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Learning about the habits and skills necessary for better mental health and a happier life.

Learning about the habits and skills necessary for better mental health and a happier life.


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Learning about the habits and skills necessary for better mental health and a happier life.






Ep 81. Can ’problem drinkers’ ever drink in moderation?

This week I share my answer to the question as to whether or not 'problem drinkers' can ever drink in moderation. DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or a clinical psychologist. The information I share in this episode and in the MY SOBER SELF course is based on my experience with alcohol and as a coach working with others who struggle to regulate their intake. Show notes and course details available at


Ep 80. Are you burning out?

This week, I had the great pleasure of speaking to Dr Tami Berry, a former surgeon whose experience with burnout led her to change the course of her career and her life. Dr. Tami is now an internationally recognised Resilience Expert & Life Coach, helping purpose-driven people learn how to transform stress into fuel for renewed energy, confidence and joy. Her experience with burnout led her to dedicate her life to researching and pioneering a process for building stress resilience that...


Ep79. Finding your inner strength - with Jeanette Marie Rogerson

This week, I had the great pleasure of talking to Jeanette Marie Rogerson. Through a series of life situations, Jeanette found herself homeless with her two children and, just when she thought things might improve, things got worse as she lost her job. She shares the story of how the loss of material things, certainty and security freed her to find her inner strength and build herself and her family back up. Now, she works as a coach, helping other women find their inner strength so they...


Ep 78. Intentional Parenting - with Melinda Burkhart

This week I had the pleasure of talking to fellow coach, Melinda Burkhart about the work she does with her clients to help them parent more intentionally. Melinda works with parents of differently abled children to help them manage everyday life, deal with stress and overwhelm and show up for their kids in ways that nurture, inspire and enhance the love and connection they feel for each other. I found Melinda's advice really practical and helpful. Her advice is useful for any parent and...


Ep 77 The Energy Codes - with Lisa Archer

An episode for The Big Happy Book Club, this week I talk to Mindset Coach, Lisa Archer, about her choice of life-changing book. Lisa chose The Energy Codes by Dr Sue Morter. In this episode we talk about the lessons and insights offered by the book as well as Lisa's and my experiences when we've been able to tap into that world of energy. If you're still on the fence and not sure what to make of "The world of Woo" as I like to call it, this episode will offer you a great place to...


Ep 76. First Christmas after losing someone you love

This unplanned and unscripted episode was inspired by a song I heard on the radio this morning - "For those who can't be here" by Tom Watson. I was reminded of the first Christmas my family spent without my dad and how confusing and lonely it felt. I decided to record this episode partly to send a little love to the 15-year-old me who experienced that first Christmas and partly to share some thoughts with anyone who is going through that first devastating Christmas this year. My heart...


Ep 75. The undiscovered stage of ‘normal‘ development

What if it's completely normal to arrive in adulthood carrying beliefs that don't serve you well? And what if it's a normal part of development to go back and rip up the tracks of some of those beliefs so you can replace them with new ones? In this episode, I share a theory about a developmental stage we can only ever reach in adulthood - one with which we must choose to engage if we're to develop self-acceptance.


Ep 74. Who are you? How identity shapes possibilities

In this episode I explore the concepts of identity and personality and how we see these things as enduring when they're merely a collection of stories and experiences. Show notes available at


Ep73. What your hair could tell you about your depression - with Karen Watkins

In this episode, I talk to Karen Watkins, Technical Advisor at Mineral Check, about the links between mental and physical health and the way our bodies use and store minerals. This episode is a MUST for anyone who experiences repeated bouts of depression, anyone who regularly drinks more alcohol than the government recommended guidelines, and anyone interested in subjects like ADHD and other behavioural difficulties that could be affected by mineral levels in the body. Show notes available...


