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The Joy Factor is a podcast for anyone with a desire to create more joy in their lives. Therapist, life coach and yoga teacher, Julie Hanson interviews experts in the field of mental health and wellness along with everyday people who’ve got their own take on how to be on the hunt for joy even in the midst of struggle. She’s on a quest to connect her listeners with the tools, tips and inspiration to claim their right to joy!

The JOY Factor: Mindfulness, Compassion, Positive Psychology, Healing, Yoga Julie Hanson, Licensed Psychotherapist, Certified Life Coach, Registered Yo

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The Joy Factor is a podcast for anyone with a desire to create more joy in their lives. Therapist, life coach and yoga teacher, Julie Hanson interviews experts in the field of mental health and wellness along with everyday people who’ve got their own take on how to be on the hunt for joy even in the midst of struggle. She’s on a quest to connect her listeners with the tools, tips and inspiration to claim their right to joy!

    Open Conversations and Empowered Choices for Medical Cannabis Use

    Open Conversations and Empowered Choices for Medical Cannabis Use

    Hello, and welcome to episode 37 of  The JOY Factor Podcast! My guest today is Safriana Degroat and we're chatting about considerations around safely using medical cannabis, According to the National Conference of State Legislators,  “As of Feb. 3, 2022, 37 states, three territories and the District of Columbia allow the medical use of cannabis products.”  Despite the rapidly increasing availability of medical marijuana there are too few settings where patients can have open conversations with their healthcare providers  about their needs, concerns and experiences using cannabis. Too often people feel shame or judgement about their medical cannabis use and oftentimes doctors and therapists are ill-equiped or uninformed of how best to provide trauma informed care. Our conversation today will give you safety guidelines to consider and a way to explore best practices for use. 
    Bio
    Through her own personal healing journey, Safrianna embraced her passion for creating a world where all people can be “freely themselves”. She has a Masters in Community Mental Health and is a licensed professional therapist. In 2020, she founded her company, Luna Counseling & Creative Services, LLC, promoting wellness through therapy, education, and professional coaching. She recently launched Living LUNA with her wife, Ikenna. Living LUNA is a podcast and digital community that affirms the worth of all people, acknowledging the right for everyone to live life unashamed, full of love and authenticity. 
    What does the phrase joy factor mean to you?
    Safi’s joy factor = “making empowered choices again and again.”
    What you do now influences your future enjoyment. 
    A question she lives by:
    Am I enjoying myself right now?
    Remember, we have the power to take actions that do or don’t align with the ones that do.
    What We’ll Learn
    Safriana Degroat is not a medical doctor. Before trying any cannabis consult your doctor and DO NOT consume cannabis that has not been prescribed to you. Avoid purchasing cannabis off the street and keep all medical marijuana in a locked container out of reach of children or pets.
    Medical Cannabis- how safe or dangerous is it?
    Without proper medical guidance cannabis has a high potential to be abused or become addictive.
    Safi shared her framework for safely exploring correct strains and doses once you have been approved for a medical marijuana card. Remember the acronym RIDER
    Research- Do this for anything you ingest. What impact might it have on us if we have other medical issues or conditions? Ask your doctor. Research the strains ahead of time. Ask: What’s the turpine breakdown?
    Intention- Understanding why you are trying to use cannabis in the first place. Get honest, be specific. What symptoms are you needing help treating? What other healing modalities are part of your plan? Remember, cannabis is not a stand alone treatment.
    Documentation- Document your cannabis use if you want to fine tune what works best for your needs. Is it for pain, focus, writing? Safi uses different strains for specific reasons. Document how you were impacted when you use a specific strain. 
    Experimentation- Find what works for us personally, and keep your dosing as small as possible. 
    Repetition- Repeat the results, journal, look at dominant terpenes. 
    Tips from Safi:
    Be informed. Know the dosages and chemical compositions and don’t overdo it. 
    Take as little as you can get away with and consult with your healthcare provider for ongoing guidance and support. 
    Find other people you can trust to discuss, compare and learn for mutual benefit.  
    For younger brains it’s not as good of a fit. If you are 24 or younger, this should not be a main part of your care plan.
    How has medical marijuana affected her?
    “It’s made me a more joyful person.” Cannabis and spiritual work have helped her healing from PTSD progress because she has found it easier to relax and integrate what she was learn

