Choices by Vidya Bellur
Choices is a podcast that helps you to 'get out of your own way' and make decisions that are right for you and your circumstances. Choose to simply 'be' and let talented Therapeutic Practioner, Vidya Bellur inspire beneficial changes to your life that aren't preachy or prescriptive.
Series 3 - The Outtakes
September 27, 2021 • 6 MIN
It's the end of series 3 and that only means one thing, time to have a laugh as you listen to the outtakes of the series. Vidya and her producers do hope you have enjoyed this series and Vidya will catch you soon.
Stop Waiting For Permission To Be You
September 20, 2021 • 10 MIN
As we are coming to the end of the series Vidya wanted this episode to be positive and uplifting. Her producer, Ella, mentioned that her favourite musical "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" was coming out as a film this week and how her favourite line from the show is "Stop waiting for permission to be you" Vidya liked this and the meaning behind it and so the title was born. Join Vidya as she talks about simply being yourself and trying to look past the judgment. Vidya ends this episode with a mindful moment so please do not drive or operate any machinery. Only participate if it is safe to do so or listen later.
Mindfullness or Mindfulness?
September 13, 2021 • 14 MIN
This week Vidya's shares with us the sense of clutter in life. Despite things not necessarily going to plan, she's felt at ease. Why is that? In this episode, Vidya talks about having a mindful approach to life and shares with us how we can co-exist more peacefully with all that 'thinking' we seem to get embroiled in doing. Join Vidya as she talks about mindfulness and leads us through a mindful moment. Vidya ends this episode with a mindful moment so please do not drive or operate any machinery. Only participate if it is safe to do so or listen later.
Back To Life, Back To Reality
September 6, 2021 • 13 MIN
It's time to get back to life, back to reality! This week Vidya's children returned to school and she is beginning to bounce back to her pre Covid routine. In this episode she talks about routines and the importance of rhythm as well as how it feels to get back to some form of normality. Vidya ends this episode with a mindful moment so please do not drive or operate any machinery. Only participate if it is safe to do so or listen later.
Motoring On
August 30, 2021 • 15 MIN
This week Vidya takes the time having visited The British Motor Show, to talk about how we really are in the driving seat of our lives. Vidya navigates us through all those driving idioms within our everyday language and shares her reflections with you, along with a slightly different mindful moment. Vidya ends this episode with a mindful moment so please do not drive or operate any machinery. Only participate if it is safe to do so or listen later.
Finding Your Tribe
August 23, 2021 • 15 MIN
How do we know we've found our tribe? How do we find those people that we can just be ourselves around? In this week’s episode Vidya talks about friendships and finding the people that you feel at ease with. She asks her children what they think friendship means and she talks about how you might go about finding connection with others who like-minded. Vidya ends this episode with a mindful moment so please do not drive or operate any machinery. Only participate if it is safe to do so or listen later.
Take Care Of You
August 16, 2021 • 19 MIN
We all see boundaries in different ways. Some may see a boundary in the form of a wall, fence or maybe a ring. In this episode Vidya explores our boundaries and what they mean to us. She also discusses when it is appropriate to put up a boundary but also to take one down. Vidya ends this episode with a mindful moment so please do not drive or operate any machinery. Only participate if it is safe to do so or listen later.
You're Worth It
August 9, 2021 • 16 MIN
What is self worth? The dictionary definition is 'the sense of ones own value or worth as a person' but how does a person value themselves and decide upon their own worth? In this episode Vidya discusses self worth, value, our sense of wealth and whether how we think about ourselves actually effects our performance in life. Vidya ends this episode with a mindful moment so please do not drive or operate any machinery. Only participate if it is safe to do so or listen later.
Life Is A Journey
August 2, 2021 • 34 MIN
In this episode Vidya talks to Junior, a 25 year old non-binary, disabled model who is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ+, disabled lives, & Black Lives Matter whose main ambition in life is to uplift as many people as possible in the most positive of ways. You can support Junior by following them on Instagram: @yikesitsjr Vidya ends this episode with a mindful moment so please do not drive or operate any machinery. Only participate if it is safe to do so or listen later.
Life Doesn't Always Go To Plan
July 26, 2021 • 10 MIN
Life doesn't always go to plan. As a scheduled guest experiences technical difficulties and can no longer join this week, Vidya uses this episode instead to discuss how such challenges can be an opportunity. In this episode Vidya discusses self love and actually why at times we may be in fact driven to abandon ourselves when we need ‘us’ the most. Vidya ends this episode with a mindful moment so please do not drive or operate any machinery. Only participate if it is safe to do so or listen later.
