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Wilde About Woo

Wilde About Woo is a podcast for spiritual seekers and those who want to deepen their connection with the Divine. Each week, we explore what it means to live a life of meaning and purpose by talking spirituality, wellbeing, relationships, neuroscience and more! Whether you're just beginning your journey or have been on an inner quest for years - this podcast has something for everyone.

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The Holiday Hang Ups! My top tips for packing, travel, driving abroad and handling delays... All the way from beautiful Crete!

Are you off on holiday soon? In today's episode, I'm sharing my experiences from last weekend of packing, travelling, driving abroad, handling delays, and more...  NONE of which have to be a NIGHTMARE! (Yes, honestly!!)  Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Amazing packing cubes (Amazon) Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

22mins

17 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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Reducing Your News Media Consumption Before It Consumes You

Good news (pun very much intended!), you do NOT need to be a media junkie! I know that right now we are going through a pretty newsworthy event... BUT when those statistics and stories are doing more harm than good to your mood / mental wellbeing, it's best to step away.  You know there are going to be deaths reported, and are they not the same level of tragic, whether the number is 430 or 502 or whatever? It's not easy to reject news, and I share some of the ways I'm giving it up, putting boundaries in place, and regaining my control over its consumption. My anxiety and depression have definitely lessened now that I am more constructive around my news viewing. I also touch on how producing in other ways can distract us from our need to consume 24/7 news articles and TV.  Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

19mins

9 May 2020

Rank #2

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We're All Empaths Now: How we can ALL give back to those in need during this pandemic

In today's short episode, I'm sharing ways in which YOU can make a difference to your community right now. Maybe you have time, but no money... Money, but no time... Skills... Or just a kind heart... ALL of these can be used to benefit others, and in this episode I offer just a few ideas! Remember: it's not about how much money or time you give, it's about helping in ANY small way that you can. Every single one of us can find five minutes to do SOMETHING that goes further than simply clapping for our health- and social-care workers.  Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) My Medium blog on my work to make scrubs Captain Tom's JustGiving Page UK-based Scrub Hub for those wanting to sew scrubs The Makery's FREE (and super easy) scrubs pattern Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

19mins

1 May 2020

Rank #3

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Progress = Stairs Over Slides... Visualising self-development, business goals, and your dreams as steps to success

If I asked you to visualise progress, what would you see? For me, it's a staircase, but I recently heard someone describe their progress as 'completing the circle'.... In today's episode, I share why I think a staircase is the PERFECT way to visualise progress... And a reminder of childhood for you... remember how difficult it was to climb UP a slide at the park? That's why I'm throwing my weight behind a steps to success model!  Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

18mins

16 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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Let Your Mind Wander: an easy guided exercise that isn't meditation, mindfulness or woo-woo!

Are you a fan of meditation or mindfulness practices? Sometimes I am, sometimes I'm not. Right now, I'm struggling to settle into 'proper' meditation, and so I came up with this gentle 'mind wandering' practice. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do - there are NO RULES here, just letting your mind go wherever it wants to.  Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

21mins

10 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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Every COVID Cloud: FIVE silver linings in the Coronavirus nightmare

I'm always inclined to focus on my ANXIETY right now - COVID-19 spreading across the world is a frightening time for all of us. It can feel almost apocalyptic. Especially if you're a 24/7 news consumer and researcher like I am! But today's episode is about a different PERSPECTIVE. I'm NOT saying we shouldn't be realistic about this virus - it is not a hoax, it's not something that only affects older people, and it's not a time to be a rebel and mess with the rules the government has in place for us (stay the HELL at home!). And yet, I want you to focus, just for this short episode on the ALTERNATIVE, the more positive perspective that coronavirus is offering, worldwide.  I look at the value of FAMILY TIME during quarantine... How we're able to exercise on our own schedule, with amazing instructors from all of the world... And other benefits, in my top five silver linings to the Corona crisis we're enduring right now. I am always here for YOU, feel free to get in touch, whenever you like. The anxiety is heavy for all of us right now - we can share that burden together.  Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Worldometers statistics tracking for coronavirus / COVID-19 Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

23mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #6

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If the bra fits... An interview with Missfits' Charlotte Chiang on body confidence, feminism and finding the 'unicorn bra'!

