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Welcome to the Wellness As A Way of Life where we talk about how to master your health and wellness routines as a way of life. This podcast is for female leaders and founders who are looking to live with more sustainable energy, confidence, clarity and ease.

I’m your host Megan Swan, creator of the Wellness As A Way of Life Community and the Sustainable Integrated Wellness Approach. I have more than a decade of experience in the wellness industry and on my own personal wellness journey - learning how to tune into and trust my intuition and drown out all the noise. As a certified IIN Health Coach, Detoxification Expert, Plant-based Chef, Yoga Teacher and Coach I will help you distill down the information overload and feel more confident and at ease in your own skin again.

At 30 I sold everything to embark on my own “Eat, Pray, Love” journey of sorts and now at 44 I’m still on my first stop where I fell in love with one of my English students. We have two beautiful boys and three adorable dogs and love to travel and explore the lesser known beaches of Mexico. I am also 6 years sober.

This podcast will teach you how less is more and that there is no one-size-fits-all in terms of wellness practices! It will also teach you how to identify which wellness trends are really for you, personalize them and make them a part of who you are instead of another checkmark on your to-do list.


For more on episodes, blogs, and ways we can help you visit:
www.meganswanwellness.com⁣

Reach out to Megan on social:

IG: https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness/
LI: https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/

Wellness As A Way of Life Megan Swan

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Welcome to the Wellness As A Way of Life where we talk about how to master your health and wellness routines as a way of life. This podcast is for female leaders and founders who are looking to live with more sustainable energy, confidence, clarity and ease.

I’m your host Megan Swan, creator of the Wellness As A Way of Life Community and the Sustainable Integrated Wellness Approach. I have more than a decade of experience in the wellness industry and on my own personal wellness journey - learning how to tune into and trust my intuition and drown out all the noise. As a certified IIN Health Coach, Detoxification Expert, Plant-based Chef, Yoga Teacher and Coach I will help you distill down the information overload and feel more confident and at ease in your own skin again.

At 30 I sold everything to embark on my own “Eat, Pray, Love” journey of sorts and now at 44 I’m still on my first stop where I fell in love with one of my English students. We have two beautiful boys and three adorable dogs and love to travel and explore the lesser known beaches of Mexico. I am also 6 years sober.

This podcast will teach you how less is more and that there is no one-size-fits-all in terms of wellness practices! It will also teach you how to identify which wellness trends are really for you, personalize them and make them a part of who you are instead of another checkmark on your to-do list.


For more on episodes, blogs, and ways we can help you visit:
www.meganswanwellness.com⁣

Reach out to Megan on social:

IG: https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness/
LI: https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/

    Enhancing Your Workout with Mind-Body Connection Tips

    Enhancing Your Workout with Mind-Body Connection Tips

    Today  I'm sharing some powerful tips on how to take your workouts to the next level by boosting your mind-body connection. With insights from my 15 years of teaching yoga, you're about to find out how to make your exercise routine more fun, effective, and loving for yourself.
     
    Episode Highlights:
    Consciously Ground Your Feet: Think of each foot having four corners to stay stable and connected to the ground.
    Body Scan: Do a quick check on your body alignment to feel more aware and in tune during your workout.
    Be Intentional vs. Rushed: Slow down your movements to build strength and control, ditching the fast-paced momentum.
    Breathwork: Use powerful diaphragm breathing techniques to connect deeper with your body.
    Jaw Relaxation:  Relax your jaw to help release hip tension, making exercises smoother and more enjoyable.
    TLDR: Discover five simple mind-body tricks to elevate your workouts. By grounding your feet, scanning your body, slowing down, focusing on your breath, and relaxing your jaw, you can make your exercise sessions more impactful and enjoyable.
     
    Connect with Megan Swan
    https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/
    http://www.meganswanwellness.com
     
     
     
    Keywords
    wellness, mindset shifts, body connection, impact of exercise, efficiency in workouts, loving your body, yoga philosophy, intentional movement, mind-body connection, feeling stronger, grounding techniques, conscious movement, ease in life, exercise tips, connection to the earth, functional movement, HIIT exercise, energy grounding, foot connection, muscle activation, body awareness, breathing techniques, diaphragm breathing, jaw relaxation, body scan, slowing down exercises, pelvic floor connection, abdominal strength, conscious workout, alignment in workouts, softness in the face.
     

