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Welcome to Rewire the Podcast. Join us to learn how rewiring your brain can help you heal your body, reach new heights of success, and unlock your infinite potential. We have inspiring conversations with entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the wellness & personal development communities -- all rooted in the latest neuroscience. By listening, subscribing, and leaving a review, you’ve already started the process of rewiring your brain -- dive in with us today!

Rewire The Podcast Cait Ross & Lindsay Mitchell

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Welcome to Rewire the Podcast. Join us to learn how rewiring your brain can help you heal your body, reach new heights of success, and unlock your infinite potential. We have inspiring conversations with entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the wellness & personal development communities -- all rooted in the latest neuroscience. By listening, subscribing, and leaving a review, you’ve already started the process of rewiring your brain -- dive in with us today!

    63. How We Can Effectively Move In and Out of Grief with Dr. Mekel Harris

    63. How We Can Effectively Move In and Out of Grief with Dr. Mekel Harris

    How do you proactively grieve as a busy person? This week, Lindsay and Cait are joined by licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Mekel Harris, to discuss how you can address grief from a body-mind-spirit perspective. They dive into how understanding grief helps us better pinpoint how it shows up in the body, how grief impacts our personal growth with entrepreneurship, and simple & actionable tools you can use to begin to process grief.
    Mekel offers training, consultation, and supervision services to organizations around the world and holds an advanced certification in grief counseling, and has presented at over 30 domestic and international conferences. She focuses on pediatric, family, and community health issues, including grief and loss throughout the past 10 years.  She is a TEDx speaker, FOX13 Memphis mental health expert, blogger, magazine and podcast contributor, author, and course creator. 
    Show Notes:
    -Mekel’s story - starting her career in the 90s, working with children in developmental differences, and she started working with parents who were grieving their kids’ physical losses.
    -In Dec 2012, her mom died, and she started to make grief and loss her main focus.
    -Grief shows up in situations that you don’t anticipate - we can identify it as an emotion like irritability, anger, and sadness.
    -Spiritual questions also come along with loss - how do I make sense of this loss in my life? What does this say about me? What does it say about my belief system?
    -We associate grief with the physical death of an individual, but there is “hidden grief.” This is the loss of experiencing joyful times, and we can be grieving different routines.
    -We can widen our scope when it comes to understanding grief which helps us better pinpoint how grief shows up – both when it’s obvious and when it comes in a more subtle way.
    -Steps to take to grieve: 
    1.) Name it (as to not bypass an emotion)
    2.) Claim it - owning your current reality to explore what’s happening around me and within me 
    3.) Don’t shame it.
    -Lindsay shares her experience navigating grief when a good friend & colleague passed away and how it manifested as “buzzing” at nighttime and how it affected her sleep.
    -Grief can live within the gap between what we envision for our lives vs. reality.
    -Simple tool: Cast a vision for yourself each day. Name and process the reality & tension that exists between the two. Move into action to address any grief and emotions that come up.
    -Anticipatory grief: proactive steps we can take to prepare for any future grief,  loss or shifts/changes in our businesses
     
    -Set a 5 minute timer & ask yourself these 4 WH questions: 
    1.) Where are my thoughts taking me?
    2.) What do I notice in my body?
    3.) What’s happening around me?
    4.) What can I do to help myself at this moment?
    -We have 50,000 - 80,000 thoughts per day (and most are “negative”).
    -We can utilize self-compassion and self-care as tools to address grief and be proactive about processing it.
    -As entrepreneurs, we grieve financial losses, expectations around launches, and other losses; we toggle between vision casting and reality.
    -Mekel has been an entrepreneur for 3 years, and the reality of ALL the freedom is that we also deal with loss of expectations, and understanding this is a step towards self-care.
    -Schedule self-care: Full Focus Planner: offering you quarterly goals that break things down into goals - “What can I do for myself?”
    -As entrepreneurs, we may pivot and find that our original passions don’t match the outcome of our vision and we experience great loss as a result - we can allow ourselves to pivot.
    -If you have not reached quarterly goals at the end of 2022, look at your calendar, and spend time anchoring into your needs with Mekel’s resources.
     
