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293: Supporting Parents so All Children Thrive with Dr. Dana Suskind

By Giovanna Rossi | Jul 7, 2022 |
Today, I interview Dr. Dana Suskind, pediatric surgeon and author of the New York Times best-seller “Parent Nation: Unlocking Every Child’s Potential, Fulfilling Society’s Promise”. Dr. Suskind is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a fellow for the Council on Early Childhood. Her work has been profiled by numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, NPR, and Freakonomics. On the show we’ll discuss:
  • Why parents aren’t asking for help during the most difficult years of their children’s lives.
  • What societal supports we need to prevent parents from “going it alone” in the important work of raising children
  • Why paid parental leave and high-quality child care improve children’s brain development and prospects for a better future.
The books she recommended were:

AARP: America’s Largest Interest Group and its Impact by Christine Day

The Voltage Effect: How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale by John a. List

Get her book: https://parentnation.org/buy-the-book/ All notes from today’s show can be found at wellwomenlife.com/293show Resources for Women in midst of Roe vs. Wade: Take Care: Take Action: You can always get more support in our Academy – visit wellwomanlife.com/academy.

292: Just Giovanna: Well Woman Summer Reset: Week 6 – Finish Strong

By Giovanna Rossi | Jun 29, 2022 |

Welcome to Week Six! In this episode, we finish strong with three tips for loving the skin you’re in as well as finding and trusting your inner Well Woman instead of looking externally for answers.
Past episodes of the Summer Reset are listed below:
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This week, we finish strong with three tips for loving the skin you’re in as well as finding and trusting your inner Well Woman instead of looking externally for answers. First, hydrate – we started with warm water in the morning and now we’re hydrating throughout the day. Second, apply sunscreen to protect your skin from harm. Third, try a self massage after the shower – apply lotion or oils to your legs and arms and see how your body responds. Finally, go back to the last episode (291) and do the visualization again, this time asking your most powerful self, your inner Well Woman, what she wants to say to you and what she needs. Have a journal handy to capture any insights, words or images as they come up.

Every week on the podcast during this six-week reset, I’ve shared a tool, routine, or practice that supports you to create the results you want for your body, mind, and spirit.

All notes from today’s show can be found at wellwomenlife.com/292show

Resources for Women:

You can always get more support in our Academy – visit wellwomanlife.com/academy.

291 Just Giovanna: Well Woman Summer Reset Week Five – Power Up

By Cianna Reider | Jun 17, 2022 |

In this episode, I share Week Five of the Summer Reset, how to Power Up your body and mind for the most energy, focus, and fulfillment.

The notes for today’s show can be found at wellwomenlife.com/291show

Past episodes of the Summer Reset are listed below:

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This week, we dive into how to power up your body and mind for the most energetic and fulfilling summer day! As you know, we start with warm water. If this is getting boring, you can do one of my favorites and add turmeric, cinnamon and lemon. Yum. Next, tune in to your most powerful self with a short visualization, mediation or journaling. Bring to mind a time when you felt most in your power, when you were confident about your moves. A time when what you said and did was in alignment with who you know you are. There was no struggle, just a deep knowing that you have what it takes. You have the answers and you feel at ease. Where are you? What do you see? What colors and textures are around you? Breathe into this image of you in your power. And breathe it out through your whole body. How can you apply this powerful version of you to your day today? What would your most powerful self spend her time doing today? Accomplish today? Celebrate today? Take some notes. This is gold. If you had a hard time visualizing anything, don’t worry. Take a drink of water, move around and try it again. We finish our power up routine with a few jumping jacks, a brisk walk or other movement to really get your blood circulating.

Remember, every week on the podcast during this six-week reset, I’ll be sharing a tool, routine, or practice that will support you to create the results you want for your body, mind, and spirit.

You can sign up for the emails at wellwomanlife.com/summer

You can always get more support in our Academy – visit wellwomanlife.com/academy.

