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Sing loud, sing proud, sing together, George Bell

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Music brings us huge benefits, especially around confidence and engagement, says On:Song co-founder George Bell. “When we sing with the correct diaphragmatic breathing, we feel clearer and more awake. It gives us the opportunity to mindfully reconnect with ourselves through the simple act of singing.” It also makes groups feel more connected, he says. “Not […]

Loving the skin you’re in, Eryca Freemantle

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As a child, Eryca Freemantle was bullied at school for being different, and remembers the constant feeling of heaviness and sadness. Home was her safe space. But when a life-changing accident left her with serious facial scarring from burns, those memories of childhood bullying came back. After suffering a breakdown, having suicidal thoughts and finally […]

Comedy: a way of surviving the darkness, Juliette Burton

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Since her teens, comedian Juliette Burton has been diagnosed with a series of mental health disorders, from eating disorders to anxiety. Juliette says comedy is a way to survive the darkness and making light of her illnesses really helps her. Having to go on stage in front of an audience reduces tension and allows her […]

Music lifts me up, Emma Conybeare

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DJ and presenter Emma Conybeare didn’t expect her mental health to deteriorate over the years, but two years ago she had a breakdown. She turned to the NHS for therapy, finding support through CBT. This year has been the best she has felt for years, staying positive and motivated. Music has the power to change […]

Sleep, Bliss and Meditation, Will Williams

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Will Williams is a teacher of meditation, but he doesn’t look like the stereotype of a guru. Will came to meditation after suffering from insomnia for years. Vedic meditation is an ancient tradition but Will says it has many lessons for how we live now, in a world where so many of us are constantly […]

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Inspiration from our Blog

How to be happy

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Do you feel like you’re on a treadmill, and happiness is always just around the corner? Are you disappointed that the things you buy don’t bring you lasting happiness? Professor Paul Dolan, from LSE’s Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, explains why this happens and what we can do to improve the way we feel. – […]

Leadership and performance expert

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Forget what you’ve been told about setting goals and making them achievable, says performance and leadership expert Jack Black. The most visionary people have had ideas that seemed unachievable at first. But the idea excited them so much that it stopped them thinking ‘how can I do this?” and moved them to “why […]

Performance and Teamwork Specialist

Feed your mind

Author and leadership expert James Kerr has studied high-performing teams including the All Blacks to learn the secrets of their success. In this video, he talks about the role of a good leader in building responsibility and resilience. “Leaders create other leaders by passing the ball, to use a sporting analogy. The ideal […]

Former Chief Business Officer, Google X

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Attaining happiness is as predictable as getting fit, says Mo Gawdat, former Chief Business Officer at Google X and founder of One Billion Happy. “If you make happiness your priority and go to the happiness ‘gym’ four to five times a week, you will be happier.” Mo says that if we make it […]

Positivity practice

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Acclaimed Sophrologist Dominique Antiglio has a positivity exercise for us, for whenever stress or negative thoughts come to us. The practice taps into mind, body and breath. If you like the practice shared by Dominique here, check out BeSophro’s new Move Forward with Positivity course, which was developed specifically in response to how […]

How to breathe better with a mask

Struggle & success

Many of us are struggling to find ways to breathe calmly and deeply while wearing a mask. Too often we find the breaths getting more and more shallow, which leads to increasing levels of anxiety. Breathwork coach Jamie Clements has worked with people recovering from covid-19, and shows us how to control our […]

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Podcast highlights

The electricity of the mind, Dr Rahul Jandial

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In his book, ‘Life Lessons from a Brain Surgeon’, Dr Rahul Jandial uses what he has seen from years of operating on brains in trauma to tell the rest of us how best to keep our brains healthy. While the brain is an extremely complex and fascinating organ, there are simple things we can do […]

Dream Yourself Better, Charlie Morley

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Lucid dreaming is a state where you’re asleep, but aware that you’re dreaming. Charlie Morley says that almost anyone can learn how to do it. He’s a teacher of lucid dreaming and a student of Buddhism. Charlie says that not only is lucid dreaming fun — like a virtual reality simulation — but it has […]

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