My Near-Death Experience with COVID-19 & the Healing Power of Nature - Robin Hanbury-Tenison
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by Sam West
10M ago
On today's episode is one of the last great remaining explorers of our generation, Robin Hanbury-Tenison, OBE. On the show we discuss Robin's remarkable story of surviving coronavirus, his incredible explorations and the healing power of nature.  Back in March 2020, Robin was one of the very first patients in the UK to become seriously ill and hospitalised with COVID, and spent five weeks in a coma in intensive care.  Needing a ventilator and other equipment just to keep him alive, doctors gave Robin just a 5% chance of survival. Hospital staff even made the phone call to Robin's wif ..read more
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How to Manage Anxiety and Panic Attacks - Dr. Jill Stoddard
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by Sam West
11M ago
On today's episode is leading psychologist and anxiety expert Dr. Jill Stoddard. In this episode Jill explains to us what causes anxiety, what the most common symptoms are and most importantly how we can manage it when these feelings arise.  We also talk in-depth about panic attacks and approaches you can try and take to calm yourself down in those moments. As a sufferer of anxiety myself, I found talking to Jill on this podcast really useful, and feel as though I now have some tricks and techniques to help me feel less anxious in times of need.  Above all I hope you enjoy the episod ..read more
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My Recovery From Anxiety, Binge Drinking & Suicidal Thoughts - Sam West
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by Sam West
1y ago
After a short break, the podcast is back and I’ve decided to share my own story on the channel with the help of my good friend Alfie taking the interviewer role. Hopefully, by sharing my story, it becomes clearer why some of the subjects discussed on the show are so close to my heart.  From a young age I felt a void within me, and tried to fill that space initially by misbehaving in school as it provided me with a stimulus which made me feel whole. After being kicked out of school and progressing into my teens, I soon discovered that alcohol and recreational drugs had a similar effect in ..read more
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Former Armed Robber Tam Carrigan Shares His Story of Change
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by Sam West
1y ago
On today’s episode is former armed robber and war-zone photographer Tam Carrigan. Crime was normalised from a young age for Tam, with childhood memories of visiting his father in prison and it being a common occurrence in the area he grew up in. Things gradually got more serious as he got older, graduating from car theft to armed robberies.  Despite this, from a young age Tam was looking for a way to escape all of this, even trying to join the British army and later spending a year with the French Foreign Legion. He also spent a number of years abroad in the Middle East, and had dreams of ..read more
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How to Sleep Better and Feel More Energised - Doctor Guy Leschziner
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by Sam West
1y ago
On today’s episode is Doctor Guy Leschziner, who’s a world-renowned sleep expert, neurologist and author working at Guys’ and St Thomas’ hospitals in London.  There, Doctor Leschziner treats a number of different sleep disorders, and has come on the podcast today to share some of his expert knowledge, telling us how we can create a lifestyle which is conducive towards sleeping better and feeling more energised.  What habits do we need to create in order to sleep better? How long should we stop using screens for before going to bed? What can we do in those moments where we can’t get t ..read more
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What is the Back On Track Podcast All About? New Season 2 Content!
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by Sam West
1y ago
Firstly I just wanted to say a massive thanks to everyone who’s supported the show so far - it really gives me the motivation needed to keep putting content out there! I’m pleased to say that a new and improved direction for the show is coming in Season Two, where I’ll be including interviews with various experts as well as the inspirational life stories from Season One. I wanted to make the show even more useful for listeners, and give them the tools they may need to improve their lives as well as providing inspirational content. So that means I’ll be speaking to experts from various fields s ..read more
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Battling Injury, Mental Illness and Swimming with Sharks - Liana Smith
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by Sam West
1y ago
On today’s episode is Liana Smith who’s an elite level swimmer that even held a number of New Zealand national titles. However, at the age of just 17 Liana’s competitive swimming career was thrown into doubt when she suffered stress fractures in her back, was unable to walk and even had to learn basic motor skills again.  During this period Liana was obviously unable to compete and do what she loved, and so lost her sense of identity and this took a serious toll on her mental health causing her to feel depressed.  It took Liana a number of years to recover both physically and mentall ..read more
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Overcoming Social Anxiety & Panic Attacks - Claire Eastham
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by Sam West
1y ago
Hey everyone! So after a little break from releasing episodes we're back and there will be new content being released regularly from here on out. There's also just one more episode left of season one before a new an improved direction for the show in season two! On today’s episode is mental health advocate and author Claire Eastham. Claire began suffering with social anxiety from a young age, but unfortunately these feelings went undiagnosed. That was until she suffered a severe panic attack during a job interview which caused her to really look into what was going on.  It took Claire a w ..read more
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Overcoming Depression, Anxiety and Grief - Ryan Mairs
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by Sam West
1y ago
On today’s episode is mental health advocate Ryan Mairs, who started up his own awareness platform called "Mairsy Let’s Talk" whilst at university.  Life was really tough for Ryan almost from the outset, with his dad passing away when he was barely in his early teens and to make matters worse he was also being bullied in school. Understandably, this took Ryan to a really dark place, but he found solace in mixed martial arts and went on to compete at a semi-professional level.  However, Ryan’s story is also one of many ups and downs, having suffered since with bouts of depression and ..read more
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From Drug Dealing to Modelling - The Maiya Kati Story
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by Sam West
1y ago
On today’s episode is ex-drug dealer now turned model, Maiya Kati. Maiya first became involved in selling drugs at the age of just 13, starting with weed and progressing onto class A drugs as he got older. However, throughout this time, he was always looking for a legitimate exit, and gained a bachelor's degree in business and management and a master’s in international relations. After sending 1000’s of applications after the masters and receiving no luck, Maiya went back to the streets and ended up being caught with 194 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin and was sentenced to 30 months in priso ..read more
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