Braincare podcast is a series dedicated to helping you care for your most important organ. You'll learn about how to optimise your brain health and mental well-being through a series of bitesize interviews with the world's leading scientists and experts.
Host, Dan Murray-Serter, co-founder of brain care company, Heights, interviews guests ranging from celebrities like Stephen Fry and Jay Shetty, to neuroscientists Dr Tara Swart and Professor Sophie Scott, and brilliant doctors like Rangan Chatterjee and Daniel Amen, and many more.
You'll leave each episode feeling inspired, empowered, and armed with tools to help you take care of your brain and reach your heights, whatever they might be.
You can learn more about Heights @yourheights and http://www.yourheights.com and Dan @danmurrayserter on social media.
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Building an Olympic Winning Mindset with Kelly Holmes
Dame Kelly Holmes' career is a lesson in dedication. The universally loved icon of British athletics carved out her own space in the sport, culminating in her mighty double Gold Medal-winning performance in the Olympics in Athens 2004.
Today on The Braincare Podcast, Kelly gives us a unique look at the inner workings of her champion mindset. We hear about the lifelong project of cultivating physical and mental health, approaches to performance anxiety, and the peculiar portaloo superstition that got her through the Olympic finals in Athens!
Success and Mental Health with Dame Kelly Holmes
Dame Kelly Holmes knows the highs and lows of elite sport better than most. The double Olympic Gold Medal-winning athlete and national treasure has spent her career smashing championships. But, as she explains, it can be pretty lonely at the top.
Today on The Braincare Podcast, Kelly candidly shares her personal story about the toll of success on mental health. We discuss how attitudes to mental illness have evolved, how she built resilience and the importance of community in self-care and healing.
We talk about:
The mindset of a world champion
Pressure and expectation in elite sports
Different manifestations of self harm
Resilience and hope: coming back from injury
Why managing mental health is a lifelong commitment
Kelly's daily self-care practices
Perfectionism with Dr. Thomas Curran
Dr. Thomas Curran can spot a *real* perfectionist a mile off. As a psychologist and lecturer at LSE with a broad body of work on personality characteristics, Tom's recently turned his scientific approach to perfectionism: where it comes from, how it impacts our lives, and why we've recently seen a boom in cases.
Today on The Braincare Podcast, Tom explains why high standards and goal-setting do not a perfectionist make! We explore how to know if you're a perfectionist, the impact of deteriorating self-image on our mental health, and why everyone you interview for a job claims to have the same flaw.
We talk about:
The three types of perfectionism
Are there any benefits to perfectionism?
Job pressure in a highly competitive society
Isn't it good to set goals?
Cyclic self-criticism and self-defeat
The link between perfectionism and mental health
The power of vulnerability
The Science of Burnout with Dr. Thomas Curran
Dr. Thomas Curran says there's more to burnout than exhaustion. As a psychologist and lecturer at LSE's Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, Tom's research looks at the societal triggers of personality traits and their impacts on our mental health.
Today on The Braincare Podcast, Tom shares his insights on what appears to be a thoroughly modern problem: burnout. We explore the universal symptoms of this highly individual psychological phenomenon, and why the gig economy could be pouring petrol on the fire.
We talk about:
Early warning signs of burnout
Physical effects of mental fatigue
Millennials and the gig economy
Does burnout only happen in the workplace?
Pre-emptive self-care: nutrition and exercise
How the pandemic exacerbated the phenomenon
What does burnout tell you about your job?
Aesthetics vs. Health with Sophie Medlin
Sophie Medlin wants you to scrutinize the ingredients of that diet lollipop you bought on Instagram. During her 13 year career as a renowned dietician and nutritionist, Sophie's charted the rapidly shifting perceptions of aesthetic beauty and the impact that has on mental and physical health.
Today on The Braincare Podcast, Sophie shares her wealth of knowledge on the disastrous consequences of our quest for physical perfection. We discuss the perils of distorted body image, the proliferation of pseudoscience on social media, and why we're now seeing an avalanche of disordered eating issues in men.
We talk about:
Encouraging body positivity without promoting obesity
Surely setting health goals can't be a bad thing?
Damaging aesthetics narratives
Disordered eating in men and women
The shifting perceptions of Instagram vs. reality
Physical ramifications of low body fat percentages
What does physical health really look like?
How Can Plant-Based Diets Affect Your Mental Health with Sophie Medlin
Sophie Medlin will change the way you think about your diet. As a Practicing Consultant Dietitian and Chair of the British Dietetic Association for London, Sophie's no stranger to the delicate topic of strict diet regimes and the controversy around challenging erroneous beliefs.
Today on The Braincare Podcast, Sophie explains the science behind the potential nutritional deficiencies linked to some of today's most popular diets. Host Dan Murray-Serter shares his personal journey with veganism and mental health, and we get the bottom of Miley Cyrus' mysterious brain fog.
We talk about:
Is there a link between veganism and mental health issues?
How to take on Veganuary and come out stronger than ever
The problem with Omega 3s
Brain fog: it's real
Nutritional deficiencies in veganism and vegetarianism
The real cost of rigid diet rules
How can supplements enhance plant-based diets?
Customer ReviewsSee All
Nourish My Brain
Love this. The Stephen Fry episodes are my favourites.
Some great nuggets
Enjoyed a number of these episodes. A bit disappointed with the nutrition one - coming from a ED background it induced a bit of anxiety. Also for those who can not afford better food would feel a bit upset.
Looking forward to future episodes.
Love it. Delicious compact little chunks of brain food.