How Coronavirus Saved My Life

Christine Zethraus, PMHNP

How Coronavirus Saved My Life is a weekly podcast hosted by Christine Zethraus, a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She takes you on a journey as a healthcare worker, wife, and mother during the pandemic. She had Coronavirus in April 2020 and Long-Covid symptoms for months. She could not figure out why her Long-Covid symptoms were not improving until she healed herself through deconditioning her childhood programming. Now, Christine interviews others about their journey of healing. Her mission is to create a safe space for others to speak their authentic truth. Without We There is No Me. read less
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Episodes

episode 43: the cord (How My Dad's Death Was A Gift To My Healing)
May 4 2023
episode 43: the cord (How My Dad's Death Was A Gift To My Healing)
episode 43: the chord (How My Dad's Death Was A Gift To My Healing) When my dad died, a toxic limb was severed from my body. It was startling when the detective called to tell me my Dad was dead. I no longer had to endure my father's dysfunctional behaviors. He was dead. So now what? In this episode, I share epiphanies about my dad’s death being a gift to my healing and the unconditional love I gave him directly before he died despite the hurt he caused me in childhood. My father’s death gave me unspeakable freedom and release. His death created a deeper pathway to my inner worthiness.  My father’s death led me to discover my mother is a narcissist. How? Because his chaotic behaviors were no longer in the picture or a distraction. A fog had lifted. I could see my mother's abuse clearly now.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Connect with Christine for Mental Health Discussions and Tools for Recovery: ⁠https://howcoronavirussavedmylife.com⁠ ⁠ ⁠⁠Twitter⁠ |⁠ ⁠⁠Instagram⁠ |⁠ ⁠⁠website⁠ | ⁠Youtube⁠ | ⁠FB ⁠ Check out Christine's other podcast with her sister ⁠The Family Burrito⁠ Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of ⁠How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast⁠ ============================================== This episode is sponsored by Uphealing Mental Healthcare. ⁠Uphealing Mental Healthcare ⁠is a telehealth service in the Dallas / Fort Worth, providing psychiatric treatment with medication management and therapy. Visit uphealing.org for more information. http://uphealing.org
episode 42: the perspective (How Changing Your Perspective is Healing)
Apr 18 2023
episode 42: the perspective (How Changing Your Perspective is Healing)
What beliefs did you have about yourself from childhood? What beliefs did you have about your parents then and now? Our beliefs are formed by the time we are 7 years old. My beliefs and perspectives about myself and my parents were intertwined with a story of unworthiness, can’t trust, never will get better, and not feeling safe.  At any given moment, we can change our perspectives and beliefs. Believing I would die from Coronavirus changed my perspective about my childhood beliefs forever. Changing my perspective about my childhood beliefs has been pivotal in my healing. Making this choice has brought me peace.  This episode is about how getting Coronavirus was the catapult in questioning my childhood beliefs and perspectives.  Today's Mantras: I am the truth All the answers I am seeking are within me I can change my perspective at any given moment  My strength lies within the possibility of the new possible  My perspectives  are evolving for my healing and mental wellbeing  My perspectives are limitless, and SO AM I --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thank you for listening. I hope people will not suffer as much by discovering healing techniques through my experiences. Connect with Christine for Mental Health Discussions and Tools for Recovery: ⁠https://howcoronavirussavedmylife.com⁠ ⁠ ⁠⁠Twitter⁠ |⁠ ⁠⁠Instagram⁠ |⁠ ⁠⁠website⁠ | ⁠Youtube⁠ | ⁠FB ⁠ Check out Christine's other podcast with her sister ⁠The Family Burrito⁠ Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of ⁠How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
episode 41: the uncertainty (How to Embrace Uncertainty Rather Than Fearing It)
Mar 13 2023
episode 41: the uncertainty (How to Embrace Uncertainty Rather Than Fearing It)
What is your relationship with Uncertainty? How do you respond to Uncertainty? How do you react when a plan changes unexpectedly? How do you react when a person reacts to you unexpectedly?  Uncertainty is a word that can invoke fear, anxiety, and stress in our minds. However, uncertainty can also be a friend. This episode is about how I learned to embrace uncertainty through my uncertain experiences rather than fearing it, which can help you to become more resilient in the face of challenges. This episode explains why our brains are hardwired to think negatively and strategies for changing this pattern.  Mantras for this episode:  I embrace uncertainty  Uncertainty creates opportunity Uncertainty shows me areas I need healing  Uncertainty leads me to me  Thank you for listening. My hope is for people not to suffer as much by discovering healing techniques through my experiences. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Connect with Christine for Mental Health Discussions and Tools for Recovery: https://howcoronavirussavedmylife.com  Twitter | Instagram | website | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's other podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
episode 38: the memory (How My Dad's Alcoholism Impacted My Childhood Memories)
