To (Mom) Life

Episode 76: Listening to Your Body When You’re Overwhelmed

January 19, 2022 Jodi Fried Episode 76
To (Mom) Life
Episode 76: Listening to Your Body When You’re Overwhelmed
Show Notes

In this episode, Jodi meets Rena Reiser, and the two discuss the power behind using a bottom up approach to handling stress and overwhelm, along with learning how to use what’s called the felt sense to listen and pay attention to the signs your body is telling you.

About Our Guest:
Rena Reiser is a facilitator of Mind-Body (Focusing) Sessions and Embodied Dance. She helps women tune into their inner wisdom to create lasting change. Download her free Tune In Journal at

Show Notes:
6:01 What is the Bottom Up Approach?
“Our bodies, throughout the day, are constantly giving us signs of how we’re feeling, a sense we’re getting about life… but we don’t always pay attention to what’s going on inside.’” (7:23)

9:37 Utilizing the Felt Sense
“I checked in with that short, shallow breath… and as I sat with it, it just became this sense of overwhelm… for me it was so clear: just sit with this overwhelm, that’s what you’re feeling right now, and let that overwhelm be there.’” (11:21)

13:21 Asking questions to your stress
“What are you feeling right now? Why are you feeling this way? What made you feel this way? Sometimes the ‘why’ doesn’t ask the question enough that it’s able to respond.’” (14:02)

14:23 Answers from your stress
“When it doesn’t answer, that’s a sign that… there’s something that’s preventing the overwhelm from being able to respond, so let’s get curious and find out ‘what’s that thing?’ What does it want to say to us? What does it want to share with us?’” (14:34)

16:12 What holds us back
“So a lot of things like perfectionism tend to come up, of wanting quick solutions, wanting to be able to be there already, wherever ‘there’ is.’” (16:48)

18:13 The first step
“[The Felt Sense] is not just there. People think, ‘Oh, I have a backache,’ or ‘I have a headache.’ That we know. We want to know what’s beneath that, we want to get to know it even deeper.” (18:52)

20:21 The main takeaway
“There are so many more feminine approaches to how we can give to ourselves on a day-to-day basis that I think we owe to ourselves and our families to really give that to ourselves.’” (21:47)

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Host: Jodi Fried
Guest: Rena Reiser
Editor: Rae Pavlat