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 […]

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 […]

Peers Without Pressure, Anna and Millie

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Wimbledon High Students Anna and Millie are students at Wimbledon High who take part in the school’s peer counselling project. They help advise younger girls on how to cope with the pressures around them. That pressure can come from outside: Anna and Millie say that looking good and body image are big concerns among some […]

Belonging To Something Bigger Than Yourself, Jane Lunnon

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Headmistress The Head of Wimbledon High School, Jane Lunnon, says that the world has changed for her pupils. The old certainties of society aren’t there any more — what fills the gaps is often social media. Jane says young people need breaks from comparing themselves to their peers. Nothing, she says, beats a really good […]