politics, what it takes to succeed in this arena, how she manages stress and how she works on finding harmony between her career and personal life. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
44 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
Why we need self-worth
Let's be honest. It’s very hard not to find our sense of worth in our professional success, our weight, our wealth, our how healthy we eat. The rise of social media allows us to compare ourselves with millions of people around the globe, which doesn’t contribute to this reality. When our sense of self-worth is exclusively tied to our job, our looks or how healthy we eat, we’re in trouble. This is at the root of stress, burnout, anxiety and depression. Today’s show is an invitation to reflect upon the importance of self-worth and whether we’re finding it in places that benefit our physical, mental and emotional health. Our guest is Leah Judson, a talented photographer based in Washington D.C. and the founder of BEHOLD.HER, which unites multigenerational women by designing immersive events that gently nudge women to step away from their comfort zones, develop self-worth, and build new relationships. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
40 minutes | Feb 14, 2020
"Valentine’s Day Special: Understanding Modern Urban Dating Culture "
Seven out 10 DC locals are single, the highest percentage of singles in the country. DC is a good proxy for the modern urban dating culture, which seems to be a source of stress for many adults. Why is it so hard to date today? Are major cities’ transient and overachieving nature part of the explanation? What is the role of technology and online dating on how we build relationships? How are authentic connections important for our overall well-being? We answer these questions and more with today’s guest Renata Sandoval, a professional matchmaker and a couples relations expert with It's Just Lunch D.C. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
45 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
Living a booze free (big) life in D.C.
After New Hampshire, DC has the highest alcohol consumption per capita in the country. This isn’t surprising given how normalized alcohol has become--we drink while getting a manicure, grocery shopping, and happy hours are the way we network par excellence. Have we normalized excessive drinking to celebrate, to relax, to cope with stress? Can we live big lives without alcohol? We answer these questions with today’s guest, Laura Silverman, the founder of The Sobriety Collective, a blog and resource hub dedicated to the sober lifestyle, and the creator of Booze Free in DC, a website to showcase the sober-friendly scene in the DMV. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
42 minutes | Jan 31, 2020
How to Overcome Perfectionism
On this episode of The Big Life podcast, we talk about perfectionism, where it comes from, how it affects every area of your lives and share strategies to overcome our perfectionist tendencies. Maybe you are the high achiever who is never happy with the outcome, thinks that they can do better and holds everyone on the team back. Or maybe you're the chronic dieter who always feels two pounds away from the goal. Perhaps you're the entrepreneur whose need for perfection blocks them from moving forward with their business. Whatever the scenario, the bottom line is the same: Perfectionism keeps us stuck in all or nothing thinking, leaves no room for nuance, can hold us back and lead to unnecessary stress. Our guest today is Leslie Santa, a licensed independent clinical social worker in the District of Columbia with a private psychotherapy practice in Dupont Circle. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
43 minutes | Jan 24, 2020
Going back to basics: Sleep, movement, and breath.
"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated" said Confucius. This is mostly true in the field of health and wellness. We love overcomplicating our diet, the exercise we do, and how we manage stress. This tendency can prevent us from taking action, hinders our confidence to take care of ourselves, and we may also forget why we’re doing things in the first place. On this episode of The Big Life podcast, we shift how you view sleep, breathing and physical activity, three simple, free practices that are key foundations of well-being. Our guest today is our friend Sam Attard, PhD, and founder of Spiro Collective, where she incorporates yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, and modern nutrition to help women de-stress and find their unique path to optimum health. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
37 minutes | Jan 17, 2020
Building Resilience to Reduce Stress and Lead More Effectively
Our day to day lives are filled with stress. Between work, life and everything in between it seems most of us are overwhelmed, exhausted and on a constant stress loop. How can we learn to thrive even under the most difficult circumstances? How can we reduce our stress no matter what life throws our way? The answer is building resilience. Today’s show is all about the different ways we can become more resilient personally and professionally. We’ll be talking to Alamelu Dev. She is a certified HeartMath® trainer on building emotional resilience and is Co-founder of RISE and organization passionate about helping people and improving performance. Powered and distributed by Simplecast
40 minutes | Jan 10, 2020
How to set intentions in 2020
Welcome to the second season of The Big Life podcast! It’s that time of the year. Everywhere we look we are inundated with posts about new year’s resolutions telling you to lose weight, quit smoking, or become a meditator. Most of those who start the year with promises for transformation find themselves falling off the wagon a few weeks later. What could we be doing better? Is there a more effective way to achieve sustained behavior change in 2020? Today we answer these questions with our guest Katie Abbott, Founder of The Bold Collaborative, a holistic leadership and wellness coaching business based in California. Powered and distributed by Simplecast
43 minutes | Dec 13, 2019
Using Debilitating Pain and Chronic Fatigue as a Catalyst for Change
In this episode we talk to Mehul Gandhi, who after suffering from chronic pain and fatigue syndrome for 20 years, used a meditation practice to discover the mind and body’s ability to heal. This process was the catalyst that led him to create a startup that integrates the principles of mindfulness and redefining the work week in order to increased productivity, reduced stress and avoid burnout. Powered and distributed by Simplecast
45 minutes | Dec 13, 2019
Diet culture is stealing your life
Whether we're aware of it or not, diet culture is a force that influences people's beliefs about health, weight, fatness, attractiveness, food, and self-worth. Diet culture explains why the diet industry is worth billions of dollars, and it’s at the root of American’s disordered relationship with food. In today’s episode we define diet culture, understand how it affects our well-being, and learn how to free ourselves from its influence. We’re joined by Christy Harrison, an anti-diet registered dietitian nutritionist and certified intuitive eating counselor based in New York, and the host of the Food Psych podcast. Powered and Distributed by Simplecast
46 minutes | Nov 22, 2019
Why you should invest in your financial well-being to reduce stress
"Does the mere thought of your finances make you feel stressed and anxious? Are you losing sleep thinking about your bills, credit card debt and whether your will be able to retire comfortably? You are not alone. Studies show that about 75% of americans struggle with stress around money. In this show we’ll be talking to Manisha Thakor, a nationally renowned financial literacy advocate for women and host of the True WELLth podcast, about the steps and mindset required to take control of your finances and start living a more abundant life. " Powered and distributed by Simplecast
48 minutes | Nov 15, 2019
The Effects of Weight-Stigma
Gender, race, age and religion are not the only types of stigma that exist in society. Weight stigma is pervasive in the United States. Fat people face discrimination in the workplace, the media, educational institutions, and in healthcare settings. Could weight-stigma lead to unhealthy levels of stress? How can we challenge weight-bias and discrimination in society and our own lives? Kendrin Sonneville and Patrillie Hernandez joined the show to answer these questions. We also discuss body liberation, weight-inclusive approaches to care, and the effects of weight-stigma on children's relationship to food and their bodies. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
41 minutes | Nov 8, 2019
Finding pockets of calm in harsh situations
Ana Maria Gonzalez is the Chief Sustainability Officer, at Fundación por la Educación Multidimensional (FEM) a Cartagena-based non profit that helps local rural ethnic communities in Colombia secure their land ownership, self governance, and resource allotment. Her team has successfully formalized land rights for over 16.000 people in the Colombian Caribbean. Ana shares how she found her purpose, her ways of managing the stress of running an organization on the ground amidst harsh conditions, and the biggest lessons she has learned personally and professionally. Above all, this is a conversation about redefining success, purpose, and the importance of striving for progress not perfection when it comes to handling stress. Powered and distributed by Simplecast
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