This might just be my favourite podcast episode so far.  A couple of weeks back I travelled to Bath to attend the launch of the Positive Wellness Journal, the new book from the Positive Planners. For those of you who don’t know, the Positive Planners are Ali and Finn and together, fuelled by their personal mental health stories, they designed and launched a successful range of gratitude mindful journals. I was introduced to Ali and Finn about six months ago via the medium of Instagram. Having exchanged many messages over the past half year it was great to be able to finally...

This episode explores why it is vital to know the limits of your capacity. I didn't know how much I was able to do. I tried to do it all. I pushed hard and kept going when I should have stopped. It didn't end well. I ended up at the age of 30 riddled with anxiety, experiencing panic attacks and burn out. One of the most important elements of my recovery has been to think about how much I can do. This is easier said than done when you live a life full of responsibility and activity. In this episode I look at...

Episode four is an interview with Phil Watson. A conversation about finding the words to talk about how we are feeling and the limits of language when it comes to discussing mental health. I have known Phil for over 20 years. He is a husband and Dad to his two birth children and adopted son. He is a secondary school German teacher and foster carer recruiter, and eight years ago found himself in the midst of a period of extreme anxiety. In this episode Phil talks candidly about his experiences of anxiety and what he did about it.  A warm hearted chat between...

Why is it important to have a creative practice? What might stop you developing one? During my early 30s when I was suffering with postnatal depression and anxiety I stopped thinking of myself as a creative being. This was not good. I discovered creativity was essential to maintaining my mental health and wellbeing.  Hear my story of how I have learnt to incorporate creativity into my life on a daily basis. Encouragement and practical tips for getting the creative juices flowing. And if you think this episode is not for you because you 'are not a creative person' - I want to...

Does the idea of self-care make you feel icky or entitled or indulgent? Me too. And yet I have needed to learn to care for myself. Self-care isn't a nice optional extra, it is essential. But while taking a bubbly bath or booking a massage is lovely, it isn't the place to start. If you want to learn to care for yourself and to do it consistently, you have to begin with curiosity.  Additional information: The book I refer to in this episode is: Emotional Agility by Susan David. It is a fantastic insightful read, highly recommended.    ...

I am a beginner. This is my first episode. It isn't easy to be a beginner and there seem to be so many reasons not to start. What if I fail? What if I don't know how? What if it feels too difficult? But if you don't start, you will never do anything. Here I discuss why and how to start when you aren't sure how. Covering ideas including imposter syndrome, living with a scarcity mentality, and how to be okay with being a bit crap to begin with. Podcast mentions and links: The course I took where I learnt the basics...