Finding the rational space, Jess Phillips MP

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The Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, Jess Phillips, says that she often wakes up anxious about the day ahead. Some of her anxieties are all too real as she is often the target of vicious online abuse and has experienced the effects of terrorist attacks. But as Jess says, having gone through eating disorders and […]

Quieting the active mind, Owen O’Kane

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Owen O’Kane is a psychotherapist with a medical background. He’s the author of Ten to Zen, a guide to meditation and mindfulness that he says anyone can use to calm their mind. Owen grew up amid the Troubles in Northern Ireland and has seen how anxiety affects a place and its people. He has also […]

Doctor, heal thyself, Dr Reena Kotecha

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While Dr Reena Kotecha was working in the health service, she began to realise she was burnt out. She learned that she had to look after herself in order to help her patients. When Dr Reena took time out with anxiety and depression, she studied meditation, mindfulness and the traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda. Now she […]

The hurting places of life, John Sutherland

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John Sutherland was a police officer for more than 20 years, rising to become a Borough Commander in London. He was overcome by exhaustion, anxiety and then depression that ‘broke him into a thousand tiny pieces’. The stress of a job that brought him constantly into ‘the hurting places of life’ such as crime scenes and […]

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 […]

Sleep, Bliss and Meditation, Will Williams

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Will Williams is a teacher of meditation, but he doesn’t look like the stereotype of a guru. Will came to meditation after suffering from insomnia for years. Vedic meditation is an ancient tradition but Will says it has many lessons for how we live now, in a world where so many of us are constantly […]

Winning not Fighting, Julian Hitch

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Si-Fu Julian Hitch is a Master of Wing Chun Kung Fu. He’s also the co-author with John Vincent, founder of the Leon restaurant chain, of a forthcoming book, ‘Winning not Fighting’. Julian says he’s learned from his own experience of stress that movement helps the body to bypass the worries of the mind. He’s put […]

There’s No Perfect Life, Niomi Smart

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YouTuber and Instagrammer Niomi Smart tries to use her life online to promote a healthy and happy community and create a positive mindset among her followers. But she’s conscious that despite providing tips on healthy eating and lifestyle for her many fans, she’s as likely as anyone only to show the good things in life […]

Body and Mind

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The importance of Physical and Mental Wellness By Leanne Thompson You are probably aware that keeping physically active can have several benefits for physical health. If you start to include some form of exercise in your life each day you can reduce the risk of developing health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer […]

Lighting Up Our Working Lives, Dan Cable

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Futurist – Well Being in the Workplace How can we find meaning in our work? Dan Cable is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the London Business School. In his book, Alive at Work, he has been looking for answers to that question in neuroscience. Dan argues that modern businesses take too much of the cause […]

The Breath of Life, Max Strom

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As a yoga teacher, Max Strom saw the powerful effects that really using our breath can have. He’s now teaching the benefits to others, including doctors. Breathwork, he says, can release long-held emotions such as fear and grief. The way we breathe is connected to how we communicate and what we feel.  In an age […]

The Science of Mind Over Body, Jo Marchant

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Science Journalist Science journalist Jo Marchant set out in her book Cure: a journey into the science of mind over body, to find out more about the evidence for how our minds can influence our bodies. She tells us about some of the fascinating experiments that researchers are conducting into phenomena such as the placebo […]