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Staying at home can feel gloomy and discouraging — but taking care of ourselves can make a big difference. In our new podcast, KSPC talks to members of the 5C community to gather tips on how to stay at our physical and emotional best throughout the pandemic, whether it’s staying busy, meditating, getting creative, or just keeping a positive outlook.

You can find all the latest episodes of Making It Work here, along with resources about each topic. Also, tune in to KSPC to hear new episodes on Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

Episode 1: “Life Athletics”

If you’re trying to find ways to learn how to take care of yourself, it turns out that the world of sport is a great place to start. Pomona Professor of Physical Education JoAnne Ferguson tells us about some “sports life coaching” tools to improve your personal wellness while you stay at home, including “emotional cardio,” the ten moments, and her four core tips for P.E. students and athletes.

Episode 2: “Getting Scrappy”

Creative, green reuses of your food can benefit your body, your mind and the earth. The farm managers at Pomona’s Organic Farm explain how some of the techniques they use can work in your home, too – including regrowing vegetables, making a stock from scraps, composting and growing basil.

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Episode 3: “Make Up Your Mindfulness”

Meditation and mindfulness practices don’t require you roll out the yoga mat or clear your mind perfectly every time — they’re about centering yourself in whatever ways work throughout the day. Pomona assistant dean Paola Ruiz-Beas talks about how she learned to incorporate mindfulness throughout her own life and leads us in a guided meditation.

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Episode 4: “Surround Sound”

Life is full of sound, and it’s easy to tune most of it out — but taking some time to listen to the world around us can help us reflect on what we’ve been missing all along. Pomona music professor Alfred Cramer and student Benjamin Cote talk about exploring soundscapes and how you can presence yourself through a soundwalk or any kind of listening experience, right where you are.

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Episode 5: “Turn Down the Dial”

Some of the new situations we face in the course of the pandemic might be emotionally taxing or cause more anxiety than usual. It can be helpful to understand where these emotions come from, how they affect us and what we can do about them. Pitzer professor of psychology Marcus Rodriguez suggests some tips for responding more effectively to strong feelings and difficult moments.

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