Dec 15 2022
episode 38: the memory (How My Dad's Alcoholism Impacted My Childhood Memories)
What do we do when a painful childhood memory comes up? Do we ignore the painful memory? Do we stuff the painful memory down with food, drugs, alcohol, sex, overworking, toxic relationships, starving ourselves, people pleasing, and saving others? What do we do if multiple painful childhood memories flood in at once?  This episode was inspired by my client who didn't want to remember her painful childhood. Little did I know a flood of childhood memories would happen after our encounter.  Memories of my father always using alcohol, drugs, weed, cigarettes, etc. Memories of him giving me alcohol when I was 3 years old. Memories of my father teaching me to cope with stress with any substance you can get your hands on--every single night.  I recorded this episode as I was sifting through these memories. My goal is to help others shift through their painful memories as well. These memories are coming up for a reason. I am grateful for my painful memories coming to the surface because I NOW have the choice of what to do with them.   Connect with Christine for Mental Health Discussions and Tools for Recovery: https://howcoronavirussavedmylife.com  Twitter | Instagram | website | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's other podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
episode 37, part two: the gift (How Spirituality Plays a Positive Role in Mental Health Recovery with Dr. Jack Perkins)
Nov 28 2022
episode 37, part two: the gift (How Spirituality Plays a Positive Role in Mental Health Recovery with Dr. Jack Perkins)
Welcome back to episode 37, part TWO! Dr. Perkins and I continue our conversation about the importance of Spirituality in Mental Health recovery.  Jack Perkins is a licensed professional counselor and the founder of Psuche Education Counseling & Coaching Services. He has a heart to help others discover the secret to living a fulfilled life by integrating their spirituality into every area of their lives. He’s seen first hand how the integration of spirituality into healthcare is important in the recovery process. Topics Discussed: Why integrating spirituality into healthcare is importantWhy people turned to prayer after Sept 11Spirituality gives people hope and helps them cope with depressionWhy Christine went into nursingWorld Health Organization states spirituality is a pillar of healthcareLow Percentage of doctors assessing spirituality with patientsImportance of spirituality assessment in healthcareProviders need to assess their spiritual health firstProvider bias with patients’ religions and spiritual beliefsJack's touching story of helping grieving parents whose baby just died ----------------------------------------------------------- Connect with Christine for Mental Health Discussions and Tools for Recovery: https://howcoronavirussavedmylife.com  Twitter | Instagram | website | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's other podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
episode 37, part one: the gift (How Spirituality Plays a Positive Role in Mental Health Recovery with Dr. Jack Perkins)
Nov 21 2022
episode 37, part one: the gift (How Spirituality Plays a Positive Role in Mental Health Recovery with Dr. Jack Perkins)
What is YOUR definition of Spirituality? In this episode (part one), Dr. Jack Perkins and I talk about the power of Spirituality. The power of finding meaning in our childhood suffering. Dr. Perkins tells his personal story of suffering first. His story of childhood suffering touched me deeply. I know it will touch you deeply as well.  My guest today is Dr. Jack Perkins. Jack is the founder of Psuche Education, Counseling & Coaching Services in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. Jack is an ordained minister, conference speaker,  licensed counselor, certified life coach, and sexual addiction counselor. Spirituality has been a huge part of my inner & outer healing.  Spirituality has been a huge part of my Long-COVID healing. Spirituality has deepened my connection with my friends and family, and my connection with clients. Spirituality led me to discover my inner worthiness and love for myself I was never taught in childhood.  Evidence-based research shows integrating spirituality decreases anxiety and depression symptoms. Neuroscientific research shows the practice of mindfulness, the brain's cortex literally grows, with an increase in grey matter and more gyrification (Spencer, 2012).  https://howcoronavirussavedmylife.com Connect with Christine:  Twitter | Instagram | website | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's other podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Resources: Integrating Spirituality Into Recovery Requires Ethical Approach What is Spirituality? A Personal Exploration by Dr. Maya Spencer Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
episode 36: the story (Our Childhood Story Created By Broken People)
Nov 7 2022
episode 36: the story (Our Childhood Story Created By Broken People)
