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How Coronavirus Saved My Life

By Christine Zethraus, PMHNP
How Coronavirus Saved My Life is a weekly podcast hosted by Christine Zethraus, a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She takes you on a journey as a healthcare worker, wife, and mother during the pandemic. She had Coronavirus in April 2020 and Long-Covid symptoms for months. She could not figure out why her Long-Covid symptoms were not improving until she healed herself through deconditioning her childhood programming. Now, Christine interviews others about their journey of healing. Her mission is to create a safe space for others to speak their authentic truth. Without We There is No Me.
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episode 34: the polyvagal (How to Heal Chronic Pain with Dr. Les Aria, part TWO)
Do you have Chronic Pain? Ready for Pain Recovery? This episode is for YOU! We have a special guest today—Dr. Les Aria, a Pain Psychologist & Co-founder of Menda.Health, who specializes in helping people recover from chronic pain. Today, he'll explain what polyvagal theory is and how it can help you feel safe when you're dealing with chronic pain. This week's episode, Part TWO, on polyvagal theory and its application to chronic pain therapy. Polyvagal theory is the science of feeling safe, and it's based on decades of research by Dr. Stephen Porges, who pioneered research into the autonomic nervous system and its relationship with emotions. Watch our episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/jucIIsQkvig Check out Dr. Les Aria’s Pain Recovery App: https://www.menda.health/ Topics Covered: The only question you brain is trying to answer 3 worlds our body & brain responds to Easy ways to recognize nervous system dysregulation 90 seconds to correct your emotional experience   Why intense attraction can't be trusted Why we are attracted to people who dysregulate our nervous system  Our brain is reacting to past while in the present What we need to experience to believe we can heal ourself  Practice is the drive changer of your nervous system  Co-regulation  Connect with Dr. Les Aria:  Website: https://lesariaphd.com/| Youtube: Myndfulness here| Dynamic Healing Podcast | Instagram @drlesaria Connect with Christine:   Twitter | Instagram | website | Youtube | FB  Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
27:51
September 05, 2022
episode 34: the polyvagal (How to Heal Chronic Pain with Dr. Les Aria, part ONE)
Do you have Chronic Pain? Ready for Pain Recovery? This episode is for YOU! We have a special guest today—Dr. Les Aria, a Pain Psychologist who specializes in helping people recover from chronic pain. Today, he'll explain what polyvagal theory is and how it can help you feel safe when you're dealing with chronic pain. This week's episode, Part One, on polyvagal theory and its application to chronic pain therapy. Polyvagal theory is the science of feeling safe, and it's based on decades of research by Dr. Stephen Porges, who pioneered research into the autonomic nervous system and its relationship with emotions. Check out Dr. Les Aria’s Pain Recovery App: https://www.menda.health/ Topics Covered: Healing Chronic Pain through the Vagus Nerve Ways to stimulate Vagus Nerve Polyvagal Framework Ladder of Feeling Safe Mind Body Connection Trauma & Chronic Pain brain pathways Autonomic Nervous System Long Covid Symptoms Shut Down Phase of Relapse connected to Trauma Why slow breathing is key  Wisdom of your Frontal Lobe Safe and Sound Protocol Connect with Dr. Les Aria: Website: https://lesariaphd.com/| Youtube: Myndfulness | Dynamic Healing Podcast | Safe and Sound Protocol here  Follow and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine Twitter | Instagram | website | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
44:20
August 29, 2022
episode 33: the boundary
Were you taught it's ok to say "No" in childhood? Were you taught it's ok to speak up for your needs? Neither was I.  Teaching myself how to set boundaries is a work in progress. My narcissistic mother crossing my boundary for the last time was my key to emotional freedom and authentic worthiness.  In this solo episode, I cover all things boundaries.  Rule of Thumb: Those who react the loudest when a boundary is set is evidence the boundary was needed in the first place (read this again). Topics Covered:  What is a boundary? Why boundaries are important to your well-being 4 types of boundaries  Signs a boundary is crossed How to set a boundary My personal examples and emotional impact when I didn't set boundaries Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Big hugs to all the listeners! My little podcast to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
30:59
August 22, 2022
episode 32: the warrior (VIDEO) (Teaching Yourself How to Parent with Belinda Tyner)
A REAL Mother to Mother conversation about the challenges of motherhood.  In this Video Podcast Episode I speak with Belinda Tyner, an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner about her journey of becoming a warrior while teaching herself how to parent through the challenges of raising a child with ADHD. Watch Video on youtube here:  https://youtu.be/7KaxmPmTxho Warrior episode Blog here Topics Discussed: The illusions of motherhood Teaching yourself how to parent Meeting your child's needs where their at Conditioning of the Superwoman Syndrome Asking yourself “what do I need?” Being raised by parents in survival mode Importance of praising a child with ADHD during the good moments Importance of ADHD diagnosis ASAP Being tired of doing it all ADHD and Parenting Resources: The Whole Brain Child Book LD@school  National Institute of Mental Health Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Big hugs to all the listeners! My little podcast to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
