How to manage your mental health | Leon Taylor | TEDxClapham

  • Опубликовано: 19 июл 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

Комментарии • 252

  • Alex Trout
    Alex Trout День назад

    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 8 дней назад

    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 11 дней назад

    0:20 wave check

  • Never Beaten
    Never Beaten 12 дней назад

    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 18 дней назад

    one of the most underrated tedx talks ever

  • numb arm
    numb arm 21 день назад

    i look normal for nothin👍

  • timothyg1982
    timothyg1982 21 день назад

    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 Месяц назад +2

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

  • LazyAussieLurker !
    LazyAussieLurker ! Месяц назад

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

  • mi mi
    mi mi Месяц назад

    Please like, and subscribe. I will do the same

  • You Therapy
    You Therapy Месяц назад

    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 20 дней назад

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

  • Brittany Schank
    Brittany Schank Месяц назад

    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 :)

  • Erick Hernández Noriega
    Erick Hernández Noriega Месяц назад


  • Ken Richard
    Ken Richard Месяц назад

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


    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.

  • Janet Lee
    Janet Lee Месяц назад

    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 Месяц назад

    thank you

  • Auragirl86
    Auragirl86 Месяц назад

    Everything he said is 100% true. Beautiful talk!

  • Connor Lockerby
    Connor Lockerby Месяц назад

    God first.

  • Swankster
    Swankster Месяц назад

    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.

  • tictoc544
    tictoc544 Месяц назад

    good lesson thanks

  • אסף לב
    אסף לב 2 месяца назад

    big like

  • inder mohan
    inder mohan 2 месяца назад

    Thank you Leon.. I accept the challenge of movement

  • ganga Pandey
    ganga Pandey 2 месяца назад

    great sir

  • Jason Powell
    Jason Powell 2 месяца назад

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

  • Eneida
    Eneida 2 месяца назад

    what a beautiful man, what a beautiful ted talk

  • Cathetine Korcio
    Cathetine Korcio 2 месяца назад

    Is he French?

  • CyberRonin
    CyberRonin 2 месяца назад

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

  • Lola Zhu
    Lola Zhu 2 месяца назад

    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
    Deep Inside 2 месяца назад

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

  • Alex Mcgoogan
    Alex Mcgoogan 3 месяца назад +1

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

  • Minimalist Miss
    Minimalist Miss 3 месяца назад

    Mental disturbance is more about genes, chemicals in the brain . I am very sure he never was a true patient. Most of the time. Medication is the most effective method. ( it is like without ever being pregnant, how can a person talk about being a mother?!!!) .... Many TedFalk is a way for people to sew how people give a speech. For the contents, it does NOT matter that much. Ted talk is good to see how people confidently persuade others. In this world, how do you define right or wrong. If you want others to believe you it is about, your confidence and eloquence to present yourself and convey your ideas.. Reversely, if you can be as good as these speech givers, You can even Twist others' mind ... Alain : How can you be so sure the truth is really that true. ?????? 😉😉😉😉😉😉

  • Marta Peixoto
    Marta Peixoto 3 месяца назад +1

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

  • ilk d
    ilk d 3 месяца назад +3

    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.

  • NPC #1716382
    NPC #1716382 3 месяца назад

    I needed this so badly.

  • pat winn
    pat winn 3 месяца назад +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 3 месяца назад

    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 2 месяца назад +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 3 месяца назад

    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 juliet
    olivia juliet 3 месяца назад

    what mental illness does he have?

  • Rokal Lobust
    Rokal Lobust 3 месяца назад

    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 3 месяца назад

    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 4 месяца назад

    great speech! thank you.

  • Love and Ukes
    Love and Ukes 4 месяца назад

    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
    Tinni The Tinfoil Hatter 4 месяца назад

    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 4 месяца назад

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

  • Shafeeque Kottakkal
    Shafeeque Kottakkal 4 месяца назад

    no i am moving freely.....

  • Radhe
    Radhe 4 месяца назад

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

  • balram bissa
    balram bissa 4 месяца назад

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

  • Morgan Naing
    Morgan Naing 4 месяца назад

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

  • Flexiy
    Flexiy 4 месяца назад

    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 4 месяца назад

    so simple but so good. really helped :)

  • ######
    ###### 4 месяца назад

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

  • dijin456
    dijin456 4 месяца назад

    If you are of the mind your suffering is

  • Naman s upadhyaya
    Naman s upadhyaya 4 месяца назад

    Very accurate speech,very helpful. Thank you.