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    • 42 min
    62. “Is this real life?” Lori Weir’s Wild Healing Journey, Recovering fromMCAS, POTS, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

    62. “Is this real life?” Lori Weir’s Wild Healing Journey, Recovering fromMCAS, POTS, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Do you feel lost, overwhelmed, and inundated by ANOTHER detox remedy in your healing journey? Lindsay is joined this week by Vital-Sider, Lori Weir, who discusses what it was like after being diagnosed with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), Post Orthostatic Hypotension (POTS), and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Lori also details what led her to find the Rewire community and begin brain-retraining. She describes some of her major transformational moments - going from being hospitalized with intense adrenaline surges to today, riding roller coasters at Disneyland with her 3 children and husband.
    Lori Weir has a background in psychology, but it wasn’t until she and her children began to suffer from chronic conditions that she discovered just how important the nervous system was to her healing. She has been in the holistic health world for nearly 10 years She credits brain-retraining as being the missing piece to her healing puzzle. She is passionate about sharing her story and helping others see their own capability for self-healing. In 2022, she started partaking in community group sessions in Vital-Side Ed and taking her retraining journey to the next level in Elevate: Brain Retraining 2.0. Lori now works as the Vital-Side Community Manager, and she shares her story of healing with thousands of members on the Vital-Side Network and has reconnected with herself and her health in a massive way.
    Show Notes:
    -Lori’s story of first dealing with the sickness of her kids 4 years ago and becoming aware of her own need to heal in 2021
    -Recognition of how from the darkest times in life come light and joy
    -Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) diagnosis of two of her children
    -Discovering modalities like homeopathy that helped her children find symptom relief
    -Finding Rewire after being in the Lyme community and learning about brain retraining
    -When Lori had her eyes dilated and was diagnosed with MCAS… that was the moment she realized this wasn’t about the eyedrops - it was her body’s response to the eyedrops.
    -Having 911 called twice during adrenaline surges was Lori’s catalyst for change to start Rewire in July 2021
    -After 3 months, she started to notice changes where she was calm and sleeping through the night when her kids were asleep.
    -Lori also noticed she was adventurous and confident to take her children out to hike in nature. 
    -She started asking herself, “Who am I?” after brain retraining for over a year; she went on a journey to rediscover who she was now that she was feeling better.
    -Starting Elevate has made her healing journey more fun and filled with purpose.
    -Lori recognizes that the Elevate videos are shorter, simpler, and easier than she thought, and she is now recommitting to brain retraining as a result.
    -Describing her experience as “wild,” looking back to where she and her children were suffering just 4 years ago to riding roller coasters and road-tripping to Disneyland from Texas today.
    Resources:
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    -Visit the Vital-Side Homepage here
    -Sign up for the Rewire: The Vital-Side Membership
    -Lindsay’s Instagram: @myvitalside
    -Visit Lindsay’s Website
    -Cait’s Instagram: @caitrossco
    -Visit Cait’s Website
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    61. Rewire How You Work, Earn & Lead with More Ease and Less Overwhelm with Heal the Hustle CEO, Cara Barone

