You're always fine

You're always fine

Welcome to "You're Always Fine," the mental health and wellness podcast for the chronically fine. Hosted by Kristine Hoestermann, LICSW, and Theresa Thomas, this show is like talking to your best friends but with the advice of seasoned professionals. Brought to you by Even Health, a tech company that's breaking down barriers in the world of mental health, this podcast is about keeping it real, even when you're not feeling your best. Join Kristine and Theresa weekly as they open up about their vulnerabilities and fearlessly discuss topics people often shy away from. From societal struggles to those within the healthcare profession and everyday life, they bring the power of authenticity to the forefront. Do you tend to respond with "I'm fine" even when you're not feeling great? Or maybe you're dealing with relationship issues or feeling overwhelmed by world events. If you identify as a high-functioning individual with anxiety, depression, or OCD, then "You're Always Fine" is the perfect show for you because it's okay not to be fine. Tune in as we explore unfiltered truths and provide insights into finding balance and peace in your everyday life. We know you're always fine, but grab your headphones and listen every week as we navigate life together; it's better than just "fine."

Episodes

February 29, 2024 3 mins
Ever felt that sinking sensation in the pit of your stomach when you realize, amidst a perfectly orchestrated day, you've forgotten your kid's baseball cap? That's mom guilt - and it's got a stranglehold on 94% of us, making us feel like we're forever falling short of some mythical maternal mark. In this episode, I, Teresa, go beyond just nodding in agreement about the struggles of motherhood. Instead,...

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Have you ever felt guilt after realizing your actions didn't align with your values? You're far from alone in this emotional labyrinth. Today's heartfelt conversation takes a magnifying glass to guilt – that all-too-familiar self-conscious emotion that can drive us to amend our errors. We peel back layers of our personal stories, examining how guilt evolves through life's stages, and spotlight the poignant &apos...

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February 22, 2024 4 mins

Have you ever felt the burnout buzz just as you started chasing down those big, shiny resolutions? I've been there—declaring a diet revolution only to get buried under a pile of should-haves and could-haves by February. But what if I told you the secret sauce to resolutions isn't in the grand gestures but in the tiny triumphs? This week on Bite of Balance, we share the nitty-gritty on setting goals that stick like good ol...

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February 20, 2024 19 mins

Welcome to season two of "You're Always Fine". In this episode, Kristine introduces Theresa, who will be her co-host this season. This week we talk about the elephant in February, Resolutions. We discuss the excuses that we all make and the psychology behind why we often fail to keep our resolutions. We challenge the traditional narrative of resolutions, and share stories of progress that value growth over perfection...

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November 23, 2023 6 mins

Uncover the transformative power of self-appreciation, recognizing the battles you've fought and won, and the challenges that have sculpted you into the remarkable person you are today. We're not stopping at self-gratitude; we're starting a movement. This Thanksgiving, let's challenge ourselves and others to bathe in the ripple effect of internal love and gratitude. And as we inch closer to 2024, let's cele...

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November 14, 2023 46 mins

Ever notice how some friendships, once cherished and relied upon, fade into distant memories? Ever wonder why it's so hard to make new friends in adulthood, or how to navigate the delicate terrain of a friendship break-up? Join us for an enlightening conversation where we tackle these questions and expose the intricacies of adult friendships, exploring the reasons behind drifting apart, the impact of life events, and the effor...

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November 11, 2023 30 mins

Does the thought of transition from military to civilian life seem like an uphill battle? Strap in as we venture deep into the nuances of veterans' mental health. Our very own team member, Nick, a veteran himself, opens up about the personal journey that led him to find solace and purpose at Even Health. We unfold the many layers surrounding the stigma of mental health help seeking, the feeling of purposelessness post-military...

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November 2, 2023 3 mins

Are you ready to break free from the vicious cycle of self-destructive behaviors? Buckle up as we delve into the world of habits that, while seemingly harmless or an immediate relief, end up causing more harm than good. From the relatively benign act of hitting snooze multiple times to the more detrimental neglect of self-care, we're going to strip down these behaviors to their roots. More importantly, we'll be shedding l...

