I am natural healthcare practitioner Laura E. Cox. I've got a bunch of degrees and certifications in integrative natural medicine, like nutrition, natural functional medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, stress, trauma, and more.
Join me in the Wellness Warrior movement as I take myself on as a patient and share my experiences and expertise in this rambling journey towards balanced living in a post-covid world.
Y'all, it has been a very, VERY long residency week, and to top it off, Gadget is sick. I am admitting to myself that I am exhausted and worried. What a perfect time to remind me that it is okay to be not okay.
I had a really terrible dream the other night that made me realize how much I've been wanting to be hopeful, but how scary it feels to hope again. And then I was asked to speak to a group of business students and somehow hope isn't so scary anymore.
Tonight, I'm angry about the dramatic rise in anti-Asian hate crimes we've been seeing. Listen in as I awkwardly stumble through this uncomfortable conversation, and join me in looking at actions to take to interrupt the racism that is all around us in America.
I found myself wishing (ok, complaining) to myself that I just needed more time to myself, and then my whole schedule fell apart. Join me as I pull apart the discovery of what is possible when you mind the things you ask for.
There are sooooooooooooooo many things that I want to do and so many experiences that I want to have. I've gotten pretty good at saying "no" to the things that just don't work for me, but..... saying no to something that I want? That's gonna take some continual practice.
I’m in the midst of my second post-vaccine recovery period and coming up on my next doctoral residency week. So let’s take a look back at this episode where we started looking for the golden nuggets found within the challenges.
Today's conversation is longer than normal, but you won't want to miss out on this.
On August 23rd, 2020, Kenosha was thrust into the global and national spotlight after Jacob Blake was shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer. Koerri Elijah was there live-streaming it all for tens of thousands of people watching his feed from his skateboard.
Join me as I have a conversation with this every-day guy about self-care, community activism, experiencing trauma, and the impact of being Kenosha's sneakers on the ground.
I'm on the cusp of 40, my responsibilities and accountabilities are expanding, and I am massively sleep deprived tonight. Join me as I stumble through my insomnolent thoughts on the experience of stepping outside of your container.
Who remembers waking up on a Saturday morning, running downstairs to pour a huge bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Lucky Charms and zoning out in front of Saturday morning cartoons for hours? There is something about the nostalgia of that memory that we still seek out as adults when difficult emotions come up. Join me as I look at how we can feed our inner child while still honoring and nourishing our adult bodies.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice is making an announcement soon, and it seems like all of Kenosha is holding its breath. When you don't know what's coming, how can you prepare? Today, we are looking at some of the steps to take to be as ready as you can as we head into the unknown.
Imagine it’s the end of 2021 and you’re looking back at the amazing things you’ve accomplished. What goals did you set for yourself, what choices did you make to get there, and who did you need to be to succeed? Let’s explore together.
After I realized that I wasn't honoring my word to myself, I spent some time journaling about the dread I was experiencing when I think about the upcoming isolation of winter. And out of the pages of my journaling, I may have just created the most nourishing eleven-week opportunity for myself. Wanna join me?
My doctoral residency week is coming up, and because I love putting all the pressure on myself to be perfect in the middle of an active trauma response, I triggered a panic attack on Friday. Which gave me the perfect opportunity to discover something about the four R's.
I'm starting to unwind a little from the trauma response I've been swept up in, and I am beginning to discover how nail polish, yarn, and naps all helped me get through some of the physiological response to trauma.
Truth be told, you guys. I am toast. I am wiped. I have not been sleeping well since that young man was murdered on my block last week. So we are revisiting and reminding ourselves of how to discover what our lives are really for.
In this episode, I'm processing something kind of scary that I saw the other day. This episode may not be appropriate for all audiences, and listener discretion is advised. I stumbled upon a crime scene close to home, and today, I am just being in the trauma response and exploring what is available in being present to all of it.
My tiny little hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin has made international headlines, but not in a good way. In the wake of the Kenosha Police shooting of Jacob Blake, I have had an opportunity to really begin to discover my commUNITY, and I have rediscovered what my life is for.
When is the last time you leaned into the quiet and enjoyed a moment of undistracted time? I couldn't think of the last time I did that, so a couple of weeks ago, I started experimenting with leaning in and enjoying a few moments of quiet.
Seeing as we had tornados and what-not during the time I had scheduled to record..... Today we're revisiting episode 14 and my AMAZING conversation with Dr. Obehi Okojie as we talk about the global health crisis of racism.
