47 episodes

We're two NYC based therapists, who on the surface, could not be more different. Rachel is a type A, obsessed runner and Jor-El is mindfulness expert who is all about slowing down. Somehow, we became friends and business partners - and we make it work! We're here to give you an inside look into all things wellness by sharing our expertise, our own journeys, and chatting with some amazing guests. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, and we’ll learn something new. Join us as we fulfill our goal of making the world a healthier place and helping you live your best life - whatever that looks like for you.

The Viva Wellness Podcast Viva Wellness

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 22 Ratings

We're two NYC based therapists, who on the surface, could not be more different. Rachel is a type A, obsessed runner and Jor-El is mindfulness expert who is all about slowing down. Somehow, we became friends and business partners - and we make it work! We're here to give you an inside look into all things wellness by sharing our expertise, our own journeys, and chatting with some amazing guests. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, and we’ll learn something new. Join us as we fulfill our goal of making the world a healthier place and helping you live your best life - whatever that looks like for you.

    Episode 46: Stop Doomscrolling! How to Manage Social Media & Your Mental Health

    Episode 46: Stop Doomscrolling! How to Manage Social Media & Your Mental Health

    How is your relationship with social media these days? Probably worth talking about, right? Have no fear as Rachel and Jor-El talk about managing social media and mental health generally and through the dumpster fire that is 2020. In this episode you’ll get some practical tips and things to consider as you work in creating a healthier relationship with social media (pro tip: avoid doomscrolling!).
    Doomscrolling During COVID-19 via Healthline
    Social Media: Is it Bad For Your Mental Health? via Viva Wellness
    You can follow Jor-El on Pinterest here: https://www.pinterest.com/jcaraballolmhc/

    • 31 min
    Episode 45: Honoring Women in Sport for National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

    Episode 45: Honoring Women in Sport for National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

    In our latest episode Rachel and Jor-El are talking all about women in sport! We’re honoring National Women’s Health and Fitness Day by talking about some prevalent issues related to women athletes and spectators as well as highlighting some (but not all!) inspirational women in sport. We hope that you enjoy this episode and take a moment so share it with a woman in sport you find inspirational.

    And as always, please leave a rating and review on iTunes and share your thoughts with us on Instagram and Twitter @vivawellnessnyc. 

    Related reading:The Myth of the Falling Uterus

    People to follow:
    Naomi Osaka @naomiosaka
    Caster Semenya @castersemenya800m
    Adrianne Haslet @adriannehaslet
    Brave like Gabe/Gabriele Grunewald @bravelikegabe
    Diana Nyad @diananyad
    Lauren Fleshman @fleshmanflyer
    Nikki Hiltz @nikkihiltz
    Amelia Boone @arboone11
    Alysia Montaño @alysiamontano
    Mary Cain @runmarycain
    Tatyana McFadden @tatyanamcfaddenusa
    Kara Goucher @karagoucher
    Tianna Bartoletta @tianna.bartoletta
    Allyson Felix @af85
    Megan Rapinoe @mrapinoe
    Serena Williams @serenawilliams
    Sue Bird @sbird10

    • 40 min
    Episode 44: Good News! And the Power of Positive Thinking

    Episode 44: Good News! And the Power of Positive Thinking

    We’re all for positive thinking around here, but that doesn’t mean lying to ourselves either! Tune in as Rachel and Jor-El talk about using the power of positive thinking to help find refuge, even in difficult circumstances.  They also share some good news and examples in their own lives to help illustrate the simple practice of paying attention to the good.

    John Sterling Calls (on Twitter) 
    Stumpy: the Labrador is a Hero for Other Dogs
    Rachel Wyman (Montclair Bread Co.) on Ali on the Run Podcast

    • 31 min
    Episode 43: Grief and Modern Loss with Author Rebecca Soffer

    Episode 43: Grief and Modern Loss with Author Rebecca Soffer

    Losing someone you love is an incredibly painful process. It’s something we all experience at one point or another, but we often don’t talk openly about the messy process of grief. That is unless you're Rebecca Soffer.
    This week, Rachel and Jor-El are joined by Rebecca Soffer, the co-founder of Modern Loss. Modern Loss is a community of people living with grief (basically everyone in the world) that offers space to honor the pain, absurdity and humor in the grieving process.
    We hope you find refuge in this conversation.Please share your thoughts on grief with us on Instagram and Twitter @vivawellnessnyc and feel free to leave a rating and review on iTunes. Take care!
    Follow up with Modern Loss at www.modernloss.com and on all the socials @modernloss.
     

    • 43 min
    Episode 42: Pop Culture & Mental Health (Kanye, The President, and More)

    Episode 42: Pop Culture & Mental Health (Kanye, The President, and More)

    In our latest episode our hosts Jor-El and Rachel talk about mental health issues in pop culture. From public meltdowns (think Kanye and Britney circa 2007) all the way to Yankees Ace CC Sabathia (we love you CC!) Demi Lovato and Amanda Bynes, they weigh in on how public conversations about mental health impact our collective mental health and often reinforce stigma.
    Please share your thoughts on mental health in pop culture with us on Instagram and Twitter @vivawellnessnyc and feel free to leave a rating and review on iTunes. Take care!Related reading:
    My love for CC Sabathia and Visibility
    An Open Letter to Yankess Ace CC Sabathia

    • 30 min
    Episode 41: How to Practice Gratitude During Tough Times

    Episode 41: How to Practice Gratitude During Tough Times

    How do you stay grateful when times are tough?

    In our latest episode hosts and licensed therapists Jor-El Caraballo and Rachel Gersten talk how to practice gratitude during tough times. Obviously, 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us and during tough times it can be hard to acknowledge the positives in our lives. Sometimes it can even feel disingenuous. Listen in as Rachel and Jor-El talk through how they themselves practice gratitude during tough times and how they encourage clients to think about things when times are challenging.
     As always, thank you for joining us and please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on gratitude with us on Instagram and Twitter @vivawellnessnyc.  Also please spread the love and share our podcast with your friends. Don’t forget to leave a rating and review on iTunes. Until next time!
    Related reading:
    Feeling Down? Practice the GLAD Technique for a Positive Boost

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Cindy.Kuzma ,

Smart advice from experts who get it

I’m predisposed to appreciate therapy—it’s gotten me through some tough times!—and these episodes are like a booster shot for my well-being. (I appreciate them even more because I’m a runner too, so I love that they’ll reference the sport or have running-related guests—though of course, it’s applicable to everyone, regardless of whether you consider yourself an athlete.) And, it’s given me so much perspective on how to relate to others (ep 38 on how to know when to help someone else, for instance, is a must-listen). Thanks for this gift to the world.

danielle129 ,

Interesting & real discussions

I love that the podcasts are on topics that aren’t always being explored in the mainstream, or will offer a unique take on current health/wellness trends. From entrepreneurship to therapy myths to nutrition, there’s a range of topics and always something interesting to discuss.

Carol Q_ ,

Incredible!

Absolutely delightful and insightful!! Highly recommend

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