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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 ...
 
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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…
 
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.…
 
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 mov…
 
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.…
 
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 gri…
 
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.…
 
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…
 
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 se…
 
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 …
 
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!…
 
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!…
 
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…
 
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 s…
 
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 …
 
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!The Science of Self-Care による
 
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 tha…
 
Sophie, Steven and Shannon are going back to their roots, exploring the ins and outs of improv comedy! Comedians Gary Richardson and Patrick Keene join them as they discuss the science of creativity, the power of "yes and" and what happens in our brains when we make choices on the spot.The Science of Self-Care による
 
We aren't just humans—we're walking, talking bags of bugs! This week we're chatting with biomedical engineer Dr. Ana Maria Porras about THE MICROBIOME! Grab a pen and paper and listen up as the doctor introduces us to what's living inside of us, our unique butt colonies, and how to treat our guts well. We promise it's actually not as gross as it so…
 
We’re back for season two! Today we’re talking about reading—an activity you may be doing more or less of in these pandemic times. We bring on one of our most literary-minded pals, comedian and writer Nicole Drespel, to discuss the science behind what makes reading a form of self-care. Special shout outs to Scholastic Book Fairs, Dawson’s Creek, an…
 
New year, new us! We're coming back for a second season filled with even more self-care practices and the science behind them. Plus, we're bringing on guests to help join the conversation—experts, scientists, comedians and more. Our new season begins January 12th so subscribe now! And join our Patreon to help support the show at patreon.com/science…
 
We're hitting a stride (kind of) with our recordings from home! Today is all about nature, aka house plants for all the isolators out there. Steven tells us about his herbs, Sophie about her prayer plant, and Shannon about her Excel docs. We discover a lot of ways that plants are metaphors for life, and children and pets. But without all the poop, …
 
This week we made ourselves listen to a lot more music, and learned how our listening habits affected our quarantine lifestyles. For Steven, it helped him sleep. For Sophie, it eased her mood. For Shannon, it did absolutely nothing. We want to hear how music is helping YOU cope (or not) with the stress of isolation, so hit us up! We're on Instagram…
 
Hope you're all staying safe and socially distanced out there! We're coming to you live (not really) from a zoom call in our respective homes. Each week we'll be experimenting with a different practice to help us stay sane amid the covid chaos. First up, we have meditation—specifically the goal of 3x daily for a week. Results were mixed! Hear how w…
 
Sip sip! Today we’re discussing the highs and lows and middles of kombucha, everyone’s favorite fermented tea. Shannon explains the drink’s benefits, like blood sugar regulation and good gut bacteria, and Steven recounts how Greg has been making his own flavorful kombucha for years. Sophie decides she’ll take it on as her next “focus project” and t…
 
In honor of the holiday season, we're taking time to dive into how giving gifts can be a form of self-care. Steven shocks us with his organic, freestyle card-writing, and Sophie tells us about the best gift she's ever given someone. Shannon thinks she's bad at giving gifts but certainly knows her way around a personalized mug. Happy listening and h…
 
Cheers! It's our wine episode! Steven reminds us that like Lady Gaga, he is Italian, and his family has the homemade wine to prove it. Sophie pairs her wine with a pizza as all grown women should. Shannon tells us about the ancient drink's polyphenols and why it's linked to preventing lots of "big ole diseases." Then we each choose our wine mantras…
 
Shannon is back from the lab, so the gang's all here! Today we're talking about acupuncture. Steven tells us about his first acupuncture appointment where he twerked on a desk, and Sophie recalls multiple pro-needle stories. Shannon offers up the research on meridians, Qi, and everything in between. We also reminisce on the year 2007—the year of Br…
 
***Trigger warning: our discussion and explanation of EMDR therapy includes mention of sexual assault*** Toot toot, all aboard! We’re riding our train of self-care chats again this week and it’s a special MOM episode! Sophie and Steven speak with therapist and EMDR specialist (and Sophie’s mom) Helen Orton. EMDR is a psychotherapy treatment for any…
 
Today Sophie and Steven helm the pod without Shannon, and lean hard into the self-care side of things (sorry Shan!). We welcome our first-ever podcast guest, comedian and writer Alex Song, to discuss the ways we take care of ourselves mentally and emotionally. We cover the ups and downs of therapy, the ocean as a metaphor for life, and how to best …
 
Hold onto your dunkaccinos—it's the coffee episode! Shannon embraces her maternal instincts and guides us through the science-backed pros and cons of caffeine as self-care. Steven brags about his work's coffee provisions and Sophie brags about finally being able to stomach it without...repercussions. We also fall in love with whatever "cafestol" is…
 
You've asked and we've answered: all things CBD you need to know! It's Sophie's favorite desk buddy at work and Steven's go-to for "straight-to-mouth" time ;) Shannon gives us the lowdown plus some sage words of advice for all the CBD heads out there. Chill out with us and donate to our Patreon at patreon.com/scienceofselfcare for just $1 a month! …
 
It's finally here—our crystals episode! We learn all the science-backed reasons why we're attracted to crystals, what they do for us, and how many ways we encounter them every day. Shannon and Steven's friendship is tested, Sophie searches for confidence, and we all fight over the validity of a saltine-themed study (but like, in a fun way). Get spa…
 
Music — ever heard of it? This week we learn all about the ways music can regulate our emotions, physically affect our bodies, and yes, arouse us. Steven gives us some incredible Madonna recommendations, Sophie tells a story about a woman in a hat, and Shannon makes us question whether playing music = being *into* music. We also conclude hospitals …
 
We learn SO much in this episode! Shannon offers a deep dive on cupping—its types, benefits, nuances, and surprising connection to bloodletting (yikes!). Then we cup ourselves LIVE on the air for you! Don't worry, we offer a running commentary and hear even more about Steven's pain tolerance. Other things we learn: Sophie is related to Meredith Bro…
 
In this episode, we consider all the different parts of nature, from plants to sun to trees—and learn about how and why they affect us. Steven the plant king tends to his plants, Sophie the nature girl walks through the woods, and Shannon works undercover for big forest (or is it big highways?). We also create our own catchphrase and continue to re…
 
What does our skin have in common with bagels? Listen to find out! Sophie and Steven discuss their forays into hydration with Shannon, who gives the 411 on the effect water has on everything from weight to wrinkles. We also chat about what you can do at home to stay #hydrated 24/7 without going overboard. Splish splash!…
 
Was child-aged Shannon correct in thinking meditation was just drugs? Honestly, YEAH 100%. In this episode we learn about the effects of meditation on our brains and Steven and Sophie experiment with apps and in-person classes. Bottom line: get thicc (telomeres)!The Science of Self-Care による
 
Do we *really* need to sleep as much as we think? The answer is YES! Neuroscientist (and hardboiled egg) Shannon Odell joins wellness-obsessed comedians Steven Polletta and Sophie Yalkezian to crack open the science behind our sleep and the many reasons why we find ourselves awake at night. We also reveal the truth that Pixar's Inside Out is actual…
 
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