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Love in a time of coronavirus

Struggle & success

Author and love coach Persia Lawson gives us some tips about how to navigate our love lives while the real world is in a sense of flux. She suggests virtual dates, setting parameters, and ask deeper questions. “We need to stop looking outside ourselves for the partner we want to get. Instead, look […]

Make your own art

Struggle & success

Rianna Patterson, now 22, founded the youth-led Domenica Dementia Foundation in honour of her grandfather when she was 18. She urges young people to find a way to be creative and to tell their stories during this difficult time. By looking at art and self-expression, it pays off with motivation in other areas […]

It’s time to be progressive

True stories

Will Pike was paralysed after an injury during the hotel bombings in Mumbai in 2008. He now campaigns for better diversity across corporations and communities. “We have the entire population trying to accommodate themselves in different ways because of coronavirus. Many of the factors in this ‘new way of living’ are factors that […]

Comedy is my survival technique

Struggle & success

Award-winning comedian Juliette Burton has been diagnosed with a number of mental health conditions, including eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and OCD. For her, comedy is a survival technique. “My mind can take me to some dark places so it’s vital that I seek out the light – that’s what comedy does for me.”

Grief’s many faces

Struggle & success

Ayesha Dey Grief: until you’ve experienced a loss first-hand, I don’t think you can fathom it. When my uncle died, I think I sleepwalked through the following months in a sort of numb stupor, in a mist of denial, and then we lost my granddad a mere four months later. Then I sat my A-Levels. […]

Make time your friend, not your enemy

Struggle & success

Carl Honoré, voice of the Slow Movement, has some ideas on how forge a new, more healthy relationship with time. He has five things for us to try. They include experimenting with a looser schedule, and stopping multitasking – do one thing at a time and give it our full attention.

Releasing neck and shoulder tension

Struggle & success

Rachael Hall, former ballerina now Franklin Method educator, shows us some simple exercises you can do daily. These will support us in feeling grounded and feeling calm, as well as releasing neck and shoulder tension – these things often come hand in hand. Following the exercises, your mind will often feel lighter and […]

A situation rich with growth opportunities

Struggle & success

Psychotherapist and coach Petra Velzeboer has limited her own access to news at the moment, to take herself out of the fear loop and lower her cortisol. Her upbringing in a religious cult has helped her build her own resilience. So, Petra has focused on connecting with people and asking her what they’re […]

Try the five senses practice

Struggle & success

When negative thoughts are getting too much, Head Talks ambassador Dr Reena Kotecha suggests the five senses practice that she finds extremely helpful. So find a window, and start!

The psychological fallout of this crisis

Struggle & success

Former Minister and MP, Sir Norman Lamb, warns us that there is likely to be a psychological fallout from this crisis. The isolation, money worries, possibly losing a job or business, perhaps through to bereavement: all these factors will play a part in increasing distress for many people. He calls on the government […]

Appreciating this time

Struggle & success

Yogi Sascha Hodges takes a moment to reflect on how the uncertainties of today might be affecting our mental health, in ways we may not have experienced before. A lack of personal space, a change in routine, renegotiating your time, and so on. With her son Sandro, she sets out some questions to […]

Doing good helps our wellbeing

Struggle & success

Head Talks ambassador Natasha Devon says there is a huge benefit to our mental wellbeing by doing good for others. When we do something altruistic, our brain releases endorphins and increases our self-esteem. It might seem more difficult to help at the moment but Natasha has some ideas.