Former professional rugby player Ed Jackson broke his neck and was paralysed from the neck down in 2017 after diving into a pool. Classified as quadriplegic, he was determined to prove science wrong: from wiggling his toes after a week to climbing Mount Snowdon. “I’m a walking quadriplegic – and I’m quite proud of that. […]
Harriet Waley-Cohen has come through many difficult times that life has thrown at her — recovery from addictions, the breakup of her marriage, the pain after being hurt in a car accident and treatment for cancer. She now builds on her experiences and the lessons she has learned to help other women to flourish. What […]
Olympic gold medal-winning hockey player Helen Richardson-Walsh first felt that something was wrong in 2008, and the team doctor suggested she might have depression. “In that moment, where I was mentally and emotionally, it was a relief to learn I could take control.” A long spell away from the game through injury led to a […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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.
Head Talks’ ambassador Rachel Kelly suggests we try poetry to provide some respite from the worrying situation today. “Poetry can give us words when we can’t find them; and crucially, it can root us in the present because we focus on the poem and unpack its meaning, so we don’t think about the […]
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 […]
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 […]
Niall Breslin has been both a professional rugby player and a musician, fronting the band The Blizzards. He went through anxiety and depression when he was injured in his sport. He finds athletes are prone to ‘struggling with their heads’. Niall decided to talk in public about his mental health after experiencing a panic attack […]