01:20:20
August 07, 2022
episode 32: the warrior (Teaching Yourself How to Parent with Belinda Tyner)
How do you teach yourself to parent when you were raised by a broken emotionally immature mother? Then throw in society's illusion of motherhood where it is expected mothers are born nurturers who saves everyone with a unrealistic superwomen mentality. What happens to your self-esteem when your mother was none of these misguided societal illusions?  (hint: unworthiness) In this episode I speak with Belinda Tyner, an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner about her journey of becoming a warrior while teaching herself how to parent through the challenges of raising a child with ADHD.  Topics Discussed:  The illusions of motherhood Teaching yourself how to parent  Meeting your child's needs where their at Conditioning of the Superwoman Syndrome Asking yourself “what do I need?” Being raised by parents in survival mode Importance of praising a child with ADHD during the good moments Importance of ADHD diagnosis ASAP Being tired of doing it all ADHD and Parenting Resources:  The Whole Brain Child Book     LD@school  National Institute of Mental Health Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Big hugs to all the listeners! My little podcast to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
01:21:47
July 18, 2022
episode 31: the adversity (video) (Healing Cycles of Abuse with Chris Allen)
What does the word adversity mean to you? Chris Allen is the definition of overcoming adversity.  A powerful follow up conversation with my new friend Chris Allen. His honesty, vulnerability, transparency, and directness about his difficult childhood filled with abuse and chaos inspires me to be more vulnerable and transparent about my own story. Chris and I tell discuss losing our virginity at a young age, Chris’s former approach to sex and intimacy before meeting his beautiful wife, and his father’s suspicious suicide. And the weird thing Chris and I have in common! Find out the ONE question Chris COULD NOT answer at the end. Listen to our first conversation episode 28: the reframe Topics discussed: Codependency Perfectionism PTSD anxiety, imposter syndrome toxic friends Chris Allen is the CEO & Co-Founder of Advanced Computing and Technology, Father, Husband, and more! Chris Allen's Advanced Computing and Technology Website | Email chris@advcomptechs.com | Number   Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Big hugs to all the listeners! My little podcast to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
01:10:17
June 22, 2022
episode 31: the adversity (Healing Cycles of Abuse with Chris Allen)
What does the word adversity mean to you? Chris Allen is the definition of overcoming adversity.  A powerful follow up conversation with my new friend Chris Allen. His honesty, vulnerability, transparency, and directness about his difficult childhood filled with abuse and chaos inspires me to be more vulnerable and transparent about my own story. Chris and I tell discuss losing our virginity at a young age, Chris’s former approach to sex and intimacy before meeting his beautiful wife, and his father’s suspicious suicide. And the weird thing Chris and I have in common! Find out the ONE question Chris COULD NOT answer at the end. Listen to our first conversation episode 28: the reframe Topics discussed:  Codependency Perfectionism PTSD anxiety, imposter syndrome  toxic friends  Chris Allen is the CEO & Co-Founder of Advanced Computing and Technology, Father, Husband, and more! Chris Allen's Advanced Computing and Technology Website | Email chris@advcomptechs.com | Number   Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Big hugs to all the listeners! My little podcast to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world!  Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
01:11:46
June 22, 2022
episode 30: the profile (Discussing Human Design Profile + Lines with Marielle Honse)
Have you ever wondered what the conscious and unconscious parts of your personality are? Have you ever wondered how you knew something you just knew? Discovering human design made many things click for me. Many experiences, many breakthroughs, many undiscovered talents, many choices I've made in the past make sense, Human Design has shown me why I now have a podcast at age 44. Why I’m coming off the roof early to be a role model for others. Why having alone time is where my foundation of my teachings to others lies. Today I brought back my friend and human design coach Marielle Honse once again to discuss the human design profile lines Before listening to this episode, I encourage you to listen to our previous Human Design episodes before listening to this one so you have an easier understanding of this fascinating subject. Episode 21 is a great one to start with because Marielle gives a beautiful and easy to understand explanation of what  exactly humans design is and how it gives you permission to be yourself through your unique design Episode 24— Marielle and I get into more of the specifics of human design such as the Human design Types, Authority, and Centers. Please Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Twitter Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Instagram Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Blog Thank you to all my listeners! My little podcast I made to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Big hugs! Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