    • 41 min
    Eat, Nurture Grow

    Eat, Nurture Grow

    Today’s Show
    Hello, and welcome to season 8, episode 36 of  The JOY Factor Podcast! My guest today is Dr. Sue Williams
    Dr.Williams grew up in Iowa and earned her BA in Psychology at University of Iowa. She is a 2001 graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. She specializes in Working with autoimmune diseases, Chronic Fatigue, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis, LYME, MS, Hepatitis, cancer, ED, Asthma/Allregies, COPD, Macular Degeneration, Candida, Heart Disease, Mold toxicity, weight management. fertility issues and women’s health. Dr. Sue Williams vast health and wellness consultations over the past 18 years contributes to her ability to support individuals with chronic and acute conditions, she will refer individuals out as necessary. Sue Williams embraces her mission of helping individuals stay healthy and balanced.
    Whether it is with her extensive knowledge of supplementation, ability to balance prescription medications with natural remedies, knowledge of ideal range values for blood chemistry, or her understanding of hormone interactions and genetic impacts on the body she always strives to treat the root of the problem without suppressing symptoms.
    No matter what a patient is suffering from, she works with them to heal their entire life- from the foods they eat, to the activities they participate in, and the thoughts they think, to achieve whole-body restoration for each particular patient.
    What does the phrase joy factor mean to you?
    Today my joy factor is food. I love to eat and I love to cook as my love language. I put thought and care into the food we eat and for my family and am thankful for my ability to think about what we want to put into our bodies and feed our families. 
    What We’ll Learn
    Shop the parameters of the grocery store and eat as much organic food as possible. If you’re eating the skin of the food, try to buy organic. Sue recommends shopping at Aldi :). 
    If you’re feeling achy or stiff…
    What are you eating everyday?
    Evaluate your nightshade veggie consumption (tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, peppers) Joint pain/stiffness, headaches, chronic neck, back and shoulder pain are all signs of inflammation. Finger and feet swelling. Eat more apples- high in quercetin- anti-inflammatory. Find the joy in getting started with a concrete goal and plan to eat more veggies! 
    Tips to help empower you to add more vegetables to your diet Remember they are high in fiber- the more we have the more toxins can be washed out of our body.  Choose a vegetable you like. Half your plate should be vegetables. Try some new vegetables. Very easy to roast your vegetables. Cauliflower rice is a great addition to most diets- tasty and easy to season. Ask- how do I make fresh foods and what is the easiest way to do it? Saute Pressure cooking/Instant Pot. Add more beans to your diet! Do it with love. Emotional and Mental Tips
    See food as healing for the body What does my body need to feel strong and healthy? Ask good questions:  Why am I eating this? Will these chips make me feel better after I eat them?  What side effects from the food am I getting? Is there a better choice for me? If I don’t have a better choice can I have my quick fix choice (chips etc.) can I have only one serving? Tips for Eating Mindfully
    Pausing to ask: Where does your food come from? Say a prayer of thanks for the food Eat your food as slowly as possible Enjoy the textures, smells, multiple flavors Slow down and savor! Resources Mentioned
    30 Day Diabetes Miracle Cookbook
    Foxpoint Spice-Great for vegetables
    Justice Spice
    Connect with Sue Williams: eatnurturegrow@gmail.com
    Thank you for Listening
    It is a true honor to bring this podcast to you and I am so grateful that you took the time to listen. If you enjoyed the show, please share it with your friends and family. The JOY Factor Podcast
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    • 36 min
    Hearing the birds sing.

    Hearing the birds sing.