In today's podcast, I want to introduce you to an AMAZING entrepreneur, who is changing how it FEELS to be a woman! Charlotte Chiang is the founder of Missfits, a bra 'matchmaking service'... Seriously, ladies, just like the right life partner, the right bra can change your world! Of course we talk lingerie, the current situation of having most CEOs of companies in that world being male, and so on. But we also touch on feminism (and why it's NOT anti-feminist to wear a bra)... the lies about bra burning... and why we should all be looking to Poland! Today's episode is very much one "for the ladies", but guys can learn so much here too. Breasts have become such a taboo topic, and they really shouldn't be - we ALL (whatever gender you take) need to be more open about them. By being open, we can start to (finally!) acknowledge they come in different shapes and sizes, and they don't all match what we see on porn movies. Hell no! Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Missfits.co website - Charlotte's company, and where you can find the quiz to matchmake with the best bra for you! Missfits.co Instagram - This Instagram is so inspiring to follow: there is no such thing as normal, and you'll learn that there! Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

1hr 7mins

18 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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Staying Calm When The World’s Losing Its Mind… How I’m preparing my head for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In today's podcast, I want you to know ONE important thing:  It is PERFECTLY okay to be worried about the coronavirus / COVID-19. You are not overreacting. You are not being 'over the top'. You may be concerned, and not even be experiencing anxiety. To be honest, this is a serious situation and so it would be kind of strange, if we weren't concerned about the potential outcomes. BUT... there are many ways to manage these feelings, in order to not get caught up permanently in a downward spiral, which only leads to panic and illogical thinking. In today's podcast, I'm sharing the preparations I've already taken (I'm a 'prep and forget' kinda gal!).... how I'm currently protecting myself... and 5 top tips on how to deal with coronavirus / COVID-19 related anxiety / worry, and not let it get out of control.  The risks ARE low. Logically, I’m not much more at risk of COVID-19 than I was before I knew it existed. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't take it seriously. Today's podcast is a NO JUDGMENT zone (I don't care if you've stockpiled loo rolls, disinfectant, pasta, or gin...), it's a place to get some great ideas on how to manage the fear that this virus is generating.  Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Research into car accident risk Andrew Saul's research No Germs hand sanitiser (alcohol free, UK brand) Worldometers statistics tracking for coronavirus / COVID-19 Les Mills on Demand BeachBody on Demand Yoga with Adriene (free YouTube yoga) Research into how loneliness and stress may decrease immunity (University of Ohio research, 2013). Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

36mins

10 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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8 Mental Health Mistakes We're ALL Making... And what to do about them!

Are you caring for your mental health in the best POSSIBLE way? Probably not, right?! In today's episode, I share EIGHT things that I'm (aka WE'RE!) doing that are stopping us from moving forward and holding back our growth. I got SUPER passionate in this episode... and I MAY go off on a few mini rants that express the frustration I feel at how EASY it would be to pull back from these mistakes... and yet how HARD it is to actually do the work! I'm also pointing out one REALLY important fact: you do not need to be perfect. You can be mediocre. You are still More. Than. Good. Enough. If you've ever been frustrated that your mental health or mindset is holding you back, then this is the episode for you!! Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

50mins

25 Feb 2020

Rank #9

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Doubt the Doubters: How I learned the hard way, and 10 tips to overcoming your critics and haters

In today's episode, we're talking critics... cynics... doubters... haters... trolls... the people who simply don't believe in you or your purpose. I share my experience and reaction to something my mum said about my previous career, and why YOU don't need to react in the same way! My ten tips will help you work out when to listen to the critiquing voices in your life, and how to cope with ignoring them completely and continuing on your path. This topic is SO close to my heart - I hope you can learn from my mistake! Quote of the Episode “Silence your critics. Ignore your haters. Delete your cynics.” Robin Sharma (The 5am Club) Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

28mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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Finding Answers Within: An Interview with Shannon Algeo

