Eps 213: Deep Diving into Self Care with Aparna Venkataraman

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Today’s guest is Aparna Venkataraman. Aparna is a parent coach, meditation teacher, motivational speaker and global wellness advocate for doTERRA essential oils. Her approachable nature, strong intuition and problem solving skills guide her in supporting parents of babies, toddlers and teens to empower themselves and build healthy relationships with one another through effective communication, confidence building and light hearted mindfulness techniques.

She values authenticity, which you all know is one of my favorites, a kind nature, motivation, love, compassion, gratitude and humor as key components of a beautiful life. She’s here to share ways that families can relieve stress through self care, mindfulness and effective communication. Join us!

“Self care means to me to find ways to connect back to what is lighting me up, what is helping me to find peace and stay connected to my authentic self.”

“There are simple things you can do each day that can help you to create a routine where you’re feeling connected to yourself and not just waiting until the weekend until you have much more time”

“We can put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be a certain way and to show up in the world as somebody who has it all together. When we’re really actually stressed, really, really stressed on the inside.”

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What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Self-care beyond manicures and exercise 

  • Why self care doesn’t have to wait for the weekend 

  • The pressure to keep up appearances

  • How to tell when you’re connecting to your authentic self

  • What is intrinsic self care

  • The power behind finding our why 

  • How spirituality can be helpful 

  • The role of breath in self care

  • Stress, parenting and mindfulness 

  • Tips for learning mindfulness 

  • Ways to start small in your mindfulness 

  • Laughter as stress relief

What does Joyful Courage mean to you?

So joyful courage in the context of an intrinsic self care practice, that’s the courage to show up. vulnerably, really, and to do what I really want to do, and even if it doesn’t make sense to anyone, or even to myself, but to do what feels good and what I want to do, and to not be afraid of sharing that if I feel like sharing that with somebody, but to not be afraid to find the joy in things as we just talked about when things don’t feel great, not being afraid to do that and knowing that when I’m doing that I’m taking care of myself and I’m helping myself to really make the day feel a little easier so I can move through my day too. That, I think, is joyful courage when I’m taking care of myself and doing something that feels great especially on those days that don’t feel great.


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