A podcast dedicated to sharing actionable steps we can take to improve our well being and mental health, so we can create the life we want!
Episode 129 : Perseverance and resilience: what we can learn from Dr Forcina's story
In post-war Italy, torn by poverty and lack of opportunities, many Italians left their shelters and emigrated to Latin America, the USA or Australia. Salvatore Forcina was one of them. Leaving his small town in Lazio, he and his family moved to Argentina where he eventually trained to become a medical doctor. Overcoming one obstacle after the other, Salvatore then moved to the USA, learned English from scratch and sat many more exams to specialise in his profession, becoming the chief of surgery at two major hospitals. In his words, sheer grit, determination and inspirational wise advice from his Dad were like a drop of water that, dripping gently on a rock for years, eventually created a cavity in it.
'Life is tough where you have nothing, but you need to move out of your comfort zone tor each the top of that mountain,' he said. Listen to his interview to learn how you too, can overcome the belief that all doors are closed and there is no hope.
And of course find out more by reading his forthcoming memoir in May. You can see more details on Facebook and Instagram.
#overcomechallenges #lifewisdom #resilience #inspirationalstory. #comfortzone
Episode 128: The priceless gift of mental sharpness and how to keep it intact
Guess what, it's not written in stone that most of us will all have dementia when we age. In fact, this condition can be largely prevented and even reversed to a point in advanced stages, by changing our lifestyle. In this episode brimming with tips from Dr. Dale Bredesen's book, 'The first survivors of Alzheimers', I will share his wisdom and his research about preventing cognitive decline by optimising our habits in such a way that your brain will be able to detox correctly, and our health will improve at many levels.
Preventing cognitive issues starts in our youth - it is not a one-day process and it lasts a lifetime of good habits! So, if you are looking for a worthy goal in 2023, maybe this is the right time for you to take care of your amazing brain with a new focus: be clean!
Episode 127: Why breath work matters
Do you ever hypentilate, gasp for air when worrying about some future event, or realise that you are breathing with an open mouth?
In this interview with Chris Davies, an expert in breathwork, hypnosis, NLP and a host of disciplines, we are going to discuss the importance of breathing well to maintain good mental, emotional and physical health. Chris is an ex royal marines commando of ten years and is now a trained breath work facilitator who helps people break old paradigms, release trauma and reach new levels of success and consciousness.
You will learn the importance of breathing well so that our mind works well. A second episode will delve deeper into the topic next time!
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Episode 126 : New year - new life? It's possible with three steps that will revolutionise your habits
Every year millions of us diligently set up incredibly worthy and noble goals that we generously support throughout the first few weeks of January. Come February, some of the shiny future has lost its allure and by June we can't list any of our goals. Are we doomed for failure?
The answer is no. By following three basic steps we can not only implement new ways of getting where we want, but also eliminate the very habits that have caused problems until now.
Happy new year - with new, strategic resolutions translated into action that supports (instead of hindering) the way our mind works.
Episode 122: Art, music and dance: the ultimate healing balm for dementia, mental health issues, trauma and Parkinson's
Did you know that there are more than 40 peer-reviewed studies on the impact of dance on Parkinson’s? Something changes in our brain when we dance and the improvements envelop many areas of our life. In this episode I will explore the discoveries of David Leventhal, who started introducing dance to a group of six PD suffererers and ended up creating a global program that is benefiting not only patients but their connections. I will also share the results of the study by Jess Bone, Research Fellow in Epidemiology and Statistics at the University College in London. Jess demonstrated that the engagement with the arts help to prevent and slow diseases like dementia; we will also learn about the impact of the arts in the children's ability to express their feelings, and engage in creative writing. I will give you tips on how to improve children's skills and how to introduce them to art, writing, music, singing etc from an early age - but without the pressure of becoming a professional.
The arts have the potential to bring us connection, love, peace, expression and joy - let's make more art in the new year!
#creativityheals #musicheals #arthealing #parkinsonstherapy #musicbringsjoy #movementbringshealing
Episode 125: How creative arts help students at risk connect and heal
Oliver cannot sit still at school. He disturbs everyone, pushes other kids and refuses to listen to those trying to help him. Doctors say there is nothing physically wrong with him. Yet he is verbally aggressive, has no self confidence and gets warned, then isolated, then punished, and finally excluded from high school. He joins an armed gang, and talks about revenge. His future looks bleak and his anger at the system his high. What’s happening?
Why is the system failing him? What can we do to help?
Sometimes we overlook the obvious reasons why our youth behave in unacceptable ways. In this episode and in the next one I follow Professor Kelvin Ramirez in his programme designed to rescue children at risk like Oliver and to intervene before the damage is done.
#anxiety #stopviolenceatschool #traumahealing #creativityheals #musicheals #arthealing