  • Джамиля Муксинова
    Джамиля Муксинова 4 месяца назад +1

    Thank you. That exactly what I needed to know.

  • Dee Raven
    Dee Raven 4 месяца назад

    Thankyou Leon !

  • MarieParieMusic
    MarieParieMusic 4 месяца назад

    I experience severe anxiety, and a lot of body pain after a car accident. I'm still in it, i wish i can find tools to win over it, at least to get some sleep, do you have some tools?

  • MarieParieMusic
    MarieParieMusic 4 месяца назад

    You are so funny. But you are amazing educating people.

  • Michael Greene
    Michael Greene 4 месяца назад

    Really took this on board at a time I really needed it ,many thanks

  • Depression Talks With Immanuel
    Depression Talks With Immanuel 4 месяца назад +11

    Thank you for talking about this. We need more of these conversations

  • Tech nics
    Tech nics 4 месяца назад

    beast gonna beeeeeeassttttttt

  • ColorYourWorldPerspective MentalHealth
    ColorYourWorldPerspective MentalHealth 4 месяца назад

    it's difficult for me to exercise because I have agoraphobia but I'm going to move around more. anytime I can go for a walk I'll do it as well. I managed to take a walk in the park yesterday and that helped a lot I was so stressed out I can barely function but after I got home I was feeling almost normal again. let's do what we can. Exercise medication talk therapy cognitive behavioral therapy. Whatever works meditation. they all help thanks for the talk Carol

  • Bean B
    Bean B 5 месяцев назад

    Too simplistic but appreciated the perspective.

  • Cherylyn Snyder
    Cherylyn Snyder 5 месяцев назад

    Loved! Thank you!!

  • The Thoughts
    The Thoughts 5 месяцев назад +15

    I personally believes that when you keep yourself busy with productive activities we surely feel good.

  • Osvaldo Hernandez
    Osvaldo Hernandez 5 месяцев назад

    No doctor can deny that they know this information. Shouldn't they be trying to reach their patients with it? No money in health, only in illness.

  • Ludmilla Alley
    Ludmilla Alley 5 месяцев назад

    Leon, you nailed it! Perfect!

  • Stefanie Reinert Jenssen
    Stefanie Reinert Jenssen 5 месяцев назад


  • Emma Celene
    Emma Celene 5 месяцев назад

    Absolutely loved this talk 💚

    MAJESTIC 5 месяцев назад +2

    Yea but what happens when you have a serious heart condition and you cannot move ? They you are screwed are you not ? this Ted talk is good but it forgets people with heart conditions such as me and or people with no limbs or eye sight.

    • serenesongs
      serenesongs 4 месяца назад +1

      he also mentioned that if you cant get up , just breathe and change position, stretch.

  • Chris Ashcroft
    Chris Ashcroft 5 месяцев назад

    When I was a kid back in the 70's, we used to run out of the house in the morning, play outside all day, and come back for dinner. Today sadly, kids don't do this anymore. They spend most of their time glued in front of a screen, sedentary. Not surprisingly, obesity, diabetes and depression are at record levels for today's youth. Time to stop supporting the mushroom lifestyle parents. Get those kids moving! Turn off the internet.

  • Tami
    Tami 5 месяцев назад


  • Yousef Elsayed
    Yousef Elsayed 5 месяцев назад

    This is one of the most beautiful videos I've watched, thank you so much for sharing this :) .

  • James Jacobson
    James Jacobson 5 месяцев назад +1

    I used to hear voices, have many weird fears, anxiety, depression, I don't know what is allowed to say on here, but I was pretty far gone.
    I'm better now though.
    And whats even cooler is I opened up a nutrition business for those who have the same problems that I used to have.
    There is no easy fix, in fact it was very complicated.
    It was also very simple...
    If anyone needs to talk about how to fix everything, completely, my business cell is
    802 962 0451

    I know it's hard, but I guarantee you that there is a solution.
    I know because I had so many things wrong with me and now I'm finally in my right mind, mental clarity and sobriety of mind with good health is like taking a deep breath after drowning under water.