    61. Rewire How You Work, Earn & Lead with More Ease and Less Overwhelm with Heal the Hustle CEO, Cara Barone

    How can we rewire our brains & bodies to experience more ease in our work and in the ways we earn & make money? This week, Lindsay and Cait are joined by the Heal and Hustle CEO, Cara Barone, to discuss how you can use somatic practices to rewire how you work, earn & lead so you can experience more ease and less overwhelm in your daily life. Join us to explore how to rewire your automatic “default” reactions, how our current “do more” culture sets us up for nervous system dysregulation, and how to embrace uncomfortable emotions to build successful careers, businesses, and lives with more ease and joy.
    Cara Barone is an international nervous system business coach who has over a decade of experience in international marketing and consulting experience. She specializes in helping 6 + 7 figure CEOs heal the hustle — to rewire how they work, earn and lead from a place of more peace + fun by decreasing anxiety, overwhelm, and the pressure of life and business. 
    Show Notes:
    - Cara’s story: how she went from a high-paced/adrenaline/climbing of the corporate ladder culture to complete burnout & isolation
    - During burnout, Cara was reacting to everything, even lettuce. She got certified as a health coach to learn more about healing
    - Cara shifted to business coaching, and during that transition, found out she had Mold Illness (CIRS), which was the catalyst for moving from London to Australia
    - During 2020, she felt completely alone in her healing journey as a result of complete nervous system overwhelm, and she started the journey to regulate her nervous system
    - Cara’s shift and pivot in her business – burning down her original IG account & starting @healthehustle
    - Nervous systems mirror nervous systems
    - We have to be WILLING to work and earn differently before things can change
    - Awareness is the first step to changing how we work, earn & lead
    - What is the cost of staying the same / the cost of not working differently?
    - Rewiring our beliefs to support what we want and how we want it
    - Bringing awareness that there can be a different way that may feel uncomfortable, it doesn’t mean it’s bad, it means that it’s different. Safety can feel different and uncomfortable because it’s unfamiliar to you
    - Information on old belief systems that are created from young ages - understanding that we are often believing antiquated statements that are no longer relevant to our lives
    - We are often reacting to experiences from our past, rather than situations in front of us. Does your reaction match the circumstance? If not, this may be your inner child reacting & your nervous system responding from their perspective (i.e. “am I making a 2 a 10?”)
    - Find the part in your body that is reacting using basic somatic principles
    - Get to know the cues and the clues of your body - start to check-in: “What do I need right now?”
    - Simple regulation tools: shaking the body, standing in the sun, and body scans to help you attune with your body 
    Resources:
    -Cara’s Instagram: @heal.the.hustle
    -Visit Cara’s Website: https://carabarone.com/heal-the-hustle
    -Visit the Vital-Side Homepage here
    -Sign up for the Rewire: The Vital-Side Membership
    -Lindsay’s Instagram: @myvitalside
    -Visit Lindsay’s Website
    -Cait’s Instagram: @caitrossco
    -Visit Cait’s Website
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    • 41 min
    60. The Sky is Not the Limit -- The Capacity of your Nervous System Is with Samantha Johnson