290 Decolonizing Healthcare with Dr. Anjali Taneja, plus Week Four of the Summer Reset!

By Giovanna Rossi | Jun 9, 2022 |

Anjali Taneja is a family physician and DJ who is passionate about reimagining healthcare and healing in the US. She is the Executive Director of Casa de Salud — a culturally humble and anti-racist nonprofit model of care that aims to transform the biomedical model into one of solidarity with community and collective care. Casa integrates primary care, queer/transgender care, harm reduction, addictions treatment, case management, medical debt advocacy and community organizing, acupuncture, reiki, massage, and indigenous based healing circles for uninsured, immigrant, and other marginalized communities in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Anjali is board certified in family medicine and in addiction medicine, and also works in the emergency room of a small rural hospital in the Navajo Nation. Anjali is a statewide appointee to the Governor’s Council on Racial Justice.

Also, stay tuned until the end of the show when I share Week Four of the Well Woman Summer Reset. For weeks 1-3 visit wellwomanlife.com/summer.

Anjali recommended:

Undoing Drugs: THE UNTOLD STORY OF HARM REDUCTION AND THE FUTURE OF ADDICTION by Maia Szalavitz 

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice by Rupa Marya and Rajeev Charles Patel 

Infinite Vision: How Aravind Became the World’s Greatest Business Case for Compassion by Pavithra K Mehta and Suchitra Shenoy

You can find notes from today’s show at wellwomanlife.com/290show.

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy. Join us in the Academy for community, mindfulness practices and practical support to live your Well Woman Life.

289: Just Giovanna: The Well Woman Summer Reset Week Three – Deep Rest for Your Brain

By Giovanna Rossi | Jun 2, 2022 |

On Week 3 of The Well Woman Summer Reset, we explore deep rest for your brain with an exploration of the nervous system and the breath. The past two years have been a challenge for all humans, and you’ve likely been carrying around a constant sense of anxiety that may be very noticeable or very sneaky. The sneaky type of anxiety can be the hardest to address and it takes tuning in to your body to begin to rest your nervous system. This reset will help.

If the body is in fight or flight, then chances are that you may need a system reset. Here are some simple breathing techniques to help you relax, maintain optimal health, and sustain longevity.

Meditation #1

Sitting – eyes open:

  • Visual, Touch, Breath
  • Shift attention to looking at one thing in front of you, exquisitely aware of colors and shades with great clarity, see textures and shapes in great detail.
  • Now shift to a soft, diffused visual focus on whatever you’re looking at to tune it out. Focus your sharp primary attention on sense of touch. Touch something with your fingertips. Move your fingertips so you can really feel all the nuanced sensations on your fingertips.
  • With your visual focus remaining soft and diffuse, notice your breath now. Notice the rising and falling of your stomach with each breath.

Meditation #2

Sitting – eyes closed:

  • Three Breaths
  • Notice your breath. What is the temperature going in, and exiting your nostrils?
  • Focus your attention on gratitude for your breath. Feel how grateful you are for the breath that has been with you all your life.
  • Take a deeper breath, from the belly, let the air fill your body. Hold for two counts and exhale with mouth open

Sign up now: wellwomanlife.com/summer

You can find notes from today’s show at wellwomanlife.com/287show.

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy. Join us in the Academy for community, mindfulness practices and practical support to live your Well Woman Life.

288: Well Woman Summer Reset Week Two – Deep Rest for Your Gut

By Cianna Reider | May 26, 2022 |

Welcome to Week Two! I’m so glad you decided to join us for the FREE six-week reset where we support you to reach your potential by using the Well Woman Life® research-backed tools, routines, and practices in the community with other women.

If you haven’t already, please head over and listen to the first episode in this series: wellwomanlife.com/287show

This week, you’ll learn about deep rest (“deep rest” in italics) – resting your nervous system and your digestive system as the foundation for our reset. There are two things you can start doing right away that will help you access this deep rest. First, finish dinner and snacking by sunset. What?? you say? I invite you to approach this with curiosity and trust that your body knows what to do. Second, drink warm water first thing in the morning before your morning coffee or breakfast.

Remember, every week on the podcast during this six-week reset, I’ll be sharing a tool, routine, or practice that will support you to create the results you want for your body, mind, and spirit.

Sign up now: wellwomanlife.com/summer

You can find notes from today’s show at wellwomanlife.com/288show.

