How to manage your mental health | Leon Taylor | TEDxClapham

  • Published on Jul 19, 2018
  • Prolonged psychological stress is the enemy of our mental health, and physical movement is our best weapon to respond.​ Leon Taylor is a former competitive diver who competed for TeamGB at three Olympic Games. Following retirement, he transitioned to the commentary booth where he works for the BBC. Leon has a passion for performance, wellness and movement spending much of his time now as a speaker, executive coach, and mentor to the next generation of sports stars. His enthusiasm and skill for mentoring have allowed him to work with a range of athletes across Olympic and Paralympic sports. Most recently playing the role of Athlete services lead at the pre-Games Camp in Brazil prior to TeamGB'srecord-breakingg 2nd place on the medal table. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 306

  • j Renee`
    j Renee` 5 days ago

    I found Crossfit a few years back. I was never an athlete, and I am not a competitor. However, joining crossfit opened my eyes to "movement" what it felt like to work on yourself for one hour out of the day, the natural dopamine / endorphins you experience is utterly amazing. Within the past year I have fallen off my Crossfit journey, and it has been tough getting back on it, but there's no excuse. I must keep pushing forward and get back into exercise. It really does make a huge difference in your life. Everyone has their moments of ups and downs, they may last a couple of days, a few weeks or even a year+, BUT remember... only you can get back the control of your life! No one is going to save you.

  • Andrea Rush
    Andrea Rush 7 days ago

  • Claudia Guerra
    Claudia Guerra 9 days ago

    Alright where can I sign up for an early morning sober rave? Count me in.

  • 05candyman
    05candyman 10 days ago

    Utter drivel.

  • Matthew Sierra
    Matthew Sierra 14 days ago

    I thought this was the Tosh.O guy...

  • Simon Berntsson
    Simon Berntsson 15 days ago

    A fantastic talk.

  • Mike theJedi
    Mike theJedi 17 days ago

    1 this is the best ted talk I’ve ever seen. 2 my own experience mirrors that of the speakers experience. In 2017 I was given tranquillisers to cope with my fathers sudden death. After coming close to totally losing my mind I started running every morning. I ditched all the medication over 12 weeks and haven’t been on any since. I still run every morning and the difference it’s made in my life has been extremely positive. Without it I don’t think I would be alive today.

  • Pamela Popielarski
    Pamela Popielarski 23 days ago

    This man has nailed it right on the head. We all need to move more, and joyfully in tune with our own bodies.

  • Lucian Jimenez
    Lucian Jimenez 23 days ago

    This talk made me feel good!

  • Cor B
    Cor B 26 days ago

    A good talk and a sincere speaker. However, I think the title is a little misleading, if it is suggesting that one can "cure" depression simply by becoming more active. I do not for one moment suggest that physical activity does not play a role, and maybe even a major role. The studies have been done that suggest that physical activity plays a role in fighting depression, and perhaps preventing depression.

    However, remember that depression is an ILLNESS.
    When you're in the clutches of deep depression you lack the willpower to get up from bed, and do simple things like eating. It is a horrible disease that cripples millions of people.

    To suggest that physical activity is the major game changer (and I am not saying that the speaker is doing that) is to ignore the fact that the speaker was depressed for 8 months before his coach spoke with him and he had the break-through. 8 Months during which he was active and exercising, and still depression clung to him.

    Get help when you are depressed. The sooner the better. Do anything possible to fight the disease, get medication, do talk therapy, meditation, ANYTHING, because the studies show that depression "grows" on you the longer you fail to address it. Something may trigger it, but after it's been triggered a number of times it may come back to haunt you without a trigger.

    Watch Robert Sapolsky's video on depression. We need to educate people about the scourge of this illness.

    • Wellotonin Naturally Well Inc
      Wellotonin Naturally Well Inc 25 days ago

      physical activity raises the endorphins, and the serotonin. It is all about raising your serotonin. It just is. I have proven this and have the clinical evidence for over 10 years. I have helped thousands. google me, Sheila M Cooperman LMHC.
      Stop doubting, before you have tried it. Seems like you disagree with everything,
      be receptive, you may actually find a way to feel better.