53:59
June 12, 2022
episode 29 (video): the path (My Bold Conversation with The Path Podcast Host and Speaker-Coach Arlene Bolden-Korleh)
What if your path was planned since you were a little girl? What if you had a path of getting married, having children, a successful job, and living happily ever? What if your path changed without warning instantly crushing your hopes and dreams? My bold conversation with Arlene Bolden-Korleh about her unexpected journey of her path to divorce is honest, thoughtful, and enlightening. Arlene's podcast, The Path, eloquently describes itself as our “survival guide of BOLD sisters whose hopes & dreams takes a detour - forcing disappointments - to turning obstacles into opportunities.” Arlene turning her pain and disappointment into a passion to help other women is truly inspiring. Arlene Bolden-Korleh is the creator and podcast host of The Path. Arlene is a Certified Speaker-Coach, and Consultant for the John Maxwell Team. She is a Motivator, Confidence Builder, The One Who Believes Purpose Is Bigger than obstacles! Arlene's Resources: Listen to Arlene's podcast The Path here on Apple Podcast. The Path Podcast here on Buzzsprout.  Listen to Arlene interview me about my coronavirus journey, my dysfunctional childhood, and how my racist alcoholic father impacted my own  path. Arlene asked me the uncomfortable questions this time. Part ONE  Part TWO  Connect with Arlene on Instagram | Twitter | FB Email Arlene at thepath4ward@gmail.com if you have a BOLD story to tell on her podcast Christine's Resources: Thank You to all the listeners for giving this podcast healing wings! I am forever grateful. Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Facebook | Youtube  Check out The Family Burrito podcast Christine makes with her sister Jessie
01:09:40
June 09, 2022
episode 29: the path (My Bold Conversation with The Path Podcast Host and Speaker-Coach Arlene Bolden-Korleh)
What if your path was planned since you were a little girl? What if you had a path of getting married, having children, a successful job, and living happily ever? What if your path changed without warning instantly crushing your hopes and dreams?  My bold conversation with Arlene Bolden-Korleh about her unexpected journey of her path to divorce is honest, thoughtful, and enlightening. Arlene's podcast, The Path, eloquently describes itself as our “survival guide of BOLD sisters whose hopes & dreams takes a detour - forcing disappointments - to turning obstacles into opportunities.” Arlene turning her pain and disappointment into a passion to help other women is truly inspiring. Arlene Bolden-Korleh is the creator and podcast host of The Path. Arlene is a Certified Speaker-Coach, and Consultant for the John Maxwell Team. She is a Motivator, Confidence Builder, The One Who Believes Purpose Is Bigger than obstacles! Arlene's Resources:  Listen to Arlene's podcast The Path here on Apple Podcast. The Path Podcast here on Buzzsprout.  Listen to Arlene interview me about my coronavirus journey, my dysfunctional childhood, and how my racist alcoholic father impacted my own  path. Arlene asked me the uncomfortable questions this time.  Part ONE  Part TWO  Connect with Arlene on Instagram | Twitter | FB Email Arlene at thepath4ward@gmail.com if you have a BOLD story to tell on her podcast  Christine's Resources:   Thank You to all the listeners for giving this podcast healing wings! I am forever grateful. Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Facebook | Youtube  Check out The Family Burrito podcast Christine makes with her sister Jessie
01:11:10
June 06, 2022
episode 28: the reframe (Conversation with CEO Chris Allen about his Journey of Reframing Society's Conditioned View of Male Strength)
This episode left me speechless. It is not often I meet someone who's childhood has similarities to mine. Much less someone who is as direct and transparent about the value of having a traumatic childhood , how reframing our conditioned perspective of our painful past is where your power lies and shows our true purpose. My honest no-holds-barred conversation with Chris Allen, CEO & Co-Founder of Advanced Computing and Technology, Athlete, Father, Husband, former prisoner turned Advocate, about his Journey of Reframing Conditioned Views of Male Strength is a game changer. How beautiful for two people who barely know one another to instantly trust & feel safe in sharing their dysfunctional childhood resulting in seeking love in toxic relationships, multiple sex partners, and choices altering our destiny forever.  Society tells us that men should be "strong", the head of the family, the one that we can lean on, the one who has all the answers, the one who won't hurt you, the one who will rescue you. Then women, such as myself, become disappointed when men do not live up to this misguided societal conditioning. The purpose of today’s episode is to start reframing our misguided conditioned beliefs about male strength. Thank You Chris Allen for trusting the listeners with your story. Thank you for being honest about your own mistakes you made in past relationships. Thank you Chris for being vulnerable. You are a role model in male vulnerability.  Chris Allen is a role model in Male Vulnerability. Male Vulnerability is the VERY definition of Male Strength. Chris Allen's Advanced Computing and Technology Website | Email chris@advcomptechs.com | Number  Latest Chris Allen Article from Voyage Dallas here   Regional Black Contractor's Association website  Thank You to all the listeners for giving this podcast healing wings! I am forever grateful.  Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Facebook | Youtube  Check out The Family Burrito podcast Christine makes with her sister Jessie 