Ep 72. The value of a pause when life gets overwhelming - with Isabelle Griffith

This week, my guest is Isabelle Griffith, an Emotional Wellbeing & Resilience Coach, Trainer, Speaker, and the creator of The Pause Approach™ Isabelle talks about high functioning anxiety and low functioning anxiety and how these present in our day-to-day lives. She offers wonderfully practical tips about when and how to slow down and allow ourselves the space and time we need to rebalance energy, refocus attention and figure out what's really behind the manic to-do lists or the fears that...


Ep 71. How self-judgement can feed depression

For many of us, the critical voices in our minds can become damaging enough to drive us into a downward spiral that ultimately leaves us feeling depressed and powerless. That's what happened to me recently and is also the reason I haven't recorded a new podcast episode in over 3 months. If you're feeling depressed and you're judging and criticising yourself, I hope this episode offers some inspiration to start moving towards self-compassion and kindness. I have more to learn about these...


Ep 70. Five tips for Intentional parenting during the summer holidays

The summer holidays can put enormous stress on us as parents when we're trying to juggle everything and still do our best and be our best. In this episode, I share 5 tips to help you prepare in the lead up to the holidays as well as rebalance, rejuvenate and re-energise yourself when everything is going on around you. This is the final episode in the series. The new series starts on 25 August 2021. Show notes available at


Why your healthy diet might not be healthy for YOU

In this episode I talk about how I found out that some of my healthy choices (and of course my unhealthy choices) are actually contributing to my low energy, poor sleep and intermittent bouts of depression. It all came from something called a Hair Tissue Mineral Sample. I explain what that is and share a few of my results. If you feel as though you're doing "everything right" and still not feeling that much better, this episode is for you. Show notes at


Ep 68. Getting Gut Healthy - with Hannah Richards

This week, I had the great pleasure of talking to Hannah Richards, owner of The Gut Clinic and author of the supremely fascinating book, "The Best Possible You". Hannah shares her incredible - and often controversial - advice about improving gut health and offers really useful advice about the signs of vitality and the signs of ill health that we should all be on the lookout for. Show notes available at


Ep 67. Develop a Morning Routine - Why and How?

When it comes to self-development, there are few practices more powerful than a morning routine that allows you to centre yourself and prepare your mind and body for the day ahead. In this episode I explore why these sorts of routines are so powerful and also share tips on what to do in your morning routine and how to get started or improve consistency. Show notes - including links to all resources and additional episodes - are available at


Ep 66. From Illness to Wellness with Sharon and Lauretta Gavin

This week, I had the enormous pleasure of talking to Sharon and Lauretta Gavin, owners of the Detox Barn in Suffolk. This was one of my favourite episodes to record as the sisters are also a comedy duo and bring a much needed dose of ease, fun and clarity to the complex world of wellness. You'll find some fantastic, thought-provoking tips and ideas to help you on your journey towards greater wellbeing, no matter where you are on the path right now. Show notes available at...


Ep 65. Mastering your Mind - Two types of Resilience

When we learn to master our minds, we change our experience of life. In this episode, I explore the links between mind mastery and resilience and I talk about two types of resilience and how to bolster each one. Show notes at


Ep 64. Getting gorgeous with Adele Stickland

This week my guest is Adele Stickland. Adele Stickland, an accredited Coach and owner of ‘Get Gorgeous’ aims to help women over 40 transform their relationship with their body using nourishing food, exercise and positive mindset. In this episode, she shares her knowledge and expertise to help me answer the question, "How good is it possible to feel?" Shownotes at


Ep 63. Intuition led you here

If you're stressed and running in circles, this short episode is for you. There are no show notes with this episode. To comment, visit @bighappylifepage on Facebook or email


Ep 62. How good is it possible to feel?

This episode forms the start of a new mini-series where I explore what it takes to feel your best - and exactly how good is that? In this episode, I share some of the habits I've invested in that have helped me feel stronger, happier and calmer. In future episodes, I'll delve into the details of habits and practices that allow us to feel our best and aim to understand how much better we can expect to feel and how much time, effort, energy and money we'd have to invest to get there. Show...