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Cure Your Broken Heart by Running a Marathon

From the Show: HER
Summary: You can work through that trauma by engaging your body.
Air Date: 7/6/16
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Ken Yeager, PhD, LISW
Dr. Ken YeagerKenneth R. Yeager, PhD, LISW, is Director of the Stress Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He also Associate Professor, Clinical, in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry of The Ohio State University and Director of Quality Improvement for OSU Harding Hospital at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. 

He has published in areas of: treating co-morbid substance abuse and mental illness; quality improvement and developing quality metrics; and evidence-based practice including the Oxford University Press book entitled Evidence-Based Practice Manual: Research and Outcome Measures in Health and Human Services. Ken has published widely on the topic of crisis intervention with publications in Italian, German, French and Chinese with complex characters.

He is a Treating Clinician for the National Football League Program for Substances of Abuse.
Cure Your Broken Heart by Running a Marathon
When life gets you down or you have a traumatic experience, it's all too easy to curl into a ball and hide out from the world.

Broken hearts can lead to over-consumption of ice cream and self-quarantine. But, limiting your movement is one of the worst things you can do.

Maybe you should run a marathon the get through that break-up.

Getting physical can treat trauma. Running a marathon can help you work through emotions. Swimming, working out and dancing can sort out some of the hurt and anger. Creative pursuits like writing, painting and making music are also great for handling trauma.

There are large traumas that you easily recognize. A big break-up, loss of a family member or treasured pet, car accidents and major events are obvious traumas. Smaller traumas like job stress, losing your job and other bad news can collect to act as a large trauma. 

Invest in your recovery process. Empower yourself by putting on those tennis shoes and get moving.

Listen in as Dr. Ken Yeager shares how to cure your broken heart with activity.

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