Ever wonder why your stomach aches when you're stressed out, or why that nagging pain in your shoulders just won't go away? Maybe your body is trying to tell you something, and you just need to hire an interpreter to translate.
Do you have a big goal that you're working towards? Does it ever seem like you're not making progress towards that goal? Do you get frustrated when it seems like you aren't making progress? Do you quit when you're frustrated? Do you get the feeling that "you" really is "me" in this conversation?
A while ago, we talked about the opportunities available in the things that we complain about. In this episode, we take a deeper look at shifting towards solutions by asking ourselves a secret, magical question.
After recording tonight's episode multiple times, only to have it vanish into the dark misty darkness of the interwebs yet again..... we are reminding ourselves about the illusion of control with a replay of Episode 15. Hopefully everything will be straightened out in time to release next week's episode... because this subject is just so good!
You know me. I make 100% PERFECT choices when it comes to pursuing my Wellness Warrior journey. I make ALL the right choices with my diet, and I listen to exactly everything my body needs with grace and compassion and joy.... But my evil twin, on the other hand......... well, she likes to come around and mess everything up.
When I was 19 and fresh out of an abusive relationship, I met Glory, and she shared a poem with me that I am still discovering newly 20 years later.
The poem I reference in this episode is called Autobiography in Five Chapters by Portia Nelson. Go check it out here.
In today's episode, I am doing my first collaborative conversation with my friend, pediatrician and integrative health specialist with a background in public health, Dr. Obehi Okojie. Racism is a global health crisis, and Dr. Okojie and I discuss some of the differences in our lived experiences, and actions to take.
Dr. Obehi Okojie is a pediatrician with a Masters in Public Health. Originally a Maryland native, she now works in New Ulm Minnesota where she practices integrative medicine. Pursued by her passion to heal the body - in addition to Medical School at Ohio University and Residency in Kansas City - Dr. Okojie has traveled the world to learn her craft studying in The Redwood forest, India, and Germany among other places. As an Osteopathic Physician trained in osteopathic manipulative medicine, medical acupuncture, hypnosis, nutrition, and functional medicine, her aim is to eliminate disease at the source. When she is not working her favorite thing to do is dance and learn tricks on aerial silks.
If you would like to read the full poem discussed in this episode, Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes, click here.
To listen to the episode of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man featuring Matthew McConaughey, click here.
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Have you noticed that there are certain things in your life that you complain about and they never seem to shift or change? What if we shifted the context of our complaints and looked for the hidden treasures within? In this week's episode, we're talking about how negative thinking has helped us survive, and taking a look at how we might shift our perspective to shift our complaints into solutions.
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Sometimes we just need an accountabili-buddy, but don't expect me to ASK for the support I need! On today's episode, we are looking at why it's so difficult to ask for help, and just as difficult to ALLOW people to help us.
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The vision of Black Girls Code is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040. You can donate here. https://www.blackgirlscode.com
The mission of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum is to document and preserve the historical heritage of African descent in Wisconsin. The Museum exhibits, collects, and disseminates materials depicting this heritage. Serving as a resource center for all people interested in Wisconsin’s rich African American heritage, the Museum’s purpose is to encourage and promote family community and cultural activities.
The Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum (WBHS/M) is the only institution dedicated in the State dedicated to the business of preserving Wisconsin’s African American History. The Society is also an affiliated member of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. You can donate to them at http://www.wbhsm.org/.
Code Switch is the fearless conversations about race that you've been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we're all part of the story. To listen to the NPR podcast Code Switch, click here. https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510312/codeswitch
In episode nine, it's Mother's Day and it feels like this stay at home order is going to go on forever. So I'm turning to my new solution to the threatening gloom and reminding my patient... er... myself to keep things slow and steady.
Ever ask yourself "Why am I doing this?", or "Why does this matter?" In this episode, I'm starting to look at the different sides of the question of "What does this provide me?" and I am getting clear on my why.
Today I am looking at how I've been using "I'm Busy" as an opportunity to look good, avoid confronting some stuff, and keeping me from really engaging fully. Instead of being busy, maybe mindfulness can come out to play.
It's been really easy to wear that badge of being "SO BUSY" as an excuse to not do the things that I say really matter. In this very first episode, I am getting really straight with myself about some of the areas of my health that I've been telling myself I'm "too busy" to do. And I am inviting YOU to join me as I begin to explore what it means to be a Wellness Warrior for The Health of The People.