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Gillian Russell introduces a mix of personal stories, kit and app reviews, expert advice and the latest fitness news to help listeners get the best out of their mind and body

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Gillian Russell introduces a mix of personal stories, kit and app reviews, expert advice and the latest fitness news to help listeners get the best out of their mind and body

    A Christmas Meditation

    A Christmas Meditation

    If you find Christmas Eve a bit mad busy and stressful, why not let Gillian Russell and the Personal Best team help you to chill? This week our gift to you is half an hour of total relaxation ... a chance to escape!

    Fancy being “in the moment” but no idea how to get there? Jan Barclay from Rejuvenate Your Mind guides us through a Christmas meditation…

    • 27 мин.
    Giving and Receiving

    Giving and Receiving

    To get into the festive spirit, this week Gillian Russell and the Personal Best team are all about giving and receiving … but not necessarily the things in life that can be gift-wrapped! What health and wellbeing gift would you give to others, what would you like to receive yourself … and what gift would you give to your younger self?

    Photographer Alex Rotas, author and expert on the power of the mind Dr David Hamilton, chef Graeme Pallister and regular listener Susanne Powell discuss their literal and metaphorical gifts – from laughter to good health, from companionship to a night out dancing, from yoga to courage, from time to zany running leggings.

    With further ideas from Living Street’s Chris Thompson, style consultant Amanda Latham, former GP Juliette McGrattan, psychologist Alan Gow, lecturer Paul Kelly, newbie runner Dawn Nisbet, physiotherapist Elaine Miller and Niall Elliott from Sport Scotland.

    • 28 мин.
    LGBT

    LGBT

    Richard Forbes meets members of the LGBT community. The programme kicks off at Whitecraigs Rugby Club where the Glasgow Alphas are warming up for a game. The players explain how taking part in the sport is good for their physical and mental health. Luke Aquilina goes for a run on the streets of the capital with Al Hopkins from the Edinburgh Frontrunners, who says there are things all sports clubs could do to be more inclusive. Meanwhile, down in the Borders, Gina Gordon talks about the challenges of keeping fit and active following her transition. Psychotherapist Alison Wren tells us about the benefits of coming out and why she runs a course to help people through the process. Then we take a trip to Melrose where Margaret Hart shares her story of coming out in middle age. Megan Johnson from the LGBT Health and Wellbeing Centre is doing work to reduce the stigma that older members of the community face. Some folk are finding themselves pushed back into the closet as family and carers have a bigger role in their lives. Finally, Danny tells us how being diagnosed with HIV led to him taking a positive decision to reassess how he takes care of his mind and body.

    • 27 мин.
    Perfection

    Perfection

    Would you describe yourself as a perfectionist? Admirable high standards or impossible goals? Trying just a bit too hard for that perfect Christmas?! Gillian Russell asks whether the pursuit of perfection can actually be bad for our health and wellbeing…

    Dr Emily Taylor from the University of Edinburgh, who set up the Perfectionism Laboratory, describes why people strive for perfection and the impact it can have on their lives.

    Acting coach Mark Westbrook explains why making mistakes and experiencing failure is an important antidote to perfectionism in all walks of life and shares his tips for ensuring it doesn’t become a problem for you.

    Sports Psychologist Misha Botting talks about the pursuit of perfection in sport and whether it’s a good thing or not. Team GB curling skip Kyle Smith shares his experiences of perfectionism and explains how he’s worked to overcome the emotional rollercoaster it can create when you’re competing.

    Helen Balfour finds out why perfectionism can become a problem for students and how it can best be tackled.

    Cynical about perfectionism on social media? Instagram influencer Lucy Simpson shares her secrets of how she projects the “perfect” images and what she personally gets out of it.

    • 27 мин.
    Friendship

    Friendship

    How important are friendships for our health, our happiness and our wellbeing? Gillian Russell asks whether, in our increasingly busy lives, we should be paying a bit more attention to them?

    Psychologist Dr Kirsty Miller explains why friendships are important to us as humans, the impact it can have on us if we neglect that part of our lives and how we can address the lifestyle issues that prevent us from prioritising friendships.

    Richard Forbes visits Befrienders Highland to find out how they help people in the community who are lonely and isolated.

    Dr Carolyn Parkinson from the University of California describes the research they’ve done into brain similarities amongst friends and what it means in terms of our behaviours.

    Eric Sinclair shares his experiences of lifelong friendships, especially in times of need.

    Angelika Love from Oxford University explains why diversity in friendship is important for our development, our wellbeing and our life experiences.

    • 27 мин.
    Music for Body and Soul

    Music for Body and Soul

    Gillian Russell explores how we can use music for mind, body and soul … as part of our health and fitness toolkit.

    Gillian visits Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital to meet Tom Binns, founder of Glasgow Piano City, and Jackie Sands, Senior Arts & Health Specialist from NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, to find out about the impact “Molly” the piano is having in the hospital environment.

    Research Fellow Dr Emma Moore from the University of Edinburgh talks about whether music can rewire the brain.

    Dr Rachel Drury from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland explains how we can use music to express ourselves while colleague Dr Jill Morgan describes the impact music has on our social world and the research she’s done into how mothers and their teenagers share music.

    Sonia Allori explains what the Lost And Found project is all about and how the music therapy is helping people who have suffered a stroke.

    Nick Jedrzejewski describes the idea behind Feels FM, the world’s first online emoji-powered jukebox for mental health.

    The programme opens with pianist Tom Binns playing a piece he wrote in 2006. 'Follow Me No More' is about facing the grief of losing his grandfather.

    • 27 мин.

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