TSHP031 – New Year, New You

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New year, new you? A new year can mean new beginnings. This time of year is a great time to do a ‘self audit’. Reflect on how your life has been and dictate to yourself how you are going to be going forward.

Resolutions are funny things though, and can be quite superficial. There are plenty of statistics that show us how many will fail at resolutions just weeks or even days into their new habits. Not seeing these new habits through can be quite damaging to a person so think it through and make sure you’re ready to take it on before you set the goal.

This one’s a heartfelt chat with Sean and Ed but it’s chock full of tips to kick start your 2014. Happy New Year everyone!

Enjoy the show!

Show Notes and Links

Resource of the Week (!)

  • Sean’s resource is to write that letter
  • Ed recommends a book by Michael Palin called Himalaya. Remember, ‘travel is the only thing that you can buy that makes you richer.’

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TSHP030 – A Chat About Christmas

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Christmas is here and so Sean and Ed are here to discuss why we celebrate this strange but wonderful time of year. In a universal sense, Christmas is about the end of darkness and the beginning of light (think about it). Advent calendars, chocolate, turkey and decorated trees = what’s it all about?

Enjoy the show!

Show Notes and Links

Movie of the Week (!)

  • Sean loves The Holiday with Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Cameron Diaz. Oh, and there’s Miracle on 34th Street of course
  • Ed DEMANDS that you watch It’s A Wonderful Life first and foremost, then there’s Home Alone and Elf…

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TSHP029 – How to be Alone

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Loneliness is a killer, didn’t you know? There are plenty of blog posts that discuss this. Sean and Ed do the same this week on The Self Help Podcast and also take a look at the positive sides of some time on our own. Loneliness and solitude are very different things.

We all have a drive to connect, but is ‘collecting friends like stamps’ as we now do on Facebook & Twitter really making genuine connections?

You can be at home, alone with the TV and phone off and feel connected to the world. You can also be on a crowded train platform and feel horribly alone. Sean and Ed try to teach you how to be alone in the following 30 or so minutes.

Enjoy the show!

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TSHP028 – Love vs Hate: Mandela’s Legacy

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Nelson Mandela recently passed away and he’s left quite a legacy. His rise to prominence and his journey from angry young to forgiving, empathetic elder statesman was truly remarkable. What was Mandela’s legacy? For some it may be negative, for the vast majority, it’s incredibly positive.

Here’s the thing: we’ll all make mistakes but we are all given the choice to make better choices today and tomorrow. If you do that consecutively for years on end you’ll have lived quite a life.

Ed makes a couple of semi-heartfelt apologies whilst this week it’s Sean’s turn to feel a little sleep deprived.

Enjoy the show!

Show Notes and Links

Resource of the Week

  • Sean recommends A Long Walk to Freedom, the autobiography of Mandela. Check out some Martin Lither King Jr. action on YouTube too
  • Ed has a couple of movies for you. Gandhi (1982) and Invictus (2009) are both essential viewing

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TSHP027 – Pain is in the Brain

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We all have very different experiences of pain. The fact that pain is in the mind can be tricky to accept, but even harder to deny. Some are able to withstand much more than others, both psychical and emotional. All together now – pain is in the brain! Pain is in the brain!

Ed apologises if he sounds a little tired this week. He’s just got back from a few days in Munich with 15+ loutish lads. Great city!

Enjoy the show!

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Resource of the Week

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TSHP026: When Work Isn’t Working

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What is work and why do we do it? We’ll spend perhaps a third of our lives at work so we need to be very careful that we’re doing work that we find rewarding. Our work, in many cases, defines who we are. When a person asks ‘and what do you do?’, how do you answer?

Sean and Ed discuss status, their relationship with money and many other things besides. Do you dread those Monday mornings? Then it’s time to change.

In other news, Sean has been to London town and Ed’s cholesterol is down. Praise be!

Enjoy the show!

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TSHP025: Why Do We Dream?

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Last week it was sleep. This week: dreams! Whether you remember them in the morning or not, you do dream. But why do we dream? For all sorts of reasons! If you want a better understanding of yourself then perhaps you could pay more attention to your dreams.

Do you remember many of your dreams? Do you record them? Have you done much work to try and understand them? There are even people who have learnt to control their dreams. Imagine the creative potential of that.

Enjoy the show!

Show Notes and Links

Resource of the Week

  • Sean recommends that you simply keep a journal by your bed to record your dreams in the moment you wake up
  • Ed has found a wonderful app for iPhone called Dream:ON. Take a look

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TSHP024 – Sleep Easy: The Science of Snoozing

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You’ll spend roughly 30% of your entire life asleep. Why do we sleep? Well, the much of the science of sleep is a mystery, but the restorative functions that it brings are as important as any aspect of your routine. It’s vital that you sleep well.

Sleep deprivation can make you snappy, depressed, impulsive and more.

You need to pay attention to your sleep. Here’s why… Enjoy the show!

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TSHP023 – The Meditation Special (Part 1 of 2)

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Dr-David-Cox-HeadspaceMeditation can be an oasis of calm in the madness of life. For thousands of years, human beings have been using meditation to gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Sean has been meditating since he was 10. Ed hasn’t yet got the bug, so this is meditation for beginners. Thankfully (for Ed at least) there are amazing new companies like Headspace on the scene that make learning meditation techniques easier than ever. We’re delighted to welcome Dr David Cox, Chief Medical Officer at Headspace, onto our show this week to talk about some of the science behind meditation. Part 1 of this Meditation Special has the shortened version of the interview.

After the interview Sean and Ed discuss meditation from their point of view and, towards the end of the episode, Sean delivers two practical meditations that you can all take part in. Nice! (Disclaimer – make sure you’re not driving/working whilst listening to these parts).

Enjoy the show!

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Resource of the Week

Well it has to be Headspace doesn’t it? Visit the website, grab the app for your smart phone or follow them on Facebook/Twitter for more.

We must mention other services such as Meditation Oasis, Calm.com, Omvana and One Moment Meditation as well. Fantastic resources. Don’t forget out free meditation mp3s as well of course! Enter your email address on our site if you haven’t already.

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TSHP023 – Meditation Special Part 2: An Interview with Dr David Cox of Headspace

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Dr-David-Cox-HeadspaceMeditation can be an oasis of calm in the madness of life. For thousands of years, human beings have been using meditation to gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. For a few years now, the ever-growing team at Headspace have been spreading the message of meditation via their wonderful guides recordings.

We’re delighted to welcome Dr David Cox, Chief Medical Officer at Headspace, onto our show this week to talk about some of the science behind meditation. Part 2 of our Meditation Special features the full version of the interview that Sean and Ed recorded.

Some of the questions asked:

  • How long should a person meditate for
  • Is meditation affecting medication levels for  conditions such as depression, anxiety, etc.
  • How many users does Headspace work with? Do people stick with it?
  • Does Headspace work for all religious beliefs?
  • What is the future for Headspace?

Enjoy the show! Links and show notes below as ever (part 1 available here…).

Show Notes and Links

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Resource of the Week

Well it has to be Headspace doesn’t it? Visit the website, grab the app for your smart phone or follow them on Facebook/Twitter for more.

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