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Healthy State of Mind

Healthy State of Mind is a video series and podcast by Ochsner Health. The mission is to educate individuals on mental health and wellness, from better sleep practices to reducing workplace toxicity by establishing boundaries and work-life balance.

Healthy State of Mind features board-certified psychologist Tracey Murry, PhD, and her co-host, Kaitlyn Heckel, a digital content specialist at Ochsner Health.

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Tracey Murry, PhD

Dr. Murry is licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and has been on staff at Ochsner since 2019. She conducts adult psychological evaluations and evidence-based therapy with individuals contemplating or undergoing cancer treatments, cancer survivors and family members of cancer patients. These services are provided at the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center.

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Season 2

Ep. 13: What is Trauma and Have I Experienced It?

Join Dr. Tracey Murry and Kaitlyn Heckel as they discuss trauma, personal trauma, what happens when we have traumatic experiences, and where and how to move on from them.

Ep. 13: Mindfulness Moment

Dr. Murry guides us through a short grounding meditation.

Ep. 12: Cancer Awareness

Join Tracey Murry, PhD, as she discusses how to support loved ones going through cancer treatment. We also welcome special guest Laura Finn, MD. Dr. Finn is the Associate Program Director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program and Associate Program Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant at Ochsner Health

Ep. 11: Mind Body Connection

In this episode, Dr. Murry and Kaitlyn explore the mind-body connection and how our mental state can influence physical sensations and experiences. They discuss the ways in which our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors can impact our physical health. For the first time, Dr. Murry and Kaitlyn welcome a special guest, Laura Kerns, a registered dietitian!

Ep. 11: Mindfulness Moment

Dr. Tracey Murry guides us through a form of meditation that involves physical touch, encouraging us to be aware of our senses and the connection between the mind and body.

Ep. 10: Q&A

You have questions. We have answers! Kaitlyn and Tracey do a role-switch on this episode, as Kaitlyn asks questions provided by the audience!

Season 1

Ep. 8: Do You Have Seasonal Depression?

Join Tracey Murry, PhD, as she discusses battling the holiday blues and shares tips on how to overcome feelings of depression.

Ep. 8: Mindfulness Meditation

Tracey Murry, PhD, guides us through a meditation called "being with things as they are."

Ep. 7: Levels of Anxiety

Join Tracey Murry, PhD, and co-host Kaitlyn Heckel, digital content specialist at Ochsner Health, as they discuss how to identify anxiety and get the right care.

Ep. 7: Mindfulness Meditation

Join Tracey Murry, Ph.D., as she guides you through an acceptance and commitment-based mediation called “sweet memory."

Ep. 6: Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Dr. Murry explores the warning signs of suicide, plus offers tips to help loved ones who are struggling.

Ep. 6: Mindfulness Meditation

Join Dr. Murry and Kaitlyn Heckel for this short, guided meditation on bringing in self-love and kindness.

Ep. 5: Setting SMART Goals

Are your goals S.M.A.R.T.? Learn to set goals ... and actually achieve them.

Ep. 5: Mindfulness Meditation

Join Dr. Murry on a 5-minute guided meditation to answer the question, "Who are you?"

Ep. 4: What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness isn't just meditation; it's being aware of what's there and not judging.

Ep. 4: Mindfulness Meditation

Dr. Tracey Murry guides us in a brief body scan meditation to become more mindful and aware of our being.

Ep. 3: Do you know how to set boundaries?

Setting boundaries can be hard, but it's essential for work-life balance and mental health.

Ep. 3: Mindfulness Meditation

Dr. Tracey Murry leads us in a 3-minute guided meditation to release stress, guilt and find inner peace.

Ep. 2: What is self-care?

We’ve all heard of self-care and know that we should always find the time to prioritize it, but how do you do it?

Ep. 2: Mindfulness Meditation

What is mindful eating and how can it effect our mental health?

Ep. 1: Are you having trouble sleeping?

For further education on healthy sleeping, please visit The full playlist of "Healthy State of Mind" videos can be found here.

Ep. 1: Mindfulness Meditation

Take a moment for yourself and join this mindfulness meditation led by Dr. Tracey Murry to learn to relax your mind and body and prepare for sleep. The full list of Mindfulness Meditations can be found here.

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"When we try to fit ourselves into this box of needing to do things, it's not necessarily a failure or success, it's a lack of fit. So, let's change the box." - Dr. Tracey Murry

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