Tips for managing your mental health in current times

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Psychologist Charlotte Armitage has some suggestions for us during periods of staying home. Seek support, and make contact with people on a daily basis on video calls or telephone. Write a journal and document your feelings at this strange and unsettling time. Make plans for the future with friends. Try and live day […]

Start and end the day with meditation

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Head Talks ambassador Jonny Benjamin (and his pal Geoffrey) talks about how he has changed his morning routine. Instead of starting the day by looking at the news, he takes an hour to meditate, have his breakfast, and ease his way into the day. He does the same thing before bed, to stop […]

Don’t be afraid to feel fear

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Meditation guru Burgs tells us not to be afraid of our fear – it’s an instinctual response to what’s happening today. Acknowledge the fear – then you become attentive instead of trying to suppress it. Fear is vulnerable to love. And that’s what connects us all. You can sign up for Burgs’ Love […]

My strength is made perfect in weakness, Rachel Kelly

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Journalist Rachel Kelly was working in a stressful job when she had her first serious attack of anxiety and depression which put her in hospital; later, her second episode lasted for two years. Rachel found that her love of words and poetry helped her recovery. She built up from reciting one line at a time […]

Keeping our tech relationship in check

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At a time of crisis, and when many of us are working remotely, we need to keep our relationship with smartphones and digital devices in check, says Laura Willis. Tech is helping us at the moment but can quickly lead to issues: information overload; work-life balance; and our relationships (at work and at […]

Managing your anxiety in today’s uncertainty

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Charlie Cannon advises us how to manage our anxiety levels and panic during times of extraordinary confusion and worry of the coronavirus pandemic. For those that suffer anyway, the bombardment of news can be overwhelming. Spend time in nature and walk off or exercise to lower spikes in your cortisol. Try and stop the […]

Protecting productivity and your mental health

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Anna Percy-Davis If you need to start working from home, either for self-isolation, or because you are minimising travel, it can be tricky to get the hang of working from home. Here are 10 Top Tips to keep you strategic, keep you happy, keep you productive and keep you sane. Balance, balance, balance is […]

Getting to the next level of life, Linda Mbagwu

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Life coach Linda Mbagwu had a difficult start in her own childhood: at eight, she was working to boost the family’s income. Later, the pressure that she put on herself to succeed, as well as a failed relationship, led to anxiety and depression. Linda learned techniques to keep herself grounded and reframe her thinking, including […]

Battling the panic

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Emily Nagioff has written before for us from overseas – she is travelling the world solo, and experiencing new challenges of how to keep her anxiety and depression in check when she is far from home and alone. She writes: “I’m in Australia: I’ve had a bad month, but am on the up […]

Stress and the City, John Binns MBE

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John Binns was a high-flying partner at the consultancy firm Deloitte when he started to experience the signs of stress. He tried to push on through, but this led to a breakdown. He says high achievers in particular should beware of the rigid demands they place on themselves, saying ‘I must’ or ‘I can’t’. John […]

Out of the Dark

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Artist Flora McDonnell has struggled with anxiety and depression since childhood. She said: “I always felt that it was something wrong with me which made me try harder – reinforcing a pattern that make depressive episodes more likely. Realising that I was one of many and that I could be helped to help myself live […]