    Today’s Show
    Hello, and welcome to episode 35 The JOY Factor. My guest today is trauma specialist and substance abuse counselor Stephanie Snyder. You can read more about Stephanie’s background here . 
    Listen in as Stephanie shares her unique perspective on joy and healing as it relates to substance addiction and recovery.
    What We’ll Learn
    Healing is a mind, body and soul experience. When someone starts the journey of healing and goes from surviving to thriving they are able to see joy and beauty in the little things and eventually the bigger things!  A recovery saying Stephanie references: I can hear the birds sing again. You have recovered enough and have healed enough that you can hear things that are outside of yourself instead of only being able to focus on what’s going on inside of you.  Questions to consider when considering getting help. We need to speak out against mental health stigmas. Labels dehumanize people.  Treatment success depends on having safe, non-judgmental space to address the fear and intimidation clients may feel. Recovery and the development of self-worth develops in phases. Families need to heal together. It’s not just one person, the whole family unit is impacted.  Society has put so many expectations on parents. The first thing to help parents understand: This is not your fault.  Our children learn how to cope with things not just through the family unit but from other things they’re surrounded by in society. A few considerations regarding medicinal marijuana use. Child’s brain is still developing until 21. Just like with alcohol and cigarettes, there’s a legal age and biological factors that need to be factored in.  Very important to educate yourself before you engage in any kind of medicine based treatment. You can’t advocate for yourself and learn how to take care of yourself if you don’t know what’s going into your body.  Consult a professional and educate yourself.  Medical grade and CBD products are very different from street marijuana.  The amount of fentanyl on the streets is scary. Very easily absorbed through the skin.  If someone is considering medical marijuana I advocate for them to do it the safe, legal way and not just buy it off the street.  Favorite quote:
    “My goal is to do better than I did yesterday.”
    Resources 
    Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
    Know the risks of marijuana
    National Institute on Drug Abuse 
    Trauma Informed Substance Abuse Treatment
     
    Thank you for Listening
    It is a true honor to bring this podcast to you and I am so grateful that you took the time to listen. If you enjoyed the show, please share it with your friends and family. The JOY Factor Podcast
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    • 30 min
    You Matter Marathon

    You Matter Marathon

    Hello and welcome to episode 34 of The JOY Factor Podcast. Today's show is sponsored by Prose.
    Thanks to my personalized Prose routine, I can honestly say I’ve never been more in love with my hair!
    Today we've got a special conversation with our guest Cheryl Rice Cheryl Rice works with women eager to be leaders in their own lives. Since 1990 she has been working with clients to improve individual, team and executive performance. In her powerful seminars, Cheryl inspires women to use their voice and vision for maximum impact. Her clients include: Pfizer, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Penn Medicine, Campbells Soup, and the Wharton School.
    Cheryl is also the author of the inspiring memoir, Where Have I Been All My Life? A Journey Toward Love and Wholeness. Additionally, her essays on life, love and loss have appeared in local and national publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Tribune, Cure Today, and Maria Shriver’s
    Blog, Architects of Change.

    In 2016, Cheryl founded the You Matter Marathon – No Running Required - a global initiative that creates positive connections between individuals and within communities.
    With a BA in Psychology from Monmouth University, an MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MS in Organization Development from Pepperdine University, Cheryl brings significant academic training to compliment
    her practical work experience. Additionally, Cheryl has completed her professional coach certification, obtained
    a certificate in applied positive psychology and taught classes in organization change at local universities.
    Cheryl's Contact Information:
    cheryl@cherylriceleadership.com
    www.youmattermarathon.com
    https://www.facebook.com/YouMatterMarathon
    https://www.instagram.com/youmattermarathon/
    @umattermarathon
    Additional Resources 
    Sign up for You Matter Marathon
    Thank you for Listening
    It is a true honor to bring this podcast to you and I am so grateful that you took the time to listen. If you enjoyed the show, please share it with your friends and family. The JOY Factor Podcast
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    • 34 min
    Remember to Play

    Remember to Play

    Today’s Show
    Welcome to episode 33 of the JOY Factor Podcast.
    Today’s Guest is Jeff Harry 
    Jeff Harry shows individuals and companies how to tap into their true selves, to feel their happiest and most fulfilled — all by playing. Jeff has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon, and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day.

