My Journey: James, Founder of Sanctus

In this interview James, founder of Sanctus, shares his journey with us, along with honest advice about what we can do to look after our mental health at work – whether we work for ourselves or someone else.

What is Sanctus all about?

We’re on a mission to change the perception of mental health and want to put the world’s first mental health gym on the high street one day.

How did you first become interested in mental health?

Through my own experience of poor mental health I suppose. I had a period in my life where I had pretty bad anxiety and then panic attacks. I didn’t really know what was going on and mainly blamed other things in my life for how I was feeling. I knew nothing about mental health and there wasn’t a space where I felt like I could talk about it.

So your life was on a different path before you discovered this calling?

Absolutely, I was a different person really. I was all about image and material things, very closed off too. Things are really different now.

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Get Your Yoga Fix at Your Desk

We live in a busy, fast-paced world and for many of us, spending hours of our day sitting in front of a computer screen is our reality. While there is no substitute for leaving your desk and taking a walk, going to a yoga class, or squeezing in a quick workout to escape your day, sometimes there is too much to get done and it is simply not an option. Below are four exercises that can be done at your desk. With these gentle poses, you can break up your day, reset your body and your mind and invigorate your productivity without even needing to leave your workspace.

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