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The Science of Self-Care

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It feels like everything is self-care these days, so what actually works? Each week, comedians Steven Polletta and Sophie Yalkezian and neuroscientist Shannon Odell act as guinea pigs to a different self-care practice. They explore what it does and the science behind it with laughs along the way. You'll leave each episode with an expert opinion, new friends and a bounce in your step, guaranteed. Follow us on social media! Instagram: @thescienceofselfcare Twitter: @SOSCpodcast Have a question? Email Us! thescienceofselfcare@gmail.com

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United States

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It feels like everything is self-care these days, so what actually works? Each week, comedians Steven Polletta and Sophie Yalkezian and neuroscientist Shannon Odell act as guinea pigs to a different self-care practice. They explore what it does and the science behind it with laughs along the way. You'll leave each episode with an expert opinion, new friends and a bounce in your step, guaranteed. Follow us on social media! Instagram: @thescienceofselfcare Twitter: @SOSCpodcast Have a question? Email Us! thescienceofselfcare@gmail.com

Twitter:

@SOSCpodcast

Language:

English


Episodes

THC

1/24/2023
That's a wrap on Season 3! We're diving into the science behind Tetrahydrocannabinol, aka THC, aka cannabis, aka weed, aka all the other things we've ever called weed in an effort to be "subtle" and "cool". Steven and Sophie reminisce on anti-drug campaigns and insist on reading through Rachel Leigh Cook's filmography. Shannon explains how the drug impacts your body and the many different physical systems it can affect, from pain to memory to sleep. So, is THC self-care or self-square? We're taking a break and will be back soon with more episodes! Drop us a line with thoughts or requests anytime at thescienceofselfcare@gmail.com or on Instagram @thescienceofselfcare!

Duration:00:43:24

Managing a move

1/10/2023
This week, the self-care gang talks through the impact that moving homes can have on your brain, and shares advice on how to take care of yourself before, during, or after a move. Shannon and Sophie detail their highs and lows from recent experiences, and everyone agrees Steven could easily be a real estate agent.

Duration:00:45:01

Aging

12/27/2022
This week, we're exploring that thing we all obsess over, fear, and maybe even look forward to: aging! Shannon, Sophie, and Steven discuss the science of aging, what it really means, and how culture influences the way we feel about getting older.

Duration:00:40:00

Wearables

12/13/2022
Does tracking your steps motivate you to walk more each day? Can monitoring your heart rate help you exercise more efficiently? Today, we're digging into all the science behind wearable technologies. That means everything from Fitbits to Smart Shoes to the everyday iPhone. Plus, the crew offers their best tips for when you want to get your body movin' and groovin'.

Duration:00:39:12

Managing your finances

11/29/2022
Money is more emotional than we think! It can stress us out, give us joy, and all the feelings in between. Today we're diving into the topic of financial wellness with a look at the emotional side of money, raising your credit score, saving for retirement, and how to take care of yourself through financial ups and downs.

Duration:00:47:36

Managing grief

11/14/2022
Grief is complicated, much like a myriad of metaphors the gang comes up with! Learn how grief is defined and researched in the scientific community, the physical symptoms it can come with, and how we can help take care of ourselves through this universal human experience. Steven, Sophie, and Shannon tackle common questions around how we process grief, how we give ourselves (and each other) permission to grieve, and the unexpected gifts it can offer us.

Duration:00:41:51

Gossip

11/1/2022
Did you hear what happened? The gang talked about all the science of GOSSIP! Come spill the tea with us as we dig in deep on what defines gossip, how it can be good for you, and where it can slip too far into toxic territory.

Duration:00:35:51

Bloodwork

10/19/2022
What does your blood say about your health? Let's find out! This week, the gang is joined by Taylor Odell, a registered critical care nurse (and Shannon’s little sister) who dishes out all the details on how to know what’s in your blood, what to look for, and why getting your bloodwork done can help you take care of yourself.

Duration:00:44:01

Vitamins

10/5/2022
The vitamin episode is here! How necessary is it to take that daily multivitamin and how do you pick a brand? Shannon, Sophie, and Steven unload their vitamin baggage and find out if supplements are really just sawdust.

