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    • 5.0, 18 Ratings

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    #76 Helping Your Child Navigate this Time

    #76 Helping Your Child Navigate this Time

    I'm so thrilled for you to hear from Liz Wine. Liz's wisdom and recommendations for actions and tools are just what we all need right now. 

    As she mentioned, children are watching what adults do, especially during this global pandemic. Are we engaging in heated conversations? Are we limiting the amount of newsflow into our homes?

    Liz also discusses various strategies for parents and educators right now. 

    1. Planning: As she says, "with anxiety about the unknown, work on planning a month at a time, or even just a week at a time. Right now I’ve only filled out my paper planner month at a glance for August, and filling out each week on Sunday night. I’m keeping long-term potential dates in my Google calendar. It’s easier to curb disappointment this way."

    2. Calm corner or portable coping skills box. There are various resources. I even have a video on the Lives of Courage Facebook page.

    3. Circle of control activity: For a printable, visit. https://www.sparktherapies.com/blog/2020/04/07/circles-of-influence-control-what-not-to-worry-about-free-printable/ Also, think about giving kids two simple choices that are BOTH ones you are willing to live with. Conscious discipline is a great resource if you want to use this time and understand what’s in your control as a caregiver. https://consciousdiscipline.com/covid19/

    4. Kindness doesn’t cost. Look for ways to be kind and give back. This also helps get us out of our egocentric focus. https://kidsforpeaceglobal.org/covid-19/

    5. Play: Play is the language of children, how can you incorporate play? Also consider:


    Escape rooms—there are lots of resources! https://mamateaches.com/digital-escape-rooms/
    Zoom scavenger hunt https://www.craftsonsea.co.uk/scavenger-hunt-zoom/

    You can find Liz on Instagram @liz_wine1

    • 40 min
    Are You Experiencing Burn Out?

    Are You Experiencing Burn Out?

    Burnout is the NOT the result of working too much. It's not even about having an unbalanced life.

    It's caused by the stories you are telling yourself. Your thoughts and emotions you're using to get to work.

    What if I told you that you could do the exact same amount of work, work the exact same amount of hours and be energized by it.

    Listen in as we talk about what causes burn out, what stories we tell ourselves about our tiredness and what we can do to avoid burnout.

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    • 38 min
    #74 Managing Your Brain during a Pandemic

    #74 Managing Your Brain during a Pandemic

    My heart is breaking for us all right now. With extraordinary changes to our everyday lives, we are all overwhelmed. I see so many mismanaged brains right now. And it’s not anyone’s fault.

    Maybe you’ve seen other examples of people unable to adapt to all the changes we’ve been through the past four months or maybe you are experiencing the ups and downs of this emotional rollercoaster.

    You might be overwhelmed, fed up, or angry. You might find yourself drinking more often, or binging shows on Netflix in order to distract from feeling so out of control.

    Here’s what I know: to stop the coaster, we have to manage our brains. And to do this, we need to have the right information.

    When we know how our brains function and understand our brains’ purpose, we are able to see our habitual patterns and change them for good. During a pandemic, during a crisis, and during the good times too, we can create new habits and patterns that serve us better.

    In this episode, you will learn:

    What your brain is designed to do.
    Why our brains tend to lie to us about our safety.
    What happens in your brain when you experience stress.
    What occurs when you change your stories about how you manage stress.
    One thing you can do today to manage your brain.

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    • 37 min
    #73 Are You a People Pleaser?

    #73 Are You a People Pleaser?

    People pleasing is a pattern of behavior in which you do everything to try to get someone to be pleased with you. To like you. To not feel negative emotion about you.

    But sweet friends, I’m here to say that we can NOT please other people.

    You can’t control other people’s thoughts or emotions, even if they think you do. Their thoughts create their feelings. And just because they don’t know that their thoughts create their feelings, doesn’t mean you are creating their feelings or have any impact on their feelings.

    Whatever their brain is telling you, whatever story you’ve created, you don’t cause other people’s emotions. Today's episode is all about identifying when you're trying to please others, and how to review and reframe your thoughts instead.

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    • 34 min
    #72 Eating on Purpose

    #72 Eating on Purpose

    When you decide to be intentional with what you eat, your relationship with your food AND your own brain will change.

    This is more than just eating on purpose. When you choose to be intentional about all your choices and sticking to your plan (whatever that may be), you change your relationship with yourself. And we know that when you start to show yourself that you can change, your brain starts believing you. And you are unstoppable.

    I promise, this isn't about willpower or self-discipline. It's about reprogramming your brain, which you can do!

    I'd love to hear your feedback from this video and what questions you have. Feel free to email me at hello@jessicastong.com

    • 42 min
    #71 How to Be Productive

    #71 How to Be Productive

    Think about your relationship with time... Do you feel like you have control over it? Do you feel like you get to decide how you invest it now?

    What if I told you you could change how you think about time? Your brain would probably want to scream or shut down.

    I first heard that I could choose how I saw time and choose how I spent my time when I was in coaching school and was raising Henry by myself in a foreign country. I was super annoyed that someone would have the audacity to suggest that being busy was a thought. I mean, come on, look at me. I’m doing #allthethings!

    But I'm here to tell you, you get to decide. We get to determine how we think about time. And when you change your thoughts about it, this will change your experience about time.

    Listen as we go through the TEAR process on our thoughts about time and then how to actually get stuff done!

    • 36 min

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A must-listen!

Jessica is the REAL DEAL!!! And this podcast is such a great dose of positivity, encouragement, and light!

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Jess is the real deal!

Jess speaks directly to the heart of women. She understands where women are at and provides them with tangible steps to get past what is holding them back. She is fun to listen and just what this mama needs.

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