052: Anxiety

We don’t always talk about anxiety, but the truth is a lot of us experience it a lot of the time, and talking about it can help us feel less alone in dealing with it. In this week’s episode, Anna and Maria discuss some different ways anxiety has shown up in their lives, including anxiety caused by obvious triggers as well as the kind of anxiety that shows up for a surprise visit with no explanation. Because it can be helpful to hear what has helped other people struggling with similar things, our hosts also talk about the range of techniques they’ve used to address anxiety, from professional help and medication to making art and finding community. We’re not mental health professionals, but we do believe in sharing what has worked for us in case it’s helpful to someone else.

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050: Holistic health, periods, self compassion & creativity with Nina Boyce

This week, Anna and Maria talk to holistic health coach and podcaster Nina Boyce, to discuss some of our favorite things here at Never Wear Boring Socks: periods, creativity, self compassion, and, of course, socks (get ready for some wild sock situations in this one!) Nina shares her perspective on why it’s helpful to understand the different phases of our menstrual cycle, and some ways we can give ourselves compassion and care even during the parts of our cycle that we may not be so fond of. She also shares her knowledge about the mind-body connection, and particularly the relationship between our gut health and our mental health. Ultimately, Nina points out that the most important thing we can do for our health is to listen to our bodies. Nina also shares her thoughts on how creativity is related to our wellness and our menstrual cycles, how feminine energy and the moon plays into all of this, and why expressing our creativity and our unique gifts is so important.  

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043: Spiritual Material

In this week’s episode, Anna and Maria dive into the very complex topic of spirituality. Some of the questions they attempt to answer: How does spirituality play into wellness, and specifically the mind-body connection? Do we have to separate ourselves from our physical experience in order to have a spiritual one? What is the relationship between spirituality, art, and creative inspiration? Is there a difference between spirituality and religion? Our hosts discuss how their relationships to spirituality have changed over time, how the language we use impacts our relationship to spirituality, and the importance of empathy, community, and compassion.

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040: Ayurveda, Herbs, Craniosacral Therapy & More with Alicia Hunter

This week, Anna and Maria are joined by Alicia Hunter, wellness wonder woman! Alicia is a massage and craniosacral therapist, Ayurvedic practitioner, yoga instructor, and herbalist, and we talked to her about many of these fascinating practices! Have you been wanting to learn more about Ayurveda? We cover doshas, dinacharya, and some of the other things that Ayurveda encompasses as the “science of life.” Been wondering what herbs to use in order to spice up your slice of pizza? We’ve got you covered. Alicia also discusses how creativity fits into her view of wellness, and we how we can best strive to be well while living fast-paced, complicated lives.

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037: What's Good for Me? Creativity!

A fitting follow-up to last week’s episode, Anna and Maria dive deeper into the intersection between creativity and wellness. This time they focus on how we can view wellness with a creative and intuitive lens, rather than a rigid and dogmatic one. Our hosts discuss some of their favorite outside-the-box “wellness” practices, how to get more creative with the inside-the-box ones, and talk about what specific actions they’ll be taking to infuse their wellness routines with a bit of fresh creative energy. Plus, some discussion of delicious Ayurvedic dishes, wisdom from Amy Poehler, and another listener challenge!

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035: Integrative Medicine with Dr. Nancy Van Sloun

Your favorite sock-loving, podcasting cousins are back! To kick off Season 2 of Never Wear Boring Socks, Anna and Maria are joined by Dr. Nancy Van Sloun for a conversation about integrative and holistic medicine, the importance of mind-body practices, and more. Our hosts also share some updates about what to expect in the new season, and the new direction they’re taking with future episodes of the podcast.

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