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Feeling stuck, stressed and exhausted is bad for you, your health and your business. But it doesn’t have to be like this.

Sal Jefferies is a coach who helps founders overcome anxiety, build confidence and become healthy. This podcast will help you feel calm, confident and strong in life and business.

Sal has a unique coaching philosophy which integrates psychology, emotional regulation and embodied action. This podcast aims to share knowledge, skill and strategies from these 3 interwoven areas - mindset, mood & movement.

Each fortnight, Sal will be in conversation with a guest from a specialist field of human performance and behaviour. The week in between will be Sal's own shorter episode where he's goes deep into various topics - all created to give you the tools to become calm, confident & strong.

Mindset, Mood & Movement Sal Jefferies

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Feeling stuck, stressed and exhausted is bad for you, your health and your business. But it doesn’t have to be like this.

Sal Jefferies is a coach who helps founders overcome anxiety, build confidence and become healthy. This podcast will help you feel calm, confident and strong in life and business.

Sal has a unique coaching philosophy which integrates psychology, emotional regulation and embodied action. This podcast aims to share knowledge, skill and strategies from these 3 interwoven areas - mindset, mood & movement.

Each fortnight, Sal will be in conversation with a guest from a specialist field of human performance and behaviour. The week in between will be Sal's own shorter episode where he's goes deep into various topics - all created to give you the tools to become calm, confident & strong.

    What Happens When Your Health is Taken Away

    What Happens When Your Health is Taken Away

    In this episode, I share a personal story about dealing with a flare-up of my autoimmune condition, Ulcerative Colitis.
    Despite being in great physical shape from regular training, my health was suddenly taken away, leaving me in severe pain, weakness and a dark mental state. I discuss the importance of radical acceptance, self-compassion and listening to your body's needs during such challenging times.
    While nothing lasts forever, having processes to get through the lows is crucial.
    Get in touch with Sal
    If this episode has caught your attention and you wish to learn more, then please contact me. I offer a free 20 min call where we can discuss a challenge your facing and how I may be able to help you.
    Key Learnings:
    1) Don't buy into the hype that you can be "bulletproof" - everyone can experience setbacks with their health or circumstances beyond their control.
    2) When your health is compromised, practice radical acceptance rather than resistance, which only causes more suffering.
    3) Be self-compassionate. As a man, I've struggled with feelings of weakness and shame, but self-kindness is vital.
    4) Truly listen to your body's signals and intuition about what it needs, whether it's rest, gentle foods, etc.
    5) Appreciate that difficulties are cyclical and temporary - "nothing lasts forever" is an empowering perspective.
    Show Notes:
    0:00 - 2:00 Intro and background on being in great physical shape initially
    2:00 - 5:00 Health crash from ulcerative colitis flare-up and dark mental state
    5:00 - 7:00 Importance of acceptance over resistance, self-compassion
    7:00 - 9:00 Listening to the body's needs, cycles of health/challenges
    9:00 - 10:00 Currently feeling better, offer to connect on autoimmune issues

    • 10 min
    How to leave a legacy of better health for women with - Dr Kristin Stovern

