24 episodes

Welcome to Advice to My Younger SELF! Join SELF’s editor-in-chief, Rachel Miller, as she interviews SELF’s cover stars about the life lessons they wish they’d learned earlier. 

Advice to My Younger Self | SELF SELF & Condé Nast

    • Education
    • 4.5 • 176 Ratings

Welcome to Advice to My Younger SELF! Join SELF’s editor-in-chief, Rachel Miller, as she interviews SELF’s cover stars about the life lessons they wish they’d learned earlier. 

    Sheryl Lee Ralph Talks About Motherhood, Hitting Big Milestones, and Learning to Be Patient

    Sheryl Lee Ralph Talks About Motherhood, Hitting Big Milestones, and Learning to Be Patient

    Abbott Elementary actress and SELF cover star Sheryl Lee Ralph gives advice to her younger self at key moments in her life: when she was a young woman, during the early days of the AIDS crisis, when she became a mom, the day before she won her Emmy, and when she was about to turn 40. 

    Read SELF’s March cover profile of Sheryl

    Get the episode transcript here


    This podcast was produced by Hayley Fager, Rachel Miller, and Westry Green, and edited by Hayley Fager. Peyton Hayes is our audio production coordinator, Jake Loomis is our audio engineer, and Caitlin Brody and Sergio Kletnoy are our talent bookers.

    • 27 min
    Ali Krieger Talks About Being a Young Athlete, Coming Out, and Motherhood

    Ali Krieger Talks About Being a Young Athlete, Coming Out, and Motherhood

    In our inaugural episode, soccer star Ali Krieger gives advice to her younger self at four key moments: as a kid, when she was coming out, when she didn’t make the women’s national team, and when she became a mom. 

    Read SELF’s January cover profile of Ali

    Get the episode transcript here

    This podcast was produced by Hayley Fager and Rachel Miller, and edited by Hayley Fager. Peyton Hayes is our audio production coordinator, Jake Lummus is our audio engineer, and Caitlin Brody and Sergio Kletnoy are our talent bookers. 

    • 24 min
    Bonus: Get Grounded: Tips and Techniques for Staying More Relaxed

    Bonus: Get Grounded: Tips and Techniques for Staying More Relaxed

    In this bonus episode, Dr. Mariel Buquè is back, sitting down with Zahra to talk about how to stay more relaxed throughout our workdays. Dr. Buquè talks about why reducing stress can be such a challenge, offering tips and techniques for staying grounded. She then takes us through a guided mindfulness exercise.

    • 31 min
    Bonus: Busting Myths About COVID-19 Vaccines and Black and Latinx Communities

    Bonus: Busting Myths About COVID-19 Vaccines and Black and Latinx Communities

    In this bonus episode, we’re continuing our coverage of the COVID-19 vaccines. We revisit a panel that Zahra hosted with David Kaufman, digital director at Architectural Digest, about myths and myth-busting around the vaccines and Black and Latinx communities. Along with experts Dr. Leon McDougle, Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe, and registered nurse Sandra Lindsay, they discuss how to address inequitable vaccine access, the valid questions many people may have about these vaccines, and much more. 

    • 47 min
    Becoming Your Own Advocate

    Becoming Your Own Advocate

    In our last episode of the season, we hear from Victoria, an archivist who was forced to find answers on her own about her endometriosis. Like many others diagnosed with a chronic illness, she’s faced multiple hurdles while navigating the medical system. Even though she’s learned a lot along the way, she wants to know how to continue to advocate for herself to her doctor—and how she can advocate for others in similar positions as well. Zahra consults Lauren Selfridge, L.M.F.T., a psychotherapist with multiple sclerosis and the host of This Is Not What I Ordered, a podcast about “full-hearted” living with chronic illness. Lauren shares her experience with multiple sclerosis, and how to find empathetic medical professionals who take you seriously, and the power of a good second opinion.

    You can learn more about Lauren’s work at her website (https://laurenselfridge.com) and you can follow her on Instagram @laurenselfridgeofficical (https://www.instagram.com/laurenselfridgeofficial/?hl=en). 

    You can listen to her podcast This Is Not What I Ordered wherever you get your podcasts. 