I'm So Angry
July 19, 2021 • 13 MIN
Why do we get angry? Why do we see anger as a negative thing? Anger can be used appropriately...How we express anger is more the point. Find out why Vidya is so angry as she expresses some of her own feelings about why this past week has made her question her faith in humanity.
July 12, 2021 • 10 MIN
'Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me'...Is that really true? In this episode, Vidya discusses the importance of words and how we can use them for better or for worse. There's also another mindful moment available for some time of reflection.
Truth and Dare
July 5, 2021 • 5 MIN
In this short episode Vidya gives you an insight into what you can expect in series 3. It also features a self-reflection exercise. In this series, Vidya will be talking to some really insightful guests to guide you along and help find your truth whilst daring you to take action. Each episode will also feature ‘Mindful Moments’ at the end of each episode which offers you the opportunity to stop and take a mental break. Discalimer: Whilst listening to ‘Mindful Moments’ please do not drive or operate any machinery. Only participate if it is safe for you to do so or listen later.
The Show Must Go On
June 28, 2021 • 10 MIN
Do you ever find yourself getting metaphorically stuck and feeling unable to go on with the show? Do you panic and constantly wonder how the show will turn out? In this episode, Vidya talks about her own personal show and proves that whatever you're facing, when the curtains go up, we all have stage presence in our lives and the ability to go on with the show.
June 21, 2021 • 12 MIN
'If at first, you don't succeed, try, try again' - Is this saying helpful as a mantra for daily life? In this episode, we take a look at what healthy perseverance means and how to adopt it into your daily life and ambitions.
The Intelligent Body Mind
June 14, 2021 • 14 MIN
Are you always listening with your head? When was the last time you really listened to your body for answers and understanding? It’s time to get really intelligent and tune into your heart, your gut, and what stories your bodily sense is sharing with you. Join Vidya as she aims to get your mind, and body, your ‘body-mind' aligned to bring you to a true Vivid Outcome.
Authentically Sharing
May 31, 2021 • 15 MIN
What effect could an incident with a glitter jar when I was just 3 years old have on me today? Could this have shaped who I am and what I've gone on to do? In this episode, we look at showing up authentically to all that we do, and in return for your listening ears, I'll authentically share with you.
This Indecision's Bugging Me...
May 24, 2021 • 12 MIN
Are you suffering from indecision? Perhaps you're worried about what making a decision will have on your relationships or what other people will think of you. Let's face it though, everything we do in life is based on decision making so it's really important we discover our why, what and how in order to give us the right motivation to make the correct decisions.
Get on board your Express Train!
May 17, 2021 • 14 MIN
This episode will help you understand that self-expression is not about a desire for self-indulgence, or what we may perceive to be selfish but actually about shaping self-care. Fundamentally, we cannot care for others unless we care for ourselves first!
Habitually Doing...
May 10, 2021 • 12 MIN
What if I could help you to let go of those habits that you would prefer to leave behind? In this episode, find out the reasons behind some of your own habits. Perhaps what you hear will encourage you to ‘do’ things differently.
The Pursuit of Self Reliance
May 3, 2021 • 12 MIN
How reliant are you on other people? Have you started to lose your sense of self-worth or self-expression? In this episode, I help you to think independently, embrace individuality, and bravely, with a sense of courage, strive towards your own goals... All this with a little help from an American lecturer and Philosopher called Ralph.
Family Harmony
April 26, 2021 • 14 MIN
The words Family and Harmony for many people are far from reality with members acting more as individuals rather than as a band singing from the same hymn sheet. How do you go about creating harmony in your home and for your family? In this episode, I'll share some useful tips to get you on the right track and give you an idea of which you can use right now with your family members to help you get started.
You've Got The Job!
April 19, 2021 • 13 MIN
Congratulations, you've got the job! I think this is the best and worst job that each of could ever have, especially when you need the patience of a saint, need to be the first aider, have bags of empathy and excellent cooking and cleaning skills - But what job?
Nurturing Resilience
April 12, 2021 • 12 MIN
In this episode, I'll be sharing one key question that can be put to your child in order to uncover how they are genuinely feeling.
Coming up in Season 2...
April 5, 2021 • 2 MIN
After an incredible first season of the Choices Podcast, Vidya is back for another fantastic set of episodes that help you to 'Simply Be' in series two. Find out what you can expect in this sneak preview...
The Outtakes
March 29, 2021 • 11 MIN
The Choices Podcast goes behind the scenes for some of the more light-hearted recording sessions from series one, featuring Dan Cottrell from The Podcast Guys.
Mentally Healthy
March 22, 2021 • 33 MIN
Today we're letting the music do the talking and discovering how hearing the right sounds can help us de-stress and find inner peace. Vidya is joined by Songwriter and Founder of By, Christoper - Christopher Booth from Seattle.