Shannon Algeo is a yoga and meditation teacher, as well as life coach and motivational speaker. He's been named one of the top '35 Under 35 in Wellness to Watch' by Wanderlust, and hosts the incredible Soulfeed Podcast.  You know how the term "motivational speaker" gets thrown around these days, without any real meaning? When I met Shannon and attended his yoga nidra workshop at IGNTD Glow last October, I knew that he was the REAL DEAL.  I am so excited to be able to share Shannon's wisdom with you- I had an absolute blast recording this episode. Originally, we were going to be speaking about manifestation, and we did that, but we had this amazing wide-reaching conversation.  We talked about Shannon's own journey, and how he has been working through the feelings of self doubt. Another important topic was about what is happening in the world at the moment, and how we need to come together as a community for the greater good of the world - and our future. Also,  listen up for one of the best analogies I've ever heard for what the experience of going deep into our soul, and learning more about ourselves, feels like.  Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Shannon Algeo's website Shannon on Instagram: @shannon.algeo Soulfeed on Facebook The Soulfeed podcast Shannon's beautiful interview with Rha Goddess (including how we come to a place of feeling comfortable with earning money through service to others) Soulumination Meditation Membership Soulumination Career Manifestation Course Eckhart Tolle's book: 'A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose' WAW Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   WAW Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

1hr 6mins

28 Jan 2020

Rank #11

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Journaling for Joy - How writing has helped balance my mood, and my top 6 tips to start this morning routine!

I've been journal-phobic for most of my life. Writing seemed like something that wasn't for me - almost a bit too self indulgent. But I've been practising journalling, since finding SO MUCH scientific research that supports it for managing mood, lowering blood pressure, and even helping prevent criminal re-offending. In today's episodes, I give my top six tips for getting started, and all the reasons why it's SO good for you! Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Five Minute Gratitude Journal from Intelligent Change Own Your Awesome cards by Your Joyologist Moondeck cards by Aarona Lea Inner Compass cards Smyth et al, on how journalling might help reduced symptoms of anxiety and increase mental wellbeing Redwine et al, on journalling amongst those with heart failure Proctor et al, on effect of journalling on criminal recidivism rates Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

33mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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Happy Un-Birthday - Why I hate my birthday, and 8 things I'm doing to survive it!

Are you like me - a birthday dreader? That feeling which surfaces a few days before your birthday, over-reflecting and overanalysing everything you've done (or not) in the past year? We're not alone. Suicide rates increase within 3 days of people's birthdays. It's time we start accepting how we feel and finding ways to deal with it healthily.  This episode has my top 8 tips for managing the birthday dread! Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Witt et al (USA) on 21st birthday alcohol consumption Callaghan et al (Canada) on increased consequences of drinking around birthdays Peetz et al (Cologne) on how ‘temporal landmarks’ like birthdays affect our behaviour Williams et al (Manchester) on suicide risk around birthdays Matsubayashi et al (Japan), on connection between ‘milestone’ birthdays and suicide risk Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

32mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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Purpose From Pain - My greatest takeaway from IGNTD Glow 2019

I had an amazing time in LA recently, at Dr Adi and Sophie Jaffe's IGNTD Glow event. I heard so many amazing stories - from both onstage experts, and fellow audience members. In today's episode, I share the biggest takeaway: how we can use our pain in our purpose, helping others. This was a running theme throughout the whole event for me: the way that trauma can motivate us to do more with our lives.  Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) IGNTD Glow event, Los Angeles The Naked Eye Studio (event venue, run by lovely Jen) Britt Piper Dr Adi Jaffe Sophie Jaffe Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

36mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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To Test or Not to Test? My thoughts on ordering your own medical checks, and what I discovered about my cortisol, thyroid and weight loss difficulties! And why it's easier to take a pill than take responsibility!

If you've been following for a while, you probably know I've always had issues with weight loss - PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and imbalanced cortisol are the main factors for me. I decided to get some tests by a UK company that offer blood tests (I paid for these, this is not a promotion!), just to help me discover exactly what all my levels were doing.  It was really interesting to see the results, and to try and play detective with my own health.  I also discuss that I was somewhat disappointed not to find something 'fixable' by a pill - cortisol reduction relies on me... and I go into why I find this responsibility heavier than a medical prescription! Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) IGNTD Glow Event - 18-20 October, Los Angeles Medichecks blood testing services, UK The Elixir Clinic, London and the Middle East Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

39mins

8 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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Wednesday Wellness - The importance of experimentation - my thoughts on 'Ultralearning', a book by Scott H Young

The best thing about holidays? Having time to read all those books you lined up on your 'must read' shelf! Today, I'm reviewing Scott H Young's incredible 'Ultralearning'. I offer my top takeaway from the book (so hard to narrow it down to only ONE!), which is all about the power of EXPERIMENTATION, and getting outside of that darned comfort zone! Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Scott H Young - 'Ultralearning' Scott's website Tommy Baker's interview with Scott H Young Scott's Instagram Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

13mins

17 Sep 2019

Rank #16

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Friday Fast One - Feeling overwhelmed? How I shift my perspective in seconds - and how you can too!

