Posts tagged Self Care Sundays
podcast 9: what to do with overwhelm

There is so much going on, and there is too much going on. And it is so easy to get overwhelmed with all of life's demands and distractions. But feeling overwhelmed doesn't have to be a normal way of life.

This week's episode offers some simple ways to give your overwhelm a hug and let go of what isn't needed.

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podcast 3: jessica williams on the good, the bad, and the magical of the healing journey

Jessica Williams is most commonly known for her work running the social media for The Minimalists and co-hosting The Mind Palace Podcast. But Jess is also insightful and wise on the matters of going through a difficult healing journey. 

In this episode, I get to have an intimate chat with Jess on not just working through her autoimmune disease, but we talk abou trusting your intuition, having authority over your own body, feeling abundant and content instead of feeling deprived and without, the healing power of minimalism, bringing small doses of luxury into our everyday life, creating an environment to be able to calm yourself down.

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podcast 1: what is self care, anyway?

Welcome to the very first official episode of The Simple Self Care Podcast. In this episode, we all get on the same 'self care' page by discussing this whole 'self care' thing. What is it, really? Why should we care? How do we do it?

:: Spoiler Alert :: It's simpler than you think, and it will change your life.

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the prepidsode: a welcome from randi + the eclipse

Before we embark on this exciting journey through the airwaves together, I figured it important to provide you a preparatory episode, a prepisode if you will, of The Simple Self Care Podcast, a weekly nudge to take good care.

Not only does this prepisode tell you what this podcast is about, how it came to be, and what you can expect in future episodes, it takes you on a little trip with me to the lakes of Minnesota.

Special appearances by the Solar Eclipse, the Loons of Minnesota, and a windy lake. 

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how to be your own guru

Remember that one actor in that one movie? I just saw it. It's that guy who used to be in, um, one of those hospital dramas I think. And he's got the hair? He's one of my favorites. It's right on the tip of my tongue! Ugh. I'll think of it later. 

Anyway, there's a lot of information out there. A lot of advice and programs and products up the wazoo promising to solve all of your problems. 

It's overwhelming and downright impossible to stay on top of it all and to feel like you have enough. But today I pose a solution to this by asking you a few questions. 

What if you already have everything you need? What if you already knew how to feel better and move forward in the healthy life you are wanting to creating?

You see, you know more than you think. And maybe, just maybe, that guru you seek could already be within, just waiting to guide you along. No pilgrimages or new products or subscription fees required.

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the best self care tip of all time

While self care is extremely personal, today I'm going to give you the best self care tip I can think of when you are in a pinch. My number one go to self care to-do. What I do when overwhelm and chaos strikes, and I don't know what else to do. 

Now, I could go on and on about the scientific data and personal experience as to why this is so important. Why we must make time for it. How much it can do to refresh and recharge your body and mind. How it will give you so much clarity on how to move forward with your healing journey. 

But that would be taking away from its beauty. Its amazingness. Its profound simplicity. So I need you to just trust me. 

And instead I will tell you this secret in just two words.


When you read it, be sure to act on it immediately. 

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No Pain, ALL Gain

In my early days as a Massage Therapist, a big macho male client would walk into my office wanting a deep tissue massage. He would look at my small stature and youthful glow (this is 10 years ago, mind you) and ask if I was capable of offering such a massage with the pressure they required. 

I would smile and assure him that it would be ok, while inwardly rolling my eyes and wishing I could dig my elbow in as hard as I could just to teach them a thing or two about the power of proper body mechanics! 

Though I did take the high road and not punish them with my deep pressure wrath, I did take a moment to tell them that "deep tissue" means getting deep into the tissue, not always using deep, painful pressure.

You see, the body tenses up when it doesn't feel safe. When we push too hard, be it with pressure, while we work out, or just in life in general, it can actually cause us to tense more, instead of releasing and relaxing. 

I see this a lot with stretching, as well. We want to rush and force ourselves into a certain stretch, but that force can signal a stress response and keep us from stretching further. Most of us are more flexible than we think, it's our approach that's the problem. 

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Q&A Time! Sharing Self Care, Self Care + Anxiety, Meditation Tips

I've had the idea for while now to do a monthly Q&A post, but I wasn't sure if it was something that would be helpful. But after my callout for questions, I was so happy to get your questions and have the opportunity to help you with your self care needs on a more personal level. 

I'm limiting myself to three questions because all of these could be their own standalone post. But the questions that I didn't answer today are in the queue for next month. So not to worry, dear readers. 

And please keep your questions coming. Don't be shy. I love to hear more of how I can help. 

So without further adieu, here we go!

How do we encourage friends or family to invest time in themselves when they are spread thin with running a family?

This can be a tricky one. Most of us have the best intentions when wanting to help our loved ones be happier and healthier, but the danger here is that it often comes across as criticism. And that never goes well. 

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