34 episodes

Welcome to How to Cope! A new podcast exploring just how we can best manage our mental health, when the global coronavirus crisis is doing its very best to pummel our sanity into a pulp.
Each episode, writer Becky Howard and psychotherapist Lucy Clyde will explore one element of the overwhelming amount of changes we're all having to deal with - and help us all find our way through this the best way we can.
From relationship challenges to mood swings, loneliness to parenting crises, Covid-19 is having all sorts of unprecedented impacts on our lives. So we're going to talk, share advice, and laugh our way through this, from a socially-responsible distance of at least 2 metres, of course.
 

Music credit:
Cold Funk by Kevin MacLeod
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How To Cope - with Becky Howard + Lucy Clyde Lucy Clyde + Becky Howard

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 37 Ratings

Welcome to How to Cope! A new podcast exploring just how we can best manage our mental health, when the global coronavirus crisis is doing its very best to pummel our sanity into a pulp.
Each episode, writer Becky Howard and psychotherapist Lucy Clyde will explore one element of the overwhelming amount of changes we're all having to deal with - and help us all find our way through this the best way we can.
From relationship challenges to mood swings, loneliness to parenting crises, Covid-19 is having all sorts of unprecedented impacts on our lives. So we're going to talk, share advice, and laugh our way through this, from a socially-responsible distance of at least 2 metres, of course.
 

Music credit:
Cold Funk by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3522-cold-funk
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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    How to Cope with Moving Forward (even if you're not sure you want to)

    How to Cope with Moving Forward (even if you're not sure you want to)

    Just over a year ago, the pandemic felt like a scary new reality that we didn’t want to confront. Now, as we face the prospect of returning to our pre-Covid lives, we’re faced with the bizarre situation of feeling apprehensive about living free of restrictions. Why is this so hard on our mental health?
     
    In this episode of How To Cope, we look back at a year of doing the podcast, and how things have changed SO much. We also explore why we’re feeling strange right now, living in the ‘soup of uncertainty’ and why so many of us aren’t feeling that excited about restrictions finally lifting. We talk about how the pandemic has messed with our sense of time, and how we can start to come to terms with what we’ve all been through.
     
    This will be our last episode for a little while – thank you SO much for listening so far! 🎧💚
     
    How to Cope is hosted by writer Becky Howard and psychotherapist Lucy Clyde. You can follow us on Twitter @_beckyhoward @lucysclyde @cope_podcast
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    • 25 min
    Erin Kelly, bestselling author, on how she coped with lockdown

    Erin Kelly, bestselling author, on how she coped with lockdown

    As a bestselling author of psychological thrillers He Said/She Said, The Poison Tree and her latest book Watch Her Fall, Erin Kelly had had 20 years of experience in working from home when lockdown hit. But that doesn’t mean it was a straightforward journey: she had to radically adjust her writing life to look after her two children, start homeschooling and also finish her latest novel.
     
    Through this challenging time, Erin’s learned a good few things about herself – not least that she was suffering with clinical depression during the first lockdown. She shares her mental health story, how she actually found things harder after the crisis period passed, and how ultimately, the pandemic might have helped her mental health in the long run.
     
    We also chat to Erin about how the pandemic has affected our relationships with our children, what positive aspects she’s been able to take from it, and how lockdown meant she was able to glean better, more honest insights from ballet dancers when researching her latest betseller.
     
    Erin’s latest book Watch Her Fall is available now: https://www.waterstones.com/book/watch-her-fall/erin-kelly/9781529377293
     
     
    How to Cope is hosted by writer Becky Howard and psychotherapist Lucy Clyde. You can follow us on Twitter @_beckyhoward @lucysclyde @cope_podcast
    Thank you so much for listening. Please like, subscribe and share, it makes a real difference and we really appreciate it.

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    • 39 min
    Simon Raymonde, ex-Cocteau Twin and Bella Union boss, on his life-changing pandemic

    Simon Raymonde, ex-Cocteau Twin and Bella Union boss, on his life-changing pandemic

    Music has always been Simon Raymonde’s life. As a member of seminal band Cocteau Twins during the 80s and 90s, and latterly as the head of Bella Union record label – which looks after artists including Tim Burgess, Fleet Foxes, John Grant and Father John Misty – going to gigs, travelling, and releasing music was everything. But thanks to the Covid-19 shutdown, he’s had to change everything – and through it, has discovered a new way to live his life.
     
    We chat to Simon about leaving London for the South coast, the impact of lockdown on him and his artists, and how he sought solace during Lockdown 1 by working on his new Lost Horizons album.
     
    But it wasn’t until the start of this year that Simon made some radical changes to his life, afforded by Lockdown 3. Realising he had reached a fork in the road when it came to his own health and wellbeing, he embarked on a totally new approach, and has found the results life-changing.
     
