Recent Study: COVID Vaccine Benefits Mental Health

Available for Interviews: Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D.

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

Talking Points From Dr. Colleen Cira on the
Added Mental Health Benefit to Getting the Vaccine:

    • COVID has put anyone who takes it seriously in a state of chronic nervous system dysregulation. Essentially, our nervous system serves to keep us safe. So whenever we experience something as threatening or dangerous, our stress response goes off. This is essential when we are experiencing acute and imminent danger, but when our nervous system never has a chance to turn off and reset—like in the middle of a global pandemic spanning 18+ months—it can wreak havoc on our minds, bodies, and souls.

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5 Things Parents Can Do To Help Their Children Thrive and Excel In School

Available for Interviews:  Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is an education advocate, speaker, and the CEO & Founder of WURRLYedu, an educational technology platform. Nadine specializes in the social-emotional curriculum (SEL), and she is also the author of the children’s book, My Mama Says Inside Me Lives a Village. New for 2022, Levitt has launched a new professional development resource for teachers called PD Reimagined.

What Nadine Levitt can say in an interview on
What Parents Can Do To Help Their Children Have
Greater Success in School
:

Because emotional intelligence is a learned skillset (and a foundational skill to succeed academically and beyond), here are 5 things that parents can do to help their kids thrive and excel at school and beyond:

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5 Myths About Emotions DEBUNKED

Available for Interviews:  Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is an education advocate, speaker, and the CEO & Founder of WURRLYedu, an educational technology platform. Nadine specializes in the social-emotional curriculum (SEL), and she is also the author of the children’s book, My Mama Says Inside Me Lives a Village. 

What Nadine Levitt can say in an interview about
The Myths About Emotions:

        • The way we deal with our emotions is not always healthy, and sometimes they can have disastrous consequences to our physical health.
        • Having worked with kids and families on emotion workshops all around the country, there are consistent myths that come up that limit our emotional toolkit.

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5 Tips to Give Your Relationship a Desired Boost

Available for Interviews: Dr. Alice Fong

Alice Fong, ND, is an integrative naturopathic doctor specializing in stress, integrative medicine, diet & weight loss, and is a business growth consultant for holistic healthcare providers.

What Dr. Alice Fong can say in an interview
on Relationship Tips
:

Many relationships tend to lose the spark and magic over time. It’s not uncommon to get into a rut after a few years with the same person. There is nothing wrong with that and for some people just having security and stability feels nice. But for others, it might feel dull and routine.  

Regardless of the state of your relationship, here are some tips to give your relationship a boost!

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How to Rise Above the Holiday Stress

Available for Interviews:  Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is an education advocate, speaker, and the CEO & Founder of WURRLYedu, an educational technology platform. Nadine specializes in the social-emotional curriculum (SEL), and she is also the author of the children’s book, My Mama Says Inside Me Lives a Village. 

What Nadine Levitt can say in an interview about
Holiday Stress
:

    • The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, with last-minute shopping, sometimes financial or personal or family pressures building up, and lots of expectations for how it’s all going to go!
    • Approaching the holidays with curiosity (and therefore letting go of expectations, which are only caused by your pattern recognition) and staying on top of your emotional responses can make a huge difference. 
    • We are as human beings programmed to recognize patterns, but those patterns are not based on facts they are based on the stories we tell ourselves, and they can be extremely unhelpful as they are the culprits for our expectations.
    • Arguably all of life’s conflict comes from unmet expectations so try to be aware of the difference between reality and your predictions.
    • Try to make a habit of checking in with yourself and seeing how you feel. Identifying and acknowledging emotions quickly as they come up make it easier to process them.

 

Interview: Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is a Swiss-born, German, Kiwi, American thought leader, speaker, and author who is passionate about education, especially focusing on child emotional wellness, social and emotional skill development using the Arts, and EdTech.

In 2015 she founded the technology company WURRLY, which also makes WURRLYedu—a leading music education solution being used in schools across 22 states. Nadine has authored two children´s books for social and emotional learning (Inside Me Lives a Village and Inside Me Lives a Superhero), initially developed as a tool to use with her own kids, to help them develop positive self-awareness, self-regulation skills, confidence, empathy, creativity, and self-expression. This quickly grew into a school program, with the development of a supporting curriculum and classroom resources, and toys and other children’s products that foster a healthy relationship with emotions.

