Episode 36: About the coronavirus pandemic, with Sara Dahan

Across the world, people are quarantined in their homes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In an unprecedented moment like this, it’s crucial that we give ourselves the opportunity to understand and express our truth. Today, I welcome Sara Dahan onto the How To Speak Your Truth podcast. Sara is a trained epidemiologist and an expert in public health, community, and loneliness. (Talk about a person designed to help us in this moment!) In this episode, Sara explains how we can practice social distancing while still taking care of our mental health. And in case you get pulled into a rabbit hole of watching the news or reading scary articles, Sara and I will give you the tools to step away and engage in self care instead.

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Plus, want to practice speaking your truth beyond listening to the podcast? Check out the Speak Your Truth Membership Community HERE!


Show Notes:   


  • 0:00 - 6:14 Introducing Sara Dahan, a community expert who also has Masters in epidemiology
  • 6:15 - 9:34 Importance of staying embodied & practicing self-care
  • 9:35 - 16:29  Speak Your Truth check in
  • 16:30 - 12:36 Sara’s take on the current coronavirus situation, defining terms & how to protect yourself
  • 23:37 - 26:36 Checking in about how coronavirus is affecting us
  • 26:38 - 30:20 Sara answers: What does it mean to you to speak your truth?
  • 30:21-37:59 Awareness and our humanity in the age of coronavirus
  • 38:00-40:39 Checking in again
  • 40:40 - 43:59 Discussing intuition and how it relates to precautions we should take in this situation.
  • 44:00 -52:30  Attending to mental health during self-quarantine and activities we engage in. 
  • 52:31 - 56:19 Sara’s final thoughts on “weathering this together.”
  • 56:20-57:29 Connecting with Sara
  • 57:30 Final thoughts from Elissa and more on the Speak Your Truth Membership Community
  • 59:45 - end outro



Epidemiology: the branch of medicine which deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases and other factors relating to health.

Social epidemiology: a branch of epidemiology that focuses particularly on the effects of social-structural factors on states of health.

Flattening the curve: community isolation measure that keep the daily number of disease cases at a manageable level for medical providers

The term coined by Sara - “Social closening”: being close to our loved ones even though they are far away


Connect with Sara: https://www.linkedin.com/in/saradahan/

The female entrepreneurial community where Sara and I connected is called Dreamers//Doers.

Sara’s Medium article, “How To Stay Human During a Pandemic.”


For more info about the podcast and how to join the Speak Your Truth Membership Community, visit www.howtospeakyourtruth.com.

As a member of the Speak Your Truth Membership Community, you get:

  • Enrollment in the How To Speak Your Truth online course,
  • A monthly live online group coaching session with Elissa to practice using the “how to speak your truth” model,
  • A monthly interactive recording of the coming month’s solo podcast episode,
  • Weekday warm ups to practice embodiment and expression, 
  • Exclusive behind the scenes footage of the podcast each week,
  • Astrological insight on the new and full moons, 
  • And access to the membership forum where you can share your experiences and get feedback.

Learn more and sign up at www.howtospeakyourtruth.com.

You can find more info about Voice Body Connection and take the “What’s holding my voice back?” quiz at www.voicebodyconnection.com 


Production Credits:

Our Assistant Producer is Suzie Masser

Our Editor is Eilise Bonebright

Our Graphic Designer is Laura Sills

Our Photography is by Sophie Mathewson

Our Audio Consultant is Martin Carrillo of heardrum.org

And our theme song is “Waters of Body” by Strange Weather

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