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Always remember the objective

Struggle & success

Former astronaut Patrick Baudry tells us that when things are difficult, it’s not easy but we need to focus on the results of what we’re being asked to do. We must try to keep our motivation through these struggles, because the goal is so important.

Avoiding the lockdown blues

Struggle & success

Simon and Ayshen Webbe tell Head Talks how they are coping in isolation. Simon, a singer-songwriter who found fame with the group Blue, has told us before of his struggles with depression. For the couple, a routine is absolutely essential, and they’re giving thanks for time spent at home.

Be your own historian

Struggle & success

The pandemic has hit mental health facilitator Hazel Sawyers and her family hard. She is keeping herself afloat by following the FOCUS principle: Fearless, Optimistic, Creative, Unique, and Storyteller. Hazel urges us to tell our stories and take notes of how this situation is making us feel. She explains: “Make sure you’re your […]

The benefits of being kind

Struggle & success

Psychotherapist and ITV “agony aunt” Lucy Beresford explains the benefits of random acts of kindness – and it works both ways. If you’re on the receiving end, it makes you feel supported and seen, and it can change your feeling of self-worth. And if you’re the person doing the kind thing, it will […]

Isolation is painful

Struggle & success

The most important thing during the lockdown is community, says writer Ruby Wax. “Isolation is painful. We’re going through a phase where people really want to hug each other, but they’re terrified, so how do we deal with the terror?” Ruby practises mindfulness, and has turned her Frazzled Cafe online to bring people […]

Work hard to keep a positive mindset

Struggle & success

Love Island star Jack Fowler has spoken to us before about his challenges with his mental health. In this exclusive message for Head Talks, he gives us an update on how he is coping in the lockdown. “It’s imperative you understand that we are not going to be in this position forever. Right […]

Spare room workouts

Struggle & success

Author and consultant Mark Simmonds finds that making time for exercise is vital for his mental health. Using his spare room during the lockdown, he has set up a routine that involves a cupboard, a wall and the floor – no need for YouTube videos or expensive equipment! He has turned his spare […]

Boost your immune system through sleep

Struggle & success

Anandi Lack of sleep will not only affect your chances of picking up coronavirus, but also how well you recover from it. In simple terms, when you have an infection, inflammation rises in the body. If you remain stressed and not sleeping, your body will not be able to reduce the inflammation efficiently. Your immune […]

Mindfulness and breathing exercise

Struggle & success

Mindfulness coach Terrence the Teacher has a breathing exercise for us that has been proven to help us relax very quickly. This exercise can be used for people suffering from panic attacks or anxiety, or if we feel very stressed. You can also listen to a podcast from Terrence here. 

The need for human companionship

Struggle & success

The current situation is extremely troubling for people with mental illnesses, says author and professor Andrew Solomon. Some people can weather the storm, but those who already have a diagnosis of acute anxiety or depression are likely to be triggered. “Part of our daily project is to prevent the rational anxiety we feel […]

Daily journalling exercise

Struggle & success

Head Talks ambassador Katie Phillips gives us a journalling practice for us to do every day. This will help us make sense of our thoughts and worries.

The comfort of poetry

Struggle & success

Head Talks’ ambassador Rachel Kelly suggests we try poetry to provide some respite from the worrying situation today. “Poetry can give us words when we can’t find them; and crucially, it can root us in the present because we focus on the poem and unpack its meaning, so we don’t think about the […]