Welcome to the Your Live Well podcast series, where we will be delving into the world of wellbeing, bringing you expert led advice, thoughts and opinions from some of the amazing contributors featured at Live Well events, and other special guests.

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Season 1

Episode 1: 'The Problem with Perfectionism' with Toby Clyde-Smith



In this episode, we put the focus on workplace wellbeing, looking at The Problem With Perfectionism with Toby Clyde-Smith, BSc, MBPsS, who is the Programme Director for The Positive Group.

We live in an increasingly perfectionist world, and whilst there are a number of recognised benefits which can accompany perfectionist tendencies, there is downside to perfectionism. Unhealthy perfectionism has been scientifically linked to burnout, reduced productivity and poor relationships. It is also a significant risk factor for a range of mental health problems.  This talk aims to draw a distinction between the pursuit of excellence and unhealthy perfectionism.

Episode 2: In Conversation with Jonny Wilkinson: Start Living Life from the Inside Out


Note: This podcast episode talks in detail about mental health issues.

In this podcast the Naked Professor Ben Bidwell interviews Jonny Wilkinson, CBE and Founder of No. 1 Living to explore how we can only achieve what we are truly capable of if we start living our lives from the inside out

Exploring Jonny’s evolving journey through career changes and life transitions, resulting mental health challenges and how he went on to discover new approaches for a more balanced, happier and fulfilled life, the conversation will inspire the audience to live well and thrive. Share Jonny’s experience in revealing your potential in life, to work with our bodies to feel more alive and explore how to uncover the joy in ourselves.

Episode 3: Fact or Fiction: What to Believe When it Comes to your Wellbeing?

In this episode we explore the importance of differentiating Fact from Fiction when it comes to what to believe for your wellbeing?

The wellness industry is booming and we have never been more aware of the need to focus on improving both our physical wellbeing and emotional wellbeing. As consumers, separating fact from fiction across products, nutrition, exercise, influencers, experts and advice can be a real challenge and the wrong information can be harmful, not to mention financially draining. Our panel of qualified doctors and psychologists, chaired by Sarah Greenidge Founder of the Wellspoken Mark, are here to empower you with tips on how to identify pseudoscience, understand the science, give you guidelines on how to make informed decisions and why it’s not best practice to rely on social media as a source of your wellbeing inspiration.  We hope this podcast helps you separate fact from fiction.

If you’d like to find out more about the Wellspoken Mark go to https://www.wearewellspoken.com/

Episode 4: How to Build a Healthy Brain with Kimberley Wilson


In this episode, join Chartered Psychologist Kimberley Wilson, for a talk about how to care for your grey matter and combat the onset of dementia, mental health issues and much more. Whatever your age, having a healthy brain is the key to a happy and healthy life, and Kimberley is a passionate advocate for the importance of mental health, drawing on the latest research to give practical, holistic advice on how you can protect your brain health by making simple lifestyle choices. With a focus on all areas of wellbeing from sleep and nutrition to exercise and meditation, Kimberley offers an empowering guide to help you look after both your brain health and mental wellbeing. 

If you’d like to find out more from Kimberley on this topic, her latest book How to build a Healthy Brain is out now, available on Amazon - https://amzn.to/3eWWTUT or visit https://www.kimberleywilson.co/about

Kimberley also has a podcast: Crime and Nourishment, a 4 part series funded by the Wellcome Trust


And she recently appeared in a Channel 4 Documentary, Coronavirus: How To Isolate Yourself



Episode 5: Digital Balance: Exploring the Relationship Between Technology and our Mental Wellbeing


In this episode, we join Niraj Shah, entrepreneur, stroke survivor, meditation guide and co-founder of Mind: Unlocked to explore the relationship between technology and our mental well-being in achieving digital balance.

Niraj is joined by Tony Langford - Co-Director of the Mindfulness Centre of Excellence, Kristina Barger - Cognitive Scientist and Dzera Kaytati - Co-founder and COO of Maaind, a neuroscience and AI start up on a mission to help every individual understand and manage their state of mind.  Learn from our experts what happens in our brains when we use technology, the pros and cons of this constantly evolving relationship and glimpses into what the future may hold. Enjoy, and hope the podcasts help bring you some digital balance!

If you’d like to find out more about Niraj and mental wellbeing for modern life, visit https://mindunlocked.co/

Episode 6: Taking a 360 Approach to your Wellbeing in Mid-Life with Liz Earle MBE



In this episode, Liz Earle MBE, Wellbeing Entrepreneur and Founder of Liz Earle Wellbeing shares her thoughts on taking a 360 approach to wellbeing in mid-life.