Duration:00:36:58

Daydreaming

9/20/2022
Knock knock, it’s season 3 at the door! We often think that daydreaming is a distraction, but the truth is, it can help us get creative, solve problems, and achieve our goals. Get all the science on why daydreaming is good for you, why scrolling your phone doesn’t count, and why we should all be high-fiving each other more often. Join us on Patreon at patreon.com/scienceofselfcare, and follow us on Instagram @thescienceofselfcare or Twitter @SOSCpodcast. This episode was edited by John...

Duration:00:38:53

Sensory deprivation

8/23/2022
Season 3 is almost here! Get ready for a new slate of self-care topics starting September 20th. Until then, let's kick back and learn all about sensory deprivation tanks. The gang hears a play-by-play of the experience from a special guest (and friend of the pod). Then, Shannon drops all the science gems. Is floating in a womb tank self-care, or self-square? Find out!

Duration:00:33:11

Vacations

2/8/2022
Is a vacation *really* the cure for the winter blues? Or any blues, ever? We'll explore the answer by diving into the science. Hear how Sophie, Steven, and Shannon have taken care of themselves on vacations past—or forgotten to, and paid for it later. And we'll talk about how to build mini-vacations into your daily life for longer lasting joy. Got an idea for an ep? Email us at thescienceofselfcare@gmail.com or Instagram @thescienceofselfcare

Duration:00:58:47

Psychedelics

12/3/2021
We're taking a wacky trip into the science of psychedelics! Join us as Dr. Shannon uncovers the facts about psychedelic drugs like mushrooms and LSD as a form of self-care, therapy, and post-traumatic stress treatment.

Duration:00:48:43

Video Games

8/31/2021
This week we're digging into the healing power of video games and whether they're good for us, bad for us, or somewhere in between! We're talking all the hits: from Animal Crossing to The Sims to Ballz (yes, Ballz). We also learn a lot (maybe too much?) about Steven, Shannon, and Sophie's upbringings, as always. Let us know what you think!

Duration:00:52:10

TV

8/3/2021
We’re back! And we’re getting to the bottom of whether Netflix and chill-ing is really good for you. Steven and Sophie describe their television self-care routines of yesteryear (and this year). Shannon breaks down what our brains loves about our favorite TV shows—and what that says about us as humans. Tune in!

Duration:01:02:24

Physical Touch

6/22/2021
We're back! Like, really, really back! To celebrate our first vaccinated, safe, in-person recording we're digging into the scientific benefits of what we missed most over the last year: HUMAN TOUCH! Shannon gives us all the touchy feely studies, and Steven and Sophie play a game guessing which emotion is behind specific forms of touch. We also land on the topic of robot dogs, somehow. Enjoy!

Duration:01:02:24

Positive Thinking

4/26/2021
Today we're digging into the science behind positive thinking! Our conversation covers: bad improv shows, Sex and The City, The Secret, Octomom's kids, and, as always, yoga. We also talk about the difference between positive thinking and toxic positivity—and whether any study on the subject is truly unbiased. So say something nice to yourself and strap in! Bolier, L., Haverman, M., Westerhof, G.J. et al. Positive psychology interventions: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled studies. BMC...

Duration:00:56:32

Light Therapy

3/29/2021
Today we’re brightening up our knowledge of therapy lamps! Shannon dishes out all the science about how blue light therapy can improve your sleep, mood, and motor function, and help folks who live with seasonal affective disorder. Sophie and Steven share impromptu stories of a jaundiced baby, drinking tea, and why they’re both convinced blue light therapy is a tool for the apocalypse. Pjrek, E., Friedrich, M. E., Cambioli, L., Dold, M., Jäger, F., Komorowski, A., Lanzenberger, R., Kasper,...

Duration:00:47:33

Vaccines with Dr. Alex Dainis

3/14/2021
This week on the pod we get all our vaccine questions answered by our special guest: geneticist and science communicator, Alex Dainis, PhD. Check it out, and send to any friends who may have lingering vaccine Qs! Public health is self-care, baby!

Duration:01:01:50

Friendship

2/22/2021
Friends Shannon, Sophie, and Steven talk about the science behind, well, them. They discuss the data of friendships and how we perceive them, the science of what brings people together, and how seeing your pals could actually help you live longer. Ever wonder why you and your friend love the same song, movie, or fast casual salad? They get into that too. So tell a pal and join your virtual friends as we discuss everything friendship! Follow us on Instagram @thescienceofselfcare, and if you...

Duration:00:59:41