    • 10 min
    Dr. Erin Nance, Founder & CEO of Feel Betr on Breaking Down Autoimmune Misdiagnoses: Insights and Solutions

    Dr. Erin Nance, Founder & CEO of Feel Betr on Breaking Down Autoimmune Misdiagnoses: Insights and Solutions

    Autoimmune Diseases and Women: Autoimmune diseases affect women at a strikingly higher ratio than men, approximately 80 to 20. Dr. Erin Nance emphasizes the significant need for more research and funding to understand the causes and disproportionate impact these illnesses have on women. Dr. Nance also discussed the challenges many women face, like long Covid triggering autoimmune disorders, and underscored the systemic bias in medical research affecting the treatment women receive.
    Creating Safe Spaces:  Dr. Nance shared her new platform dedicated to connecting individuals with ongoing health issues. This platform offers curated content and community support for people managing chronic illnesses, providing a safe space for sharing and learning about symptoms and diseases.
    Advocating for Your Health: Dr. Nance recounted a poignant story of a woman with a glomus tumor diagnosis after years of being dismissed by doctors. This story highlights the persistent issue of medical misdiagnosis and the importance of women educating and advocating for themselves to improve doctor-patient communication.
    Non-Negotiable Wellness Practices: As part of her holistic approach to wellness, Dr. Nance discussed her non-negotiable wellness practices like playing tennis, spending time with family, prioritizing exercise, and personal time. She believes integrating traditional medicine with wellness practices is essential for optimal health.
    Entrepreneurial Journey and Social Media Advocacy: Dr. Nance shared her journey from experiencing discrimination during her job search while pregnant to becoming an entrepreneur. She now manages her practice and runs "Feel Betr," a media company and social media platform helping women with chronic illnesses. Her advocacy extends to her popular TikTok account, where she raises awareness about health issues and systemic biases.
    TLDR: This episode dives deep into the disproportionate impact of autoimmune diseases on women, the importance of self-advocacy in healthcare, and the value of holistic wellness practices. Dr. Erin Nance also shares her journey of creating supportive platforms and advocating for women through social media.
     
    Connect with Erin
    https://feelbetr.health
    @littlemissdiagnosed on TikTok
    Dr. Erin Nance is an orthopedic surgeon and medical influencer who is known as the Patron Saint for medically gaslit women. Her TikTok account @littlemissdiagnosed has been viewed over 100 million times and been shared with over 1 million people. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of FeelBetr, a health focused social media platform that curates personalized content for women with chronic illness.




    Connect with Megan Swan
    https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/
    http://www.meganswanwellness.com
     
     
    Keywords
    autoimmune diseases, women's health, chronic illness, autoimmune disorders, Long Covid, post-viral incidents, health research funding, autoimmune disorder causes, wellness practices, exercise, personal time, health platform, health community, health symptoms, Dr. Erin Nance, glomus tumor, medical misdiagnosis, symptom dismissal, systemic biases, women's diseases, self-advocacy, doctor-patient communication, self-directed research, traditional medicine, holistic approach, pharmacologics, meditation practices, nutrition guidance, mental health awareness, medical gaslighting, orthopedic surgeon.

    • 35 min
    Unraveling Toxic Masculinity: Gregg Ostrin's Sobriety Journey and Comedic Creative Exploration in "The Spy Who Went into Rehab"

    Unraveling Toxic Masculinity: Gregg Ostrin's Sobriety Journey and Comedic Creative Exploration in "The Spy Who Went into Rehab"

    In this episode, host Megan Swan sits down with guest Gregg Ostrin to discuss addiction, identity, toxic masculinity, and the journey to self-discovery and self-awareness.
    Gregg Ostrin shares his personal journey of addiction, sobriety, and challenging societal norms of masculinity.
    The conversation delves into the themes of Greg's play, "The Spy Who Went Into Rehab," exploring sobriety and toxic masculinity.
    The episode concludes with insights on communication, self-awareness, and understanding oneself in relationships, highlighting the importance of personal growth and introspection.
    TLDR: Join us as we navigate the complexities of addiction, toxic masculinity, and identity with Gregg Ostrin, exploring the impact of societal norms on personal growth and self-discovery, in a conversation that confronts challenging themes and promotes wellness and introspection.
     
