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Top tips from business leaders to stay mentally healthy

01 Mar 2017

Stress, a volatile world and technology that keeps you contactable 24/7 - there are more pressures on directors than ever. Seven business leaders share their tips on keeping mentally healthy…


Headshot of Chris Lewis, CEO & Founder, LewisChris Lewis, CEO & Founder, Lewis

“Wordsworth, Darwin, Elgar – all great walkers. While out walking they cleared their minds, so that their subconscious could throw up ideas. These days mountain biking is my way of relaxing. There are times when you’re working so hard that it makes you really appreciate being alone with your thoughts.”


Sigurlaug Sverrisdottir, Owner & Founder, Hotel Ion headshotSigurlaug Sverrisdottir, Owner & Founder, Hotel Ion

“I de-stress by fly-fishing. It’s an all-day event, sometimes starting at 7am and not finishing until 10pm. The best thing about it is you don’t hear anything apart from the loudness of the river – just you and the fish.”


Ian Sandison, Chairman, Cambridge Business Improvement District headshotIan Sandison, Chairman, Cambridge Business Improvement District

“I love to drive around in a camper van. We think, ‘Where shall we go today?’, look at a map, and set off. It’s invigorating and it frees up the mind.”


Geeta Sidhu-Robb, CEO and Founder Nosh Detox headshotGeeta Sidhu-Robb, CEO and Founder, Nosh Detox

“When I have a problem, I meditate. As a single parent to small children I never had the luxury of wandering away to a physical place so I had to learn how to escape in my head.”


Ileana von Hirsch – Founder & MD, Ultra Villa headshotIleana von Hirsch, Founder & MD, Ultra Villa

“I get most of my ideas while walking. I walk very fast and don’t like anybody in front of me – and I have to overtake. This shows in my business – I’d rather have a little path on my own with nobody ahead.”


Stuart Millar - CEO and Founder, ByBox headshotStuart Millar, CEO and Founder, ByBox

“Thinking is one of the most underrated activities. We’re always in such a hurry, you’re never more than a minute away from another email. When do you get to sit down and think properly? I spend a lot of time on my own, just thinking….”


Lara Morgan – Entrepreneur, motivational speaker, venture capitalist headshot Lara Morgan, Entrepreneur, motivational speaker, venture capitalist

“The importance of being well for my children and always alert allows me to work hard in a focused way. I’m saddened when I see somebody in a meeting who is not looking after their health. Why wouldn’t you look after your valuable asset, your engine?"

In-depth interviews from these biz leaders plus advice on wellbeing, health and social care


Mental health in the workplace

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