    How to leave a legacy of better health for women with - Dr Kristin Stovern

    This podcast episode features an insightful conversation with my guest, Kristin Stovern, focusing on women's health and the importance of understanding the holistic nature of health. Kristin emphasizes that health encompasses not just physical well-being but also mental, emotional, and social aspects. She discusses the significance of menstrual cycles as vital signs, providing a detailed explanation of the different phases and how they influence a woman's energy levels, emotional state, and overall health.
    Kristin highlights the need to address women's health issues, particularly in the United States, where there is a maternal health crisis and a lack of research and understanding surrounding women's health concerns. She encourages women to embrace their worth and advocate for themselves, challenging the societal norms and biases that have often dismissed or undervalued women's health experiences.
    Key Learnings:
    1. Health is holistic, encompassing mind, body, relationships, and environment.
    2. Menstrual cycles are vital signs that provide insights into a woman's overall health and well-being.
    3. Understanding the different phases of the menstrual cycle (follicular, ovulation, luteal) and their associated hormonal changes can help women navigate their energy levels, emotional states, and physical needs.
    4. Movement, sunlight exposure, and strength training can positively impact hormonal health and overall well-being.
    5. Women's health issues, particularly in the United States, have been underrepresented, and women often face dismissal or bias in healthcare settings.
    6. Embracing self-worth and advocating for oneself are crucial steps in improving women's health experiences.
    7. Acknowledging and validating women's experiences, trauma, and emotions can contribute to personal growth and better health outcomes.
    Show Notes:
    Show Notes with time stamps: (feel free to jump to a section of you preference)
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    Introduction [00:00 - 01:30]
    - Overview of the episode's focus on better health for women
    Defining Better Health [01:30 - 03:00]  
    - Holistic view of health: mind, body, relationships, environment
    - Importance of looking at health from an integrated perspective
    Women's Health Crisis [03:00 - 06:00]
    - Maternal health outcomes as a benchmark for a nation's health
    - Worsening maternal health crisis in the U.S. despite medical advancements
    - Disproportionate impact on Black and Brown communities
    - Need for empowering individuals to drive positive change
    Meeting People Where They Are [06:00 - 09:00]
    - Importance of understanding individual circumstances and barriers
    - Asking questions to grasp the full context before advising
    The Menstrual Cycle as a Vital Sign [09:00 - 16:00]
    - Menstrual cycles provide insight into overall health and hormonal function
    - Overview of the follicular, ovulation, and luteal phases
    - How cycles influence energy levels, moods, nutrition needs
    - Importance of listening to your body's cyclical needs
    Integrative Approach to Emotions & Mental Health [16:00 - 29:00]
    - Interconnectedness of hormones, organs, and emotional experience  
    - Looking at the full context: sleep, relationships, diet, medications, etc.
    - Using self-awareness to navigate emotions through cyclical changes
    The Power of Movement [29:00 - 38:00]
    - Benefits of movement for hormonal balance and mental health
    - Importance of strength training for longevity, bone health, preventing dementia
    - Even 10-15 minutes per day can make a significant difference
    Identity, Self-Worth & Leaving a Legacy [38:00 - 58:00]
    - How...

    • 1 hr
    How to overcome fear

    How to overcome fear

    In this episode, I discusses the topic of fear and how to overcome it or deal with it in a better way.
    I share a personal story of facing a gripping fear of heights while skiing in Canada, highlighting how fear can manifest as an intense physical and emotional response.
    Fear is a natural biological and neurological response designed to keep us safe, but it can become problematic when it holds us back from achieving our goals or living fully. I provide some strategies for managing fear, focusing on two key approaches: controlling one's focus and breath.
    Get in touch with Sal
    If this episode has caught your attention and you wish to learn more, then please contact me. I offer a free 20 min call where we can discuss a challenge your facing and how I may be able to help you.
    Key Learnings:
    1. Fear is a natural biological response designed to keep us safe, but it can also become a hindrance if it prevents us from taking action or pursuing our desires.
    2. Instead of trying to eliminate fear, it's important to understand, respect, and learn to manage it effectively.
    3. Focusing on the smallest thing you can control, even something as simple as your gloves or breathing, can help regain a sense of autonomy and reduce the perceived threat.
    4. Practicing controlled breathing through the nose, inhaling slowly and exhaling more slowly, can help down-regulate the sympathetic nervous system's "fight-or-flight" response and bring the body back to a calmer state.
    5. By implementing these strategies, fear can be transformed into focus, allowing individuals to take small, manageable steps to move through and overcome fearful situations.
    What you will learn:

    1. An understanding of fear as a biological and neurological response, and its role in human survival.
    2. Strategies for managing and overcoming fear, including focusing on controllable elements and practicing controlled breathing.
    3. The importance of respecting fear and learning to work with it, rather than trying to eliminate it entirely.
    4. How to transform the energy of fear into focused action, taking small steps to move through fearful situations.
    5. The potential benefits of overcoming fear, such as increased confidence, ability to pursue goals and desires, and overall well-being.
    The episode provides practical techniques and a mindset shift to help listeners better understand and manage fear, enabling them to overcome obstacles and live more fully.

