Episode 19: The trick is to keep breathing…

This week we're all about breathing in, then out. It's all about mindfulness and yoga.

A brief intro into the origins of mindfulness, some insight into popular practices, teachers and applications, plus some different interpretations of mindfulness in action.

The Venn diagram between mindfulness and yoga is quite snug, the latter is inextricably linked to the former so we talk about that too.

As a bonus, I've included the 5-minute mindfulness exercise I did for my practitioner course. If you don't find my voice soporific enough give this a go!

Also, Links to John Kabatt-Zinn, Shamash Alidina and the Yogalife Project are here for you to explore. #otherservicesareavailable 🙂

Enjoy, in the present moment!


Simon & Pamela

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Episode 18: Algorithms and Amazon

Content Warning – We talk at length about suicidal ideation in this episode. Please listen with care. If you are struggling with low mood or suicidal thoughts please reach out to someone. 

  • Samaritans 116123
  • Papyrus/Hopeline UK 0800 068 4141 / pat@papyrus-uk.org

This week's episode centres around a very interesting article which details how a computer algorithm can predict the likelihood of a patient attempting suicide in the next week with a high degree (>80%) of accuracy.

We talk about how this could be used, how it raises ethical and practical concerns and how we are surrounded by codes and sums which predict almost everything we do. We then have a go at Jeff Bezos for a bit.

Rounding off the episode we talk about our fun day yesterday with https://ift.tt/2h5vC5I for @nationalcodingweek. As part of the day our friend Kelly gave a talk about Impostor Syndrome and somehow we tied it all together in a neat little bow.

Loads of links today, here they are: 

Doximity Article
Risk Assessment counterpoint
Impostor Syndrome
PHQ-9 and GAD7
Full Stack Of Pancakes

Enjoy! Get in touch with us at podcast@thinkinghabits.co.uk


Simon & Pamela

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Episode 17: MS Choices and Service Cuts

Today's episode is part rant, part diary. News articles are highlighting the devastating effect cuts to services are having on mental health provision in the NHS. This has a far reaching impact and I got on my soapbox about it.

On the positive side, Pamela had some interesting updates to her MS treatment which highlight what happens when things work well. 

Swings and Roundabouts.

Here's the Guardian Article which made me so angry, and here is the link to the MS Decisions page about all the medications available.

Have a lovely Sunday folks! 


Simon & Pamela

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Episode 16: Social Media – Ups & Downs

Pamela has the floor on this episode, as she wanted to discuss the thorny subject of social media support groups. 

It's a tricky pickle; on the one hand, message boards, forums, FB groups etc can be a valuable and essential medium offering tangible help, advice and guidance. On the other hand, they can be a minefield and a confusing – sometimes troubling environment.

We reflect on our own experiences of online support (which may not reflect that of others, of course) and discuss the pros and cons. It's hard not to bulldoze through this topic so we've tried to tackle it in a balanced manner. 

We'd love to hear your experience of online support groups – both good and bad. Email podcast@thinkinghabits.co.uk with your thoughts. 

Also here's Marwencol – it's great. 


Simon & Pamela

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Episode 15: Tiny Epic Photos! #withtoysinmind

I've been hoping to get this chat organised, pretty much since I started the podcast. It was worth the wait! 

Dan is the creator and mastermind behind @tinyepicphotos on Instagram. His use of toy photography under #withtoysinmind has opened up a whole new medium through which people can relate to and discuss mental health issues. With regular topics and themes, Dan creates images which often reflect his own mental health issues, in a manner which is as relatable as it is powerful.

HUGE thanks to Dan once again for coming on the podcast, please check out his IG feed and hashtag via the links above, and also the link in his bio for the recent interview he did with Exclucollective.com




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