Aging well is about being comfortable in your skin, finding new ways of getting your happy hormones through the menopause, eating well for your mood, discovering the benefits of gut health, and finding easy and sustainable ways to get moving.  Liz shares her wealth of wellbeing experience and why it’s never too late to get started!  We hope you enjoy listening!

To find out more about Liz Earle MBE visit www.lizearlewellbeing.com

Episode 7: How to stay connected and social when not drinking

In this episode, we’re discussing how to stay connected and social when not drinking…. and our panel have been there and done just that! Club Soda's Laura Willoughby probes a group of mindful drinkers who think they have it sussed! Meet radio 2 presenter Janey Lee Grace, Stephanie Chivers from Women who don't Drink, Millie Gooch founder of @sobergirlsociety and Scott Pearson aka @theboywhodranktoo.  We hope it inspires your summer socials!

To find out more about Club Soda and the Mindful Drinking Movement go to www.joinclubsoda.com

Episode 8: Mood & Food with Rhiannon Lambert & Suzanne Baum

In this episode of the Your Live Well podcast Rhiannon Lambert, Registered Nutritionist and Founder of Rhitrition, shows us how eating a healthy diet can do a lot to improve your mood, sense of wellbeing and your physical and mental health. 

Interviewed by Suzanne Baum - Freelance Associate Editor of Fit&Well, Celebrity Interviewer, Journalist & Daytime TV Contributor, they show us how exploring the relationship between what and why you eat your food can be really effective. Rhiannon believes nutrition can help towards increased positivity, clearer thinking, more energy and calmer moods, and we can’t wait for you to discover this for yourself too!

Find out more about Rhiannon Lambert and her work at rhitrition.com 

Episode 9: Finding your Confidence, Inside and Out

21st century life has our confidence taking daily knocks from the barrage of media, social media, and peer-pressure to be perfect, not to mention our own high standards and inner critics. Finding your own true self-confidence can be challenging, whether it's confidence in our outer appearance or not having the courage to go for that dream job. 

Our panel, Nadia Craddock - Body Image Researcher , Sylvia Mac – Founder of Love Disfigure and one of our Live Well London Ambassadors, Shahroo Izadi - Behavioural Change Specialist and author of The Kindness Method chaired by Lucy Donoughue of Happiful Magazine, are here to help inspire inner and outer confidence, embrace our differences and imperfections, give you the tools and skills you need to know, to be more true to yourself, and instil positivity with their stories, experiences and expertise.

Episode 10: RED January presents: How Physical Activity can Help Beat the Blues

This inspirational episode brings together RED Together and RED January Founder Hannah Beecham, alongside RED and Mind supporters Dame Kelly Holmes, Matt Johnson and Mandy Weetch. 

Listen as they share their experiences of how they have used regular physical activity in support of their own mental health and how the encouragement of the growing RED community, and the charity, Mind’s life-changing work has supported them when they’ve needed it most. We hope this inspires and motivates you to feel more powerful, energised and active.

Please note this podcast does touch on subjects of mental health, death, grief, and depression. Remember if you are struggling with your mental health there are many services out there to support you. The charity Mind, have put together a comprehensive list of all listening services here: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/crisis-services/helplines-listening-services/ and their website is packed with advice, support and guidance.

To find out more about Red January and Red Together visit www.redtogether.co.uk


Episode 11: The Power of Sleep: Sleep Well to Live Well

In this episode, our experts explore the importance of sleep to our physical and emotional wellbeing. From the mythological '8 hours a day' through to thriving on just 5 hours ' it goes without saying that none of us can go without it. But what does it take to truly sleep well? What is the impact of technology habits, hectic lifestyles and busy minds when it comes to our night-time routines, and are there simple best-practices that we can all put in place for a blissful bedtime? 

Our expert panel - Natalie Pennicotte-Collier, Performance MIND Coach, Resident Sleep Expert, Clin. Hypnotherapist & MBCT Practitioner; Stephen Marks, Yoga, Meditation & Nidra Teacher; and Rob Hobson, Registered Nutritionist share their findings, tools, techniques with Lucy Gornall, Editor of Woman & Home’s Feel Good You, and what they do to sleep well in this informative session aimed at harnessing the real power of sleep and maximising your wellbeing during those precious daytime hours.  

Sweet dreams 😊

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