01:12:41
May 02, 2022
episode 27: the bully (Conversation with Advocate for Bullied Children, Author and Blogger Cherie White)
This week I had a conversation with my new friend, blogger and author Cherie White, who is an Advocate for Bullied Children and Teenagers. Cherie's personal childhood story of being bullied for 6 years after moving to a small town in Tennessee is heartbreakingly powerful. From a slow progression to constant violence. Her mission now is "Exposing Bullies and Liberating Targets to Make The World a Safer Place for All". I learned so much about the intimation tactics of bullies. The non-verbal communication tactics of bullies blew my mind! Taking her power back has led to her mission and purpose. Just WOW! Follow and connect with Cherie's BLOG | https://cheriewhite.blog/ Cherie's Books | From Victim to Victor Memoir | Townies, Cronies and Hayseeds | Kids Under the Latch Key | The Vow of Chastity Baker Cherie's Topics Discussed:  How constant Fight or Flight effects you physically  Why the school sides with the bully Cult mentality of bullies The rite of passage bully belief How to take your power back How female bullies operate  How bullies use triangulation  Why bullies use gaslighting  How to mirror the bully's body language  Thank you to all my listeners! My little podcast I made to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Big hugs! Christine's Resources: Please Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine on Twitter| Instagram| How Coronavirus Saved My Life Blog How Coronavirus Saved My Life Youtube  Email me at: Christine@Howcoronavirussavedmylife.com The Family Burrito Podcast here Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
01:09:27
April 26, 2022
episode 26: the burnout
In this episode of How Coronavirus Saved My Life podcast, is my personal story of burnout as a nurse. Burnout is real. Burnout is definitely real if you're a healthcare worker. Then throw additional gasoline on burnout if you're a nurse working in the pandemic. Double the gasoline if you're a nurse working on a covid unit. Listen to my journey of why I became a nurse, the life changing events of 2001 leading me to my calling, and the surprising person who always encouraged me to become a nurse. Check out my Blog Post about Burnout.  Topics: Nurse Burnout Why I choose nursing The slow rollercoaster of burnout starting in nursing school Baby nurses vs veteran nurses Nurses eating their young The ICU environment filled with stressful noises, constant fight or flight, emotional impact of telling family members their loved one died, The acuity of an inpatient psychiatric unit How long covid symptoms forced me to make myself a priority Forgetting to put myself on the list Mayoclinic.org Job Burnout Questions here. Thank you to all my listeners! My little podcast I made to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Big hugs! Christine's Resources: Please Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Twitter How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Instagram How Coronavirus Saved My Life Blog Email me at: Christine@Howcoronavirussavedmylife.com Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
32:27
April 19, 2022
episode 25: the dysregulation (My most popular episode about anxiety)
This week I am practicing what I preach. I am taking a week off for self-care. Instead of recording a new interview, I decided to replay my most popular episode: dysregulation. This episode is the first where I went with my gut by changing my podcast to an interview style show. I am so happy I did because this episode has spoken to so many listeners around the globe. I interview my therapist friend Sandy about our dysregulated emotional nervous system which stems from childhood trauma. I had no idea my perfectionism and procrastination were forms of that 3-legged stool called Anxiety. I also did not know setting boundaries is actually a form of self-protection and the importance of saying those two little letters N-O. Sandy blew my mind when she revealed why we all have such hard time saying "No" and such difficulty setting boundaries with the people we love (hint: we were never taught it was safe to do so).   Looking back on my own journey as a Nurse Practitioner with Coronavirus in April 2020, I was BURNED OUT. I no longer had joy for my nursing profession, constantly frustrated, unhappy, and always in fight or flight (anxiety). As I have been easing my way back into more hospital shifts, I have been talking to nurses about their own Coronavirus journey and their BURNOUT Story.  Calling all Nurses! I am looking for a Nurse to tell their own personal coronavirus story. I am looking to have a conversation with a Nurse about BURNOUT.  Email me at: Christine@Howcoronavirussavedmylife.com with Subject line "Burnout" to tell your story as a nurse working during the pandemic.  Thank you to all my listeners! My little podcast I made to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Big hugs! Christine's Resources: Please Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Twitter Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Instagram Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Blog Email me at: Christine@Howcoronavirussavedmylife.com  Check out The Family Burrito podcast Christine makes with her sister Jessie The Family Burrito website The Family Burrito Podcast on Twitter: The Family Burrito Podcast on Instagram: Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
