133 episodes

That's Helpful is all about self-improvement backed by science. Every episode will teach you something that will shift your perspective, share a life changing skill or empower you to make better choices. Ed Stott invites the experts to share with you everything you need to know to build your best life one episode at a time.

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That's Helpful is all about self-improvement backed by science. Every episode will teach you something that will shift your perspective, share a life changing skill or empower you to make better choices. Ed Stott invites the experts to share with you everything you need to know to build your best life one episode at a time.

    Simple Gratitude Hacks to Transform Your Health

    Simple Gratitude Hacks to Transform Your Health

    Gratitude is one of those words that’s everywhere - particularly if you’re interested in self-improvement & your health. BUT what does the science actually say about introducing a little more gratitude into our lives & the best ways to do it?
    Well, Professor Fuschia Sirois is a psychologist from the University of Durham who’s been studying gratitude for much of her career.
    Today we’re going to get answers to those questions and take a look at how gratitude can bring us closer to our future selves.
    CONNECT WITH US
    Connect with ⁠That's Helpful on Instagram.
    Find Fuschia on Twitter⁠ & via ⁠her website.
    BOOKS
    Procrastination: What It Is, Why It's A Problem & What You Can Do About It
    Want to become a podcast sponsor, got some feedback for me or just fancy a chat? Email me - thatshelpful@edstott.com
    TIMESTAMPS 
    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:01:05 - What is gratitude?
    00:03:29 - Why do some people have more gratitude than others?
    00:06:27 - When did we start to study gratitude?
    00:08:47 - Gratitude’s influence on health
    00:10:46 - Impact on gratitude for people with fibromyalgia 
    00:12:46 - Gratitude & future orientation
    00:16:33 - The benefits of being future oriented
    00:19:50 - Simple ways to incorporate more gratitude
    00:25:06 - How to practice group gratitude
    00:29:10 - How gratitude helps us find meaning
    00:29:47 - What to focus your gratitude on
    00:32:15 - Gratitude pitfalls
    00:33:37 - Acknowledging joy in other ways
    00:34:51 - Gratitude & society
    00:37:45 - The one thing to remember
     

    • 39 min
    The Science of Cold Water Therapy & How to Start

    The Science of Cold Water Therapy & How to Start

    We know how fabulous getting out in the water can be for our mental health & overall well-being but there’s a growing body of research showing that cold water can be absolutely transformative, whether it's from your shower, pool or  the ocean.
    So what is it ACTUALLY doing to our bodies & how can we start to reap the benefits in our own lives?
    Dr Mark Harper is a consultant anesthetist at Sussex University hospitals in the UK and a leading expert in the prevention of hypothermia in surgical patients and in the therapeutic uses of cold-water adaptation and cold water swimming.
    Want to become a podcast sponsor, got some feedback for me or just fancy a chat? Email me - thatshelpful@edstott.com
    CONNECT WITH US
    Connect with ⁠That's Helpful on Instagram.
    Find Mark on Instagram & via his website.
    BOOKS
    Chill, The Cold Water Swim Cure

    OTHER THINGS MENTIONED
    100 Days of Vitamin Sea
    That’s Helpful - Drawn To Water? Blue Mind is Why
    TIMESTAMPS 
    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:01:26 - When is cold good for us & when is it bad?
    00:02:14 - When did Mark become interested in this?
    00:05:05 - Why are we only just discovering the benefits?
    00:06:52 - The benefits of cold water exposure
    00:10:00 - What’s happening in our bodies when we’re exposed?
    00:11:38 - Cold water exposure keeps you in the moment
    00:13:07 - The optimum conditions
    00:15:00 - Why is 3 mins the ideal time?
    00:19:06 - Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable
    00:19:53 - How to utilise cold showers for health benefits
    00:21:47 - Things to avoid
    00:24:13 - The side-effects of cold water exposure
    00:26:10 - Should you combine a sauna with cold water exposure?
    00:28:47 - The main take-aways
    00:30:00 - Cold water exposure for migraines
    00:34:27 - Cold water exposure as prep for surgery

    • 38 min
    How to Change Your Mindset Towards Aging

    How to Change Your Mindset Towards Aging

    How many times have you referred to yourself as ‘too old’ or ‘too young’ for something? Have you blamed your forgetfulness on a ‘senior moment’ or your sore neck on ‘being over 30’?
    I’ll be honest, before I found out about Ashton Applewhite’s work, they were comments I made ALL the time. But, remarks like these as well as a whole host of other behaviors are acts of ageism - something Ashton calls the ‘last socially sanctioned prejudice’ & it’s damaging to everyone because guess what? We’re all aging!
    So how can we push back against this discrimination and age positively in a society that’s obsessed with youth? That’s what we’re going to tackle today.
    Ashton, is a journalist, pro aging radical and the author of This Chair Rocks - A Manifesto Against Anti-Aging.
    CONNECT WITH US
    Connect with ⁠That's Helpful on Instagram.
    Find Ashton on ⁠Instagram⁠ & via ⁠her website.
    BOOKS
    This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism
    OTHER MENTIONS
    Old School: Anti-Ageism Clearing House
    Ed’s programme for ABC RN including Holdsworth Homeshare
    Want to become a podcast sponsor, got some feedback for me or just fancy a chat? Email me - thatshelpful@edstott.com
    TIMESTAMPS 
    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:01:20 - Ashton’s evolving relationship with aging
    00:02:42 - The truth about aging
    00:06:30 - The damage of generalisations
    00:09:30 - Where does our fear of aging come from?
    00:11:30 - The impact of social media on ageism 
    00:13:30 - The hidden harms of ageism 
    00:17:00 - How to push back against ageism 
    00:24:00 - Striving for a world where age is less important
    00:26:30 - The importance of having friends of all ages 
    00:28:27 - Ageism is not a given
    00:31:05 - True diversity
    00:34:20 - Ageism is a part of many more conversations now
    00:39:15 - The one thing to remember 

