Taking time to deal with trauma, Shanie Ryan

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Presenter and podcast host Shanie Ryan is a survivor of the 7/7 London bombings. Her experiences led to PTSD, anxiety and depression, but it took her a while to realise the changes in her behaviour were a result of that day. “I couldn’t relax, my behaviour was frantic, I always needed to be in control. […]

Comedy is my survival technique

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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.”

Releasing neck and shoulder tension

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

The benefits of being kind

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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 […]

Hijacking your mind, Jada Sezer

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Jada Sezer says the lockdown has meant a rollercoaster of emotions to her, a process of grieving for our past life and its routines. The model and campaigner said: “Every week is different. I might start the week happy and end the week collapsed on the sofa. There’s a heaviness in the world. Some days […]

Isolation is painful

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]