Welcome to the BALANCE podcast, from the team behind the award-winning wellness and lifestyle media brand, BALANCE.
In each episode, we chat with luminaries from entertainment, wellness, sport, business and beyond about how to optimise health, happiness and performance.
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Episode 152: Francesca Specter on enjoying time alone
42:18Francesca Specter is a journalist and author of 'Alonement: How to be Alone and Absolutely Own it'. She came up with the concept of alonement, which essentially means spending time alone and actually enjoying it - which is a something a lot of us find difficult! In this episode, Francesca discusses how she deals with loneliness, how she's come to enjoy time alone, and whether the nerves of eating out alone ever *really* go away.Francesca Specter: chezspecterAlonement: How to be Alone and Absolutely Own itAlonement podcastPodcast host: molly.raycraft See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 151: Eliza Butterworth on health away from home
45:06Eliza Butterworth has been playing Lady Aelswith in The Last Kingdom since she was 21-years-old. After eight years, the series is finally coming to an end and she's now leaving the character behind. In this episode, Eliza discusses what's next, how she deals with rejection in her career, and how she maintains her health and wellbeing while working internationally.Eliza Butterworth: elizabutterworthPodcast host: molly.raycraft See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 150: Martins Imhangbe on boxing and Bridgerton
35:09Martins Imhangbe has been on the acting scene since he left school, but Bridgerton was his first TV experience. His role as bare-knuckle boxer, Will Mondrich, put him in the spotlight. In this episode, Martins explains how he's staying grounded, why he's taking on a plant-based diet, and whether he'd step into the boxing ring in real life.Martins Imhangbe: martins_imhangbe_Podcast host: molly.raycraft See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 149: International Women's Day Special
51:52In this special International Women's Day episode, we speak to Jess Joy, co-founder of I Am Paying Attention, Cherrelle Skeete, actress and co-founder of Blacktress, and Stephanie Daniels, a menopause coach. They share their insights on three overlooked areas of gender equality (ADHD/Autism diagnoses, being black and female/non-binary, and menopause in the workplace) and what more can be done to #BreakTheBias.I Am Paying Attention:https://www.iampayingattention.co.uk/@iampayingattentionBlacktress:https://www.blacktress.co.uk/@blacktress_ukAuthors recommended by Cherrelle: Bell Hooks, Audre Lourd, Alice WalkerStefanie Daniels, menopause coach:https://stefjdaniels.com/@life_begins_at_menopauseThe book recommended by Stefanie: The Hormone Cure, Dr. Sara GottfriedPodcast host: @molly.raycraft See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 148: Ella Henderson on overcoming anxiety
53:26It’s been eight years since Ella Henderson released her debut album ‘Chapter One’, after appearing on The X-Factor. Since then, she’s suffered from anxiety attacks, focused on her wellbeing, and found love. In this episode, Ella shares how she manages her anxiety, what life is like living in a church, and how she’s used her experiences of mental health to produce her new album: ‘Everything I Didn’t Say’.The book Ella recommends: 'Lost Connections' by Johann Hari See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 147: Lilly Sabri the physio turned fitness influencer with a 3 million plus following
43:20In this episode we talk about the reality of being a rising star in the world of fitness influencing, and hear how Lily turned 30,000 followers to 3 million in lockdown. A woman driven by passion, Lily’s cookery books are inspired by the Mediterranean. Lily has kept a balanced life through practising what she preaches, hard work and a great relationship.Join 3.22 million other users and follow Lily on You tube and check out The Anti-Inflammatory & Immunity Boosting Cookbook. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 146: Mark Livings, founder and brains behind Lyre’s a tasteful range of booze-free spirits
28:06Mark Livings is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and brains behind a wonderful new range of alcohol-free spirits. He talks candidly about burnout, business and of course healthier drinking choices.To find out more about Lyre's and their free mixology classes, visit lyres.co.uk and follow them on Facebook and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 145: Hayley Hasselhoff on exploring the importance of acceptance, and staying grounded.
38:46Actor, model, and body positive activist Hayley Hasselhoff is known for being one of the world’s leading Curve models.Hayley (whose dad happens to be David Hasselhoff) is currently contributing fashion and wellbeing editor at Marie Claire UK.She’s also a fashion stylist who’s worked on This Morning and Good Morning America – and she’s had leading acting roles, including as Amber in ABC’s Huge, where she played a girl with body dysmorphia.Today we talk about her new podcast, about her experience of mental health, her role as a plus size ambassador – as well as exploring the importance of acceptance, and staying grounded.Follow her on Instagram @hhasslehoff See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 144: Kat Pither on managing anxiety and PTSD through yoga and wellbeing
45:31Kat Pither is the 31-year-old founder of Yogi Bare, 500-hour certified yoga teacher and wellness journalist and writer. Kat says with Yogi Bare she has created as a brand for rebels and misfits. It’s the physical manifestation of the concept of yoga being for everybody and everybody. From humble beginnings, Kat envisioned a way of channelling her creativity to find her own way of managing acute anxiety and PTSD through yoga and wellbeing. As we chat she explains that it wasn’t a straightforward love affair with yoga – her first classes took her well out of her comfort zone. She didn’t feel she fitted in – but she kept going back. Kat found that ‘yoga land’ could sometimes be alien and hard to connect with so set out to create a brand that could inspire all. Kat has created an accessible range of innovative, eco-centric products that are designed to galvanize creativity, movement, and play. She has organically built a loyal community of Yogi Bare ‘cubs' who support and follow the brand online and off-line. She’s playful, creative, and so much more than a maker of mats. When we speak Kat has landed in America with a plan to connect with Californians and tell them about her brand. yogi-bare.co.uk Follow her on Instagram @yogi.bare See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode143: The mental health workout
40:44Zoë Aston, is the author of Your Mental Health Workout: A 5-Week Programme to a Healthier, Happier Mind (https://yourmentalhealthworkout.com/). She’s a London-based therapist, mental health consultant, speaker and author with over a decade's experience working with mental health.As well as her book, Zoë has created an online 5-week programme that will get your mental health in shape. Like many who work in this space, Zoe has her own mental health back story. A sensitive child, she battle with self-harm, an eating disorder and intense shyness - but has worked her way through this, learning tools and techniques that will help others. As the saying goes, healer, heal thyself. Zoe’s approach is practical and positive. We all have mental health and we don’t have to wait for a crisis to get in shape. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.