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Are you feeling stuck in a cycle of self-destructive behaviors? Kristine and Lauren are here to guide you through understanding these behaviors, their roots, and how they can impact your life in unimaginable ways.  You'll gain insights into how low self-esteem and these behaviors intertwine, especially in relationships, and can lead to dangerous outcomes such as inactivity, addiction or even death.

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October 26, 2023 6 mins

Ever felt overwhelmed by the idea of self-care? Swamped by the endless tips and tricks? This week, we take a step back and fundamentally rethink self-care. We underline that self-care isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, but a deeply personal journey that needs customization according to your unique needs, preferences, and circumstances. We dig deep into the various facets of self-care, from understanding that even chores can be a f...

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October 24, 2023 29 mins

Are your self-care practices genuinely serving you, or are they well-disguised self-indulgent behaviors? The journey of self-care involves more than a one-time grand gesture; it's about consistent small lifestyle habits - our promise to you in this episode. We delve deep into how effective time management is pivotal in self-care and how these incremental changes can significantly impact your well-being. Remember, it's not...

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October 19, 2023 5 mins

Unconventional deaths - not the physical kind, but those life-altering transitions that denote an end, like a child leaving for college, job loss, or the dissolving of a relationship. These are the impactful moments we're exploring, dissecting their significance on our lives and the importance of acknowledging, grieving, and mourning these metaphorical deaths as we shift into new life chapters. 

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October 17, 2023 28 mins

Have you ever stopped to ponder the depth of grief you felt when a relationship ended? Or the profound sense of loss when you gave up a lifelong dream? Join us, Kristine and Lauren, as we unpack the often overlooked, deeply affecting "deaths" that aren't physically terminal but are emotionally shattering. Together, we'll examine the emotional toll of these unconventional losses - the end of a dream, a relationsh...

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Can you spot the signs of addiction in yourself or a loved one? This week on Bite of Bounce, we've got a crucial conversation for you. We've welcomed expert Holly Wade, LCPC, who specializes in substance use disorder, to shed light on this often misunderstood subject. We promise to keep this chat light and informative while delving into the nitty-gritty of identifying addiction, recognizing it as a disease, and showing yo...

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Join us for an intimate dialogue with the knowledgeable Holly Wade, MA, LCPC, whose wealth of experience from the mental health field and her active role in Maryland's Physician Health Program and Health Professionals Program makes her an authority in this space. We navigate through the shadowy corridors of substance use disorder stigmatization among healthcare professionals, an area that doesn't get nearly enough focus. ...

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October 5, 2023 4 mins


Is your life a blur of to-do lists, deadlines, and routines? Then, it's time to switch off autopilot and savor the richness of life's experiences. Dive into the world of mindfulness, which I describe as a stimulating cup of coffee for your soul. I share practical methods to infuse mindfulness into your daily routines and break the chains of automated living. Join us in this week's Bite of Balance, and turn off y...

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October 3, 2023 28 mins

Ever felt like you're just coasting through life, disconnected and out of control? Well, we're here to tell you it's not just you - your brain is slipping into autopilot mode. This episode, hosted by Kristine and Lauren, explores the brain's two operating systems: the fast, automatic system one, and the slow, conscious system two. We dive into how the balance between these systems can impact our well-being and p...

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September 28, 2023 4 mins

 In this week's bite, we chat about the different sides of anxiety and panic attacks, their common symptoms, and how each experiences them differently. So take a tour around the world of worry, cause the more you understand the more control you have over your life. Here's to another chapter in chasing peace and finding balance.
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September 26, 2023 17 mins

Ever Have your heart race, palms sweat, and a sensation of impending doom wash over you for what seems like no reason? Well, that's our topic for today - the often bewildering realm of panic attacks, their unexpected nature, and their notable differences from anxiety attacks. We share firsthand experiences of these unsettling episodes, including a recent experience of our own Lauren. We shed light on the physical and emotional...

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September 21, 2023 5 mins

Eventually, we all find ourselves grappling with the unavoidable reality of death and the grief that follows. This week on Bite of Balance, we bravely confront these often-avoided topics, inspired by our heart-opening dialogue with Dr. Cockrell, a certified death doula. We're challenging the societal avoidance around death-related discussions and emphasizing the importance of open, genuine conversations about this universal as...

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