    • 12 min
    How to navigate a crisis of meaning by understanding archetypes with Greg Donaldson

    How to navigate a crisis of meaning by understanding archetypes with Greg Donaldson

    In this episode, we are looking at how to navigate a crisis of meaning by understanding archetypes with psychotherapist, Greg Donaldson.
    In a previous career, Greg was an actor and our conversation about how to understand and use archetypal patterns is really helpful. Often, when we are having a crisis of meaning we are driven by our subconscious and often I'll pass story. In this revealing episode, Greg and I unpack from both our respective fields about how you can use this knowledge if you're struggling with meaning yourself.
    As Greg says, the issue we face as being a human with psychological awareness and a 'cast full of characters', means we have a paradoxical nature. Oppositional characters within us and a lot of the problem of life comes through thinking that I have to choose one 'character' and stick with it (whilst suppressing the others).
    It's deep and engaging episode into archetypes and I hope you enjoy.
    Key Learnings:
    1. Archetypes are innate patterns or energies that can manifest through us, representing different aspects of the human experience.
    2. We all have various subpersonalities or parts within us, some of which we may suppress or ignore, leading to internal conflicts and a potential crisis of meaning.
    3. Understanding and integrating these different parts or archetypes can help alleviate depression, meaninglessness, and a sense of being stuck in life.
    4. Exercises like drawing a line and listing "me" and "not me" traits can reveal suppressed aspects of ourselves that need to be acknowledged and expressed.
    5. Striking a balance and allowing different archetypes (e.g., the King, Warrior, Lover, Magician) to express themselves in a harmonious way can lead to personal growth and a more fulfilling life.
    6. Archetypes like the Victim and the Prostitute represent universal human experiences of suffering and compromise that need to be honored and integrated.
    Show Notes:
    - Definition and overview of archetypes
    - The concept of subpersonalities and different parts within us
    - Exercises to identify suppressed aspects of yourself (the "me" and "not me" exercise)
    - Archetypes like the King, Warrior, Lover, Magician, Victim, and Prostitute
    - The importance of integrating different archetypes and finding balance
    - Using archetypes to navigate a crisis of meaning or feeling stuck in life
    - Recommended reading: "Warrior, Magician, Lover and King" by Rod Boothroyd and works by Caroline Myss
    Get in touch with Sal
    If this episode has caught your attention and you wish to learn more, then please contact me. I offer a free 20 min call where we can discuss a challenge your facing and how I may be able to help you.
    Greg's BIO.
    Greg is a UKCP psychosynthesis psychotherapist based in Brighton. He has a passion for psychosynthesis and working archetypally, helping clients to come into more acceptance of themselves and their relationships. 
    Greg also has an interest in integrating peak experiences and has worked as a psychedelic guide for the phase 2 trials at Imperial College for patients with treatment resistant depression. 
    Having been an actor for 20 years before changing careers, he also has an understanding and interest in creativity and self-expression and how to navigate existential crisis. 
    Get in touch with Greg here

