Richard Nicholls
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Parenting. Helicopters vs Bulldozers

Because there are so many parenting podcasts out there in podcast land, I've tended to avoid the topic. But lately I've had a few listeners ask about it so thought I'd go through some useful elements for you. Not just so that you can understand yourself better, but so that you can understand others.
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The Foundations Of Confidence

Episode 181: The Foundations Of Confidence

Confidence can be a tricky subject to talk about because its so big and ambiguous. What is confidence to one person is arrogance to someone else. Also, someone can be confident but still be anxious in certain situations, so it's even hard to define it really.
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Resentment & Delegation

During the 1980's a phrase developed called "The Sandwich Generation."
Meaning you were sandwiched between looking after children as well as looking after ageing parents.
Things have changed slightly as people are having children later and living longer but the process still exists.
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Uncertainty

We're living in an uncertain time right now, it's scary.
It's hard to be ok with that, but practise makes perfect!
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Dealing With The Coronavirus

Episode 180: Dealing With The Coronavirus

I've had a lot of messages from listeners asking for mental health advice during all this Coronavirus craziness.
It's on every website, every news channel. Every conversation you overhear in a shop. It's on everyones minds and so it should be...to a degree.
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Failure

Failing is so important and it's about time we all embraced the idea.
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People Pleasing

Most people live their life based around making other people happy to some degree. It's just how far we take it determines whether it becomes a problem or not.
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Growing Old

Hopefully we're all going to grow old, the alternative isn't that attractive is it?
Even so, growing older doesn't seem so attractive either sometimes.
Maybe there'a a better perspective.
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Eagles, Chickens & Rescue Dogs

Episode 179: Eagles, Chickens & Rescue Dogs

Question: When is an Eagle not an Eagle?
Answer: When it thinks it's a Chicken.

Despite being an Eagle, if you think you're a Chicken can you really fly above everyone?
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Acceptance

It's pretty much impossible to "forgive and forget."
So how do we move on from the stuff our brain wants us to hold on to?

One step at a time.
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Phenomenology

Phenomenology is the psychological and philosophical study of subjective experiences. Basically the only person who knows how you feel is you, and not everyone is aware of that.
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Grief & Support

The good news is that supporting someone through grief is far less complicated than the grief itself.
The bad news is that doesn't mean it's easy.
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How To Feel Alive

Episode 178: How To Feel Alive

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
Or as Albert Einstein once said "He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed."

Today is all about my 5 tips on a more enthusiastic life! That and a massive rant at the end about mental health priorities in government policy making, sorry!
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PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a massively debilitating condition that can come about in the most surprising of ways.
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Accept Yourself

Episode 177: Accept Yourself

Despite New Year being a time associated with making changes, today I want to talk about what seems at first like the opposite of change.
Although it might still be a change, and might even be the best one you could ever make. Because there are surprising benefits that come from accepting yourself as you are, in making the decision to not changing and instead enjoying being you in the first place.
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