    Connect with Gregg Ostrin
    Sober 37 years, Gregg is a screenwriter and playwright, who put his experience with recovery into a new, hilarious comedy that not only explores sobriety, but also toxic masculinity.
    THE SPY WHO WENT INTO REHAB, Opens June 7th
    Tickets: https://pacificresidenttheatre.org/the-spy-who-went-into-rehab/
    Socials
    https://www.instagram.com/spyrehabplay/
    https://www.facebook.com/gregg.ostrin



    Connect with Megan Swan
    https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/
    http://www.meganswanwellness.com
     
     
    Keywords
    Gregg Ostrin, Megan Swan, podcast, rate and review, women's wellness, life optimization, upbringing, father's expectations, theater, imagination, escape, fantasy, identity, societal norms, substances, self-discovery, confidence, communication, sobriety, addiction, play, The Spy Who Went Into Rehab, tickets, toxic masculinity, AA, twelve-step programs, James Bond, entitlement, sober community, wellness, toxic masculinity unraveling, #MeToo movement, Black Lives Matter.

    • 33 min
    Holistic Healing and Optimal Pain Mindset So You Can Get Back to Doing the Activities you Love with Stephanie Buckley

    Holistic Healing and Optimal Pain Mindset So You Can Get Back to Doing the Activities you Love with Stephanie Buckley

    In this episode, we delve into the complex world of pain and its management with the insightful Stephanie Buckley. Join us as we explore the intricacies of pain mindset and alternative pain management strategies that incorporate holistic approaches for a more sustainable recovery.
    Mindset and Pain Relationship: Stephanie discusses how changing one’s mindset about pain can impact recovery, urging listeners to consider pain not as a mere physical experience but also as one with deep emotional and psychological layers.
    Non-Traditional Movement: Transitioning from conventional exercises to nurturing movements, Stephanie captures her journey towards listening and responding to her body’s unique needs.
    Holistic Approach Emphasizing the importance of integrating mental and spiritual health into the physical healing process, which is often overlooked in traditional physical therapy.
    Communication in Recovery: Highlighting the challenges of expressing pain and fear, stressing the significance of open conversations with healthcare providers to enhance treatment outcomes.
    Empowerment through Education: Educating oneself about the biopsychosocial aspects of pain can empower individuals by changing their narrative around pain and recovery.
    TLDR: In today's session, Stephanie Buckley champions a comprehensive method in managing pain, moving beyond traditional physical treatments to include mental and emotional health, offering tools for a well-rounded healing process. We discover that truly listening to our bodies and integrating a holistic approach can alter our pain experiences and recovery, promising a more empowered and informed path toward wellness.
     
    Connect with Stephanie
    Stephanie believes in order to create long lasting change when it comes to chronic pain we have to dive deep physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
     
    Blog: https://alternativepainapproachblog.com/
    LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-buckley-222a3a270/




    Connect with Megan Swan
    https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/
    http://www.meganswanwellness.com
     
     
    Keywords
    Stephanie Buckley, chronic pain, pain management, physical therapy, psychological aspects of pain, emotional factors in recovery, holistic approach, biopsychosocial model, mental health, physical injury recovery, pain recovery mindset, alternative pain management coach, sports injuries, sedentary lifestyle, depression, conventional pain treatments, massage, dry needling, fear of movement, limiting beliefs, movement practices, relationship with pain, reflection on pain, pain science, wellness for women, overcoming chronic pain, mental blocks in healing, coaching for pain management, lifestyle shifts, addressing pain holistically