    • 51 min
    The need for certainty is massive block

    The need for certainty is massive block

    This episode discusses the human need for certainty and how it can become a massive block in achieving goals and living a fulfilling life.
    I explain how the need for certainty stems from a deep-rooted desire for safety and control, rooted in our childhood experiences and emotional coding. This need often manifests as a strong emotional reaction when things don't go as planned, and a resistance to uncertainty or lack of control.
    Embracing uncertainty and understanding the underlying meanings and emotions driving the need for certainty can help individuals develop a buffer and become more comfortable with uncertainty, leading to personal and professional growth.
    Get in touch with Sal
    If this episode has caught your attention and you wish to learn more, then please contact me. I offer a free 20 min call where we can discuss a challenge your facing and how I may be able to help you.
    Key Learnings:
    1. The need for certainty is a natural human desire, but it can become a hindrance when it is driven by subconscious fears and emotional programming from childhood experiences.
    2. Understanding the deeper meanings and emotions associated with uncertainty can help individuals become more aware of their patterns and develop a buffer to embrace uncertainty.
    3. Trying to control external events and seeking certainty is often fueled by a desire for a specific emotional state or belief, rather than the events themselves.
    4. Facing and allowing fear, rather than trying to eliminate it, can help translate fear into focus and enable individuals to take actions despite uncertainty.
    5. Some of the most significant and positive life experiences often come from embracing uncertainty and being open to unexpected events.

    Show Notes:
    [00:00:00] Introduction to the topic of the need for certainty as a massive block.
    [00:01:00] Explanation of the natural human desire for certainty and its prevalence in coaching clients.
    [00:02:00] The realization that the only true certainty is death, and the concept of "the only certainty is uncertainty."
    [00:03:00] Example of a client's strong need for certainty and the emotional reactions when things don't go as planned.
    [00:04:00] Explanation of the brain's absorptive learning stage in childhood and the formation of emotional coding.
    [00:05:00] The mind-body system's predictive nature and how it associates uncertainty with feelings of threat or lack of safety.
    [00:06:00] The brain's hardwiring for threat detection and how modern threats are often psychological or emotional.
    [00:07:00] The client's case study and how her need for certainty kept her from scaling her business.
    [00:08:00] The importance of becoming conscious of unconscious patterns and developing a buffer for uncertainty.
    [00:09:00] Invitation to look inward and understand the deeper meanings and emotions driving the need for certainty.
    [00:10:00] Embracing uncertainty and allowing fear to translate into focus for personal and professional growth.
    [00:11:00] Encouragement to put the learnings into action and share results or questions.
    [00:12:00] Outro and contact information.

    • 12 min
    How do you run a family, run a business and run an ironman (as a woman) with Camille

    How do you run a family, run a business and run an ironman (as a woman) with Camille

    Camille's Story
    Camille was born with a rare heart condition and in the 80’s – conventional medicine wanted her to endure major open heart surgery to ‘fix it’. Camille was told to not run around, not to do PE and not to exercise that her skin may turn yellow and without the necessary ‘fix’ procedure my max life span would be around the 40. Ignoring most of this advice captained the school hockey & netball teams, competed in swimming competitions, tennis matches and was even in the army cadets for 6 years. 
    Then in 1998 – advances in research and medicine lead to her being the first child in Manchester in the UK to have the heart surgery without being cut open. The surgery was a success and Camille has never looked back. 
    Since then Camille has ran marathons, endured cycling events, open water swimming events and even competed in a charity boxing match to name a few. Camille is a mother of two, business owner and triathlete and is currently training for Ironman Denmark.
    Camille's BIO
    Personal wellbeing has slid down the priority list for many people in our modern society to our detriment. After Camille Pierson learned this fact the hard way, she changed her life to put wellbeing at the forefront of everything she does in her business as well as her personal life. After spending years as a marketing professional, Camille moved away from the corporate world to setup The Float Spa, a multi awarding winning health and wellness centre based in Hove. Offering floatation therapy, yoga classes, massage, an infrared sauna and other complementary therapies.
    With the success of The Float Spa – starting from nothing and leading to a clientele of over 30,000 people. Camille has learned through running it and immersing herself in the wellbeing world, she now prioritises helping people make the changes in their life they need to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled. Camille offers group workshops and one to one coaching to support her clients in making very small easy changes which add up to a huge impact on their health, fitness and happiness.
    Get in touch with Camille
    www.CamillePierson.co.uk
    www.TheFloatSpa.co.uk  
    www.FloatTrainingAcademy.co.uk
    Get in touch with Sal
    If this episode has caught your attention and you wish to learn more, then please contact me. I offer a free 20 min call where we can discuss a challenge your facing and how I may be able to help you.

    • 55 min

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