  • Chen Wang
    Chen Wang 27 days ago

    He's so fit

  • Thamodi G
    Thamodi G 28 days ago +1

    Well my mother suffered from extreme depression. Even had a ECT done on her she killed herself. While moving don't think about what's making you sad or anxious. Because that will only perpetuate it further.

    • Wellotonin Naturally Well Inc
      Wellotonin Naturally Well Inc 25 days ago

      Hi, I am very sorry to hear this. I have helped people out of the most severe depression, naturally. I wish I had know her. I wish this society would stop being so corrupt, and allow the natural solutions, to get out. They block us, constantly. I help one person at a time. If you want more info, check Amazon, Wellotonin, Best, Sheila M Cooperman LMHC

  • Whispering Tingles ASMR

    I've started a new RU-clip channel focusing on Mental Health/anxiety/confidence if anyone wants to have a look😊

    • Wellotonin Naturally Well Inc
      Wellotonin Naturally Well Inc 25 days ago

      I really want people to understand, this country speaks double talk. Because my product and theory worked so well, and the results were so amazing, the "powers that be" do everything to make me go away. I have helped thousands, including myself find the way to restore good mental health, and it is sustainable and seamless. natural and no medications, Sheila M Cooperman LMHC

  • A2ndvoice Plus
    A2ndvoice Plus Month ago

    Thank you!! Local authorities need to take heed about why sports is important!

    WEUNITE Month ago

    Bike riding and dancing

  • thebluest
    thebluest Month ago

    Skateboarding will be my movement. As scary as it can seem going up a quarter pipe, it's actually a safer sport than football or soccer!

  • N_94
    N_94 Month ago

    check out my motivation athletic wear on teespring @t

  • buddhism is universal truths

    The noble bodhisattva, Avalokitesvara, being engaged in practicing the
    deep transcendental wisdom-discipline, looked down from above upon the
    five skandhas /(aggregates), and saw that in their /svabhava
    /(self-being) they are devoid of substance.
    Here, O Sariputra, bodily-form is voidness; verily, voidness is
    bodily-form. Apart from bodily-form there is no voidness; so apart from
    voidness there is no bodily-form. That which is voidness is bodily-form;
    that which is bodily-form is voidness. Likewise (the four aggregates)
    feeling, perception, mental imaging, and consciousness (are devoid of
    Here, O Sariputra, all phenomena of existence are characterized by
    voidness: neither born nor annihilated, neither blemished nor
    immaculate, neither deficient nor overfilled.
    Therefore, O Sariputra, in voidness there is no bodily-form, no feeling,
    no mental imaging, no consciousness; no eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, or
    mind; no sense objects of bodily-form, sound, smell, taste, or touchable
    states; no visual element, and so forth, until one comes to no
    mind-cognition element. There is no ignorance, nor extinction of
    ignorance, until we come to: no aging and death, nor extinction of aging
    and death. There is no suffering, no origination, no cessation, no path;
    there is no higher knowledge, no attainment (of nirvana), no nonattainment.
    Therefore, O Sariputra, by reason of his nonattainment (of nirvana), the
    bodhisattva, having resorted to prajnaparamita (transcendental
    wisdom), dwells serenely with perfect mental freedom. By his
    non-possession of mental impediments (the bodhisattva) without fear,
    having surpassed all perversions, attains the unattainable (bliss of)
    All Buddhas, self-appointed to appear in the three periods of time
    (past, present, and future), having resorted to the incomparable
    /prajnaparamita/, have become fully awake to /samyak sambodhi/ (absolute
    perfect enlightenment).
    Therefore prajnaparamita should be recognized as the great mantra, the
    mantra of great wisdom, the most sublime mantra, the incomparable mantra
    and the alleviator of all suffering; it is truth by reason of its being
    nonfalsehood. This is the mantra proclaimed in prajnaparamita. It is:
    Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone altogether beyond (to the other shore)! O
    enlightenment! Be it so! Hail!
    (This concludes the Prajnaparamita-Hridaya-Sutra)

  • Linda M. Dyer
    Linda M. Dyer Month ago +1

    My movement is housework!

