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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036: Getting Rid of the Gunk

How do self-care and wellness help us cultivate more creative lives? Following a discussion on the symbolism of watermelon and Harry Potter socks, as well as Maria’s coining of our listeners as “creative soles” (the more sock puns, the better, yes?), Anna and Maria delve into this question on the podcast this week. They cover a range of topics from the complicated issue of the tortured artist archetype, to how nourishing our mental well-being can help us share our creative work. They also take time to appreciate the benefits of food and sleep (is there ever enough time to devote to these topics?). Throughout the next week, Anna and Maria agree to commit to one wellness practice that will help nourish their creativity, and invite listeners to join them in this pursuit! To wrap up the episode, Anna breaks the rules by leaving our creative soles with not one, but TWO quotes.


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028: Body Image

This week, Anna and Maria tackle the topic of body image. First, they discuss their own experiences with body image, and offer some reasons for why it’s such a painful issue for so many people. They also offer some ideas for how we can improve our own relationships to our bodies, as well as move things in the right direction on a larger scale. Our hosts bring in some supporting voices: first from the field of science showing us that health is WAY more than weights and BMIs, then an essay with a really important message, and finally a poetic and inspirational metaphor that makes Maria rather teary.

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027: Stress

This week, Anna and Maria discuss stress. We all experience it… but we each experience stress in different ways and manage it differently. Our co-hosts delve into the causes and types of stress, how stress is different for both young adults and for creative people, and the mind-body connection in regards to stress. They ultimately provide some possible ways to develop a better relationship with stress, and recognizing that managing stress is a question of changing our perspective on time.

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