31:39
April 11, 2022
episode 24: the strategy (Conversation with Marielle Honse about Human Design Types, Authority, and Centers)
In this podcast episode…. Coach Marielle Honse and I continue our conversation about my favorite topic —Human Design. Before listening and downloading this episode…. Listen and download my previous episode– episode 21: the design —if you haven't already. Marielle and I start with the basics of human design, what human design is, and how each person has a unique human design. Highly recommend Marielle’s one on one 8 week Human Design Coaching or a personal Human Design reading. It’s a game changer! For real! Marielle's Instagram here   Topics Discussed: Human Design Types (MGs/G, Projectors, Manifestors, Reflectors) Authority Centers (Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Spleen, Heart/Ego, Identity/G-Center, Throat, Ajna/Mind Center, Head) Defined and Undefined Centers Christine's Resources: Please Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Twitter Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Instagram Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Blog Thank you to all my listeners! My little podcast I made to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Big hugs! Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
01:19:52
April 03, 2022
episode 23: the stigma (Solutions to Mental Health Stigma in the Black Community: A Panel Discussion)
Mental Health experts and advocates discuss solutions to mental health stigma in the black community Meet the Panel:  Adris  Moffett, LCSW-S "Your Classy Therapist" Website here Instagram: here TT: here Danny  Ross, LPC-S, Author, Public Speaker, Specialized Research Therapy in African-American Families, podcast host  Website: here Books: here IG: here Jarred Denzel, Mental Health Advocate who's goal is to normalize mental health and end the stigma IG: here TT: here  Christine Zethraus, Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Podcast Host IG: here Twitter: here FB: here Blog: here Topics Discussed:  Why each panel member was drawn to mental health Why normalizing mental health in the black community is important  Why black men have avoidant attachment style in relationships  How the black community reacts to suicide  Ways to decrease judgement and shame when discussing suicide  Listening without responding  Creating safe space when discussing emotions  Normalizing depression discussion Church being a solution to reducing mental health stigma  How living with your family doesn't mean you're a family  This episode is sponsored by Anchor. It's the easiest way to make a podcast How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast here  Check out The Family Burrito Podcast Christine makes with her sister Jessie here https://anchor.fm/thefamilyburrito Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of the How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast. 
48:51
March 25, 2022
episode 22: the mania (Conversation with Melissa Llarena About What It's Like Being Raised By A Mother With Severe Bipolar Disorder)
In this episode.... Melissa Llarena and I have a powerful conversation about her childhood. Quite frankly, I am still wrapping my mind around what it was like for Melissa as a little girl being raised by a Mother who has Bipolar Disorder. Melissa eloquently paints the picture of herself as a little girl who's mother was frequently hospitalized, off her meds, manic, grandiose, and unstable. A little girl who was shuffled around, raising herself, constant chaos, and a foundation created with uncertainty and danger. I am honored Melissa Llarena trusted my listeners and myself for giving her a safe space to speak her childhood truth.  Personal Note:  Dear Melissa,  I am so proud of you for the bravery of sharing your story. This IS YOUR Geraldo Rivera moment. Little Melissa is worthy of feeling safe in her/your truth. You inspire me in unimaginable ways! Thank you. I am humbled. Keeping speaking YOUR truth. You deserve it.... and so does the world. Go Cycle Melissa Llarena's Bio: Melissa is a business mentor, career coach, Forbes contributor, and greatest cheerleader to fellow mompreneurs. She is the creator and host of ``An Interview with Melissa Llarena” which is a podcast for super curious humans who desire to learn from humans who courageously and creatively went after their curiosities, and made an impact, so they can too. Melissa Llarena Resources:  Check out Career Outcomes Matter here. Listen and Download Melissa Llarena's podcast -An Interview With Melissa Llarena--here. Melissa's Instagram here Sign up NOW for Melissa's Courage Makerspace Playbook here (An amazing resource!) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Christine's Resources:  Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Twitter Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Instagram Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Blog This episode sponsored by Anchor: http://anchor.fm Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
