April MacKinnon - Women & Connection

 

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Women need connection — even more so during these challenging times. Connection is not only critical to our happiness and life satisfaction, it is also key to mental wellness, longevity, brain health, stress management, freedom from alcohol, and burnout prevention. In this episode, my guest April MacKinnon and I share our personal stories and experience with connection and building community, discuss why it can be hard to make new connections as we age, and explore creative ways to nurture our own sense of community.

 

April MacKinnon is the owner of Anointment Natural Skin Care, a skincare company dedicated to supporting women in life transitions: pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause. April has always been interested in the link between wellness and nature. Trained as a civil engineer, her professional career involved providing clean drinking water in many small Atlantic Canada...

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Dr. Jenn Salib-Huber - Ditch the Diet & Find Freedom

 

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Dr. Jenn Salib Huber, Intuitive Eating Coach, R.D. & N.D., and I discuss the soul-crushing toll the commercial diet cycle is taking on women, why resolutions don’t last, and how women can break free of the noise and achieve freedom when it comes to food.

If you’ve been on “every diet out there” or made resolutions around food in 2021 that you’ve already “broken”, this podcast is for you!

Ready to get out of the chronic cycle of the latest "quick-fix" followed by guilt & shame when you can't keep it going? Listen to this episode.

We talk about how to shift your relationship with food from a rule-based, deprivation-centered model to one of abundance and freedom. Break free and find so much more joy in healthy, intuitive eating!

Follow Jenn on Instagram at @menopause.nutritionist.

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Rachel Sumner: Women and the Future of Work

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Rachel Sumner is an Executive Coach, Mentor & Education Specialist who supports young people and their families as they make important decisions about life after High School.

As a mother of three, she is acutely aware of the need for better education about the Future of Work so that our children not only survive but thrive in the decades ahead. If you’re a working woman, and/or you’ve got children, you won’t want to miss this fascinating discussion!

Many of the “soft” skills that women typically possess more than men, such as empathy, caring, creativity, and collaboration, cannot be replicated by robots. These skills will therefore be in higher demand as automated workplaces become the norm.

Rachel and I also discuss the connection between burnout and these skills, which women will be increasingly called upon to use on the job as well as at home in the future. We also discuss how we...

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Ask The Coach - How To Say "No" More Often

 

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In this short episode, I answer this question from Carrie, a Bite-Sized Balance listener:

“I’m terrible at over-committing. How can I say 'no' more often?”

I provide my best tips for saying no more often so you can carve out the time you need to take care of YOU in 2021, including my #1 most popular time management strategy – “the script”. You’ll want to have this trick up your sleeve next time you get put on the spot, trust me!

Got a burning question you'd love me to answer in an upcoming episode? Send it to me at [email protected]

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Ask the Coach - Rethinking Resolutions

 

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Why do so many resolutions fail? I answer this question and provide several options for “rethinking your resolutions” this year and setting yourself up for lasting success.

What might happen if you set goals around how you wanted to feel, instead of what you wanted to do?

Or stacked one small habit on top of another, instead of reaching for that extreme “quick fix” solution?

If you’ve made resolutions year after year, with little to no permanent results, this podcast episode is for you! Try different this year, not harder.

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Dr. Sarah Baillie, N.D. - Burnout Prevention and Recovery (Managing Stress)

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In this episode Sarah Baillie, N.D. (aka “The Meno Whisperer) and I, continue our conversation from Episode 10 about women’s burnout, shifting the focus to what we can do to prevent and recover from it. We discuss the fight or flight response, the stress hormone cortisol, the relaxation response and provide loads of practical strategies you can start using right now to manage your “cortisol jackers” and close the stress cycle, decreasing your cortisol in the process. Don’t skip this one, it might just change your life!

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Jessie Harrold - Why Women's Rituals & Self-Care Matter

Listen to this episode above! (There is no video of this podcast, the universe was not cooperating - it's definitely worth a listen, though - it was a GREAT conversation!)

 

Jessie Harrold is a coach, women's mentor and doula who has been supporting women through radical life transformations and other rites of passage for over a decade. She is also the author of Project Body Love: My Quest to Love My Body and the Surprising Truth I Found Instead.

 

In this episode, Jessie and I discuss some of the transformative life experiences women go through (like motherhood, leadership, empty nesting, menopause and sobriety). We also talk about the importance of slowing down, listening to your body and heart and using what you learn to develop rituals of meaningful self-care. Tune in to hear Jessie's famous "pee example"!

 

Jessie shares her definition of “ritual” and explains how we can use ritual to “put a pin in our life map” and...

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Ask the Coach – How to Stay Balanced Over the Holidays

 

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Today, I'm answering this question from Sara, a Bite-Sized Balance listener:

 

“How can I maintain my balance and actually enjoy the holidays this year?”

 

In this short podcast episode, I provide loads of simple strategies and tips for living more intentionally this holiday season so that you can start 2021 feeling relaxed, recharged and restored (instead of over-stuffed and exhausted!)

Topics include how to say “no” more often, simplify traditions, eat and drink more mindfully, prep meals in advance with a “Cook Once, Eat Twice” plan, and schedule and prioritize much-needed downtime.

Got a burning question you'd love me to answer in an upcoming episode? Send it to me at [email protected]! For more tips & strategies for a balanced, healthy life, follow me on Instagram and Facebook: @wendymccallumcoach

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Ask The Coach: Wendy McCallum & Scott Pinyard of This Naked Mind - Burnout & Alcohol

I got to guest host on This Naked Mind's popular podcast last month and the episode is now available to watch, above, or listen to, below.

 

Scott Pinyard, Head Coach of This Naked Mind, and I answered listener questions about how to deal with work stress and how to get back on track with healthy habits after a "blip" or "data point".

My advice around tools for coping with stress applies whether your drug of choice is alcohol, food, social media, or online shopping - so please have a listen even if you're happy with your relationship with alcohol, I think you'll learn a lot!

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Sarah Baillie, N.D. - Women’s Burnout & Adrenal Fatigue

 

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Sarah Baillie, N.D. (aka “The Meno Whisperer) and I discuss why women’s burnout is on the rise (including the role of the pandemic and the “third shift” many women are now working), how women get to burnout and the common (and not so common) symptoms. We also discuss the connection between hormonal shifts in peri-menopause and menopause and higher burnout rates during that life stage (as reflected in Sarah’s patients and my coaching practice). Sarah describes the “GAS” mechanism (see diagram below) created by chronic stress and how that eventually leads to exhaustion. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this conversation where Sarah and I provide lots of practical tips for managing cortisol and preventing burnout. (The online test for adrenal fatigue Sarah refers to during the episode can be found here: https://adrenalfatigue.org/take-the-adrenal-fatigue-questionnaire/ )

 

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