As an education thought leader, Nadine Levitt gives keynote speeches around the world on the subjects of music education, social and emotional learning, and technology in classrooms.

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How Food Determines Your Mood

Available for Interviews:Dr. Andrea Nazarenko

Dr. Andrea Nazarenko is a research psychologist with the Obesity Research Team and Social Development Research Group at the University of South Carolina. She also works as a community psychologist, providing consultation services to multiple governmental and educational organizations.

What Dr. Nazarenko can say in an interview on Food & Mood:

We all know that what’s on our plate impacts our physical health – but did you know that our diet plays a role in our mental health, as well? 

Just as our heart and lungs cannot function optimally without proper nutrition, our brains cannot function optimally without fueling it with the nutrition it needs. This means that what we eat determines how we feel… and the answer to unlocking your anxiety or depression may not be in your brain, but rather your GUT!

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4 Tips for Having a Positive Mindset When Everything Is NOT Working Out

Available for Interviews: Dr. Alice Fong

Alice Fong, ND, is an integrative naturopathic doctor specializing in stress, integrative medicine, diet & weight loss, and is a business growth consultant for holistic healthcare providers.

What Dr. Alice Fong can say in an interview on
How to Have a Positive Mindset
:

I think it’s important that we first establish what is meant by a positive mindset. A positive mindset is one that focuses on all things that are good. And when I say focus on all good things, it doesn’t mean avoiding negative things in life because truly, you can never predict when bad things will happen. A positive mindset means that even in the worst possible situation in life, you will still be able to see good things. It means making the most out of a bad situation and turning it into something positive.

So how can you stay positive even in the most unlikely situation?
Here are 4 tips for you to maintain a positive mindset.

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When True Crime & Halloween Meet: Why We Are Obsessed With the Dark Side

Available for Interviews: Dr. Hope Umansky

Dr. Hope Umansky is an American Culture College Professor with a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

What Dr. Hope can say in an interview on
Our Obsession With True Crime /Halloween:

Human beings are obsessed with Halloween and true crime because we are always in the proverbial “heart of darkness” (from Joseph Conrad’s 1902 novella) in our minds—and this has a deep Freudian meaning—celebrating the ID—our most animal and dark nature that has no gatekeeper or impulse control.  

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Emotions in the Wake of the Pandemic

Available for Interviews:  Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is an education advocate, speaker, and the CEO & Founder of WURRLYedu, an educational technology platform. Nadine specializes in the social-emotional curriculum (SEL), and she is also the author of the children’s book, My Mama Says Inside Me Lives a Village. 

What Nadine Levitt can say about Kids & Emotions:

    • It is crucial, in the wake of the pandemic, that we shift the dialogue about emotions. More kids are feeling these big feelings like anxiety, stress, depression, feelings of isolation, and they are often not well equipped to process those emotions!

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5 Steps to Break Free From Stress and Anxiety Naturally (Without Quitting Your Job)

Available for Interviews: Dr. Alice Fong

Alice Fong, ND, is an integrative naturopathic doctor specializing in stress, integrative medicine, diet & weight loss, and is a business growth consultant for holistic healthcare providers.

What Dr. Alice Fong can say in an interview on
Breaking Free From Stress and Anxiety Naturally:

When your body or mind is stressed, your “sympathetic nervous system” is activated. It is better known as the “fight or flight response.” What happens to our bodies when we’re in this “stress” mode is our heart races, pupils dilate, we sweat, and our blood pressure and cortisol rises. It’s an important system to have to be able to exercise or handle dangerous situations. However, the problem is, if we are ALWAYS in this “stress mode,” it overworks our adrenal glands, which is responsible for the output of the hormone cortisol in our bodies. Eventually the adrenal glands will be depleted over time, which can lead to the brain fog, fatigue, sleep disturbances, weight gain, and it makes us more susceptible to getting sick. 

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