    • BlueMoon S
      BlueMoon S 5 месяцев назад

      James Jacobson I have suffered from severe depression, anxiety, PTSD and suicidal ideations from child hood. I was prescribed every medication out there. I tried electric shock therapy, hospitalization, counseling I've seen many psychiatrist and everything. I had a hysterectomy 5 yrs ago and because of that and a combination of the many different antidepressants and anxiety medications I was taking I started putting on weight really fast. Within 5 yrs I went from weighing 120 lbs to 170 lbs and I'm only 4'ft 10 inches tall so at 170 I felt huge and uncomfortable. Which only made me more depressed. So in an attempt to lose the weight I changed my diet and started walking more and started losing weight. My intention of eating healthy and exercising was to lose weight not to treat my depression but, to my surprise in the past year as I've started losing weight by eating healthier my depression and other problems are getting much better. I've gone down on my medication quite a lot too. At this point I feel like I could get off the antidepressants and anxiety meds completely. Another thing I did was I started living a more simple life. I spend more time outside and in the woods with my dogs. I'd like to point out if a dog is a good fit in your life they are a great antidepressant. But only if you can give them what they need to grow and be happy too. Anyway sorry this is such a long comment I was gonna call that number you left on here but, I didn't want to bother you with my life story any more than I have in this comment lol. Have a great day. ~R~

  • Claudia Manzanilla
    Claudia Manzanilla 5 месяцев назад +1

    Conozco gente que nunca ha hecho ejercicio, lleva una vida de excesos y llego a vieja y sin problemas!!!

  • rollarolla98
    rollarolla98 5 месяцев назад +4

    Hello beautiful people, i have made a video about my mental health journey including some advice i have learned from therapists etc and would love you to check it out
    Mental Health is SUCH AN IMPORTANT ISSUE and not a health issue that should be IGNORED or HIDDEN behind closed doors. It is something that is killing people every day.
    I would like to see a future where it isn't a shameful thing to talk about so the people suffering feel comfortable in telling people how they REALLY feel. Not a simple 'hi howz u?'.

    • Skip Wood
      Skip Wood 3 месяца назад

      rollarolla98 hey where is your video? I would like to see it. Mental health issues are so common place and sufferers should be able to help each other overcome problems as they can understand each other.

  • Charlie Key Media
    Charlie Key Media 6 месяцев назад +1

    Fantastic talk. What a great speaker and thanks for sharing your experience. This is a very positive step forward on an issue surrounded in so much negativity.

  • Paige G
    Paige G 6 месяцев назад

    HELP ME i'm taking too many hard classes!!!

  • Daniel Patrick Young
    Daniel Patrick Young 6 месяцев назад +5


  • Yose Martin
    Yose Martin 6 месяцев назад +1

    In Islam, we do the movement in pray (sholat). Prior to pray, we wash parts of our body(face, hands and feet)

  • Fern Lulham
    Fern Lulham 6 месяцев назад +3

    Loved this! Convincing on a practical and scientific level. We have to look at alternatives to being on ever longer waiting lists to see so called experts.

  • serve24
    serve24 6 месяцев назад +80

    I feel this is too simplistic.
    I’m a physical therapist, so I absolutely agree with the physiological and psychological effects of exercise.
    But I’ve also suffered from PTSD, and I can say from experience that exercise alone does not always help.
    Exercise is an important factor in overcoming mental illness, but therapy and medication are perfectly acceptable and, most of the time, necessary adjuncts.

    • Thinking of A Name
      Thinking of A Name 20 дней назад

      Ms J yknow if u were to make a list of all the things needed for change or to beat a mental disorder or have a better quality of life you’d find that I have nothing on that list. At this point I’m more willing to rely on drugs because it’s easier. Long term doesn’t matter to me because I’ll be dead

    • Thinking of A Name
      Thinking of A Name 20 дней назад

      serve24 haha yeah it’s insulting for this guy to say exercise will fix it.

    • Thinking of A Name
      Thinking of A Name 28 дней назад

      serve24 heh, I’ve already given up.

    • Thinking of A Name
      Thinking of A Name 28 дней назад

      Will Wait stop reminding me plz.

