092: How to make self-care ‘non-negotiable’ through meditation & silence – with Carly Pollack (part 3 of 5)

By November 19, 2019The Simplifiers Podcast

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We are continuing on with our 5-part series, simplifying how to make self-care a “non-negotiable” in our lives. And today’s topic might be a bit surprising… sure, you need good sleep and eating well is a given, but have you considered how important getting still might be for your overall wellness?

My special guest today is author and nutritionist, Carly Pollack and she’s simplifying how to make self-care ‘non-negotiable’ through meditation and silence. In a crazy-busy life full of noise and distractions, it’s no wonder we are a society riddled with anxiety and high stress. Carly shares her very best remedies (for the busiest amongst us) to slow things down and carve out some breathing room for inner reflection and peace. Even if it’s just 5 minutes. Here’s how.


Carly Pollack simplifies how to make self-care ‘non-negotiable’ through meditation and silence.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • What the difference is between meditating and sitting in silence
  • What the biggest limiting beliefs are that keep people from carving out more meditation time or moments of silence in their lives… and how to squash that
  • Carly’s simple, favorite ways to incorporate more pockets of breathing room and silence into her work day
  • What the difference is between “resources vs. resourcefulness” and how to be more resourceful when time is limited
  • Why it’s better to adopt a “consistency over perfection” mentality when it comes to this aspect of self-care

A long time ago, in a land far, far away… Carly and I shared office space together. Our two booming businesses found their home at Soma Vida in Austin, Texas. And I can tell you firsthand, Carly and her team see a TON of clients face-to-face every single day. 

When you interact with and help that many people daily, from the moment the doors are unlocked in the morning… to when the sun sets at night, you need to be a master at self-care. Replenishing yourself isn’t a ‘would be nice,’ it’s a ‘non-negotiable.’ Learn how Carly manages it all, leads her team, has a young toddler, wrote a book, and still finds the time to make self-care a top priority.


My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and incorporate in more time for meditation and silence this week? How will your work schedule change as you focus on your self-care in this way? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Book: Feed Your Soul: Nutritional Wisdom to Lose Weight Permanently and Live Fulfilled  – Carly Pollack

Book: A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose – Eckhart Tolle

Resource: Transcendental Meditation® Technique – TM Meditation

Resource: Breathing exercises: 3 to try to help relax and reduce stress – Andrew Weil, M.D.

App: InsightTimer – #1 free app for meditation & sleep 

Podcast: How to overcome obstacles and face your fears, featuring Koya Webb – The Simplifiers Podcast

Podcast: How to have better conversations, featuring Celeste Headlee – The Simplifiers Podcast

Podcast: Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations – A New Earth: Awakening to your life’s purpose (chapter 1) – Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle

Online Course: Conquer The Holidays: a 6-week support program to gain wisdom, not weight – PROMO CODE (simplifiers) for our podcast listeners gets you 20% off! Course begins November 21, 2019.

Favorite quotes from this episode:

[20:16] “The biggest misconception people have about meditation is that it’s a period of time without thought. And that caused me to struggle tremendously with my (meditation) practice because I always felt like I was failing. And the truth is that’s not what meditation is at all. It’s to allow the thoughts to flow through you without attaching to them.”

– Carly

[35:12] “The very definition of stress is your story about how something should happen does not match the way the present moment has unfolded. And so you could be stuck in that story the whole time.”

– Carly

[36:21] “Self-care isn’t just a bandaid to fix your busy life. Self-care is something so much deeper. It’s as you call it, “restorative care.”

– Mary

[36:54] “Restorative care is when you’re doing something that afterwards you feel restored, you feel grounded.”

– Carly

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About Carly

Carly Pollack is the author of the book, Feed Your Soul: Nutritional Wisdom to Lose Weight Permanently and Live Fulfilled and is the founder of Nutritional Wisdom, a thriving private practice based in Austin, Texas. 

A Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a master’s degree in holistic nutrition, Carly has been awarded Best Nutritionist in Austin five years running and has helped over 10,000 people achieve their health and happiness goals.

Where Carly hangs out online:

Website: carlypollack.com

Instagram: @carlypollack

Facebook: @nutritionalwisdom

Twitter: @carly_pollack

YouTube: @carlypollack

Pinterest: @wisdomseekers


Carly’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Dr. Daniel Gonzalez – chiropractor and functional medicine practitioner who’s an expert on gut health, auto-immune disorders, and hormonal issues, helping people heal their body and how to get back to better balance.

Carly Pollack

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