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What we listen to and hear throughout the day can shape how we feel. If we feed and nourish our soul with wholesome conversations from everyday people, filled with positivity and stories that people can relate to, you may feel less alone and even inspired. We are all working through stuff and sometimes you need to hear conversations that have failures, successes and everyday struggles.
Wellbeing with Manny in conversation with, is listening to others talk about how they have journeyed through life so far, including some top tips for you to take away!
Many of the episodes focus on the performance industry but there are many inclusive little nuggets so don't let that put you off!
I hope you enjoy each episode and remember it really is all about talking. Reach out, who will you have a conversation with?
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Wellbeing with Manny in conversation with Nic KD
1:07:01TW: Child bereavement, pet grief, body imageThis bonus episode is an incredibly special conversation with one of my closest friends. Nicola Karunaratne-Diver, affectionately known as Nic KD has had a transformational 8 and a half years and to know her and her story is a true privilege. It took some convincing to get Nic to tell her story, and being a close friend helped to seal the deal! She really wanted to share her story and I am so proud of her and happy that she did.Nic and her husband Gerard moved from Ireland to St Helens 18 years ago. In 2013 Nic fell pregnant. At their 20 week, scan Nic and G were told that there was an ‘anomaly’ and she would be closely monitored during her pregnancy. On 13th March 2014 beautiful Malcolm was born. He was born with a rare heart condition which sadly resulted in Malcolm living just 3 days. For a long time Nic struggled to even say Malcolm’s name. Nic generously admits that she didn’t really deal with her grief until Grace her incredible little girl she had in 2015 went to school. She recalls using fitness as a way of punishing her body for how it had ‘let her down as a woman’. Nic knew she needed help and she was fortunate to access some incredible support from child bereavement specialists and over time began to transform her life and really start living but with Malcolm truly in her life and able to talk about him.Nic openly and honestly said “When Malcolm died, I died” and she continued to explain that the Nic that existed before Malcolm no longer existed and she was reborn. She decided to reframe much in her life, look at her non negotiables, her boundaries and to rebuild a better life.We as a friendship group have a party for him each year, with a buffet and lots of cake and no one is scared to say his name. Grace KD knows she has an older brother, he’s just not there like we are and all our kids know who Malcolm is!We also talk about her gorgeous dog Speedy G who was her side kick and best pal through some of her darkest days and how pet grief is also something incredibly difficult to come to terms with. “Time heals…..it doesn’t. Time passes and people stop messaging.”It’s powerful, inspirational, sad, happy, and most of all hopeful.Thank you Nic, I am so grateful for your honesty and bravery. I know you will love this conversation.This is dedicated to anyone who knows this pain but most of all it is dedicated to Malcolm who will forever be part of our lives 13.03.14 – 16.03.14For further support please visit:https://www.sands.org.uk/https://www.achingarms.co.uk/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Wellbeing with Manny in conversation with The Fresh Minds Podcast with Anna Veale
1:07:03TW: We discuss addiction, alcoholism, suicide and depression – please listen when you feel you canThis is our first ever cross podcast collaboration, and I am so excited!!!How did this come to be????………Strap yourselves in this is a good one!Anna Veale is a mindset coach, specialising in Men’s mental health. Anna has 20 years’ experience as a personal trainer and sports massage therapist working in male dominated sports arenas. Anna was noticing similar issues across the male sports world and equally saw both an unwillingness to talk and a lack of support for men. In the UK it was that stiff upper lip stoicism and in New Zealand, where Anna lives now, it was the ‘She’ll be ‘right’ all is ok phrase.Anna has her own podcast called The Fresh Minds Podcast which interviews ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Having listened to it, no wonder Anna wanted to reach out to me, as our pods are so similar and we, are like two peas in a pod!How did she find me? So as some of you may know, I was featured on The High Performance Podcast back in May and Anna is a huge fan of that pod and heard my interview. She sent me an email and I thought she sounded mega and the rest is history! Our friendship is so beautiful and our chats are deeeeep!We wanted to record a cross pod, totally unscripted and see where we ended up. We chat all things communication and the importance of human connection. We talk about Anna’s space in the men’s mental health world and how that came to be. I open up about my driving force for starting my wellbeing journey and some stories about my past. We discuss boundaries, priorities, presence and time. We end with purpose which I think is super fitting.It is honest real and from the heart. We hope you enjoy it as we loved recording it!!Thanks my friend!https://www.freshcoaching.me/Instagram @freshcoachingnzThe Fresh Minds Podcast Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Wellbeing with Manny in conversation with Adam from Wellbeing in the Arts
