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  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    This live episode from 14th February 2020 was recorded at The Horse & Stables pub as part of The Vault Festival and raising money for Child.org. We were joined by Jamie Windust and, appropriately, tackled the subject of Valentine's Day and the worries that can crop up on the most romantic day of the year...and a little bit about the troubles of dating in general. It was OUR favourite V Day to date and we hope you enjoy!

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    This week we are delving back into the archives to look at dating. It's Valentine's Day on Friday...so we thought it was appropriate! Ultimately, it’s really weird and most of the time you’ll have a better time staying home and watching TV in your trackies. But sometimes you’ve got to take a chance, so strap yourself in for a discussion about the perils of online dating, going for unavailable, beardy hipsters and mutual ghosting. This is the low down on our particular anxieties from the dating world.

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  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    Exercise! What does that word conjure up for you? Eighties aerobics? Pumping iron at the gym? Perhaps a zumba class! Were you a sporty child or did P.E. lessons fill you with dread? How much exercise are you MEANT to do a week? Do you do it more for your physical or mental health? How much money do you spend each month on the gym...and do you ever go? We found lots to be fearful of when it comes to getting a sweat on...but also lots of upsides. Listen in, perhaps while on a gentle jog.

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    This week we are joined by Miles Otway: born and raised in London but current resident of San Francisco (or SF to those in the know). We discuss the terrifying logistics of moving to another country, the loneliness that comes with being away from your friends and family and how home will always be home but it can start to feel...different. Living abroad can be fantastic, but there's a LOT to worry about.

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

    Miles: Twitter - @milesotway Insta - sirskanksalot

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    'Being a Parent' is the hot topic for this week and for obvious reasons we had a guest on. Leoni is the editor of Noctis magazine...and mother to delightful twin girls! There's so much to talk about and in this episode we cover things like the famed 'pressure to have it all', how you can keep your identity when you become a parent, how much the little bundles of joy cost to raise and also...SLEEP. How much do you really get and HOW ON EARTH do you cope?

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    The vegan diet seems to have exploded in popularity in the last few years and people are often very passionate about it - whether they're for or against. In this episode we look at exactly what the vegan diet is and the reasons why veganism is a choice for some. We also consider some of the difficulties of being a vegan - when you're eating on the go, when your friends want to go to a steakhouse or when you're worried people might be making all sorts of assumptions about you at a party. In this episode we are joined by John - an actual vegan - to help us make up our own minds about what our diets should be.

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    It's 2020 baby and we're back with a brand new episode! The end of the year - and in this case the end of the DECADE - can be a good time to reflect on the highs and lows. But what about going forwards? New year, new you? Or are you happy just the way you are? Do new year's resolutions set us up for failure or do they give us inspiring goals to work towards? What's worked in the past and what have you given up by January 3rd? Whether you're still feeling strong in your resolutions, have fallen off the wagon already or joyfully didn't make any in the first place - listen in. That's an easy resolution to stick to.

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    We're back with another mini-episode, this time challenging ourselves to write a letter from our 80 year old selves to our current selves. In our main episode last week we were freaking out about turning 30...but how young would that seem to an octogenarian? We consider what we would like to hear we get up to over the next 50 years...and what the important things are that we should value.

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    In this week's episode we are talking about 'body shaming' with owner of The Pilates Pod (a studio in Hitchin, not a podcast!) - Michelle Smith. Michelle talks about her own experiences of being body shamed and we consider how the 'desired' body shape for women has changed a lot over the last century. We chat about the role of celebrity and social media in how we feel about our bodies - and also discuss whether body shaming is particularly rife in the sporting industry.

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    The Pilates Pod: @thepilatespod

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    This is the first of our mini 'challenges' episodes - where we try to do something practical to address our anxieties. In our episode about Success, Nadine Wild-Palmer told us that she always wonders what 6 year old Nadine would think about what she's doing now. So, we decided to write our 6 year old selves a letter, to tell them what we've been up to with all our many decades - and where we think we can give ourselves a little pat on the back!

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    Turning 30 is a bit scary isn't it? You start to not understand the 'youth of today', your crow's feet start really settling in and you no longer have the status of being the 'young person' at work. That's before you start hearing the tick tock of the biological clock and getting invites to 17 weddings a summer. But...there are lots of positives to the allegedly greatest decade...and you can have a fancy party to celebrate, so it's not all bad! This week we are joined by the lovely Amy Hawkins - clinical psychologist, great pal and - importantly for this episode - woman in her thirties.

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    What does success mean to you? How do you measure it? Are you someone who makes a 5 year plan and tracks your progress towards it, or do you prefer to go with the flow? We know that comparison is the thief of joy - but can you resist sneaking a peak at what other people are achieving to check you are 'keeping up'? Sigh...it's a tough one. Come freak out with us you bunch of successful people!

