As an actor, Michael Legge struggled for years with anxiety, panic attacks and lack of confidence, before seeking help when it started to affect his career. Learning ways to manage his anxiety and how to build his own confidence, he found a passion for coaching and teaching. His aim? To build clarity, connection […]
Author Paul Krismer teaches people how to be happy. We remember our experiences with fear, grief and panic because they make a big impact on us, and our brain uses them as learning experiences. If we work to create more impact around our positive experiences, our brain will recall them more readily. Paul says: “Look […]
How much of our happiness comes from genetics and how much from circumstance? Silvia Garcia, former president of Coca-Cola’s Happiness Institute, says research tells us it’s around 50% from our genetics, 30-40% from things that we do, and around 10% from things that happen to us (and the happiness from the 10% is more temporary). […]
Susanna Newsonen is a life coach – the Happyologist. Although Susanna says she was originally a natural pessimist, she has studied positive psychology and tries to look for happiness. Susanna believes that we can also learn to be more happy – mindfulness and gratitude can help. Being happy doesn’t mean ignoring reality or negative emotions, […]
Swati Dlamini, granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, vowed to carry her grandparents’ work and values with her through her life. “One of the great lessons I learned from my grandfather was one of forgiveness. Forgiveness is for me to have peace, and not being imprisoned by what others have done.” During the pandemic, she […]
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.
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 […]
Head Talks ambassador Natasha Devon says there is a huge benefit to our mental wellbeing by doing good for others. When we do something altruistic, our brain releases endorphins and increases our self-esteem. It might seem more difficult to help at the moment but Natasha has some ideas.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Hayley Mulenda is a student and public speaker, and the author of The ABCs to Student Success. When she started university, while she was public speaking and running a business at the same time, she found herself overwhelmed with stress and depression. With the help of family and friends she overcame suicidal thoughts. Hayley says […]