    • 34 min
    The Role of Sleep, Diet, and Toxins in Mental Health Maintenance

    The Role of Sleep, Diet, and Toxins in Mental Health Maintenance

    Megan Swan dives deep into the impact of lifestyle choices on mental health, showcasing practical strategies for fostering mental wellness. Listen in and discover how small changes in your daily routine can lead to profound improvements in your overall mental state.
    Mental Health Action Day: Megan highlights the importance of dedicating time for connection as promoted by the Mental Health Action Network, suggesting ways like engaging in community activities or meditative practices.
    Impact of Sleep:  Megan emphasizes the role of sleep in mental health, detailing how daily habits like caffeine, alcohol, and sugar intake can disturb sleep quality and, by extension, mental well-being.
    Holistic Approaches to Mental Wellness: Encourages listeners to consider holistic methods like nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness to combat mental health issues before relying on medications.
    Support and Awareness: Advises on the importance of reaching out for professional help when needed but also underlines the power of self-awareness and proactive wellness habits.
    TLDR; This podcast episode serves as a reminder that our daily lifestyle choices, from what we eat to how we sleep, play a significant role in our mental health. Megan Swan provides actionable advice for anyone looking to enhance their mental wellness through mindful living and connection.
     
    Connect with Mental Health Action Network
    https://www.mentalhealthactionday.art/
     
    Connect with Megan Swan
    https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/
    http://www.meganswanwellness.com
    Keywords
    mental health, mental wellness, Mental Health Action Network, mental health action day, connection, toxins, sleep, awareness, meditation, yoga, holistic health, consumption patterns, caffeine, sugar, alcohol, lifestyle changes, emotional health, neurotransmitters, homeostasis, emotional eating, prescription drugs, antidepressants, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, evening routines, wellness optimization, holistic practices, mental health support, mental health awareness month.
     

    • 21 min
    Embracing Yoga and Recovery: Brian Hyman's Journey to Wholeness

    Embracing Yoga and Recovery: Brian Hyman's Journey to Wholeness

    Welcome to this insightful episode of Wellness As A Way of Life, where we're joined by Brian Hyman to explore the transformative powers of yoga in the realm of recovery. Journey with us as we delve into personal growth, community support, and the profound impacts of spiritual and physical wellness practices.
    Community and Support: Yoga and recovery both thrive on community engagement, helping individuals foster strong support systems akin to those in sports teams and literary circles.
    Core Values: We discuss Brian’s book "Recovery with Yoga," structured around pivotal values like honesty, acceptance, and surrender, crafted for both new and seasoned individuals in recovery.
    Accountability: The significance of maintaining honesty with oneself and others highlights the necessity of accountability across various stages of recovery and personal growth.
    Divine Time: Emphasizing the importance of carving out personal time for spiritual practices, showing how such moments can significantly enhance focus and connectivity.
    The Evolution of Practice: Brian shares insights into the continuous evolution of yoga practices, urging the importance of keeping an open and teachable mindset.
    TLDR: This episode illuminates the powerful synergy between yoga and recovery, underscoring the critical roles of community, accountability, and personal time in fostering wellness. Dive into a discussion that not only educates but also inspires transformation and renewed self-awareness.
     
    Connect with Brian
    http://www.brianhymanyoga.com
    BRIAN HYMAN, is a yoga instructor, meditation guide, dharma teacher, author, and father. He has been sober since 2009, and he has been teaching yoga and meditation at Cliffside Malibu since 2012. His dedicated work in the field of addiction treatment and recovery combines yoga and Buddhism. His innovative teachings about healing and transformation have been featured in many publications and podcasts.
    BOOK: Recovery with Yoga: Supportive Practices for Transcending Addiction
    social: @brianhymanyoga on IG, FB, and X (Twitter). 
    And courses, meditations, live sessions on Insightimer.com/brianhymanyoga.  



    Connect with Megan Swan
    https://www.instagram.com/meganswanwellness
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-swan-wellness/
    http://www.meganswanwellness.com
     
     
    yoga, recovery, community, support system, book clubs, "Recovery with Yoga", core values, spirituality, mantras, mudras, accountability, twelve-step program, meditation, divine time, beginner's mind, yoga instructor, dharma teacher, addiction, universal principles, Buddhism, self-reflection, sobriety, open-mindedness, practice evolution, Insight Timer, podcast, wellness, self-worth, self-discipline, self-improvement.
     

    • 44 min

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I love Megan‘s calm and centered way of being as she interviews her guests and brings out great insights. I must listen Podcast

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