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Community - the Authentic Tea podcast with Helen

Helen is a personal development coach supporting busy professionals to create a work-life balance and navigate change in their lives.


Helen recently shared her thoughts on coaching with a series of webinars with the Coaching Pod joining other like-minded coaches on a similar mission.


In addition to being a GP clinical tutor, contributing to the teaching faculty in Swansea, Helen is also expanding her expertise as a GP by developing her specialist interest in Lifestyle Medicine.


Community is at the heart of how Helen approaches life. Join us for Episode 30 to find out more about how Helen has combined her passions and create opportunities to share her knowledge with her friends, family, colleagues and wider community. Helen shares the value of creating space and hitting the pause button to make healthy lifestyle choices.


Rachel (00:00):

It's wonderful to be chatting with Helen. Helen is a personal development coach supporting busy professionals to create a work-life balance and navigate change in their lives. Helen recently shared her thoughts on coaching with a series of webinars with the coaching pod, joining other like-minded coaches on a similar mission. In addition to being a GP, clinical tutor, contributing to the teaching for equity and funding, Helen is also expanding her expertise as a GP by developing her specialist's interest in lifestyle medicine. Welcome, Helen. It's great to have you here today.


Helen (00:33):

Thank you for having me. It's great to be with you.


Rachel (00:37):

Thanks for joining us. I'm excited to explore a little bit more about what you're doing and how you've found your own path to be able to create so many wonderful things and share those with other people. So maybe we just start with lifestyle medicine. I've spoken to a few other doctors who have developed an interest in lifestyle medicine, but maybe you could share with the listeners your own discovery when you started to realize that you were interested in lifestyle medicine. And then maybe some steps that you've taken to develop your expertise and to learn a little bit more so that you can now deliver that to other people.


Helen (01:14):

Thanks, Rachel, for the questions. I've always been passionate about some of the pillars of lifestyle medicine. Even as a little child, I was told that I didn't like members of the family that smoked. And there's quite a few family members that have had heart troubles and strokes and things like that in our family.


Helen (01:44):

And then I think I became more interested when a teenager and taught myself nutrition and I was very sporty anyway. So I was lucky from that aspect. And then when I was at a crossroad in my careerthen obviously looking after the stress levels, learning how to relax, I started becoming more interested and read a lot about mindfulness ina great book by Mark Williams, living in a frantic world. And I started implementing yoga things at that time, just brilliant.


Helen (02:27):

I have always been into healthy nutrition, walking, running, but then over the last couple of years, I got into that even more, After completing my coaching diplomaand having touched base with a couple of other people locally, realizing that all of us had similar passions, andthen getting that group together. And also realizing that there's only so much that medication can do and how I tended to lean towards more lifestyle stuff in the past. And having had the opportunity to have a family member who was very much about the doctor, giving the pill and the prescription, I still have that disempowered him actually. And that as well prompted me to help other people to where we can have you in lots of different ways.


Helen (03:35):

Lot's of people just don't know. And I think my knowledge, I'm just keen to develop my knowledge as much as I can to become a great role model for my little one. Having a six-year-old I think made me think what is my communication like? I've got to first develop me to be able to help her and to be able to help my family and my patients basically. So becoming the best I can be, then I can share with everyone.


Rachel (04:07):

Thank you. It's nice to hear how that's developed from looking at your own health and wellbeing and thinking about how you can be the best version of yourself and the healthiest version. And then looking at those people close to you, and also being able to support them to think about their own health and wellbeing. So what steps have you taken to explore more about the world of lifestyle medicine to further your learning and your expertise?


Helen (04:34):

I done lots of research. The BSLM, the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine; I've become a member there. And they've got a huge number of resources, which is fantastic. The chip facilitator course was brilliant. I completed the chip course last year and then the facility training. Andthis year, I'm delivering the course with a colleague, Dr. Sarah Woods. That's now actually for people that are interested in chip a bit more, if they pop into an afternoon tea with docs,they're actually linking with the chip and BSLM as well.


Helen (05:14):

And the BSLM do a diploma, which I'm signed up to this year, which I think is going to be great for learning. It's brilliant. And there are so many podcasts as well. Dr. Chatterjee's books have just been phenomenal, fantastic to read ith his podcasts and Friday emails, the little tips and quotes. That's a good resource.


Helen (05:39):

I guess the steps for me were finding like-minded people,which was essential, finding resources. And then having patience and sharing my knowledgeand seeing what interest was in the community. I work or a volunteer with a neighbor where I do talk sessions around the block with her in the night, where we do a bit of coaching on lifestyle medicine. It's amazing to see.


Helen (06:15):

She's gone from having headaches every day and being stressed and beingunhappy with her weight and being unhappy with her diet and not actually having the confidence to go for exercises and lots of caffeine. To now reducing her caffeine, she's sleeping well now while she was sleeping poorly before, headaches have reduced, the stress levels are better. She's feeling more confident, she's walking. We ended up doing 5,000 instead of 2,000 steps the other day. She's losing weight.


Helen (06:50):