    • Ms J
      Ms J Месяц назад +1

      Minimalist Miss true with many cases but as with everything else, one has to reach within and find a spark of desire to take the first step. When kids are immediately put on medication that is a sure fire way to condition them to rely on drugs and put in less effort, which [effort] is the spark of motivation to change. No one can force anyone to change without the other being willing first. This is normal. The key to helping population with mental illness is educating them and helping them understand their 'illness' and how it *manifests itself through symtpoms* , rather than them judging themselves or defining their identity through their illness. Helping them become aware of how their lifestyle or interactions effects their symptoms is key to providing them the tools to reduce their symptoms, streamline their life and empower themselves, therefore motivating them to change.
      They just need help seeing beyond the status quo. We all get stuck sometimes so we can relate, it's all about perception. Some of us were exposed to examples that don't serve us, and that's ok. It's all about understanding the past and the ability to perceive a brighter future. It's not as complicated as it seems but it certainly does take a lot of effort, empathy and compassion to achieve naturally.

  • jtspiky
    jtspiky 6 месяцев назад

    Great to know when you have a physical disability:/

  • Shirin Riswana
    Shirin Riswana 6 месяцев назад +1

    By this time I m very stressed had some drug so that I unable to think and I'm looking for solutions

    • Shirin Riswana
      Shirin Riswana 5 месяцев назад

      Smile Tribe thank you

    • Smile Tribe
      Smile Tribe 5 месяцев назад +1

      Hi Shirin!
      Well done! You are taking action. It sometimes takes time to realise we are suffering from mental health issues. I have been there. You are in the right path.
      One year ago I was suffering from anxiety and depression. I had to take medication which helped me A LOT. It wasn't only that though. Your actions help!
      - Leti

  • runneryg
    runneryg 6 месяцев назад

    I have been running for years only to find out I have ADHD AND Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) I SEEM TO BE MEDICATING ON CARBS BEFORE MY RUNS AND I DONT FEEL LIKE DOING IT AND I FEEL IN A SLAP BECAUSE of MY DAUGHTER NOT WHITING TO KNOW HER FARTHER I JUST WHAT TO TAKE TIME OUT AND LEARN READ BUT I AM NOT MY SELF FEET are killing me off over the years of running 25, years taking 4 days off and I feel down. but I am learning!!

  • B. Colwell
    B. Colwell 6 месяцев назад +1

    Physical activity and HEALTHY CLEAN FOOD.

  • Veronica Montano
    Veronica Montano 6 месяцев назад +1

    This is amazing!! Especially now that we live in a quicker speed.

  • IloveRyanGreasley
    IloveRyanGreasley 6 месяцев назад

    He's quite hot isn't he, about to bust out of that polo...

  • Superman Steve
    Superman Steve 6 месяцев назад +3

    My mother desperately needs to watch this.

  • F.D McIntyre
    F.D McIntyre 6 месяцев назад +1

    Nice video thanks

  • Secrecy
    Secrecy 6 месяцев назад +1

    I have no idea whether I’ve a mental condition.

  • Adam baari
    Adam baari 6 месяцев назад +2

    thank u ... you showed me somthing by an other way ...

  • Sea Of Oceans
    Sea Of Oceans 6 месяцев назад +1

    What does a hyperactivity child? Have to do with depression? I move all day every day at my job and I'm depressed.

    • faith elson
      faith elson 18 дней назад

      Well dp you enjoy it?

    AKHTAMAR 6 месяцев назад +2

    I want to punch him so hard right in the face

  • Mr. Numi Who
    Mr. Numi Who 6 месяцев назад

    Trite solution. The real solution is an adequate philosophy, which humans have never had (enter me).

  • constrictum
    constrictum 6 месяцев назад

    Forest Gump

  • Tony 167
    Tony 167 6 месяцев назад

    How do u find your movement??

  • Wild Tribe
    Wild Tribe 6 месяцев назад +3

    great talk!

  • Shawn B
    Shawn B 6 месяцев назад

    So, TLDR, we should run?

    • Zap Zap
      Zap Zap 6 месяцев назад

      no. if you dont find it fun, don't do it.
      find what excercise or movement or physical activity for you is fun.
      i dont neccessarily enjoy jogging.
      i appreciate nature, rain, forests. being alone and feeling the air around me while i jog.
      Just make "moving" or any sort of physical activity part in something else that you find "fun"

  • Mark Evan Oakley
    Mark Evan Oakley 6 месяцев назад +1

    hi great video .ive got over my bipolar and off all meds please look at my video mark evan oakley thanks