Three breaths practice

Struggle & success

Yogi Divya Kohli has prepared a series of short in-the-moment-practices for us to do when we feel stressed or overwhelmed, or when our thoughts start to overcome us. Each practice will give us a tool that’s easy to remember and simple to do. The first one is called Three Breaths.

Feeling safe and secure in the new world, Dr Nihara Krause

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For many young people, this year’s lockdown has brought mental health difficulties to the fore. Consultant clinical psychologist Dr Nihara Krause says that stress, anxiety and depression may result from the crisis, but she suggests ways to help young people build resilience and learn strategies to cope as they get back to their usual routines […]

Feel, write, delete

Struggle & success

Christine Steel At this time of year – particularly this year – we are all too aware of the pressures put on young people today, as they start a new school or a new university. I have seen the pressure first-hand with my daughter: to achieve academically, in the workplace, and socially, all while conforming […]

Intervene in an emotional challenge

Struggle & success

Jo Cruickshanks from The Breathery shares a short and dynamic version of a transformational breathing practice for people who are ready to step into their power and show up as more inspired, visionary leaders. “You can use this practice to intervene before things get too much. It doesn’t take a long time to […]

Releasing neck and shoulder tension

Struggle & success

Rachael Hall, former ballerina now Franklin Method educator, shows us some simple exercises you can do daily. These will support us in feeling grounded and feeling calm, as well as releasing neck and shoulder tension – these things often come hand in hand. Following the exercises, your mind will often feel lighter and […]

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 […]

Keeping our tech relationship in check

Struggle & success

At a time of crisis, and when many of us are working remotely, we need to keep our relationship with smartphones and digital devices in check, says Laura Willis. Tech is helping us at the moment but can quickly lead to issues: information overload; work-life balance; and our relationships (at work and at […]

Managing your anxiety in today’s uncertainty

Struggle & success

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 […]

Stress and the City, John Binns MBE

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John Binns was a high-flying partner at the consultancy firm Deloitte when he started to experience the signs of stress. He tried to push on through, but this led to a breakdown. He says high achievers in particular should beware of the rigid demands they place on themselves, saying ‘I must’ or ‘I can’t’. John […]

No-one’s invincible, everyone’s vulnerable, Niall Breslin

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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 […]

Opening new doors

True stories

On the surface Sefik had everything – a loving family and successful career. But mental health struggles got on top of him, and he tried to take his own life twice over a decade. In the years between attempts, he didn’t feel he could open up to anyone, due to stigma and social […]