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.

Boost your immune system through sleep

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Anandi Lack of sleep will not only affect your chances of picking up coronavirus, but also how well you recover from it. In simple terms, when you have an infection, inflammation rises in the body. If you remain stressed and not sleeping, your body will not be able to reduce the inflammation efficiently. Your immune […]

Why are we having such crazy dreams?

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Charlie Morley explains: as we aren’t seeing many people or having as many stimuli during the day as when we weren’t in lockdown (day residue), our brain is tapping into our unconscious more, tapping into past memories, shadows and anxieties. Less day residue means less for the brain to recap from your day; […]

Five non-negotiables for good sleep

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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 […]

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 […]

Battling the panic

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Emily Nagioff has written before for us from overseas – she is travelling the world solo, and experiencing new challenges of how to keep her anxiety and depression in check when she is far from home and alone. She writes: “I’m in Australia: I’ve had a bad month, but am on the up […]

The view from the balcony, Anna Percy-Davis

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Anna Percy-Davis is a career coach and mentor who advises her clients to seek more genuine, authentic versions of themselves in the workplace. Although she says we can’t wave a magic wand to sort everything out, we can tweak our perceptions and our behaviour gradually. Anna says self-care is vital, as is finding people who […]

Tips for the solo, anxious, travellers

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Emily Nagioff I’ve been travelling for more than a year now, having been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I wanted to share my experiences of being a solo female traveller with mental health issues in the hope that people in a similar position will be able to relate and in turn feel less isolated and lonely. I’ve […]

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 […]