    60. The Sky is Not the Limit -- The Capacity of your Nervous System Is with Samantha Johnson

    Is there something in your life that you feel like is holding you back from reaching your full potential? Lindsay and Cait are joined by trauma-informed somatic coach and mentor, Samantha Johnson, to discuss the practice of Somatics, how to identify ways of being by uncovering who we have been, and how you can learn to take a step back & take a look at how your body experiences life. 
    Samantha Johnson is the founder of The Alchemy of Truth coaching company where she works as a trauma-informed somatic coach and mentor. She also created the Alchemy of Healing Book Club where people from all over the world come together monthly to heal in connection and dip their toes into somatic practice. She is an immensely gifted leader and coach with the ability to hold space and create safety for those in her presence to come back into contact with the fullness of their being.
    Show Notes:
    -Sam’s 10-year journey entering and being in the work of nervous system regulation
    -Recognizing the patterns of her life, being the child of an alcoholic and addict - how this showed up in her relationships
    -Learning to be connected with all the parts of ourselves – not just the parts that feel “good”
    -“With awareness comes choice” – Eckart Tolle
    -Somatic processing vs. brain retraining and other nervous system regulation processes
    -“Soma” – to be with the wholeness of our being
    -Somatics is the practice of being with all that is - we can cultivate safety through somatic practices
    -Trauma can be a huge lens for why we can’t move forward - being present with life is the ultimate goal in Sam’s work
    -“Am I honoring myself, my body, and my needs when I am forced to do a rigid routine?” Getting rid of any stigma around what you SHOULD do
    -Living somatically is about doing less. Come back to the question, “Is this what I need or does my nervous system just really need a break right now?”
    -“The sky isn’t the limit - the nervous system is.” Sam’s perspective on how our collective and individual nervous systems limit us
    -Sam’s journey working through a “wounded space” of the high achiever after owning a hair salon for 16 years
    -“Fixing” via mindset work vs. deep root-cause healing
    -Burnout can happen a lot quicker when we are further and deeper into our personal growth journeys – our nervous systems can be quicker to attune what isn’t aligned, what doesn’t feel good or what isn’t sustainable
    -“Butterflies” in your belly is an example of a red flag in a relationship - when we pay attention to these signs, we can learn that we have the ability to make choices in our external environments
    -We can create a distinction of what’s happening inside of us vs what’s happening in our environments
    -Learning to sit still and understand how emotions show up in your body can help you to process & reconnect with yourself
    -There is a fine line between a coping mechanism & using a tool that allows us to connect with what nurtures us
    -Sam’s experience having gone through a recent breakup. In knowing herself better and not being so hung up on the story, she was able to be with the emotion rather than give in to it
    -90 seconds is the lifespan of the emotion - allowing ourselves to be with the emotion for a period of time without letting it dictate the rest of our lives
    -When we can be with what is – it can move through us
    -Neuroception – how we respond to our environment (i.e. the subconscious process that happens all the time by our brains and bodies to determine what is safe vs. unsafe – and is based on our past experiences)
    -Instinct vs intuition - it can be difficult to delineate the two, but we can tap into what that full body “yes” looks like (intuition)
    -Fear can be coupled with intuition and instinct… we can start paying attention to our own experiences to understand this for ourselves
    -Let’s remember that our bodies are smart instead of shaming ourselves for not ini

    • 51 min
    59. Regulate Your Nervous System while Parenting with Dr. Alex Mosley

    59. Regulate Your Nervous System while Parenting with Dr. Alex Mosley

    Are you a new parent wondering how to regulate your nervous system? Lindsay and Cait are joined by Dr. Alex Mosley, a Texas-based chiropractor and a holistic wellness practitioner where they dive into the complexities of managing your nervous system while navigating the world of parenting. Alex discusses why she believes fight or flight isn’t always a “negative” response, why and how we can let go of “Mom-shaming”, and how we can begin to normalize temporary nervous system dysregulation as a new parent.
    Show Notes:
    -Alex’s personal story of how she discovered nervous system regulation work and her journey with allopathic medicine, leading her to realize the need for a more holistic view on health as a chiropractor
    -The difference Alex felt between being in the waiting room of a chiropractor vs. a traditional medical doctor
    -Alex’s experience as a new parent -- feeling contradictory emotions all at once, along with the dichotomy of being pregnant and being a new mom
    -Alex’s choice to do a home birth
    -Alex’s journey with postpartum high-functioning anxiety + weaving in old threads of her life with new threads of being a Mom & parent
    -Shifting your mindset away from “How can I decrease or get rid of this stress response?” to “How can I allow myself to be in this stress response effectively because it's a normal part of being a new Mom?”
    -Alex’s experience with “Mom rage” when her daughter was ~3 months old -- this is a sign of unmet needs
    -Parents need to take a step back and do their own healing work; as a result of mirror neurons, parents condition children to feel what they feel and act how they act
    -Being a parent allows you to tap into a whole new level of surrender, which allows parents to learn & grow
    -Babies need to securely attach to their caretakers.
    -Debunking the myth of babies “sleeping through the night” and how that relates to Attachment Theory
    -Relearning as your baby grows & develops – Alex’s experience with a “new baby” every month that her daughter, Georgia grows
    -Gaining confidence and alignment in the decisions you are making as a Mom – through collective learning; community & support; and connecting to your own intuition – as anecdotes to “Mom shaming”
    -Alex’s advice on regulating your nervous system in a realistic way as a new Mom – get back to basics & release expectations:
    1) Make sure your decisions are in alignment with YOU – “if it doesn’t feel right to you, it’s not right for you”
    2) Showering more often – let freezing cold water pour over you at the end of your shower
    3) Make sure to eat – one-handed foods are helpful for easy eating on-the-go
    4) Alex’s adrenal cocktail that is necessary to replenish minerals that are depleted after being in a state of fight-flight
    5) Addressing in resources you need like counseling, housekeeping, or Instacart
    Resources:
    -Visit Alex’s Website
    -Alex’s Instagram: @thespecificatx
    -Listen to Alex’s Podcast You Crack Me Up: The Chiropractic Show
    -Book: “Mama Rising” by Amy Taylor-Kabbaz
    -Regulation station: 1 Week of Free Access! Click ‘join now.’ 
    -Visit the Vital-Side Homepage here
    -Sign up for the Rewire: The Vital-Side Membership
    -Lindsay’s Instagram: @myvitalside
    -Visit Lindsay’s Website
    -Cait’s Instagram: @caitrossco
    -Visit Cait’s Website
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    • 44 min
    58. Why We're Addicted to Drama with Lindsay Mitchell, Vital-Side

