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The 100mph Life

Being behind on your goals doesn't mean rushing to get everything finished, it doesn't mean disrespecting yourself and not looking after yourself.
One of the most important factors in getting through a busy life with a healthy and happy mindset is the quality time that you put to one side just for you.
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Empathy

I have a couple of catchphrases, or if you ask my wife I repeat myself a lot and can be boring and predictable, either way you'll often hear me say one particular phrase.
"The brain can't separate fact from fiction."
If you've got this far through my Podcast series and not heard me say that then I must boring after all because you clearly fell asleep, because I say it a lot. And for good reason.
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It's OK To Be Selfish

Episode 202: Loneliness

It's been a lonely 18 months for a lot of us. But even before Covid there were plenty of people saying that they were lonely and didn't have many opportunities to connect with people.
Recent research suggests that as many as a third of us have literally nobody that we would class as a close friend.
It would be nice to do something about that!
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HALT

Self care and self awareness go hand in hand. By taking care of ourselves and recognising some of the reasons behind our urges and behaviours we can overcome so many obstacles.
Today's episode is all about using the acronym H.A.L.T to help us remember that there may be other things going on with us.
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Mindset

Personal growth can really only happen by having gone through some sort of pain, some bad experience.
Living inside our comfort zones gets us nowhere unfortunately.
What we need though, is the right mindset so that those bad experiences push us forward, not hold us back.
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It's OK To Be Selfish

Episode 201: Resolutions

It's July!
We're exactly half way through the year and how are your New Years resolutions going?
I ask because enough time has gone by for any resolutions you might have made in January to have fallen by the wayside.
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It's OK To Be Selfish

Episode 200: To Diet or Not To Diet

When living in a society that's full of body shaming the pressure to lose weight can encourage some very bad habits and ideas.
Let's explore them.
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It's OK To Be Selfish

Episode 199: Burnout

In 1974 Herbert Freudenberger came up with a term that he defined as “the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one's devotion to a cause or relationship fails to produce the desired results.”
He called it "Burnout" and is a different sort of stress to what we might normally think of.
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It's OK To Be Selfish

Episode 198: Nature

Imagine a therapy that had no known side effects, was readily available, and could improve your cognitive functioning at zero cost. Such a therapy has been known to philosophers, writers, and lay people alike: interacting with nature.
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It's OK To Be Selfish

Episode 197: Worrying & Acceptance

I've talked a lot in the past about the need to control thoughts using distractions and deliberate, forced thinking in order to create a more positive mindset. But I think it's crucial to recognise the importance of accepting our thoughts too.
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It's OK To Be Selfish

Episode 196: Daydreaming

People often frown upon daydreaming as being unproductive yet at the same time many others suggest that it improves creativity. Why the dichotomy?
I think this is a cultural problem more than anything. Because we seem to live in a culture that values productivity and immediate results rather than valuing the development of the skills needed to work out how to do it in the first place.
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It's OK To Be Selfish

Episode 195: It's OK To Be Selfish

I'm sure you've heard the phrase "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" but I wonder if there needs to be a bit more to that.
Well, that's what I want to talk about today.
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Matt Elswood

Bonus Episode: Michelle Thomas

Michelle Thomas is an author and podcaster. She's written for The Guardian, The Independent, Stylist, Standard Issue the list goes on.
And on top of that she also wrote a book inspired by her experiences of depression called My Shit Therapist: & Other Mental Health Stories.
I'm sure you'll both enjoy and appreciate what she has to share with you.
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Goal Blocks

Episode 194: Taking Action Today

Whatever your goals are it's fair to say that reaching them won't happen by accident or through luck.
Luck might have a small part to play. But what are the chances that it's the only part when compared to the effects of the deliberate action that you take yourself?
Deliberate action wins any day I'd say.
So to do that there are some basic principles that you might need to follow so as to help you on your way and they don't involve starting tomorrow. They involve the present moment, right now.
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Matt Elswood

Bonus Episode: Matt Elswood

Matt Elswood is a Chief Pharmacist specialising in mental health pharmaceuticals at Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust.
As well as being an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham he's also a really nice guy with a lot of interesting things to share with us.
Enjoy
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Goal Blocks

Episode 193: Gratitude

Many self help and personal development books (my own included) will talk about the importance of gratitude as a way of boosting happiness and wellbeing.
Today we explore it in a little more detail.
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