35:32 Adam Bamborough from Wellbeing in the ArtsAdam Bamborough is the founder of Wellbeing in the Arts, an organisation set up specifically to support the health and wellbeing of people in the arts. Adam generously shares his story about when he experienced his first ever episode of depression around the age of 18. Adam never felt as if there was a specific ‘moment’ that triggered this first experience, however he can reflect on the possibilities as to why this may have happened. As an actor Adam confided in very few people about his mental health struggles for years, fear of losing jobs, judgement, the stigma…. Adam almost enjoyed the relief of being someone else for a while and masking his true feelings. Adam talks openly about the fact that his depression or the ‘black cloud’ as he calls it is always there and it is something he has learnt to manage over time. Some days are better than others and some days are a real struggle. Adam was diagnosed later in life with ADHD and with this late but significant diagnosis, things suddenly started to make a lot more sense and offer much more clarity. Adam explains that being neurodivergent can leave the door open for mental health issues and understanding himself and wanting to support others has been the biggest driving force in setting up Wellbeing in the Arts. Wellbeing in the Arts is a supportive, non-judgemental, safe space where people in the arts can access many different supports from their highly experienced team of counsellors and coaches to mental health training, events, surgeries and industry workshops. Adam and his team are part of a positive drive for a culture change, and I am absolutely in awe of everything they are doing. If you think you need help, reach out and say those words, “I need support”. We have all been there and you can and will get through it. Thank you Adam, you utter legend!Visit www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Wellbeing with Manny in conversation with Paul Sockett
55:09Paul Sockett is a storyteller, a coach and a workshop leader around ‘stuff’ and the stories we tell through the things we keep. More to explore about this in the episode!!Paul chats to us so generously about his work with ‘Claim Your Space’ and a process he calls ‘Streamlining’. He talks about how we can always lower the stakes to bring things back to our basic human needs, returning to self and the true essence of self. “Lowering the stakes - when we find ourselves in a moment of vulnerability, what’s the easiest access point? How is that possible in the moment I am in?”By shaping the ‘stuff’ we have through streamlining, we are not making it smaller, we are making choices! “Thriving is what we want, whether we keep things or not, we thrive”It is a thought provoking, powerful and impactful conversation and with Paul’s carefully considered use of language, he exemplifies how personal the interpretation of language is in effective communication.Paul is a gorgeous, generous human who is genuinely holding space for people, supporting and encouraging them to thrive, and we are HERE FOR IT! Thank you Paul for your time!Contact Paul:https://www.paulsockett.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Wellbeing with Manny in conversation with Ellen Murray
39:06Ellen Murray is a mindset and empowerment coach, working with high achieving women who are experiencing feelings of overwhelm and on the brink of burnout, supporting them to shift their priorities back to their own wellbeing. Ellen’s story is pretty mind blowing and she also happens to be one of my newest and most significant friends and I am so grateful for her!For 10 years Ellen had a hugely successful and thriving fitness and nutrition business which grew to a level Ellen never thought possible. Over the years Ellen supported 1000s of women with a team of 10 staff to improve their fitness and relationship with food. Anyone in and around St Helens knew of her, she was the one to go to if you wanted to join a super community of women all taking control of their lives (including me who joined in many of Ellen’s amazing Glow Fit classes!)During the pandemic in 2020 everything changed. I don’t want to spoil Ellen’s telling of her incredible story so all I will say is after finally listening to her body.“Sometimes the body whispers to you but now my body was screaming at me!”After days in bed, unable to be her usual energetic self, ulcers, difficulty with cognitive function, stints in hospital and so much more, Ellen was diagnosed with ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and was told it would be unlikely she would work again and with that she closed the business. Fast forward to 2022 and Ellen is still a major super human working yet again to support and help women but wearing a slightly different cape and not so many lycra leggings and neon caps!She truly is one in a million and I know you will love her story. If you want to connect with Ellen you can find her on Facebook Ellen Murray Mindset and Empowerment Coach or on Instagram @ You can also watch her incredible documentary Unstoppable: Life with CFS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1Kbo85PJeMThank you beautiful lady x Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Wellbeing with Manny in conversation with Dilani Gaunt
