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This is the final episode of our first series and a few of you have asked me when I was going to share my story about the path that has led me to co-create this podcast.  So just how did I get from New York to Leeds (via Costa Rica, Washington, DC and San Francisco). Well here it is…

I asked my good friend Kendi Guantai to take my role. Kendi is an intelligent, wonderful, heart centered woman who is all about good communication and was the only person who came into my mind when I thought about who would interview me.

You will hear about my experience of holistic health, homeopathy, PSYCH-K® and some of my spiritual views.

I hope that something resonates with you.

Gloria x

 

It’s men’s mental health part two with Gloria joined again by friends of the pod Sam, Ryan and Chris.

Getting men talking isn’t easy so we were grateful to have three very open guests who were more than happy to share their experiences and ideas. We discuss the role of social media, advertising and even children’s films in how they might impact men’s views of themselves. Everyone shared some practical tips at the very end to hopefully help anyone who is feeling a bit low.

Helpful resources:

Chris Sutton’s podcast is called Mental Conversations: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mental-conversations/id1436889290?mt=2

Ryan Rogerson’s Meetup is called Yorkshire Climbers: https://www.meetup.com/Yorkshire-Climbers/

Sam Fong Brooks yoga studio: https://leedsyoga.com/

Books mentioned:

The Untethered Soul, The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The advert we discussed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiynAdEuyWQ

Not mentioned but one of Gloria’s favourites: Brene Brown – short clip of her TED talk regarding shame and how it manifests in men and women differently: https://www.facebook.com/TED/videos/10160673484905652/

 

Men’s mental health is a huge issue in the UK with an obscene amount of deaths each year from male suicide (4,383 in 2017).

It has been referred to as a silent epidemic and not enough airtime has generally been given to men’s mental health. Looking through the stats, if you are male or have a loved one in your life who is male, at some point in their life they are going to go through a crisis and may need help.

This week Gloria welcomes back Sam Fong Brooks and is joined by new friends Ryan Rogerson and Chris Sutton. They talk about when to see a GP, medication and share their own personal experiences. The conversation is very open and both serious and light hearted.

If you have a loved one in your life who you think would benefit from listening please share this episode with them. Note that we split the discussion into two episodes so part 2 will be shared next week.

Links and websites mentioned in this episode:

Chris Sutton’s podcast is called Mental Conversations and you can find it on itunes and other platforms:

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/mental-conversations/id1436889290?mt=2

App in Leeds for young people: https://www.mindmate.org.uk/

 

 

Sam, Ryan and Chris

Chris Sutton

Ryan Rogerson

 

 

Here’s a guided meditation to help you relax.

Meditation is the way to combat the trials and tribulations of modern life. In addition to the mental benefits of practising meditation, there are also the physical ones which Dr Kamila Hortynska discusses in Episode 2. So switch off your phone, screens and find a comfortable place where you can be calm for 20 minutes. Friend of the pod, Sam Fong Brooks guides you through a soothing 20 minute meditation. Enjoy!

This ia a basic ‘guided’ meditation, where the instructor ‘guides’ you through the meditation. They can give you places to imagine or get you to focus on different parts of the body to deeply relax you. Visualisation is a powerful tool for achieving in life and there is a cross-over her between learning to meditate and visualise.

Getting your mind to be calm for periods of time each week is a tool to help you maintain good mental health. Get into a routine so that each week you have time to spend a couple of hours relaxing. See what works for you, whether it is guided meditations, mindfulness exercises or simply being quiet.

Please give us some feedback if you’d like more of this type of content. We’re happy to provide guided meditations around different themes.