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Loving Kindness Meditation at 50:08

Join host Steve Stein on the StreetSmart Wisdom Podcast as he sits down with Jodi Baretz, author of “Mindfulness is the New Skinny” and a trainer on the Surfing the Tsunami platform. In this engaging episode, Steve and Jodi dive deep into coping with stress and trauma in times of war and the ongoing pandemic.

Here are the top 5 takeaways from this thought-provoking conversation:

1. Seek support: Trauma responses, whether hyper arousal or hypo arousal, indicate a need for help and support. Jodi recommends reaching out to licensed therapists, support groups, or wise friends who can lend a helping hand during challenging times.

2. Embrace community: Loneliness and isolation can worsen during stressful periods. Jodi advises seeking social support from personal, professional, spiritual, and neighborhood communities to prevent isolation and combat loneliness.

3. Practice mindfulness: Cultivating mindfulness through meditation, mindfulness exercises, and journaling can work wonders for mental health maintenance. Jodi provides practical tips for labeling negative thoughts and emotions without judgment, helping listeners detach from them and find inner peace.

4. Prioritize physical health: Taking care of our bodies is crucial during times of stress and trauma. Jodi emphasizes the importance of exercise, healthy eating, good sleep, and establishing a sleep routine. Avoiding excessive drinking is also essential for maintaining physical well-being.

5. Set boundaries: The constant news cycle can be overwhelming, affecting our ability to sleep and causing undue stress. Steve and Jodi discuss the delicate balance of staying informed while also protecting one’s mental health. Setting healthy boundaries, such as limiting news consumption and engaging in activities that promote relaxation, is key to coping with fear and stress.

Throughout the episode, Steve and Jodi share practical tools and insights to help listeners navigate the challenges of stress and trauma. They explore the power of self-compassion, positive self-talk, and the importance of processing emotions rather than suppressing them. Jodi concludes the episode with a beautiful loving-kindness meditation, guiding listeners to spread love and kindness towards themselves and others.

Don’t miss this enriching conversation as Steve Stein and Jodi Baretz provide practical ideas and tools for self-awareness, mindfulness, and coping with stress. Tune in to the StreetSmart Wisdom Podcast and discover how to navigate through challenging times with wisdom and resilience.


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