    Here are some SELF resources and articles about navigating life when you have a chronic illness:

    Opening Up About Your Chronic Illness
    (https://www.self.com/story/checking-in-podcast-multiple-sclerosis) 

    Writing A Chronic Illness Elevator Pitch Has Made My Doctor’s Appointments So Much Easier
    (https://www.self.com/story/chronic-illness-elevator-pitch)

    Let’s Talk About Dating and Relationships When You Have a Chronic Illness
    (https://www.self.com/story/checking-in-podcast-sex-love-sleep-apnea) 

    For People with Chronic Illness, Social Isolation Is Nothing New
    (https://www.self.com/story/chronic-illness-social-isolation-coronavirus) 

    I’m Furious That It Took Almost a Decade to Diagnose My Chronic Pain
    (https://www.self.com/story/chronic-pain-ankylosing-spondylitis) 

    If It Isn’t Chronic Lyme, What Is It?
    (https://www.self.com/story/chronic-lyme)

    How to Support a Friend Who’s Just Been Diagnosed With a Chronic Illness
    (https://www.self.com/story/support-friend-chronic-illness)

    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.

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    • 30 min
    The (New) Rules of Dating

    The (New) Rules of Dating

    In this episode of Checking In, we hear from Loree, who is unsure about how to navigate dating right now. Online dating could be difficult even before the pandemic. Now, trust is even trickier to establish when it comes to things like vaccination status, caution levels, and boundaries. Not to mention how daunting dating again can be after so much social isolation. To help Loree figure it all out, Zahra first consults SELF senior health editor Patia Braithwaite about what she’s noticed in her coverage of dating life since the pandemic began. Then Zahra chats with Traci Medeiros-Bagan, L.M.F.T., a relationship therapist based out of California. They give advice on how to have these tricky conversations with someone you’re interested in, and how to figure out your own boundaries during this time.

    You can read Patia’s work at SELF here, and follow her on Twitter @PdorBRaithw8.

    You can learn more about Traci’s work on their website: http://compassionaterevolt.com/

    Check out these SELF articles about dating during this time and the many questions it brings up:

    Pandemic Dating Is Hard--But Hasn’t It Always Been Difficult? (https://www.self.com/story/dating-during-pandemic) 

    9 Ways Non-Monogamous People Are Dealing With the Pandemic (https://www.self.com/story/non-monogamous-pandemic-dating) 

    How To Deal If Being Single Has You Worried About “Biological Clocks” and Timelines (https://www.self.com/story/being-single-stress-about-the-future) 

    16 Quarantine Date Ideas That Are Actually Really Great
    (https://www.self.com/story/quarantine-date-ideas)

     I Book Club with Bumble Matches--Here’s What I’ve Learned
    (https://www.self.com/story/bumble-book-club) 

    Road Test: I Tried Hinge’s Virtual Date Night Kit
    (https://www.self.com/story/hinge-virtual-date-kit) 

    Is Your Rebound Relationship Actually Harmful?
    (https://www.self.com/story/rebound-relationship)

     Yes, Your Situationship Breakup Is Real
    (https://www.self.com/story/situationship-breakup) 

    16 Intriguing Dating Apps To Try If You Want To Meet Someone New
    (https://www.self.com/story/16-dating-apps)
    Everything Isn’t A Red Flag--Here’s How to Tell the Difference
    (https://www.self.com/story/red-flag-green-and-yellow-flags) 

    8 Cute Date Ideas to Try If you’re Tired of Staying Inside
    (https://www.self.com/story/outdoor-date-ideas)


    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.

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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
176 Ratings

176 Ratings

MentatUS ,

Informative and inclusive

Great podcast with authoritative narration. I appreciated the host’s attention to inclusive details: referencing “people with uteruses” instead of “women,” for just one example. I also learned a lot — even from episodes that didn’t feature situations that apply to me personally, the top-notch experts had great strategies for thinking about conditions and approaching different scenarios.

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Well researched

I appreciate the research and care the host puts into every episode. I know I can count on the information provided and enjoy the positive, supportive tone.

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Great host

I am not into podcasts AT ALL, but really enjoyed these. The birth and meditating episodes are my faves. Zahra is also a gem!

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