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The Mindful Muslim Podcast is a podcast where members from Inspirited Minds have conversations with guests with personal experiences of mental health struggles as well as professionals working within the field. Discussions involve sharing stories, reflections, advice and inspiration!



Watch the podcast on YouTube - www.youtube.com/InspiritedMinds/

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The Mindful Muslim Podcast is a podcast where members from Inspirited Minds have conversations with guests with personal experiences of mental health struggles as well as professionals working within the field. Discussions involve sharing stories, reflections, advice and inspiration!



Watch the podcast on YouTube - www.youtube.com/InspiritedMinds/

    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #025 – Culture, Identity and Islamic Psychotherapy with Maya Salam

    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #025 – Culture, Identity and Islamic Psychotherapy with Maya Salam

    The Mindful Muslim is an Inspirited Minds platform that hosts raw, open, and honest conversations on various topics within the sphere of mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality.







    We’re back with an enlightening episode with Maya Salam. Our host, Meanha Begum, explores Maya’s work as a psychodynamic psychotherapist who has her own practice - specifically for women who have suffered from abuse, trauma and a range of mental health difficulties. 







    The Maya Centre is a small charity, providing a free counselling service in Islington for women who have experienced Mental health issues Trauma, Gender based violence, including domestic violence, physical abuse or childhood sexual abuse and harmful traditional practices. 







    She talks about her experience as a woman in Islam, and what she thinks Muslim communities and Masaajid can do more to be welcoming of women who are struggling and give them a platform to speak out and support each other. Through her experience, she elucidates a number of topics:







    * How identity, empathy and a sense of belonging is so vital to mental wellbeing* The role of epigenetics in mental health difficulties* The problem of generation gaps between families and how to strengthen family ties* The forbidden culture and stigma experienced by domestic abuse victims and survivors, both women and men alike* How very beneficial the practices of reflection and grounding are in helping with mental wellbeing* The beauty psycho-dynamic psychotherapy in incorporating the uniqueness and individuality of a person, and their spirituality







    You can contact Maya at mayasalam@aol.co.uk and find out more about her work on her page ‘Psychotherapy with Islamic Values’ on Facebook or on her LinkedIn page. If you would like to ask us a question, suggest a topic you would like us to discuss on the podcast or if you would like to feature on the podcast as a guest, then please get in touch with the Mindful Muslim Podcast Team at info@inspiritedminds.org.uk.







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    • 55 min
    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #024 – Self-Stigma, Compassion and Neurogenesis with Hajer Bachi

    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #024 – Self-Stigma, Compassion and Neurogenesis with Hajer Bachi

    The Mindful Muslim is an Inspirited Minds platform that hosts raw, open, and honest conversations on various topics within the sphere of mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality.







    This month we are meeting Hajer Bachi. Our host, Sivan Kader, has a thought-provoking discussion with Hajer about her studies in the field of neuroscience (for which she has an MSc qualification), her interest in self-compassion, mental health stigma, Islamic philosophy and psychology. She also talks about her expertise on the many layers of mental wellbeing, how there are multiple barriers that exist with identifying, seeking help and dealing with mental health issues and what we can do on a self, social and societal level to benefit ourselves and others.







    Currently she is a journal specialist in scientific research, and she approaches every project with an awareness of how our brain links to our mental health and behaviour. Her research into the concept of neurogenesis explored how our brain cells (called neurons) are encouraged to grow and develop, and are inter-related to the alleviation of mood disorders, such as depression.