  • high running
    high running 2 months ago

    pretty obvious and overly simplistic approach. pretty much most people knows a good diet and exercise is great for the physical and mental health.
    I don't want to say this, but the speaker had a pretty privileged life, yes he had hardships
    but compared to long term deprived or abusive or depressing family, relationship, workplace etc issues
    where the issues are still attached and affects, no matter the exercise
    the mental issue will not be sufficiently overcome by exercise alone...

    the speaker himself actually didn't overcome the depression by the 'movement' itself,
    but by changing his mental point of view of thinking from his mentor (which itself is very fortunate to
    have such good influencing mentor in ones life) by the reminding to 'enjoy' 'like' the activity itself.

  • Yuli Anto
    Yuli Anto 2 months ago +1

    Thank you , I can learn a lot from this video

  • well being
    well being 2 months ago

    Stop serving the wrong mediums & your mental state will improve.

  • Miss Bliss
    Miss Bliss 2 months ago

    Yesss I agree😌

  • Belind a
    Belind a 2 months ago

    i had that too where i was in mental hospitals and they put you on high meds and you seem to get worse but anyway in time i got better but i was dancing alot in the music room lol but good that youre putting it out there about the bipolar and meds coz gthe nhs say you shouldnt come off the meds you see but i disagree ...if you feel better so long as you keep doing exercise etc

  • Belind a
    Belind a 2 months ago

    i just seen youre a yoga teacher too wow ... i wanna be that in time but am giving it a 5 year goal so i dont put too much pressure on myself ...ive followed you on twitter too x really love this vid

  • Belind a
    Belind a 2 months ago

    ive been very high and very low being bipolar but yes meds have helped but exercise and def yoga is so good for mental health and being in water too is very therapeutic ... i will share your vid to my yoga twitter too that has 25k followers not totally great in myself right now but am using movement as therapy and writing too

  • Belind a
    Belind a 2 months ago +1

    coz i write etc and spend alot of time on my laptop but im also bipolar and i sometimes go off my meds when i feel better even though they say i shouldnt but i believe so long as i monitor my mood and go back on meds when i feel an episode coming which ive done recently and yes i found yoga helped me through a very traumatic break up years ago ... i did yoga about 3 or 4 times a week and was swimming the same amount .... it really helped and i find if im in the library using laptop ... by just getting up and walking around library i feel better ... andbipolar has elements of adhd i find .... but i try and use yoga breathing when im feeling stressed to calm me down ..wherever i am ..even if im driving and get stressed ...focusing on the breath to calm me down but i def agree with what youre saying !! i shared your vid to my fb that has over 4000 friends lol too

  • Belind a
    Belind a 2 months ago

    you mean just moving ie if youre sitting in the library on a laptop and then you get up and walk around

  • Andi Prayoga
    Andi Prayoga 2 months ago

    Thanks you very much 👍 Mr.Taylor

  • Stay Motivated
    Stay Motivated 2 months ago +3

    Eliminate "should, could, would, maybe, might, but, well, umm, if" along with other words and you will truly see changes in your character. Good luck everyone that actually sees this comment.

  • Wellotonin Naturally Well Inc

    Over -thinking is not something people have direct control, but it is caused by low serotonin. Stress is a mental health symptoms. It is all due to having vitamins and mineral deficits. The brain is lacking vitamins and minerals and Omega 3, 6 that is needs to begin to heal itself. It is that simple. It amazes me, the amount of incorrect or complicated information that is served to people. The one thing is stress is the effect not, the cause, the cause is the negative events, the genetics and the vitamins and minerals that are not be consumed in their diets.
    Sheila LMHC

    • Wellotonin Naturally Well Inc
      Wellotonin Naturally Well Inc 25 days ago

      I love when people who are not credentialed, reply, when I have 10+ years clinical evidence. I have helped thousands, and know more about mental health disorders than probably anyone in this country. Oh, and I healed my own "self-injuring thoughts" which were an exacerbation of OCD. You go one thinking what you want, and "how Dr. Phil says," "How is that working for you?" Sheila M Cooperman Lic Psychotherapist for over 20 years, and you?

    • Cor B
      Cor B 26 days ago

      I find it ironic that you peddle simple "solutions" that have no medical basis. "It is all due to having vitamins and mineral deficits". Utter drivel. This suggests that if you pump a depressed person full of vitamins and minerals that the depression will disappear. Right? The same with the "serotonin deficiency" argument. Why, if it were that simple we would simply pump depressed people full of serotonin and voilà, they would all be healed.