I'm Sorry for your Loss
March 15, 2021 • 34 MIN
We all experience grief at some stage in our lives and there are certain phases that we'll inevitably go through. In this episode, Vidya explores those phases in more detail whilst also talking to special guest, Alex Hughes who experienced her own grief.
Pain to Positivity
March 8, 2021 • 44 MIN
Following Vidya's revelations last week, she is joined by George Jacobs, a 26-year-old former addict in recovery. He started on a path to drink and drugs when he was just 13 years old. Clean for three years and now on a journey to help others on their path to wellness. George shares his own experience and the steps he took to ensure his own recovery.
Habits to Addiction and the Fine Line Inbetween
March 1, 2021 • 21 MIN
Vidya bares all in her rawest episode yet. Find out about her own relationship with addiction and how she manages that herself. Vidya also takes a look at what we think about addiction as a society and how there is a fine line before a habit can become an addiction.
The Social Dilemma
February 22, 2021 • 46 MIN
How much social media is too much social media? Join host, Vidya Bellur as she talks to two Social Media Managers that, themselves took a break from social media for the sake of their own mental health and wellbeing!
Deeper Connections make the Biggest Impact
February 15, 2021 • 36 MIN
In this episode, Vidya will explore how relationship habits have evolved over the past year, with it becoming almost impossible to make deep and meaningful connections in person and perhaps people are finding it harder to make those same types of connections when meeting people through platforms like Zoom and MS Teams. We know it’s harder to make an impact online, particularly if you’re the type of person that usually ‘lights up a room’ when you enter it… is it possible to make a similar impact on screen?
Start the Love to Spread the Love
February 8, 2021 • 25 MIN
When was the last time you said "I love you" to yourself? Probably never as we're usually too preoccupied with loving others. In this episode, we'll look at why you might want to start by putting yourself first, learning how to really love yourself ahead of this valentine's day. We'll also talk to Sue Plumtree, a Personal Relationship Coach who shares her unique experience on why it's so important to love you to ensure total happiness. I also want to send you a personal Valentine's Day card so please get in touch with me at so that I can send yours. Vidya x
Life is a Magic Show
February 1, 2021 • 42 MIN
Do you show enough authenticity in your life or are you creating an illusion? Vidya will share her experiences alongside superstar magician, Darren Mac, British Magical Champion, and Ken Dodd Comedy Award Winner. Darren amazes corporate clients and families with previous clients including Hilton, HSBC, and Leeds United Football Club. Prince Charles said he was amazing at a recent performance at Buckingham Palace and his shows combine incredible magic with lots of laughs to create wonder for his audience!
Good Riddance 2020 (Time of your Life)
January 25, 2021 • 30 MIN
2020 was tough with most people excited to see the back of it. But was it as bad as most people think? There are several proven good things to come out of a prolonged period of lockdown such as a reduction in pollution, improved community spirit, appreciation for the NHS, and better overall hygiene. But what did you make of it? Did you see it as an opportunity to try something new or did the drastic change in lifestyle leave you feeling unmotivated and depressed? What do you choose to be? A timeless classic or a forgotten single at track 28 of a Now compilation album? In this episode, Vidya talks to Kate Drummond, owner of The Purposeful Life ( to discuss how she's not necessarily saying Good Riddance to 2020 as she was literally having the time of her life!
Choose your Colour Monday
January 18, 2021 • 20 MIN
Monday January 18th 2021, otherwise known as 'Blue Monday' a day when we should all be feeling depressed. Vidya, along with special guest Sue Roper from House of Colour in Reigate, UK will help you to pick your own colour. One which suits your mood, not just on Monday's but every day of the year!
To Resolution or Not to Resolution
January 11, 2021 • 29 MIN
Today we explore New Years Resolutions, are they a force for good or is it just a load of hype that stores up untold amounts of anxiety and stress that set the tone for the year ahead? Nearly a quarter of Britons who made a resolution for 2020 failed to keep any of their promises so why make them at all? Is it something we should be thinking about throughout the whole year? Join me, Vidya Bellur as we look back at how New Years Resolutions started, some surprising facts about resolutions people are making in 2021 and I speak to businessman Tim Jackson from Northern Ireland and recent graduate Emma Williams from London to hear if they're going to be setting goals for the year ahead. Share your resolutions with me at
Episode Zero - Why Choose to Listen?
December 25, 2020 • 5 MIN
The first choice you have to make is to listen to the Choices Podcast. This episode guides you through why it might be a good idea to make Choices part of your life. Host Vidya Bellur will talk you through what you can expect from the podcast whilst also giving you an insight in to her personality and previous challenges that she's had to overcome.