    58. Why We're Addicted to Drama with Lindsay Mitchell, Vital-Side

    Have you wondered why you want to come home, check out, and just watch Dateline at the end of a long day? Are you simultaneously experiencing insomnia, anxiety, and stress throughout your day? In today’s episode, Lindsay is diving straight into why we’re addicted to drama. It’s not because we are passionate about crime or gore – it’s because we are addicted to chronic stress after being conditioned to live in a do-more culture. She talks about tangible ways to start changing your habits to get that necessary downtime without feeding the “drama loop,” and how to break the habit of feeding chronic stress.
    Show Notes:
    -We are exposed to drama through technology, news, social media, TV shows & podcasts
    -We can be addicted to stress hormones like adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine
    -The difference between experiencing a bought of stress naturally and being addicted to stress
    -Question to come back to: “What are you in control of throughout your day?”
    -Our work environments & day-to-day lifestyle make us addicted to stress through conditioning
    -Awareness is the first step to making drastic changes to the stress response
    -We can become aware, then understand the incentives and rewards the addiction gives us
    -What can we replace this habit with that offers the same reward?
    -Understanding and tapping into our natural resilience is our human birthright
    -Introduce small state changers throughout the day like vagus nerve stimulation 
    -How to start creating habit shifts:
    Resources:
    -Regulation station: 1 Week of Free Access! Click ‘join now.’ 
    -Visit the Vital-Side Homepage here
    -Sign up for the Rewire: The Vital-Side Membership
    -Lindsay’s Instagram: @myvitalside
    -Visit Lindsay’s website
    -Cait’s Instagram: @caitrossco
    -Visit Cait’s Website
    Join our community:
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    Podcast disclaimer can be found by visiting:
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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56 Ratings

56 Ratings

Hnemerson ,

Very knowledgeable about how the brain works

Definitely impressed with these two women’s Knowledge on the subject of neuroplasticity and brain rewiring. They make it approachable and interesting.

Hawaiicalls ,

Thanks for sharing!

So far this podcast is very informative and has great guests too! I think the more we share the more we can all grow and learn! Well done ladies! Looking forward to hearing more!

VanBourne ,

A Power Duo

What a joy to sit down with two delightful hosts as they share what they’ve learned, and invite others into the conversation.

Cait & Lindsay both navigate that line between saying too much and too little as hosts, and they draw out the best from their guests so that the listener can feel like they heard more from a relatively short podcast in today’s way too long podcast scene.

I look forward to more!

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