01:01:22
March 13, 2022
episode 21: the design (Conversation with Human Design Expert and Coach Marielle Honse)
Show notes: episode 21: the design (Conversation with Human Design Expert and Coach Marielle Honse) Intro: After I emerged from quarantine in April 2020 I was a different person. My brain was different, my soul was different, & the things that spoke to my heart were different. I could no longer go back to the person I was before. The person I was before was constantly frustrated, unhappy without knowing why, and living in a world of pressure and dissatisfaction. As I journeyed through my spiritual transformation, I came across Human Design. The more I read and learned about my own Human Design, the more I was fascinated. Human Design (HD) has helped me understand my gifts & talents, how to use frustration as my superpower, why I had a traumatic childhood. Today I brought my friend and Human Design Coach and Reader Marielle to discuss what exactly is Human Design and how this can transform your life as well. episode 21 topics: Human Design Coach Marielle gives background about herself, how she found HD, and why it resonated with her Marielle explains Human Design two ways Bodygraphs Gates Marielle explains who developed and discovered HD Neutrino flow Energy Types (Generators, Manifestors, MGs, Projectors, and Reflectors) Profile Types Marielle HD Coach Resources:  Sign up for Coaching Newsletter here Follow Marielle on Instagram for more HD topics!  Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Twitter https://twitter.com/CoronavirusHow1 Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/howcoronavirussavedmylife/ Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Blog https://howcoronavirussavedmylife.com ***Check out my other podcast I co-host with my sister Jessie--- The Family Burrito**** Follow The Family Burrito Podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FamilyBurrito Follow The Family Burrito Podcast on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefamilyburritopodcast/ Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guest of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast This episode is sponsored by Anchor: http://anchor.fm 
01:05:08
March 06, 2022
episode 18 (audio only): the survival (Conversation with my friend Anthony about his Experience as a Gay Man with HIV)
Show Notes: In this episode (audio only), Christine has a conversation with her best friend Anthony about his Experience as a Gay Man with HIV Christine and Anthony discuss the following: Debate the term promiscuous  Tell the story how they met  Compare and contrast their childhood  Anthony’s Italian Conservative family  Money trauma in childhood Using money to avoid difficult emotions  Anthony’s powerful moment with his bio father  Anthony not knowing any gay people till 18 years old  Anthony knowing he was gay since 12  His first gay experience How is family reacted when came out  Creating his own version of a gay man  Speaking our truth  Sep 11  Anthony’s HIV diagnosis & powerful moment with his dr  Madonna advocating for safe sex  His family’s reaction to his HIV diagnosis Resources for HIV education and facts: https://www.hiv.gov/ Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life on 9 podcast platforms https://anchor.fm/howcoronavirussavedmylife Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Twitter https://twitter.com/CoronavirusHow1 Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/howcoronavirussavedmylife/ Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Blog https://howcoronavirussavedmylife.com This episode sponsored by Anchor: https://anchor.fm/ Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast. Thank you to all of the listeners! Your stories of healing because of this podcast keeps me going! 
42:52
March 04, 2022
episode 18: the survival (Conversation with my friend Anthony about his Experience as a Gay Man with HIV)
Show Notes:  In this episode, Christine has a conversation with her best friend Anthony about his Experience as a Gay Man with HIV Christine and Anthony discuss the following: Debate the term promiscuous Tell the story how they met Compare and contrast their childhood Anthony’s Italian Conservative family Money trauma in childhood Using money to avoid difficult emotions Anthony’s powerful moment with his bio father Anthony not knowing any gay people till 18 years old Anthony knowing he was gay since 12 His first gay experience How is family reacted when came out Creating his own version of a gay man Speaking our truth Sep 11 Anthony’s HIV diagnosis & powerful moment with his dr Madonna advocating for safe sex His family’s reaction to his diagnosis Resources for HIV education and facts: https://www.hiv.gov/ Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life on 9 podcast platforms https://anchor.fm/howcoronavirussavedmylife Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Twitter https://twitter.com/CoronavirusHow1 Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/howcoronavirussavedmylife/ Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Blog https://howcoronavirussavedmylife.com This episode sponsored by Anchor: https://anchor.fm/ Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast.