      Depression is one of the most complex illnesses in the most complex organ in the body. Fighting depression involves a lot more than vitamins, minerals and some Omega 3,6...

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    varsha vaid 3 months ago


  • Sarah Hart
    Sarah Hart 3 months ago

    Making a group chat on Instagram we can talk about mental health or depression or anything else that you’re going through no hate or judging only support and kindness if you would like to join message me on Instagram about it and I’ll add you as soon as I can❤️❤️. @nanay0599

  • monster jesse
    monster jesse 3 months ago

    everything, moving will change everything

  • decidel godinho
    decidel godinho 3 months ago

    Thank You :)

  • Olivia Nichole
    Olivia Nichole 3 months ago

    Hello gorgeous people! I’m a person who has personally struggled with mental health, and am now trying to get a channel going to help others through it! Please check it out if you get a chance, thank you💗

  • hadzi hadjer
    hadzi hadjer 3 months ago

    Very interesting thank you sir

  • Rise Up Studios
    Rise Up Studios 3 months ago

    You might have just saved my friend from a life of suffering. I'm going to share it with them and see. Thank you so much!

  • bemorecreative
    bemorecreative 3 months ago

    I have yet to hear a TED Talk that didnt start with a boring personal story.....why can't you speakers get to the point????

    • Jennifer Stewart
      Jennifer Stewart 3 months ago

      It is called Ted TALK. Perhaps this is the format or guideline in place for the speakers to follow. With 17 million subscribers, they must be doing something right and there is obviously a need.

  • Adam U
    Adam U 3 months ago +1

    i finally found why changes come to my mind when ever i go to the gym ...
    view minutes before my excercise
    if there was somthing wrong with me that i had no idea about it
    than all that things become nonsense when only i decide to go to the gym
    thanks indeed !!

  • Cait
    Cait 3 months ago

    Thomas Jefferson ... "excercise and application produce order to our affairs health of body, cheerfulness of mind and those make us precious to our friends."

  • Arvydas Andrius
    Arvydas Andrius 4 months ago

    what if i work a job where all day i walk and im stressed out that i will got fired cuz i work bad...

  • Ross Wallace
    Ross Wallace 4 months ago

    I am setting up a Mental Health channel on my page, discussing many things to do with Mental Health, I have been doing a course for a few months about different types of Mental illnesses and I want to share what I have learned. Please subscribe if you are interested.

  • Jatt Ram
    Jatt Ram 4 months ago

    Indeed a mindful lesson and meaningful language!!!!! Wow

  • Hellyea00
    Hellyea00 4 months ago

    Thank you so much for this.. it really opend my mind.

  • Arpit Sinha
    Arpit Sinha 4 months ago

    Physical fitness is an incredible medicine to cope with the hectic life we have nowadays. Physical activity changes your mind, makes you feel more confident which eventually improves your focus and increases positivity towards life.

  • Thaslima Ferdous
    Thaslima Ferdous 4 months ago


  • Alex Trout
    Alex Trout 4 months ago

    My sport is chess. It helped me overcome all my obstacles in life and physically I’m as fit as I’ve ever been...

  • spottydog4477
    spottydog4477 4 months ago

    THIS IS JUST POP PSYCH - whats needed is A sense of purpose, few friends, a place to call home -the rest is just playing around the edges

  • philum 1
    philum 1 4 months ago

    0:20 wave check

  • Never Beaten
    Never Beaten 4 months ago

    I tried mindfullness a lot of time with meditation. Its not working. Why it doesnt work on me? Maybe my problems are more severe it wont be enough?

  • Muhammad Aqeel Khan
    Muhammad Aqeel Khan 4 months ago

    one of the most underrated tedx talks ever

  • Timothy1982
    Timothy1982 5 months ago

    In many cases, this is absolutely true for treating and preventing depression, anxiety and insomnia related to anxiety. Just like diabetics must take insulin, mental health sufferers must exercise.

  • Mutilator24
    Mutilator24 5 months ago +3

    What if Im already working out and meditating daily, and my mental health is still subpar...

