15 episodes

Join us (Meera & Denise) on the exciting journey of the brain, mind and body and how they're connected. We provide the human element to understanding the relationship between the three.
We will share our personal experience and guidance to enable you to feel less alone in the journey towards healthier relationships with your mind and food, your existence and your everyday self.

Joyful Balance Podcast Meera & Denise

    • Health & Fitness

Join us (Meera & Denise) on the exciting journey of the brain, mind and body and how they're connected. We provide the human element to understanding the relationship between the three.
We will share our personal experience and guidance to enable you to feel less alone in the journey towards healthier relationships with your mind and food, your existence and your everyday self.

    How to Sleep Well

    How to Sleep Well

    This week we’re covering a much-loved topic for both of us: sleep! Sleep is so important for your mental and physical wellbeing that we cannot tell you enough how much a good night’s sleep is priceless for your health.
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    It’s really common to have trouble with your sleep, and stress can massively impact on your ability to sleep and stay asleep. If you’d like to learn how to sleep better, check out our tips and tricks for better sleep in this episode!
    Checking in with how our health journeys and what our relationship to sleep is
    The problem with sugar and sleep
    Common sleep issues we come across in our practices
    The benefits of boundaries around sleep
    Setting your bedroom up for a solid night’s sleep
    Problematic and helpful habits for sleep
    How to handle doom scrolling
    How to set up the best environment for sleep
    What to do when you wake up in the middle of the night or you can’t get to sleep

    We hope you enjoy the episode, and if you do, please follow us on any/all of the channels. Feel free to leave us a comment too! We’d hugely appreciate it if you could support us!
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    Email: hello@joyfulbalance.me

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    • 47 min
    Habit Change with Slee Parrish

    Habit Change with Slee Parrish

    We’re joined by another fantastic guest today - Consultant Nurse, Mindfulness Teacher and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist, Slee Parish!
    Slee heads up True Thoughts therapy and alongside her incredible NHS 40+ year career as a Consultant Nurse, she’s also a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist (and Denise’s supervisor during her training!) and a Mindfulness teacher. Slee focuses on problematic thoughts and how they can be reframed to help achieve your health goals. Not only this, she also joined forces with Alex James (also a CBH & mindfulness teacher) to create nhsinmind.co.uk - a hugely successful initiative during COVID to help front-line staff with their mental health during the COVID-19 crisis.
    You can find Slee at https://www.truethoughts.co.uk/
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    We’re here today talking to Slee all about one of our favourite subjects: how to change habits for long term health!
    What does Slee normally do to help a client change their habits
    Needing to become aware of a habit and the value of a habit diary
    Eating instead of quenching our thirst and addressing eating habits
    Dopamine and eating habits
    Why taking incremental steps to a bigger habit change habits works and how to do it
    How to use mental rehearsal when you’re making a habit change
    Adding in coping statements when you’re mentally rehearsing and going through habit change
    Slee’s technique of freeze, breathe, examine and exchange when you’re about to engage in an unhealthy habit
    How mindfulness helps habit change and how to stay in the present moment
    How Slee integrates her practice in her NHS work and personal journey with habit change
    We hope you enjoy the episode, and if you do, please follow us on any/all of the channels. Feel free to leave us a comment too! We’d hugely appreciate it if you could support us!

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    Email: hello@joyfulbalance.me
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    • 54 min
    Mood, Neurotransmitters and Hormones

    Mood, Neurotransmitters and Hormones

    On this week’s episode, we’re talking all about mood and what neurotransmitters (brain chemicals that are little emails between your brain cells) and hormones (signalling chemicals in your body and brain that tell your cells to take certain actions) and how they affect your mood.
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    Meera takes you on a short and sweet tour of the main neurotransmitters and hormones that affect your mood. This isn’t an exhaustive list and we’re covering specific sex hormones and thyroid hormones in another episode so stay tuned! Here’s what we cover:
    What factors affect your mood
    Serotonin, your mood and gut health
    Dopamine and how to increase it
    Oxytocin, the love hormone and what it does
    Adrenaline/Epinephrine
    Cortisol and stress
    Why laughter is medicine
    Endorphins and endocannabinoid system

    We hope you enjoy the episode, and if you do, please follow us on any/all of the channels. Feel free to leave us a comment too!

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    Instagram: @joyful_balance.me
    Email: hello@joyfulbalance.me

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    • 44 min
    Wellness & Lifestyle with Dr Nisa Aslam

    Wellness & Lifestyle with Dr Nisa Aslam

    On this week’s episode, we’re delighted to have Dr Nisa Aslam, an Urgent Care GP and medical practitioner for LiveSmart, a digital health company. Nisa has a strong interest and practice in preventative medicine and lifestyle changes to improve health. With over 10 years of medical experience to draw on, we couldn’t think of a better guest to talk to us all about what wellness for a healthy and happy lifestyle actually means in practice!
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    Topics we cover:
    How Nisa became interested in lifestyle medicine
    How much lifestyle leads to illness and the role of prevention
    Little hacks to your diet to avoid abdominal fat
    How Nisa talks about lifestyle to her GP patients
    Where Nisa sees patients go wrong with their lifestyle for health
    How Nisa looks after herself on a daily basis
    How lifestyle medicine fits in with NHS guidelines
    Mental health, gut health and lifestyle medicine
    Lifestyle habits on a budget

    We hope you enjoy the episode, and if you do, please follow us on any/all of the channels. Feel free to leave us a comment too! We’d hugely appreciate it if you could support us!

    YouTube: Joyful Balance Podcast
    Instagram: @joyful_balance.me
    Email: hello@joyfulbalance.me

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    • 59 min
    Walking the Talk

    Walking the Talk

    Welcome back to the Joyful Balance Podcast with your two delightful co-hosts, Meera Malhotra (Nutritional Therapist) and Denise Iordache (Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist). This is the first episode of our new season where we take you on a journey of how your mind, brain and body are interconnected.
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    We’re mixing things up for this new season, we’re taking a look in our mirrors and seeing what's going well in our habits and lifestyles and what needs a tune up to better support our physical and mental wellbeing. We’re showing you that we’re also “walking the talk” and taking our own advice!
    Topics we cover:
    The theme of this season’s podcast: “walking the talk”
    Thoughts about self-talk and promises you make to yourself
    The importance of one small step at a time
    What we’re trying to achieve in our respective health journeys
    Tips on how to start changing your habits and lifestyle for better health
    How shifting your energy can help you achieve your goals
    What are the promises we are making to ourselves
    Manifestation in your life: book recommendation - Jordanna Levin’s ‘Make it Happen’

    We hope you enjoy the episode, and if you do, please follow us on any/all of the channels. Feel free to leave us a comment too!

    YouTube: Joyful Balance Podcast
    Instagram: @joyful_balance.me
    Email: hello@joyfulbalance.me

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    CLICK HERE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH DENISE (THERAPY)

    • 38 min
    Wrap Up & Special Offer

    Wrap Up & Special Offer

    Season 1 Wrap Up with your favourite hosts - Meera & Denise.
    We are so grateful to have you listen to our podcast and we thought you will enjoy a special offer, just for you!
    We hope you love this episode and we look forward to bringing you Season 2 soon!
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    Feel free to leave us a comment too!:
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    Instagram: @joyful_balance.me
    Email: hello@joyfulbalance.me
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    • 20 min

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