42:52
February 27, 2022
episode 20: the conditioning (Society's Conditioned Views about the Black Man Experience)
My open conversation with fellow podcaster Willie Porter from The Thing About Us podcast about his experience as a American Black Man living in Kentucky. Topics we discussed and explored: Willie’s experience and frustrations during the Breonna Taylor protests Why he says “Kings and Queens” instead of the N-word Conditioning of my racist father, my family's genealogy book with lists of slaves and prices Exploring why white people are uncomfortable talking about the history of slavery Why it’s important for Willie’s step-son Zion to learn about black history Willie’s feelings about not being able to know his lost family history How every black man has a different struggle just as any other man What his own personal struggle was growing up as black man and what he had to teach himself His thoughts on Society’s Conditioned view of the black man aggression Exploring why some people might view someone as aggressive Soul Food Thank You to all the listeners helping this podcast grow! Without We There Is No Me Please Follow, Download, & Share How Coronavirus Saved My Life podcast on:  Anchor: https://anchor.fm/howcoronavirussavedmylife Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CoronavirusHow1 Website:  https://howcoronavirussavedmylife.com Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/howcoronavirussavedmylife/ Check out Willie and Fionna's Podcast--- The Thing About Us https://anchor.fm/willie-porter6 Follow them on:  Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TheThingAboutUs?t=1JodBewMVLc1ItjyEBfryQ&s=09 Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/p/CZuCyqzrIVa/?utm_medium=copy_link This episode sponsored by Anchor. It's the easiest way to make a podcast.  https://anchor.fm/ Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast 
56:49
February 13, 2022
episode 17: the assumption (Colorism, Pedestals of Race, and Solutions)
Today's episode Christine has a deep conversation with her friend Sandra about the topic of Colorism, the ingrained assumption of “Light Good, Black Bad” from slavery and how the light skin privilege only went so far. The times of slavery when light skin and dark skin people being separated as light skin was more acceptable to work in the slave master’s house vs dark skin people working in the field. Sandra discusses the Clark Doll Study where dolls of different shades are shown to black children asking questions if which doll was good, bad, or preferred. Christine discusses her own family genealogy of owing slaves and how slaves cost less than farm equipment Sandra discusses her daughter dating white men exclusively, her daughter experiencing racism at an Asian dance club, and why it bothers Sandra that her daughter does not want to date black men. Topic of a few African Americans being antiblack, the illusion of black people aren’t marginalized. Diversity in the workplace, different experiences, and being short sighted. Christine’s own previous assumptions of black people all being in the fight together. Racism and divide between Africans and African-Americans, African men’s view of black men being lazy and African men’s assumption of African American women when dating. A powerful conversation about black women’s feelings about black men dating white women, the “shortage of black men” on their level, and the feeling of betrayal. Christine discusses why she predominantly dates African American males, her theme of not feeling protected in childhood, and how black represents protection to her. The pedestals of race, placing attributes onto a group of people, finding worthiness in a partner instead of inside yourself. The black man struggles with getting jobs, career advancement which affects being head of household. Black women getting a job over a black man because of the assumption of being threatening. Solutions to the assumptions ingrained in the black experience which starts with healing yourself then networking together. Resource:  https://www.nps.gov/brvb/learn/historyculture/clarkdoll.htm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you for taking this deep and heavy journey with me! Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life on 7 podcast platforms https://anchor.fm/howcoronavirussavedmylife Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Twitter https://twitter.com/CoronavirusHow1 Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/howcoronavirussavedmylife/ Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Blog https://howcoronavirussavedmylife.com This episode sponsored by Anchor. The easiest way to make a podcast.  https://anchor.fm/ Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests.
55:40
January 17, 2022
episode 16: the codependency in the African American Community, Culture, and Family
In this episode, Christine interviews her friend Sandra about the complex origins of codependency in the African American Community. From her own experience as an African American working mother born and raised in a Texas town, Sandra shares her thoughts, examples of codependency in her family, codependency in her own life, and her views of where African American Codependency originated from w/ the added complexities of religion. This episode is not to be missed! This conversation about family dysfunction, consequences of success, slavery, psychological manipulation through religion, what "boujee" means, and the consequences of setting a boundary in an African American family was eye opening.  Follow Christine on social media  https://www.instagram.com/howcoronavirussavedmylife/ https://twitter.com/CoronavirusHow1 https://www.facebook.com/Christine-Zethraus-Podcaster-108886954969507 Follow Christine's Blog https://howcoronavirussavedmylife.com/ Learn more about codependency from Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/codependency This episode is brought to you by Anchor. It's the easiest way to make a podcast.  https://anchor.fm/ Disclaimer: The views, thoughts, opinions expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. 
57:17
January 10, 2022
episode 15: the narcissist
Finally the answer I’ve been trying to figure out about the unnatural way my mother treated me my whole life.