  • LazyAussieLurker !
    LazyAussieLurker ! 5 months ago

    Great video, I also do videos where I do tips and tricks for beating mental health issues, thanks for your help

  • Mental with Mi Mi
    Mental with Mi Mi 5 months ago

    Please like, and subscribe. I will do the same

  • You Therapy
    You Therapy 5 months ago

    Thank you for this. I am a psychotherapist and am learning more and more about our body's importance in mental health. There are many empirical studies which show that certain physical behavior can lessen symptoms. Though let's not say this is the only path. There a so many who benefit from learning new ways of thinking, from being supported while sharing their stories, and who yes, report they feel and function much better with medication. This emphasis on movement is incredibly important though, and again I thank you!

    • Thinking of A Name
      Thinking of A Name 5 months ago

      You Therapy psychotherapist. Could you explain your profession to me?

  • Brittany Schank
    Brittany Schank 5 months ago

    Hey guys! If you are looking for more channels that talk about mental health take a peek at mine! I'm a mental health therapist and just starting my youtube channel :)

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  • Ken Richard
    Ken Richard 6 months ago

    Let let a boy engage in physical activity, rather than drugging him! That ain't American!

    UNIVERSAL ARTIST 6 months ago +3

    I am on medicine cause of PTSD . MY sister was killed and i was shot 4 times...i did not know better when i had first atack. I wish i was able to listen speech like this ... But i have been doing great for 4 years..i exercise and that hellps me sooo much. And I am happy for first time in my life.

    • Liam Noman
      Liam Noman 20 days ago

      Sorry to hear about your trauma. I wish you good luck and peace for the future x

  • Janet Lee
    Janet Lee 6 months ago

    I needed to hear this speech. I have been so awfully unhappy as if the demon has possessed my soul. I realized i need to stop overthinking that was driving me to insanity and reclaim my mental health by running. I remember i used to run and how it made me feel. Thank you Leon for your wise words

  • boli sorat
    boli sorat 6 months ago

    thank you

  • Auragirl86
    Auragirl86 6 months ago

    Everything he said is 100% true. Beautiful talk!

  • Connor Lockerby
    Connor Lockerby 6 months ago

    God first.

  • Swankster
    Swankster 6 months ago

    I like to hike . . . a lot! But I STILL have very bad anxiety. I am on a low dose anti-anxiety medicine and every time I try to get off of it, I end of with anxiety so bad I contemplate suicide.
    So I guess I'll be on medicine until I die.

      WEUNITE Month ago

      Have you tried to slowly wean yourself off? That is the key. Stay away from caffeine. Kava kava is relaxing tea very small amounts.

  • tictoc544
    tictoc544 6 months ago

    good lesson thanks

  • אסף לב
    אסף לב 6 months ago

    big like

  • inder mohan
    inder mohan 6 months ago

    Thank you Leon.. I accept the challenge of movement

  • ganga Pandey
    ganga Pandey 6 months ago

    great sir

  • Hamlet Fortinbras
    Hamlet Fortinbras 6 months ago

    Thank you! My highly energetic toddler loves to run, especially with chase games.

  • Eneida
    Eneida 6 months ago

    what a beautiful man, what a beautiful ted talk

  • Kath Koko
    Kath Koko 6 months ago

    Is he French?

  • CyberRonin
    CyberRonin 6 months ago

    I always feel great after a good run on the treadmill.

  • Lola Zhu
    Lola Zhu 7 months ago

    exercise is not the magical cure for mental illnesses. When someone feels trapped in a mental illness , it is essential to seek professional help. Don't start by believing that doing exercise takes away your symptoms. You can however choose some forms of exercise when you are able to enjoy some physical activity.

  • Deep Inside Parmar
    Deep Inside Parmar 7 months ago

    What we need to do for our health that is....

  • Alex Mcgoogan
    Alex Mcgoogan 7 months ago +1

    I do everything you said I still have the same thoughts sorry but you wasted my time

  • Marta Peixoto
    Marta Peixoto 7 months ago +2

    mental health problems arent always about stress...
    take depression for example

  • ilk d
    ilk d 7 months ago +6

    In east,asia,india even the poorest person has a smile on his face.
    Thank god our society is different. We give importace to feelings, heart , emotions. Even animals feelings are respected.
    Just fame or money or intelligence doesnt bring happiness.We need a balance in life,love and friends and sharing,caring.Sad old values are dying.
    Society based on economics or science alone will not be healthy.
    Social values,family values, repecting others emotions,feelings is very important. Just being scientifically correct is not everything.

