The electricity of the mind, Dr Rahul Jandial

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In his book, ‘Life Lessons from a Brain Surgeon’, Dr Rahul Jandial uses what he has seen from years of operating on brains in trauma to tell the rest of us how best to keep our brains healthy. While the brain is an extremely complex and fascinating organ, there are simple things we can do […]

Make time your friend, not your enemy

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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

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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 […]

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!

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 […]

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. 

Facing this Fear

Struggle & success

This situation is terrifying for everyone, and especially so for many vulnerable groups, such as those with mental health issues. The idea of self-isolation and getting the virus is paralysing many people. Having basic information about coping in this time of uncertainty and constantly updating news can be very stabilising. Justine Hardy has […]

Five non-negotiables for good sleep

Struggle & success

When we sleep well, it restores our mind and our bodies on so many levels, says Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, and we wake up feeling inspired and resilient. But it isn’t surprising if anxiety over coronavirus means we have trouble getting to sleep or have lots of vivid dreams, and we wake up feeling […]

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 […]

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 […]