Episode 152: Neil Shah – Stress, Psychedelics and the Five Pillars of Health

Episode 152: Neil Shah – Stress, Psychedelics and the Five Pillars of Health

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. That’s a seriously worrying statistic. Mental health in all ages, genders, races and cultures is one of the least spoken about, most taboo subject. The idea of being vulnerable and accepting the need for help is terribly hard for many of us. 

On this episode, I speak to Neil Shah, founder of the International Wellbeing Insights and Chief De-Stressing Office of the Stress Management Society. He’s a leading international expert on stress management and wellbeing, and author of a few bestselling books on the topic. And on the podcast, we talk about the five core pillars of health, from mental, physical, social, emotional and spiritual, and why all five are critical. 

We discuss the taboo around psychedelics, current events, and what life is set to be like in the coming years. This is a candid, no holds barred conversation with Neil that I’m excited to share with you. 

                       ‘’We need more people that are aspiring to be not normal’’



          Neil Shah


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2.30 – Post normal

10.46 – The education system

16.08 – Breaking out the cycle

22.30 – Trusting ourselves

24.28 – Behind the scenes

31.28 – 5 building blocks of well-being

34.10 – Religion and spirituality

40.10 – Your own belief system

46.51 – DMT and psychedelic substances

57.56 – Alcohol

59.54 – Men and mental health

1.05.23 – How are you?

1.06.24 – Suicide

1.09.58 – The gurus

1.13.04 – Neil’s gift

1.16.30 – Staying in shape for life

1.25.59 – How to find out about Neil Shah?


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Akash Vaghela is the Founder of RNT Fitness, where his mission is to see a world where everyone experiences the power of a physical body transformation to act as a vehicle for the greater good in their lives. Akash has produced 200+ blogs, 100+ videos and hosts the RNT Fitness Radio podcast, which has amassed over 110,000 downloads in 90+ countries across 100+ episodes. Alongside this, he's been seen in Men's Health, BBC, T-Nation, Elite FTS and the PTDC, while also regularly speaking nationally and internationally on all things transformation.