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    Nadine Wild-Palmer: @nadinewildpalm

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    It's a bit of a hot potato of a subject this week. We are talking about drugs with the beyond lovely Dr Suzi Gage, psychologist, epidemiologist and host of the phenomenally successful 'Say Why To Drugs' podcast. In this episode we talk about what drugs really are, what we knew about them growing up and what we worry about now. From taking them and thinking you might die, to not taking them and feeling like you're missing out - there is a lot of anxiety around the subject so there's lots to talk about. We also discuss Suzi's research into the complicated relationship between drug use and mental health...it's all really very interesting!

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    Namaste to you, our yogi pod-friends. This week we are talking about Yoga with Dr Kirstie Fleetwood-Meade. Counselling psychologist and (handily) yoga teacher. We talk about what yoga really is, its connection to mental health and feeling like you're doing it wrong. Also - farting, feeling a bit 'wanky' and worrying that you're completely incompetent when everyone else in the class stands on their head. Kirstie also talks us through a few moves that you can try at home!

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    Dr Kirstie Fleetwood-Meade: neverseenherbivore

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    This week's episode comes to you from BBC Radio Sheffield and is a collaboration with The Naked Podcast. The wonderful Kat Harbourne and Jenny Eels talk all things 'being naked'. Why do some people feel comfortable strutting about with nothing on, but others cover up walking from their bedroom to the bathroom? Were you brought up in a 'naked household' and has that affected your attitude to it now? What's your go-to gym changing room etiquette? And what does your anxious mind decide that other people are thinking when you do strip off? We bare all about our worries about...baring all.

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    This week's episode is about a difficult topic...loneliness. It's such an emotive word that it has Kelsey tearing up before we've even begun. We discuss what it is (which is actually more complicated than it sounds) and what our own experiences of loneliness have been. Apparently over 9 million people in the UK report feeling lonely - and it's not just the older population. So, if you are feeling lonely, it turns out you're not alone. Tune in for our attempt to tackle this tricky topic!

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    Holidaaaay! Celebraaaate! Holidays are, without a doubt, our favourite things of life. If we could live on holiday, oh we would. But. That's not to say they don't come with their own fair share of worries and stress. Where to go. The holiday admin. Flying. The cost. Who to go with. Losing luggage. Getting ill. Staying in dodgy places. Travel companies going bust. And a very British fear...the weather. Recorded on a gloriously sunny bank holiday in the UK with a prosecco in hand, join us as we try to navigate keeping calm while getting away from it all.

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    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    This week's episode is a little different. It's a mashup with the podcast People Soup, which was recorded as a live fringe event at the recent Brighton Podcast Festival. Unfortunately Kelsey couldn't leave the M25 area so missed this episode, but Maddy spoke to Ross McIntosh - an organisational psychologist and coach - about Imposter Syndrome. What is it? What's the origin of the term? What are our own experiences of feeling it? And, perhaps most importantly, what can we do about it? Ross is a 'global expert' in using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy in the workplace (although as he explains in this episode, that introduction makes him feel very uncomfortable) but he talked the audience through some exercises that can help you notice your imposter syndrome when it pops up.

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    People Soup: Twitter @PeopleSoupPod Instagram: people.soup Website: peoplesoup.co

    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    This week's episode is on alcohol and we invited Elliot Ball, founder of The Cocktail Trading Company onto the podcast. It's a huge topic and probably deserves another episode at least, but this week we spoke about why we like drinking alcohol, what constitutes binge drinking and why we allow ourselves to drink too much even though we know hangovers are TERRIBLE. We also speak about alcohol and mental health and why generation z seem to be choosing more and more to cut out alcohol altogether.

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    The Cocktail Trading Company: Instagram - thecocktailtradingco Twitter - @CocktailTradeCo

    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)

  • Freaking the F Out is a podcast where Kelsey Bennett and Maddy Scott examine the inner workings of their anxious minds. Covering everything from the minute to the very big and life changing, they’re not mental health professionals but they do happen to have some experience in the field.

    This week's episode is all about grief. An emotional topic, but luckily we were joined by two expert guests. Cariad Lloyd is a comedian, actress, writer and podcast QUEEN. She is usually found hosting the award winning Griefcast, where funny people talk about death and grief. Dr Erin Hope Thompson is the Founder & Director of The Loss Foundation, the only UK charity dedicated solely to providing bereavement support following the loss of a loved one to cancer.

    We talk personal experiences with grief, why Cariad thinks 'the grief cycle' is a load of bollocks and what to say to people who have lost someone close to them. A sensitive subject, but with a professional comedian onboard you can bet there are some laughs along the way.

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    Cariad Lloyd: Intagram - @cariadlloyd

    Dr Erin Hope Thompson: Twitter - @erinhopet @LossFoundation . Instagram - @thelossfoundation

    Artwork by Chris Hastings-Spital (@chrismhs)