    • 43 min
    Honest Revelations & Life Lessons From My Pregnancy

    Honest Revelations & Life Lessons From My Pregnancy

    If you’ve been listening to the podcast for a little while now, you'll know I am pregnant at the moment - in fact, very pregnant! So in this episode, I’ve invited my friend and fellow podcaster Kylie Lately to talk about all things pregnancy:
    navigating the transition into motherhood & learning about the term matrescence the tools I’ve learnt to mentally prepare for birth (spoiler alert: they're really helpful)  the podcasts and books I’ve loved my own honest experience of pregnancy It’s a very relaxed conversation but I’m hoping you’ll find it helpful and perhaps make you feel a little less alone if you’re also expecting. If you're not, please share it with the pregnant people in your life.
    Want to become a podcast sponsor, got some feedback for me or just fancy a chat? Email me - thatshelpful@edstott.com.
    CONNECT WITH US
    Connect with ⁠That's Helpful on Instagram.
    Find Kylie on Instagram⁠ & via ⁠her website.

    PODCASTS
    I Am with Kylie Lately
    Child
    BOOKS
    Hypnobirthing: Positive Ways To Make Your Birth Better
    The Positive Birth Book
    The Birth Map
    Ina May’s Guide To Childbirth
     

    • 54 min
    How to Ease Climate Anxiety & Turn it into Something Useful

    How to Ease Climate Anxiety & Turn it into Something Useful

    This week Earth Day asks us to focus on climate change & the things we can do to make a difference, but it can often feel like an overwhelming problem with minimal solutions & maximum anxiety. So how can we take these paralysing emotions that leave us wanting to bury our head in the sand & turn them into something positive that’s actually helpful?
     Associate Professor Leslie Davenport is a Climate Psychology Consultant.
    Want to become a podcast sponsor, got some feedback for me or just fancy a chat? Email me - thatshelpful@edstott.com
    CONNECT WITH US
    Connect with ⁠That's Helpful on Instagram.
    Find Leslie on Facebook & via ⁠her website.
    BOOKS
    All The Feelings Under The Sun: How to Deal With Climate Change
    Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change
    TIMESTAMPS
    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:00:52 - Why is this Leslie’s focus?
    00:02:00 - Why is it important that we talk about climate change?
    00:04:24 - Why is uncertainty so hard for us to deal with as humans?
    00:07:33 - Anxiety Vs. climate anxiety
    00:10:50 - The window of tolerance
    00:13:17 - Breath practices
    00:15:55 - Noticing mental habits & internal stories
    00:16:46 - Figuring out how you can help
    00:21:15 - Noticing if you’re outside of your window of tolerance
    00:23:15 - Helping children work through their anxiety
    00:27:05 - How to take the negative emotions & make them useful
    00:27:51 - Will taking action ease our guilt?

    • 32 min
    Taryn Brumfitt's Essentials for Raising Kids with Body Neutrality

    Taryn Brumfitt's Essentials for Raising Kids with Body Neutrality

    You probably know Taryn Brumfitt from her fabulous, viral before & after photo on Facebook in 2013.
    The two images of Taryn side by side - one in a bikini pos-ed on stage & the other relaxed & nude launched a global movement. 
    Since then Taryn has release two international films, published 3 best selling books, was named Australian of the Year 2023 & has even been invited to the White House.
    She’s now turning her attention to children with the release of her kids book - Chico The Schnauzer.

    Want to become a podcast sponsor, got some feedback for me or just fancy a chat? Email me - thatshelpful@edstott.com
    CONNECT WITH US
    Connect with ⁠That's Helpful on Instagram.
    Find Taryn on Instagram⁠ & via ⁠her website.
    BOOKS
    Chico The Schnauzer
    Embrace Your Body
    DOCUMENTARIES
    Embrace The Documentary
    Embrace Kids

    OTHER MENTIONS
    Intuitive Eating 101

    • 27 min

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I can’t shut up about this podcast!

I found That’s Helpful via clip on Instagram Reels and immediately downloaded the whole show. As I’ve been working through from the beginning, I’ve been consistently surprised, amazed, and empowered. I keep finding awesome things I want to share with people and talking about what I’ve learned.

I have found myself making changes in my daily life, both in action and attitude, that ultimately are leading me to a happier, fuller, healthier life! The messages are always positive and we need more of that in this world.

Ed feels like a friend (and a good one at that) and I look forward to listening to the art she creates!

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Every episode blows my mind!

Every time I tune in to listen to this podcast my mind gets blown- I don’t even read the episode blurb anymore, I just listen in because there is always something in there for me. Ed’s guests are always spot on. Thank you for making these episodes!

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Good stuff

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite podcasts. Interesting topics with a gem of a host.

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