Walk and talk with Oliver!

Struggle & success

On World Mental Health Day on October 10, Head Talks’ founder Oliver Chittenden is putting on his rucksack and taking to the road. The mission is to go out and visit the people who make up our community at Head Talks. He wants to find out how you are coping/not coping, to share […]

Make time your friend, not your enemy

Struggle & success

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.

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 […]

Your body is always with you, Dominique Antiglio

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When Dominique Antiglio arrived in the UK, she was surprised to find that Sophrology wasn’t widely known. Elsewhere in Europe, it’s a popular technique for relieving stress and is used in hospitals and schools. Dominique used it herself to overcome illness as a teenager. She now teaches others its combination of breathing, relaxation, movement and visualisation as […]

Deep breath, deep sleep, Anandi

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Anandi is an Ayurvedic coach who specialises in sleep and stress. After years of suffering from a lack of sleep that made her ‘want the ground to open up’, she found the importance of breath and routines for good sleep. Anandi’s advice includes respecting the body’s natural Circadian rhythms, avoiding the blue light of screens […]

Live Well, Choose Well, Sleep Well, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan

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Sleep Therapist Sleep therapist Dr Nerina Ramlakhan has spent more than twenty-five years helping people to get better sleep. She says that sleeping well at night is a result of making good choices during the day. Dr Ramlakhan shares her five non-negotiable tips for getting a good night’s sleep. By making those good choices, she […]

Enlightenment: Being High On Life, Venerable Pannavamsa

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Buddhist Monk Buddhist monk Venerable Pannavamsa is a well-known meditation teacher. Originally from Sri Lanka, he trained in Burma and now conducts courses in meditation and Buddhism at the London Buddhist Vihara. He explains how the principles behind Buddhist meditation — morality, focus and wisdom — can help us to avoid suffering and realise our […]

Gigglelicious, Jo Bluett

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She had everything going for her. But when Jo Bluett was diagnosed with the chronic fatigue condition ME, she went from high flying businesswoman to being stuck at home claiming benefits. Nothing helped, until, 13 years ago, a desperate Jo decided to laugh about it. Literally. She went on to establish Laughter for Health, teaching […]

Unravelling Stress, Paul Loomans

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Time Surfer In a time when we seem to drown in a wave of busyness, Zen monk Paul Loomans asks the essential: How can I ride the wave instead? A former theatre actor and director, Loomans is the founder of Unravelling Stress in Amsterdam, where he works with individuals and groups to regain a sense […]

Alexander Stubb: Former Prime Minister’s Talk on Happiness

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Alexander Stubb Former Prime Minister of Finland. Aside from politics, Stubb is passionate about “Mind, Body and Happiness”. He believes that the inextricable link between the three should impact our lifestyle. As an avid athlete and Ironman competitor himself, Stubb advocates the view that a healthy body is essential to a healthy mind, […]

Learning to organise our minds, Burgs

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Meditation Expert ‘The hardest bit is the beginning, to get over the restlessness,’ says meditation guru Guy Burgs. But once you’ve mastered it, and your mind becomes coherent, many of the problems you thought you had will disappear. Burgs, who has fast become one of Britain’s leading experts in meditation, quit his fashion business in […]

Managing the Stressful Mind, Howard Napper

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Yoga, Diet, and Sleep Expert Stress is just our perception of a future event. Most often it doesn’t even materialize, says London-based yoga guru and health expert Howard Napper. Napper, a very fit fifty-something, started his own quest after hitting rock bottom as an eighteen-year-old boozing and drugging fashion designer. Through simple lifestyle choices, like […]