  • Poppa Jacks
    Poppa Jacks 7 months ago

    I needed this so badly.

  • flower love
    flower love 7 months ago +1

    Leon Taylor, I loved this. I've heard a lot of these points before but a great presentation helps make it absorbable. Repetition too helps me. You're inspiring, motivating, and a wonderful speaker. Hearing your personal experience helped me. The video had 270k views which isn't super high, and
    I use this to help decide what to watch. I think I was drawn by your smile, and posture in the still picture. Guess one shouldn't always go by the rating.
    Most of all I felt it came from your heart and that you have a passion for it. Thank you.

  • ana ML
    ana ML 7 months ago

    I wish I could get up early in the morning and walk. I have a bunch of excuses not to do it. I hate getting up early, and now, I hate the cold spring, fall, and winter of utah. It discourages me to do anything outside. I just wish I could move out of this place. :(

    • Zoe_13
      Zoe_13 6 months ago +1

      It's always easier to allow excuses to rule our lives, overcoming them is the harder path but the most rewarding. Wish you could move out of that place? taking the first step is a good start :)

  • Matt Zimmerer
    Matt Zimmerer 7 months ago

    Great video! I feel like at 32 I am finally figuring this out, this video was a solid affirmation that I have simply been lacking physical exercise from my life all along.

  • olivia siyeon
    olivia siyeon 7 months ago +1

    what mental illness does he have?

  • Rokal Lobust
    Rokal Lobust 7 months ago +1

    My movement is boxing. It engages my whole body and mind and the level of mental and physical fitness needed for boxing puts you way out out of the danger zone for depression and anxiety. sometimes when I shaddowbox I can feel the force of life itself moving with me. Nothing gives me more pleasure than boxing. It is something I just love to do.

  • Mark Shelly
    Mark Shelly 8 months ago

    Thank you very much for this excellent talk Leon. This came to me at just the right time to help me through my depression.

  • melodi bearslayer
    melodi bearslayer 8 months ago

    great speech! thank you.

  • Love and Ukes
    Love and Ukes 8 months ago

    This made me quite cross... then I realised it was because for me it's also true. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Tinni The Tinfoil Hatter

    He is a very good speaker - sympathetic resonance
    The knowledge is calm and controlled given.
    I have done mindfulness the past 2 months.
    After this TED-talk I'm going to search for a TAI-CHI school.
    I meditate more often thanks to mindfulness.
    AND I'm going to walk , ride my bike more often and taking breaks from sitting at my desk.

  • Shafeeque Kottakkal
    Shafeeque Kottakkal 8 months ago

    this guy observing the real fact...hey busy world just see this and go

  • Shafeeque Kottakkal
    Shafeeque Kottakkal 8 months ago

    no i am moving freely.....

  • Radhe
    Radhe 8 months ago

    Great. Movement causes stress and makes us stronger against mental stress.

  • balram bissa
    balram bissa 8 months ago

    when ted will come to TEDx talks, eagerly w8ing for that :P

  • Morgan Naing
    Morgan Naing 8 months ago

    Can we now talk about drugs and alcohol ruining mental+physical health? No? okay then

  • Flexiy
    Flexiy 8 months ago

    I think of the most messed up sick in the brain Gory stuff I’m not violent at all just scared of what I think of, and I keep all my emotions in and don’t get embarrassed. How do I fix this.

  • Eileen Welzel
    Eileen Welzel 8 months ago

    so simple but so good. really helped :)

  • ######
    ###### 8 months ago +1

    Totally agree with this. Exercise makes difference, move more!

  • dijin456
    dijin456 8 months ago

    If you are of the mind your suffering is

  • Naman s upadhyaya
    Naman s upadhyaya 8 months ago

    Very accurate speech,very helpful. Thank you.

  • Джамиля Муксинова

    Thank you. That exactly what I needed to know.