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy. Join us in the Academy for community, mindfulness practices and practical support to live your Well Woman Life.

287 Just Giovanna: Well Woman Summer Reset – create what you want for your body, mind and spirit

By Giovanna Rossi | May 20, 2022 |

This week on The Well Woman Show, we start the summer reset for your body, mind, and spirit. I walk you through a process to connect to the result you want to create and why. Let’s face it, it’s been a rough couple of years, and this summer we’re going to press the reset button by engaging with research-backed tools, routines, and practices.

Sign up now: wellwomanlife.com/summer

You can find notes from today’s show at wellwomanlife.com/287show.

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy. Join us in the Academy for community, mindfulness practices and practical support to live your Well Woman Life.

286 Making Motherhood Work with Dr. Caitlyn Collins

By Giovanna Rossi | May 11, 2022 |

On the well woman show this month, I interview Dr. Caitlyn Collins, Caitlyn Collins is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Washington University in St. Louis. She studies gender inequality in the workplace and family life. Her award-winning book, Making Motherhood Work: How Women Manage Careers and Caregiving (Princeton University Press, 2019), is a cross-national interview study of 135 working mothers in Sweden, Germany, Italy, and the United States. Recently, Collins is engaged in collaborative research to probe how the COVID-19 pandemic shapes mothers’ employment. She is interviewed often in national media, and she has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, and Slate.

Dr. Collins is a featured speaker for WFRN Conference in June. Founded in 1997, The Work and Family Researchers Network, or WFRN, is an international organization dedicated to advancing the impact of work-family scholarship on lives, practice and policy. Nearly 2500 researchers have joined the WFRN as members. The WFRN is hosting its next conference June 23-25, 2022 in New York City. Information about joining the WFRN and its upcoming conference can be found at WFRN.ORG.
The Well Woman Show is a media partner for WFRN. I’ll be interviewing several WFRN scholars leading up to the June conference. Find them at NPR.org.

On the show we’ll discuss:

Why The U.S. has the weakest social policies to support families of any western industrialized country.

How the U.S. society has long told mothers that their work-family conflict is their fault and their problem to solve.

And how we can find better solutions that meet the needs of all families in the United States, regardless of income, education, race, or marital or immigration status.

The book Dr. Collins recommended is: Parent Nation: Unlocking Every Child’s Potential, Fulfilling Society’s Promise a book by Dana Suskind and Lydia Denworth

Some articles that may be of interest:

https://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/commentary/celebrate-moms-beyond-flowers-and-candy/article_894b354c-cd48-11ec-9bae-ab0ff6a5ba71.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/11/08/why-havent-us-mothers-returned-work-child-care-infrastructure-they-need-is-still-missing/

https://nmfamilyfriendlybusiness.org/the-three-as-of-rebuilding-your-workforce/

https://parentnation.org/

You can find notes from today’s show at wellwomanlife.com/286show.

The Well Woman Show is thankful for the support from The Well Woman Academy™ at wellwomanlife.com/academy. Join us in the Academy for community, mindfulness practices and practical support to live your Well Woman Life.

285 Just Giovanna: Beyond Flowers and Public Statements: A Guide to Celebrating Working Moms

By Giovanna Rossi | May 6, 2022 |

This week on the Well Woman Show, in honor of Mother’s Day, I challenge the idea that celebrating moms means nothing more than flowers and nice public statements. One of the greatest challenges working moms face is that we’re expected to mother like we don’t have a job and work like we don’t have children. This makes absolutely no sense, and I believe we can change this for all families in this decade.

On the show I share four steps that can help employers, elected officials, candidates as well as family members take real action to support the working moms in your lives.

All the information shared today can be found at the show notes at wellwomanlife.com/285show

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284: Just Giovanna: Using Mindfulness and Feminism to Excel in Your Career and Personal Life

By Cianna Reider | Apr 21, 2022 |

On the show today, I talk about how creating awareness and developing your feminist identity, particularly through an intersectional lens, will support you to reach the goals you have. On the show I share: Two tools for creating awareness Five ways to own your power Six intersectional feminist identities

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