41:05Strap yourselves in, this is a wild one! A little step away from a specific arts conversation to an inspirational story told by this wonderful woman, my old babysitter, Dilani Gaunt.Dilani has worked as a social worker in Mental Health for 20 years and is now in the process of starting a new coaching business.Dilani says so candidly “I have always thought that my brain was broken”. Dilani talks about her struggle throughout her life and how her brain worked differently to everyone else. She has always thought that she was just disorganised, a let-down to her friends, couldn’t keep to time, couldn’t get any jobs done, over thinking everything, which then led to a life of crippling levels of self-worth and years of anxiety and depression ………UNTIL, she realised that through no fault of her own she had never actually been diagnosed with ADHD. Suddenly Dilani’s life began to make sense for the first time in decades!Dilani shares with us some very personal and heart-breaking family tragedies and the breakdown of her marriage, alongside the journey to understanding herself and how she could have been better supported had she known.This episode was a privilege to listen to. I feel honoured that Dilani trusted me with her story. It’s not an easy listen at times but it is powerful, impactful and utterly awe inspiring!Thank you Dilani! You will forever be my favourite babysitter!TW: Anxiety, Depression, Self-worth, Family bereavement (Cancer and Leukaemia) trauma and ADHDPlease listen when you feel you can.Lots of love! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Wellbeing with Manny in conversation with Cat Ogden
45:15Cat is one of life’s utter superstars. Any time I spend with Cat leaves me feeling so happy as I am lifted by her beautiful energy.Cat is a self-confessed voice geek! (Aren’t we all babe!) She is a singing teacher and vocal coach, specialising in adolescent and young voices. Her fascination with wellbeing and the voice led her to complete an MA in voice pedagogy.As part of Cat’s MA, she was invited to a webinar about singing and Trauma, focusing on Adverse Childhood Experiences. In the course of the webinar, Cat filled in a questionnaire to assess how likely a person’s trauma would manifest in poor life decisions, potentially leading down the path of abuse, addiction and even prison. Cat scored a whopping 9/10 and began to wonder yet again, as she had done previously in her life, if her love and passion for singing had been her saviour. Cat has made this area of study one of her specialisms and has much to share about the incredible benefits of both solo singing and singing together in choirs. Cat opens up about her experiences with auditioning and how she has been able to release much negativity with her own self believe and the pursuit of purpose led living. Cat blows my mind with her positivity and resilience in the face of such potential adversity, and the way she now helps others, is beauty in its purest form. Cat believes you are always where you are meant to be, and we are so grateful for the space she occupies. I adore her and I am sure you will too!TW: Childhood trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorder, personality disorder – please listen when you feel you can. https://www.industryminds.co.uk/https://applauseforthought.com/https://www.wellbeinginthearts.org.uk/https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Wellbeing with Manny in conversation with Robert Rhodes
31:17Robert Rhodes is the biggest ray of sunshine ever! Strap yourself in for a super conversation with someone who finds every bit of joy in life and doesn’t waste a second. Robert is an actor (and dog groomer extraordinaire!) and a campaigner supporting both the Changing Faces and Face Equality International charities. Robert opens up about his experiences as a child growing up in a world where he had a facial difference yet didn’t see it until it was pointed out to him! He talks candidly about the negative representation on screen and the trend of almost all villains having either a scar, a burn scar or some level of facial difference, which sadly and shockingly became synonymous with evil and villainy. When Robert was little, the film The Lion King had a profound impact on him as it appeared to reinforce to the world that ‘scars were evil’ (the character of Scar). Bond villain after Bond villain had facial disfigurements and for Robert he couldn’t understand why heroes didn’t have scars! They fight as much as the villains – too right!Robert generously shares with me his thoughts on how we can help educate people, how to talk to and in particular, how to talk to children about facial differences. Robert finds the joy in life and is super in tune with when he needs to own his boundaries, take in some nature and take a self care day! Robert has the most supportive family and friends and growing up he was instilled with a sense confidence and overwhelming positivity which really shines through!You are going to feel lifted, loved and a little bit wiser after this chat!Thanks so much for your time Robert you busy bee! Follow Robert @RobertRhodes160Follow and support the charities mentioned in this episode: https://faceequalityinternational.org/https://www.changingfaces.org.uk/https://katiepiperfoundation.org.uk/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Wellbeing with Manny in conversation with The Brassington Brothers