    Here are some of the other topics Hajer discusses in this episode:







    * The benefits of neurogenesis and how it’s related to intermittent fasting and an antioxidant rich diet* The bubble of stigma of ‘mental health’ in the Muslim community, and how it’s often seen (incorrectly) as a sign of weak faith, shame or weakness* How loving yourself is a very extreme form of self-care, and what we can do to balance our self-care with being more compassionate towards ourselves* The concept of gratitude, future-journaling, reflections on death and other tools that we can use to encourage emotional reasoning, compassionate empathy and mental wellbeing* The key character traits and practices that we can all practice in-order to help ourselves and supports others* The role of the Muslim community towards creating a conducive environment for those struggling and suffering, and what more we can do to play our part







    Hajer works as the Lead Support Officer for Inspirited Mind’s Support team. You can get in touch with her by emailing her on hajer.bachi@inspiritedminds.org.uk.







    We offer advice and support by our team of qualified and trained support workers for a range of mental health-related problems, including listening support, counselling and our anonymised Ask IM advice service. If you would like to ask us a question, suggest a topic you would like us to discuss on the podcast or if you would like to feature on the podcast as a guest, then please get in touch with the Mindful Muslim Podcast Team at info@inspiritedminds.org.uk.







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    • 52 min
    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #023 – Diabetes, Bulimia and Self-Esteem with Lauren Greaves

    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #023 – Diabetes, Bulimia and Self-Esteem with Lauren Greaves

    The Mindful Muslim is an Inspirited Minds platform that hosts raw, open, and honest conversations on various topics within the sphere of mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality.







    We’re back with an enlightening episode with Lauren Greaves. Our host, Sivan Kader, learns about Lauren’s experience with diabetes as a teenager and how this grew into a cycle of intrusive thoughts and self-esteem issues, culminating in bulimia and kidney disease.







    She takes us through her journey in the healthcare system and how she eventually became better and took control of her physical health and mental wellbeing. She also discusses her surprise at seeing men suffer from eating disorders and how mental health does not discriminate between the sexes. 







    Through her powerful words, Lauren painted a picture of her struggles with hope and proactivity, and how looking after ourselves can really make a difference in our quality of life.







    Some of the things you’ll find out about are:







    * Lauren’s journey with her mental health and what encouraged her to eventually reach out for help* What practical things Lauren does to maintain good mental health and wellbeing* How social media and it’s illusion of a perfect life can negatively affect our mental health* How her experience with the NHS helped her improve her overall health and wellbeing* Lauren’s struggle with being on the organ donor list, and how she feels it can really help others beyond the grave







    Lauren’s struggle with kidney disease can be read in more detail here. You can support Lauren and other people with kidney problems at the St. George Hospital Charity website. If you would like to ask us a question, suggest a topic you would like us to discuss on the podcast or if you would like to feature on the podcast as a guest, then please get in touch with the Mindful Muslim Podcast Team at info@inspiritedminds.org.uk.







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    • 58 min
    Are humans like sheep?

    Are humans like sheep?

    Introducing Peer Pressure















    It is part of our fundamental human nature that we want to fit into our local society / environment. We all want a sense of belonging and according to Maslow’s theory of human motivation it is one of five categories of human needs. This is what makes peer pressure possible - the individual has always sought to be feel and be accepted by others as part of the collective and this can lead to both positive and negative effects.Research has found that peer pressure can encourage altruism and prosocial behaviour but it can also lead to more risk-taking  behaviours.















    In school, anti-intellectual stigma can have a huge impact on children’s lives. Over 80% of children with IQs over 160 report feeling socially isolated and there is often a fear that children perceived to be intellectually gifted will be labelled disapprovingly as ‘nerds’ or ‘geeks’ by peers. This can lead some children to stop putting in as much effort or even purposefully answer questions incorrectly on their exams in an attempt to ‘fit in’ with everyone else.







    Often when we think of peer pressure we think of explicit examples such as a group of teenagers encouraging each other to try smoking, but often peer pressure is implicit. We as individuals collect information about what is socially acceptable or stigmatised in our environment and this forms the basis of our actions, sometimes subconsciously.It's easy to see how even our personality can be affected, in an environment which deems kindness to be weakness and respects a strong, dominant, self-serving attitude we may find ourselves being less friendly and more forceful or aloof in our manner. Similarly, if we attend a charity event we may find ourselves surrounded by altruistic individuals who will encourage us to be more generous than we expected to be before going.















