ReMIND U Podcast is a weekly conversation to help us remember to keep mental health in our discussions (MIND.) Each week, Dr. Kristie Norwood (affectionately known as “Dr. Kristie”) will discuss relevant topics such as relationship patterns, personal growth, trauma, mindfulness, self-reflection, and moving towards your values! Many of the topics will focus on how specific issues affect communities of color. Geared towards those of us who lead fast paced lives, Dr. Kristie incorporates brief “Mindful Moments” where you can gain information in short episodes, or sessions as she calls them. At least once per month, there will be a longer session which will allow us to connect even further about a topic. Listeners will gain insight into how to dialogue about mental health topics while also finding ways to prevent themselves and others who may be suffering in silence. Through ReMIND U, we are building a community of listeners that can help decrease the stigmas surrounding seeking mental health care. So, come on in…and join the discussion!
Is that Another Amazon Box? The Intersection between Mind and Money
Let's face it, many of us have struggled with our finances at some point in time. Whether you are overspending during the pandemic, made purchases solely based upon emotions, or simply have not yet grasped the tools to appropriate your finances. As the New Year is upon us, I have an opportunity to sit down with Legacy Builders Insurance and Financial Services President, Lester Norwood. During this episode, he helps us candidly understand the link between our mindset and our money. He gives us some great financial tips, but also helps us realize the emotional connection between our spending habits including when and how we tend to spend money. Be sure to listen to the end when Lester and I challenge all of the listeners to connect your emotions and your money during the upcoming weeks. You can find more financial wellness tips by following Legacy Builders Insurance and Financial Services on both Instagram and Facebook.
Don't Just Set Goals....Live According to Your Values!
Welcome to 2021 and a New Season of the ReMIND U Podcast! At the beginning of each year, many of us set goals and and resolutions for the New Year. Whether it's losing weight, or saving money, we often try to meet goals that can sometimes cause us more stress. By March, we have thrown these goals out the window or become frustrated with the process. Does this sound familiar? In this episode, Dr. Kristie offers the idea of living life according to your values as opposed to the traditional "New Year, New You" goals. Our values are the compass that guides our lives and helps us find more moments of joy, compassion, and meaning. In light of the pandemic and the sociocultural struggles we are all facing, let's allow our values to guide us in this New Year!
Depression and Friendships: Finding What Once Brought You Color
This episode will give you all the feels! October is Depression Awareness Month and October 10th is World Mental Health Day! A positive support system can be helpful in coping with Depression. In today's episode, I connect with three of my friends (Mel, KP, and Victoria)...we are actually what we like to call "Sister-friends." In this episode, we discuss the impact friendships can have on managing stress, challenging life circumstances, and depression. We talk about how our friendships have evolved and what we have learned through these friendships. In this episode, you get a glimpse into how positive support can help you on some of your most difficult days. We also address how to begin the process of developing a support system, being vulnerable, and how to find a way to see color...even on the darkest days. It was such an honor to share space and be our authentic selves during this episode....the power of sister-friends is priceless!
Suicide Prevention & Awareness: It is Everyone's Business
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month! The topic of suicide is often one that can feel very heavy, and often one that we avoid discussion. The rates of suicide continue to increase, particularly in the Black community making this episode so necessary for all of us to listen to.
During this episode, I sit down with Licensed Psycholoigst Dr. Sheronda Farrow and we discuss everything suicide prevention. Dr. Farrow walks us through recognizing the signs of suicide, how to help those who may be struggling, questions to ask if you think someone may be at risk, and how we can normalize the discussion about suicide. This episode was created as way to inspire a discussion about Suicide Prevention and Awareness---it really is EVERYONE's business.
If you, or someone you know is in need of support surrounding suicidal thoughts, plan, or intent, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for immediate assistance. Below are some additional resources that you can review for additional support. Remember, you are not in this alone, and the world is better with you in it!
Suicide Prevention Resource Center: https://www.sprc.org/
National Alliance on Mental Illness: www.nami.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.donordrive.com/
National Crisis Line: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Therapy...You Can Do It!
If you have been contemplating going to therapy, or going back and forth about it, this episode is definitely for you! In this episode, I sit down with Inesha Howard and discuss her current process of starting therapy. The cool thing is...she's in the beginning stages of starting! As a Millenial, Inesha helps us understand what issues that Millenials are facing in the midst of the pandemic. We talk family dynamics, generational messages about keeping your issues behind closed doors, and the importance of "just starting." In the midst of the process, Inesha candidly discusses her current journey of finding a therapist in the midst of a pandemic and all that is going on around us. She talks about some of her personal barriers to seeking therapy, including telehealth and finding the right fit. Most of all, she encourages all of us to hold ourselves accountable by taking the first step...and just starting.
What Do I Do When I Don't Know What to Do?
In this episode, we celebrate ten episodes of ReMIND U! During this episode, we share space and honor the days in which we feel uncertain and may be prone to suffering in silence. Together, we acknowledge some of our struggles, but also provide encouragement to help in the midst of the journey. I share the typical process that many of us go through during times of uncertainty. At the end of the episode, there's a message of hope, togetherness, and wellness that somehow we will all make it through this journey.
You have an amazing platform and the work that you are doing here is definitely aligned with your calling! Thank you for all that you are doing and excited to see the greatness that is in store! Proud of you for stepping out!
Go JMU Dukes 💜💛!!!
I’m so proud of you Dr.Kristie for walking in your path and being a voice to our community regarding mental health! Much success to your career and your podcast! Be blessed!!