    We talk to Simon about how the pandemic provided him with this epiphany, why he feels he’s now a better husband and father, and how he feels about a post-Covid future. We also share some love about his artist Tim Burgess’ Twitter Listening Parties, and why they’ve proved such a hit during Covid times.
    The new Lost Horizons album In Quiet Moments is out now
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    How to Cope is hosted by writer Becky Howard and psychotherapist Lucy Clyde. You can follow us on Twitter @_beckyhoward @lucysclyde @cope_podcast
    Thank you so much for listening. Please like, subscribe and share, it makes a real difference and we really appreciate it. 🎧💚
     
     
     

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    • 41 min
    Fear of the Post-Lockdown Future

    Fear of the Post-Lockdown Future

    With lockdowns easing, why are many of us feeling worried and fearful about the future, rather than all skipping happily down the road(map)? In this episode, we explore the ways in which we’ve become Covid Conditioned – falling (a little bit) in love with the safety and containment of lockdown life when the world outside has become very risky indeed.
     
    We also talk about the unwelcome return of FOMO, and how lockdown has actually given many of us breathing space from the oppressive social pressures of our previous lives – how we can make sure this doesn’t come back again?
     
    It’s also all about the collective trauma of living through a global pandemic, and we share some helpful tips about working our way out of this (clue: it’s not all about doing it on your own – and it’s also not our fault we feel like this….)
    How to Cope is hosted by writer Becky Howard and psychotherapist Lucy Clyde. You can follow us on Twitter @_beckyhoward @lucysclyde @cope_podcast
    Thank you so much for listening. Please like, subscribe and share, it makes a real difference and we really appreciate it. 💚

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    • 29 min
    Jake Tyler, mental health campaigner, on walking his way through depression

    Jake Tyler, mental health campaigner, on walking his way through depression

     
    When Jake Tyler found himself contemplating suicide, his mental health was at rock bottom. He took an unconventional approach to helping himself, and started an epic walk around the entirety of the UK, becoming an accidental campaigner for mental health along the way.
     
    Now Jake’s written a book about his experiences – A Walk From The Wild Edge – which details his journey in brilliantly relatable, moving and funny prose. Having moved from a place where he dealt with his life stresses with drink and drugs, he now knows how to truly help his own mental state and why walking is at the heart of this.
     
    Jake talks to us about how he coped in lockdown, how he feels about ‘cracking himself open’ through the book, and what people’s reactions might be. We also chat about the moment of epiphany he had that set him on his journey and how we’re still a long way from shedding the shame, and achieving true openness around mental health.
     
    Thanks so much to Jake for joining us. His book A Walk From The Wild Edge, is out now: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Walk-Wild-Edge-Jake-Tyler/dp/024140116X
     
    How to Cope is hosted by writer Becky Howard and psychotherapist Lucy Clyde. You can follow us on Twitter @_beckyhoward @lucysclyde @cope_podcast
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    • 44 min
    Learning to thrive in a pandemic, with author Neema Shah

    Learning to thrive in a pandemic, with author Neema Shah

    For author Neema Shah, going into lockdown gave her the chance to embrace living in an introvert’s world. Although often mistaken for an extrovert (like both of us at How To Cope), she found the enforced quiet gave her more energy, allowed her writing to thrive, and discovered it as a form of mindfulness.
     
    But it wasn’t all plain sailing. Neema had to come to terms with releasing her heralded debut novel Kololo Hill during a pandemic, and moving all her celebrations onto social media. She talks about coming to terms with a digital launch, and how she manages to get the most out of social media by not letting it dominate her time.
     
    We also chat to Neema about what she misses about normal life, how speaking different languages changes your personality, and her top tip for dealing with Covid stress.
     
    Kololo Hill is out now: https://www.waterstones.com/book/kololo-hill/neema-shah/9781529030501
    How to Cope is hosted by writer Becky Howard and psychotherapist Lucy Clyde. You can follow us on Twitter @_beckyhoward @lucysclyde @cope_podcast
    Thank you so much for listening. Please like, subscribe and share, it makes a real difference and we really appreciate it.
     
     

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Tittifalu ,

I feel like I’ve just had a really good catch up with 2 close friends

If you’re like me and missing those evenings with your friends, where you really chew the fat about life and come home feeling like you’ve just had a truck load of free therapy, this is for you.
Came away with the feeling that I’d had a really good chat with 2 mates, who totally got me. Loved it. I’ll be back for more - prob with a glass of wine next time!

jtsitsitz ,

Best way to start a Monday morning

Hi both,
Just listened to your latest podcast and wanted to thank you for bringing some insightful perspective to my early Monday morning.
I loved your upbeat chatty style and the honest and informed discussion of how we are all trying to cope with this very troubling and unsettling ongoing pandemic situation on a personal level - it rang so true on many points.
My husband is going through a very low point mentally and our lovely daughter has just lost her work contract - tough times.
I’m going to switch off the news and social media more, try to look after myself and family by being more empathetic and get out (even) more for walks to appreciate the beauty of nature in the summer season - and may well follow suit with a photo collection of handsome Italians and dreams of drinking wine in a Florentine piazza!!
Take care both and keep up the fab work!
Donna 💕

Big fat bum bum ,

So comforting

Love this podcast, it’s informative, interesting and fun to listen to. It’s made me realise my feelings are completely normal and I’m not alone in the range of emotions that I feel and it’s all okay to feel the way I do.

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