39:14This is one special episode. So usually, we bring you one guest but today we have two!! Brothers, Tom and Jo Brassington are both primary school teachers who have written the most beautiful and impactful book called Bottled. Bottled is a children’s picture book helping children of all ages understand why, and how, they should express their emotions in a healthy way. “…An invaluable tool which parents, guardians, teachers and others can use to create emotionally honest spaces for children in their care.” (Bottled)Early on in their teaching careers, Tom and Jo were seeing patterns in their classrooms. They were observing children who were struggling to navigate their own emotions and in particular the naming of certain emotions. They both learned in their teacher training about particular barriers to learning and in sharing experiences in their own classrooms, noticing, naming and opening up about emotions had become a real barrier. This experience coupled with an unexpected family crisis, Tom and Jo found themselves in their 20s with no tools in their arsenal to handle such issues. “When something impacts you, you need to help others”. (Tom)The impact of Bottled has been huge. The brothers have had feedback from primary schools across the UK, in particular, those working within SEN (Special Educational Needs) schools and families who have opened up and in some cases with traumatic stories, about how this book could have saved their son or daughter. It’s incredibly powerful.“Children’s picture books don’t change the world, but they do change the little world of little people” (Tom) – these are the kind of gems you are dealing with in this episode.Get your copy of Bottled at Waterstones, Amazon and all good book shops. Visit https://anemotionallyhonestspace.co.uk/ to connect with Tom and Jo and browse their resources which are amazing! https://www.empathylab.uk/empathy-day-2022 You can follow Tom and Jo on the socials using @brassobrothersJo @jobrassingtonTom @brassoteachThank you both for your incredible words, what you are doing is nothing short of amazing and so impactful. I am so honoured to know you both and I know how much you will love these two humans!Ps Jo’s artwork and Tom’s baking is almost as good as their writing!!! Don’t you just love how beautifully talented some folks are?!!! TW: We discuss children’s mental health, depression, anxiety and death by suicide. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Wellbeing with Manny in conversation with Crystal Nicholls
44:31We’re back!!!! What a line up we have for you! Thank you so much for your support you all rock!So this first episode is a corker! It 100% aligns with everything I wanted from the podcast!Crystal is a holistic health coach. She was born in Barbados and moved to Toronto at the age of 18 to pursue her career aspirations to become a performer. After completing her BFA in performance, Crystal specialised as a dancer and found a life on the ocean waves dancing on some of the world’s biggest cruise liners. In between contracts, with just a week’s break, Crystal auditioned for the Lion King musical and booked the job! What a dream….. then followed 6 wonderful years as a professional musical theatre performer….until at only 6 weeks left of her 6 year contract, the pandemic hit. On reflection, this turned out to be space, time and most importantly the pause button that Crystal needed. 6 plus years of neglecting herself and pushing and pushing to be the best she could be, the most ‘perfect’ performer she could be, all the while feeling burnout, stressed and eventually googling “quick fix for anxiety” (haven’t we all!)Knowing she had to prioritise herself, Crystal did a deep dive into hypnotherapy, nutrition and health coaching. Now as an incredibly successful holistic health coach, Crystal coaches clients with her wealth of performance experience to navigate the world we call ‘The Industry’.Crystal has some incredible insights, top tips and more importantly some forward-thinking views on how the industry, especially ‘the roots’ level such as training institutions, could incorporate more sessions on how to look after yourself, own your boundaries, handle rejection and develop a growth mindset.Crystal can be found at: https://www.crystalnicholls.com/And she mentions: https://www.1giantmind.com/ for meditationThank you Crystal, you’re an incredible human! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.