I lost sight of myself, Sam Baker

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Journalist and author Sam Baker noticed an escalation in her anxiety, crashes in self-confidence, and depression in her 40s. “I felt like I had lost sight of myself.” When she was researching her book, The Shift, she realised those feelings weren’t uncommon in women – and they weren’t being discussed. Midway through HRT, she was […]

Lessons from an urban monk, Pandit Dasa

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Pandit Dasa, the child of Indian immigrants, grew up in America. He joined a monastery in 1999, hoping to find clarity and purpose in a simpler life. He spent 15 years living as a monk in New York, before deciding he wanted to leave the monastic order to take his teachings into the corporate world […]

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 […]

Respectful interventions at work

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Kindness at work also means kindness to ourselves right now, says wellbeing consultant Catrin Donnelly. She says we don’t do enough to ask our colleagues how they’re doing, if we think they are working too hard, or not taking enough breaks, or look like they could be struggling. “Have a proper conversation. Look […]

Changing minds in the workplace, Sir Ian Cheshire

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Leading businessman Sir Ian Cheshire says the pandemic has completely changed the background to talking about mental health at work. He became interested in the issues because of family experiences and has since worked with charities to promote good practices in the office. The fact that so many of us are working from home poses […]

Learning to adapt

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Rachel Kelly Most of us prefer to follow a more predictable path and don’t like being rattled by unforeseen events. And, unfortunately, life feels especially unpredictable at the moment. The world is going through rapid and unprecedented change. We might in the past have relied on certain pillars of stability, be they religious, political or […]

Teaching kids to be kind to their minds

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Just because you’re young, doesn’t mean you don’t have worries, emotional health practitioner Jo Morton-Brown tells children. Using a collection of teddies to represent worries, Jo explains how talking about worries can help children manage them. She tells children how to be kind to their minds, and open themselves up to new ideas […]

Tomorrow might be great, Josh Zitser

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Josh Zitser was always a deeply sensitive child, but when a teenage friend took her own life, he suffered depression, panic attacks and an eating disorder. But it took a while for him to realise his feelings weren’t the same as everyone else. Josh has had suicidal thoughts, but recent therapy has changed his life. […]

The ’thank you’ practice

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Yogi Divya Kohli shares a practice for when we need to break the cycle of negative thought. This practice gives you instant positive energy like a burst of joy. She calls the practice “thank you” and it combines gratitude and mindfulness into one great practice.

Mental wellbeing for young adults

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In this video for young adults, Jo Morton-Brown explains how stress can help us, but also how it can affect our wellbeing. Have you noticed any physical signs, like mouth ulcers or eczema? Jo explains how too much stress can be overwhelming. She suggests taking a pen and paper doing a mind dump […]

Hitting a ‘six-month’ wall

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Are you feeling like you’ve hit a wall and lost your mojo? It could be that you’ve hit a six month wall, say researchers. Anna Percy-Davis has some advice for us to get through this period: starting with recognising the ‘wall’ and accepting we aren’t alone. Go easy on yourself, says Anna: your […]

Breath practice: it’s OK

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We are all experiencing a great deal of stress at the moment, so yogi Divya Kohli shares a practice to help us steady ourselves so we can meet the stress, and deal with it. You will examine where in your body you are feeling the stress or anxiety, acknowledge it, then intervene and […]