    Over time the people around us help us to make associations between behaviours e.g. being overweight is undesirable or smiling will lead to more positive social outcomes, and these associations are very resistant to change later on, once formed. For this reason, it is really important, before jumping into a new group or environment, to reflect on whether the values of this group will bring us closer to being the person we want to be or take us further away from our authentic self.







    One thing that is important to say is that we all at one point go through experiences which solidify the idea that we cannot please everyone. We are complicated, and almost all of us, especially living in a diverse environment, are a part of several different social groups e.g. our friends from school / university / work, our family, our wider Muslim ummah, our racial / ethnic group etc. It is impossible to conform to all of the social norms within these different groups because sometimes they have mutually exclusive values; one group may promote certain behaviour/s as socially desirable, and another will stigmatise this behaviour or one group may promote dominant behaviour and another may promote humility and soft-spoken confidence; one group may stress independence and the other may stress cooperation and interdependence.















    We are left with the difficult decision of what values we think are the most important. Trying to please everyone will cause everyone ...

    • 5 min
    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #022 – Overcoming Challenges with Sheikh Saeed Nasser

    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #022 – Overcoming Challenges with Sheikh Saeed Nasser

    In this months podcast, I spoke to Sheikh Saeed Nasser about his work as an integrative counsellor, bereavement counsellor, interpreter and clinical supervisor. He shared his experience of working within the Muslim community in this capacity and shed light on several aspects of life from relationships to mental health. Sheikh Saeed also spoke openly about his earlier years, his way of facing the stigma he experienced with regards to his visual impairment and his love for his home, the UK. With his gentle nature and wise words, Sheikh Saeed really gave the team and I a lot to ponder upon.







    Some of the things you’ll find out about are:







    * Where did his passion for mental health com from?* What were his younger years like and what kind of stigma did he face?* How did Sheikh Saeed handle stigma towards him?* What teachings can we take from the Qur'an to help us deal with everyday stressors and greater difficulties?* How can we think about life and the hereafter and remind ourselves of the temporary nature of this world?* How can we form resilient families and communities?* How can we be more open in our relationships and really allow each other to express ourselves without fear of judgement?







    Our podcast The Mindful Muslim, is a space to have open, honest, raw conversations on mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality. If you have a question or topic you would like us to discuss on The Mindful Muslim Podcast or if you would like to feature on the podcast as a guest please contact us at info@inspiritedminds.org.uk.







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    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #021 – Depression, OCD and Suicidal Thoughts with Adam Afghan

    The Mindful Muslim Podcast – #021 – Depression, OCD and Suicidal Thoughts with Adam Afghan

    Our podcast The Mindful Muslim, a space to have open, honest, raw conversations on mental health, psychology, Islam and spirituality is back, this time in video form.

    I (Sivan Kader) speak to Adam Afghan who shares his experience with anxiety, depression, OCD and intrusive thoughts. Adam opens up about how he struggled with anxiety as a child and experienced disturbing thoughts later in life which culminated in him contemplating suicide. He also speaks about how he eventually sought help to improve his mental wellbeing. Today, he continues to actively confront his thoughts and manage his mental health. He says: "real courage, is tackling problems head-on."

    Some of the things you’ll find out about are:





    * What were Adam’s struggles with his mental health and how did he deal with them?

    * What practical things does Adam do to maintain good mental health and wellbeing?

    * How can real-life connections aid our state of mind?

    * What role does the media and social media play in our lives and how they affect our mental health?

    * How can we critically question suicide and deal with the core reasons behind it?

    * What are the steps we can take to normalise mental health problems and thus pave the way for improved mental health?



    If you have a question or topic you would like us to discuss on The Mindful Muslim Podcast or if you would like to feature on the podcast as a guest please contact us at info@inspiritedminds.org.uk.



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    • 55 min

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