What is your Story? What Story have you been telling yourself since childhood? What is the constant story running in your head? Today's episode is about My Story. The Story I've been telling myself since childhood. A story built by broken people AKA my Parents.  The purpose of today's episode is to help Empower You to create a new story. I share techniques that work for me. You deserve to feel good in your story. I first began observing my thoughts and emotions. "What am I feeling?"  Then ask yourself where does this feeling come from? Is it real? Is it based on fact? Is it based on a memory or an emotion from childhood? Is this a belief? What is the evidence that supports this belief? Are there any other points of view that might support this belief? What would someone who loves me say about this belief? Would they agree with me or disagree with me? What can I do today to support myself in making changes toward becoming healthier emotionally and spiritually?  Listen to episode 36: the story for more healing techniques.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- I dedicate this episode to my friend & fellow podcaster Willie Porter.  Willie asked me a question no one ever asked me in childhood. "When was the last time you took a break?" was the question.  Thank you Willie for being a great friend & supporter.  Check out Willie's podcast he makes with his Wife  The Thing About Us Podcast -====================================== https://howcoronavirussavedmylife.com Connect with Christine:  Twitter | Instagram | website | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's other podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Resources:  Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
episode 35: the recovery (Ways to Recover from Chronic Pain and Long COVID with Arun Nijhawan, PART ONE)
Oct 17 2022
episode 35: the recovery (Ways to Recover from Chronic Pain and Long COVID with Arun Nijhawan, PART ONE)
Do you suffer from Chronic Pain? Do you have Long COVID symptoms? This episode is for YOU. Per the CDC, Nearly 1 in 5 still have long COVID symptoms. A Medscape article predicts Long COVID could cost the economy TRILLIONS.  My guest today is Arun Nijhawan. Arun was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease at age 24. His pain became so debilitating he no longer could play basketball, hike–his pain made it difficult to even walk. His pain was REAL. So was the SOLUTION. Listen to Part One of today's episode where Arun tells his journey of Chronic Pain Recovery while I tell my OWN story of Long COVID recovery. The purpose of today’s episode is for people suffering from Chronic Pain and Long COVID symptoms to feel heard and cared for. Arun Nijhawan is the co-founder of menda.health, an evidence-based virtual pain recovery program. Arun suffered from chronic pain for 5 long years. Arun still didn’t have answers despite having the BEST access to medical resources. https://www.menda.health/ How did he recover from Chronic Pain? How did I recover from Long Covid? Listen to find out. YOU are not alone.  Topics:  The trillion dollar prediction COST of Long COVIDArun’s diagnosis of Degenerative Disc Disease at age 24Christine’s Long COVID Symptoms (Brain fog, numbness and tingling in hand, fatigued, sensitive to environment, headaches, short of breathe)The cycles and spirals of hopelessness in chronic pain and long covidThe “thing” that shifted Arun’s Chronic Pain into recovery The role of thoughts and emotionsModern pain NeuroscienceNeuroplastic painTough life experiences priming your nervous system for chronic painPain Processing TherapyFinding hope in the possibility of recovery Connect with Christine:  Twitter | Instagram | website | Youtube | FB  Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast Resources: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6736a2.htm https://www.psychiatrictimes.com/view/clearing-the-brain-fog-in-long-covid https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/981583?reg=1
episode 34: the polyvagal (How to Heal Chronic Pain with Dr. Les Aria, part TWO)
Sep 5 2022
episode 34: the polyvagal (How to Heal Chronic Pain with Dr. Les Aria, part TWO)
Do you have Chronic Pain? Ready for Pain Recovery? This episode is for YOU! We have a special guest today—Dr. Les Aria, a Pain Psychologist & Co-founder of Menda.Health, who specializes in helping people recover from chronic pain. Today, he'll explain what polyvagal theory is and how it can help you feel safe when you're dealing with chronic pain. This week's episode, Part TWO, on polyvagal theory and its application to chronic pain therapy. Polyvagal theory is the science of feeling safe, and it's based on decades of research by Dr. Stephen Porges, who pioneered research into the autonomic nervous system and its relationship with emotions. Watch our episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/jucIIsQkvig Check out Dr. Les Aria’s Pain Recovery App: https://www.menda.health/ Topics Covered: The only question you brain is trying to answer3 worlds our body & brain responds toEasy ways to recognize nervous system dysregulation90 seconds to correct your emotional experience  Why intense attraction can't be trustedWhy we are attracted to people who dysregulate our nervous system Our brain is reacting to past while in the presentWhat we need to experience to believe we can heal ourself Practice is the drive changer of your nervous system Co-regulation  Connect with Dr. Les Aria:  Website: https://lesariaphd.com/| Youtube: Myndfulness here| Dynamic Healing Podcast | Instagram @drlesaria Connect with Christine:   Twitter | Instagram | website | Youtube | FB  Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
episode 34: the polyvagal (How to Heal Chronic Pain with Dr. Les Aria, part ONE)
Aug 29 2022
episode 34: the polyvagal (How to Heal Chronic Pain with Dr. Les Aria, part ONE)
