In this episode, Jilly, Jo and Stephanie chat about why Christmas can be stressful, especially as it's often linked to painful memories and emotions. We share tips on how we can leave behind ideas of a perfect Christmas and make it our own kind of celebration - a celebration which works for us in whatever circumstances we find ourselves. Prepare to laugh and cry whilst listening!
December 17, 2021
Anxiety is my Superpower
In this Podcast we talk about the skills and resilience we learn when struggling with anxiety - and how we can channel our anxious energy to make it our super power. Anxious people have to learn to face down their fears everyday - and this takes courage and determination. We hope this Podcast gives you food for thought about the positive traits of the anxious personality.
June 24, 2021
The Easing of Restrictions
This month's podcast looks at life slowly returning to normal with the opening of shops and outdoor eating following another lockdown, and the anxieties that can come with this. We discuss how we will be approaching all the changes and how we can be kind to ourselves during this time, as what one person might be comfortable doing someone else may not. In this podcast we acknowledge how everyone is different and will react to these changes differently.
May 18, 2021
Easter Eggs and Mental Health
Easter Eggs and Mental Health is a podcast about celebrations and how we use special events across the year to mark the passage of time and feel more positive about the everyday. Stephanie chats with ORC tutors Vera and Sreeja about how they have got through the dull days of Lockdown and what gives their lives meaning.
March 24, 2021
Rambling - on foot and in words
In this episode Stephanie talks to Roy Peach about walking and writing. Roy is going to walk 1083 miles by May to raise money for Restore - and he's doing it one step at a time in local walks around Oxford. Roy's also a writer and developed ORC's creative writing course, so we get talking about all kinds of creative journeys, how to deal with setbacks and freeing your imagination.
February 10, 2021
Coping with January
In this episode we look at how we can cope with January. For some this can be a really difficult time of year; January is always a long, cold month and with another lockdown now in place this just adds to the difficulty. Together we look at ways in which we can look after ourselves through January, discuss the things that help us and share some useful tips to help others along the way.
January 14, 2021
Holding on to Hope
S03 Ep2 Holding onto Hope is a Podcast investigating what hope is and how we can build a greater sense of hope in difficult times. Head of ORC Stephanie talks to Recovery College tutors Tam, Peter and Jo, and consultant clinical psychologist Khadija about what hope means to them. Together we come up with lots of different ways to feel more hopeful about the future, including thinking creatively around challenges and looking for hope in the present moment.
December 17, 2020
Coping with Christmas
Coping with Christmas is a Podcast for anyone who might struggle with any aspect of Christmas. Head of ORC Stephanie talks to Recovery College tutor Bill, Restore's CEO Lesley Dewhurst and Oxfordshire MIND's Katie about how they cope with Christmas. The Podcast ends with a summary of different things to try to look after your mental health and wellbeing throughout the festive season.
December 11, 2020
Spirituality and Mental Health
Our latest Podcast, and the last in the series, is on the subject of Spirituality and Mental Health, looking at Spirituality in the round from both a religious and non-religious perspective. Our guests on the podcast approach the subject from a personal viewpoint, on how spirituality has had an impact on their lives in general, and on their mental health in particular.
September 11, 2020
Running on Oxford time
This Podcast starts by pondering on the psychology of lateness, but turns into a Podcast about making the most out of everyday life, and introduces listeners to the joys of bullet journaling.
September 03, 2020
Train yourself happy
Our third episode of Season 2, 'Train yourself happy', is all about exercise and mental health, and features two brand new guests on the pod. We hope you enjoy listening. If you have any specific questions about this podcast, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
August 24, 2020
Life's simple pleasures
This week's episode looks at what some of the simple pleasures of life are, and how we incorporate the five ways to wellbeing into our every day lives. We also talk about what we mean by simple pleasures, and about the fact that sometimes we can over complicate things slightly when we really don't need to!
August 04, 2020
Hope is the thing with feathers
Our first episode of the ORC Podcast Series 2, 'Hope is the thing with feathers' is about how the everyday pleasure of watching birds can increase our sense of hope and wellbeing.
August 01, 2020
The 5th Episode of the Oxfordshire Recovery College Podcast. This week we focused on sleep, this was a fascinating insight into how sleep can have such a positive and negative impact on many functions of the body and mental health. As mentioned in the podcast for those listening who are in the Thames Valley area you can access the Sleepio app with a range of exercises to help you with your sleep: www.sleepio.com/NHS We hope you enjoy and get a restful night sleep.
April 21, 2020
Cooking (on a budget and basics)
Our 4th episode is slightly extended because we did a podcast from our kitchens! We looked at how to cook during the current lock down as well as cooking on a budget. Alongside of this we made a Tuna mousse! (souffle to some!) Recipe below: 1 can of tuna 2 eggs 4 table spoons of Mayonnaise 1/2 pint of milk 110 grams of cheese Mix it all in a bowl, decant to some oven proof dishes and pop in the over for between 15 and 20 minutes! Easy peasy lemon squeezie....
April 15, 2020
Panic Attacks and Mindfulness
This is our hat-trick (3rd) episode of the Oxfordshire Recovery College Podcast. We are joined by three co-hosts, two of whom are students of the College. In this episode we discuss how it feels to have a panic attack, including tips and techniques that can help you with this. One of these tips is Mindfulness, which comes onto our second section of this episode in which we are joined by Dr Vernon (Clinical Psychologist) to guide us through a short mindfulness session. If you are enjoying these podcast please feel free to share with others. Or contribute by sending us a message on Anchor, Facebook, Twitter or email. Anchor: (click message) Facebook: Search @Oxfordshire recovery college (and comment on the podcast post) Twitter: Search @OxfordshireRC (and comment on the podcast post) Email: contactORC@restore.org.uk We hope you enjoy listening!
April 06, 2020
Following on from our critically acclaimed first podcast. We bring you episode 2, which focuses on those with lived experience of mental health and using this experience positively. Re-capping and adding to our 5 Ways to Wellbeing and finally looking at living on your own during this time.
March 27, 2020
Our first ever podcast
Hi all, as a way of engaging with you and new people to the college, we have decided to create our first ever podcast. During the first podcast we will cover the following: College update The Forensic Spoke Five Ways to Wellbeing But to really find out what we spoke about, you need to listen :) We welcome all feedback and if you have any suggestions for future episodes, ways you are looking after your own wellbeing or even a name for the podcast, please share. Your Oxfordshire Recovery College
March 23, 2020