Today's episode is all about PERSPECTIVE - mine can be waaaaay too negative at times... I'm not an optimist, and live a lot of my life in pessimism. I am sharing how overwhelmed I'm feeling right now, and how I'm working on solving it - it's all about seeing that silver lining! Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Workbook on Self-Talk - FREE!  Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

7mins

13 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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Wednesday Wellness - I research, so you don't have to... An update on the latest groundbreaking mental health research!

So, I'm a research NERD. I do the research into the latest studies released about mental health, so that you don't have to.  Today, I'm talking CHOCOLATE - yes, really! I give you permission to eat more... And also RED WINE - less about encouraging you to drink it, but still... There's reassurance for if you feel like you're having EMOTIONAL side-effects from anti-depressant medication... Also, if you're a night owl, there's some interesting research that says you could become a LARK in just three weeks... I also offer a RANT on the back of a Cambridge/Chicago/Minnesota study into problematic smartphone usage about why we need BETTER addiction resources!!  Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Bristol Uni - bullying and depression University of Vienna - antidepressants and their effects on empathy Birmingham University, et al - changing ‘night owl’ behaviours Matthew Walker's 'Why We Sleep' Baylor College - link between depression and eating UCL - chocolate and depression Xuzhou University - reservatrol in red wine and depression Alternative sources of reservatrol (LiveStrong) Cambridge University, et al - smartphone use and mental health IGNTD Heroes program Dr Adi Jaffe IGNTD Glow event in Los Angeles, California  Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

35mins

11 Sep 2019

Rank #18

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Don't Pencil Me In! How having a schedule or calendar can improve your life

I refused to believe that I needed a calendar or any kind of schedule - I was convinced that blank space meant freedom to do whatever items on my 'to do' list were relevant. I was wrong. White space got me NOWHERE. But now I have a calendar, that's all changed... I've even got some tips for building a schedule from scratch! Productivity and time management are worth investigating - I wish I'd realised that before! I also share why telling someone we'll pencil them in is a HUGE insult!  Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Tommy Baker Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

39mins

9 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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IGNTD Through Community - in conversation with Dr Adi Jaffe

Welcome to our first interview episode! Today, on the podcast, we are joined by Dr Adi Jaffe, a podcast host ('IGNTD'), author ('The Abstinence Myth'), an addiction and recovery expert... and my coach ('The IGNTD Heroes Recovery Program). We discuss how Dr Jaffe's own drug use led him to down an incredibly dark path of being arrested, having a difficult relationship with his family, and finding community in some places that - to the average outsider - would be seen as pretty unsavoury! Discussing community, we talk about both those darker communities (from when he was dealing drugs), and the more recent community that he has founded - the IGNTD community. We talk about what led him to his purpose of supporting those struggling with addiction, and why community is so important in terms of the journey to wellbeing.  Dr Jaffe then gets us super excited about the fact that he and his wife, Sophie, are hosting IGNTD GLOW, which is a Los Angeles based wellbeing event in October. We get to hear just a few of the exciting guests that will be joining Team IGNTD. Hit up the link below for tickets! Honorable Mentions (if you can't access these links, try using the Apple Podcasts or Overcast apps) Dr Adi Jaffe's Instagram  Sophie Jaffe's Instagram IGNTD Podcast (Tuesdays are relationship episodes, and Friday is Dr Jaffe's Recovery Secrets episode) IGNTD Glow event in Los Angeles, California, October 2019  IGNTD Heroes program Dr Adi Jaffe's book - 'The Abstinence Myth' Workbook on Self-Talk- FREE!   Workbook on Building Rituals - FREE! Instagram: @wildeaboutwellbeing Pinterest: @wildeaboutwellbeing Wilde About Wellbeing website

1hr 3mins

3 Sep 2019

Rank #20