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We all want to be a little bit healthier, but what does it mean to be “healthy,” anyway? We know the basics—exercise, sleep, nourishment, and so on. But the details can get confusing. And weird. And honestly, pretty damn messy. In Checking In, we tackle your most personal health and wellness questions—no matter how thorny, complicated, or embarrassing. Hosted by SELF magazine Editor in Chief Carolyn Kylstra and featuring questions from real people answered by real experts, Checking In goes deep to help you understand your own body and health journey and know that you're not alone. From vanishing sex drives to doom scrolling, drinking problems to dating with chronic illness, no topic is off limits. We’re here for you.

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    • 3.0 • 2 Ratings

We all want to be a little bit healthier, but what does it mean to be “healthy,” anyway? We know the basics—exercise, sleep, nourishment, and so on. But the details can get confusing. And weird. And honestly, pretty damn messy. In Checking In, we tackle your most personal health and wellness questions—no matter how thorny, complicated, or embarrassing. Hosted by SELF magazine Editor in Chief Carolyn Kylstra and featuring questions from real people answered by real experts, Checking In goes deep to help you understand your own body and health journey and know that you're not alone. From vanishing sex drives to doom scrolling, drinking problems to dating with chronic illness, no topic is off limits. We’re here for you.

    Finding the One (Therapist Who Gets You)

    Finding the One (Therapist Who Gets You)

    In this episode we hear from Ecaroh, a young Black woman who needs help finding a therapist who understands what she's going through. Carolyn consults with SELF’s Executive Editor Zahra Barnes, who has reported extensively on mental health in general, as well as mental health for Black people in particular. Zahra then speaks with psychologist Jennifer Mullan (@DecolonizingTherapy on Instagram) about the beauty of finding a therapist who understands your lived experience, what it means to decolonize therapy, as well as resources for those having trouble finding a therapist who can best serve their needs.

    For more information on Dr. Mullan, check out her website https://www.drjennifermullan.com/who-am-i and instagram @decolonizingtherapy 
     
    Here are some apps for self-care to try at home, made for and by Black people:


    Liberate is a subscription-based meditation app that includes practices and talks designed for the Black community. According to their website, they have curated content from 40+ BIPOC teachers with a diverse background in lineage, perspective and approach, so that everyone can find a practice in their voice.

    For self care tips, and great articles like, “How to talk to Black family members who may not want to understand mental illness” check out the app The Safe Place.

    You can also try the Shine app, Started by a Black woman and half-Japanese woman, Shine makes caring for your mental and emotional health a habit. You can learn self-care strategies and access an audio library of 800+ original meditations, bedtime stories, and calming sounds to help you shift your mindset or mood.

     
    And for directories, community building, and words of encouragement, Zahra’s article: 44 Mental Health Resources for Black People Trying to Survive in This Country.

    If you’re thinking about teletherapy, here are some helpful tips from Zahra’s reporting:

    Try to create an environment at home that helps you focus on your session. When you go to therapy in person, your session is held in a therapeutic environment—this means no distractions, no loud noises in the background, no talking to other people. 

    Don’t let your virtual therapy sessions sneak up on you! Make the most of your session and carve out some time beforehand to think about what you’d like to talk about. 

    For more tips on how to make teletherapy work for you, check out SELF’s How to Actually Have a Successful Teletherapy Appointment.

    • 33 min
    End the Doom Scroll

    End the Doom Scroll

    In this episode, we meet Alexa, a social media editor who is looking for help disconnecting from the internet and creating a healthier work-life balance. Carolyn speaks with author Rachel Wilkerson Miller and psychologist Dr. Neda Gould to get their advice on practicing self-care and mindfulness.
    Don’t miss out on new episodes of Checking In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
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    Don't forget to sign up for the Checking In newsletter here: https://www.self.com/newsletter/checking-in

    If you have a health or wellness question of your own and want a chance to be featured on the podcast, you can submit it here: https://forms.gle/jipYq22EGdtErQQq8

    • 25 min
    When Stress Gets Physical

    When Stress Gets Physical

    In our first episode, we hear from a listener, Sarah, who has been grinding her teeth at night. Carolyn consults with Dr. Andrea Bonior, a psychologist who provides insight into how and why stress can manifest in the body, as well as some techniques to help reduce it.
    Don’t miss out on new episodes of Checking In on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
    Apple Podcasts: http://listen.self.com/self-apple
    Spotify: http://listen.self.com/self-spotify
    Google Podcasts: http://listen.self.com/self-google

    Don't forget to sign up for the Checking In newsletter here: https://www.self.com/newsletter/checking-in

    If you have a health or wellness question of your own and want a chance to be featured on the podcast, you can submit it here.

    • 27 min
    Introducing Checking In

    Introducing Checking In

    Introducing Checking In, the advice podcast where we answer real health and wellness questions from real people like you. Hosted by SELF’s Editor in Chief, Carolyn Kylstra, and featuring trusted experts, doctors, therapists, thought leaders, and even a few celebrities, we’re diving deep into what it really means to be healthy. Checking In launches on Monday, November 16th, with new episodes releasing weekly. Subscribe to get episodes right when they drop at 6:00 am EST.
    Listen to Checking In here:


    Apple Podcasts: http://listen.self.com/self-apple



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    Stitcher: http://listen.self.com/self-stitcher



    Or wherever you get your podcasts.

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