Do you have Chronic Pain? Ready for Pain Recovery? This episode is for YOU! We have a special guest today—Dr. Les Aria, a Pain Psychologist who specializes in helping people recover from chronic pain. Today, he'll explain what polyvagal theory is and how it can help you feel safe when you're dealing with chronic pain. This week's episode, Part One, on Polyvagal Theory and its application to chronic pain therapy. Polyvagal theory is the science of feeling safe, and it's based on decades of research by Dr. Stephen Porges, who pioneered research into the autonomic nervous system and its relationship with emotions. Check out Dr. Les Aria’s Pain Recovery App: https://www.menda.health/ Topics Covered: Healing Chronic Pain through the Vagus NerveWays to stimulate Vagus NervePolyvagal Framework Ladder of Feeling SafeMind Body ConnectionTrauma & Chronic Pain brain pathwaysAutonomic Nervous SystemLong Covid SymptomsShut Down Phase of Relapse connected to TraumaWhy slow breathing is key Wisdom of your Frontal LobeSafe and Sound Protocol Connect with Dr. Les Aria: Website: https://lesariaphd.com/| Youtube: Myndfulness | Dynamic Healing Podcast | Safe and Sound Protocol here  Follow and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine Twitter | Instagram | website | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
episode 32: the warrior (Teaching Yourself How to Parent with Belinda Tyner)
Jul 18 2022
episode 32: the warrior (Teaching Yourself How to Parent with Belinda Tyner)
How do you teach yourself to parent when you were raised by a broken emotionally immature mother? Then throw in society's illusion of motherhood where it is expected mothers are born nurturers who saves everyone with a unrealistic superwomen mentality. What happens to your self-esteem when your mother was none of these misguided societal illusions?  (hint: unworthiness) In this episode I speak with Belinda Tyner, an Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner about her journey of becoming a warrior while teaching herself how to parent through the challenges of raising a child with ADHD.  Topics Discussed:  The illusions of motherhoodTeaching yourself how to parent Meeting your child's needs where their atConditioning of the Superwoman SyndromeAsking yourself “what do I need?”Being raised by parents in survival modeImportance of praising a child with ADHD during the good momentsImportance of ADHD diagnosis ASAPBeing tired of doing it all ADHD and Parenting Resources:  The Whole Brain Child Book     LD@school  National Institute of Mental Health Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Big hugs to all the listeners! My little podcast to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
episode 31: the adversity (video) (Healing Cycles of Abuse with Chris Allen)
Jun 22 2022
episode 31: the adversity (video) (Healing Cycles of Abuse with Chris Allen)
What does the word adversity mean to you? Chris Allen is the definition of overcoming adversity.  A powerful follow up conversation with my new friend Chris Allen. His honesty, vulnerability, transparency, and directness about his difficult childhood filled with abuse and chaos inspires me to be more vulnerable and transparent about my own story. Chris and I tell discuss losing our virginity at a young age, Chris’s former approach to sex and intimacy before meeting his beautiful wife, and his father’s suspicious suicide. And the weird thing Chris and I have in common! Find out the ONE question Chris COULD NOT answer at the end. Listen to our first conversation episode 28: the reframe Topics discussed: CodependencyPerfectionismPTSDanxiety, imposter syndrometoxic friends Chris Allen is the CEO & Co-Founder of Advanced Computing and Technology, Father, Husband, and more! Chris Allen's Advanced Computing and Technology Website | Email chris@advcomptechs.com | Number   Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Big hugs to all the listeners! My little podcast to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world! Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast
episode 31: the adversity (Healing Cycles of Abuse with Chris Allen)
Jun 22 2022
episode 31: the adversity (Healing Cycles of Abuse with Chris Allen)
What does the word adversity mean to you? Chris Allen is the definition of overcoming adversity.  A powerful follow up conversation with my new friend Chris Allen. His honesty, vulnerability, transparency, and directness about his difficult childhood filled with abuse and chaos inspires me to be more vulnerable and transparent about my own story. Chris and I tell discuss losing our virginity at a young age, Chris’s former approach to sex and intimacy before meeting his beautiful wife, and his father’s suspicious suicide. And the weird thing Chris and I have in common! Find out the ONE question Chris COULD NOT answer at the end. Listen to our first conversation episode 28: the reframe Topics discussed:  CodependencyPerfectionismPTSDanxiety, imposter syndrome toxic friends  Chris Allen is the CEO & Co-Founder of Advanced Computing and Technology, Father, Husband, and more! Chris Allen's Advanced Computing and Technology Website | Email chris@advcomptechs.com | Number   Listen, Download, and Share Christine’s Podcast: How Coronavirus Saved My Life  Connect with Christine on Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Youtube | FB  Check out Christine's podcast with her sister The Family Burrito Big hugs to all the listeners! My little podcast to help the world heal is starting to reach the ears and hearts of people around the world!  Disclaimer: The information and recommendations in this Podcast are only opinions of the host and guests of How Coronavirus Saved My Life Podcast