     
    While we spend most of our time pretending to be important, serious grownups, it's when we let go of that facade and just play, that the real magic happens. Fully embracing your own nerdy genius — whatever that is — gives you the power to make a difference and change lives.  Jeff believes that we already have many of the answers we seek, and by simply unleashing our inner child, we can find our purpose and, in turn, help to create a better world.
     
    Thank you to Prose Hair for sponsoring this episode. I love their products because they make my hair look, feel and smell great!
    TWITTER: @prosehair
    FACEBOOK: @prosehair
    INSTAGRAM: @prose
    HASHTAG: #prosehair, #prosepraise
    What We’ll Learn
    It's ok to play. It's a skill we all have but need to remember. You deserve to have some play in your day. A playful attitude is contagious. Just for today...remember to play! Reach out to Jeff
    SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES:

    Website: RediscoverYourPlay.com

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/jeffharryplays

    Instagram: @jeffharryplays

    TikTok: @jeffharryplays


    Medium: @jeffharryplays


    Twitter: @jeffharryplays

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-harry-6991a94/
    Your Joy Factor
    It is a true honor to bring this podcast to you and I am so grateful that you took the time to listen. Did you learn anything that can help you with your own joy factor? If so, pass it on to your friends and family and give us a positive review at  The JOY Factor Podcast.
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    • 53 min
    Art Therapy Heals

    Art Therapy Heals

    Welcome to Episode #32 of The JOY Factor. Today we're talking about art therapy with our guest Meg Mcmurdy.
    Art therapy is a powerful healing modality for all ages and interests. Listen is as Meg shares her own journey and busts a few myths about what art therapy is and isn't. 
    Meg McMurdy (she/her)
    "As a trauma informed therapist, I have witnessed the power of art therapy to assist my clients in deepening their path to healing. Combined with cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness approaches, creative expression through art can support the whole person and be truly transformative. Making art isn’t required or expected but I offer it and will customize an approach best suited to your needs. Our work together will be guided by choice and you will have my undivided attention and support. I love working with adolescents and adults along with neurodiverse individuals and am skilled at treating anxiety, depression and ADHD symptoms. Being a life-long learner is something that I hold dearly and strive to make that passion come through in my work as a therapist. I believe that we can all heal, learn and grow best when we have time, support and tools to find relief from painful symptoms and stress patterns. It is a true honor to align with my client’s needs and help them imagine a better future. I am a graduate of The George Washington University where I received my Master’s in Art Therapy. I am an LGPC (Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor) and LGPAT (Licensed Graduate Professional Art Therapist)."
    Meg’s Contact Information:
    www.inner-evolution.com
    Additional Resources 
    If you need help, please text SHARE to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line. You can also call The Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to be connected to free and confidential support and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. Check out the Quarantine Family Toolkit by Kristin Ramsey, ATR-BC, LPC, which offers suggestions and resources on how to talk with children about COVID-19, a sample daily schedule for working/learning at home, online apps, podcasts and other resources for daily activities, mindfulness activities and short guided muscle relaxation script, as well as many art activities instructions and examples.  Resources for addressing COVID-19 — The National Council for Behavioral Health offers resources to help manage coronavirus-related anxiety and to communicate with your kids about this crisis among other topics. Behavioral health care workers will also find resources including telehealth best-practices and implications for certain vulnerable client groups. Affirmations for Coping during Coronavirus Times — AATA Blog, March 30, 2020 https://www.expressiveartworkshops.com/expressive-art-resources/100-art-therapy-exercises/
    Thank you for Listening
    It is a true honor to bring this podcast to you and I am so grateful that you took the time to listen. If you enjoyed the show, please share it with your friends and family. The JOY Factor Podcast
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    • 32 min

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