17:57
November 29, 2021
episode 14: the dysregulation
In this episode...  I interview my therapist friend Sandy, LPC who blew my mind with her poetic Facebook posts about the effects of childhood trauma on the body, importance of self-protection (two little words saying N-O), and much more. I am excited to venture into an interview style podcast so I, along with others, can get the healing tools for our individual needs.  **Calling All Nurses Who had Long Covid Symptoms or worked during the pandemic!** I am looking for nurses to have a conversation on my podcast about your experience. I know you have a story to share!  Please contact me at: Christine@howcoronavirussavedmylife.com Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast:  How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Twitter  Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast on Instagram  Follow How Coronavirus Saved My Life Blog  Linktree  Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only the opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast.
27:06
November 15, 2021
episode 13: the worthiness
Realizing I have been seeking external validation because I did not feel worthy. I also could not a find a definition of worthy or worthiness that I could agree with. This by far has been my favorite episode to record because I had one of the most powerful breakthroughs which led to me discovering I am worthy of it all. WE ARE WORTHY OF IT ALL. 
14:00
October 23, 2021
episode 12: the validation
Plot twist: it wasn’t all my ex husband’s fault
15:27
September 21, 2021
episode 11: the nirvana
I planned on making this my final episode. The universe had different plans for me and my healing. Thank you to my friends, families, strangers on the street, co-workers for your support. I appreciate people sharing their own stories as well. We learn from each other. Sharing our stories is where love is found. 
22:08
May 17, 2021
episode 10: the mother
I had different plans for this episode. It was originally called the manifestation. However, my mother's recent gas lighting ways changed this course. I am grateful she did because not everything on your journey is rainbows and butterflies. It is important to be authentic about current painful emotions in real time and the path those take.  
16:52
May 17, 2021
episode 9: the syncronicity
We are all connected. When you start looking for magic you will find it in yourself and in the love surrounding you. 
20:49
May 16, 2021
episode 8: the mystical
Dreaming is truly one of my favorite past times. 
22:51
May 14, 2021
episode 7: the veil
Reality Unveiled by Ziad Masri completely changed my life. And my illusions from my childhood programming. 
19:58
April 25, 2021
episode 6 the spiral
Just when you think you have healed yourself of a particular emotion which no longer serves, you circle back for deeper meaning.  Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Big hugs to all the listeners! My little podcast to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
21:39
April 19, 2021
episode 5: the rebellion
My teenage rebellion. Children model parent's behavior, not their words. I expressed my hurt, anger, confusion, insecurity, low self worth through my behaviors. I was never taught it was ok to express your sadness, anger, or hurt. I had enough of being verbally silenced. Since educating myself on my teen-age behaviors, I now know this fits in the perfect timeline on how I was feeling. Low self worth = destructive behaviors. Plus, my brain was not fully developed as our brains our not fully developed until we are 25 years old. My parents were emotionally immature and did not provide a safe secure foundation. So I started looking others places to create for myself.  Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Big hugs to all the listeners! My little podcast to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
20:51
April 13, 2021
episode 4: the childhood
When you start becoming the observer of your reactions as an adult, you find these reactions are unhealed traumas from your childhood.  Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Big hugs to all the listeners! My little podcast to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
21:07
April 04, 2021
episode 3: the ego
Discovering how deeply my ego was wrapped up in my marriage along with my husband's reactions and disconnection was deeply painful. Consciously severing my ego from my husband and our marriage was the beginning of scariest part of my journey. Instead of running away from this fear, I ran towards it. I ran towards an unknown outcome that would forever change how I dealt with fear.   Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Big hugs to all the listeners! My little podcast to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
23:02
April 04, 2021
episode 2: the crumble
Coming out of quarantine only to realize my marriage was over. One of the most devastating parts of my journey.   Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Big hugs to all the listeners! My little podcast to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
20:43
March 28, 2021
episode 1: the fear
The beginning of my coronavirus journey which leads to unexpected discoveries within. A pivotal moment in my backyard when I thought I was going to die. I couldn't breath. My brain told me I needed to call 911 or was I was going to die. My gut told me if I called 911 I would die because I believed it. This was the moment I decided to listen to my gut which forever changed the course of my life.  Listen to my bizarre coronavirus and long-covid symptoms which happened in parts--cramped hands, excruciating headaches, numbness and tingling in my hands and feet, covid toe, brain fog, dry mouth, weird tongues, etc.   Resources:  Vagus nerve info The Vagus Nerve: your secret weapon to in fighting stress  Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Big hugs to all the listeners! My little podcast to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
22:08
March 21, 2021