Prince Harry discusses practices for improving mental health
Prince Harry opened up on the “inner work” he regularly does on himself to stay on top of his mental wellbeing during the Inner Work Day event launched by mental health and coaching firm BetterUp. The Duke of Sussex joined the company’s CEO Alexi Robichaux and tennis champion Serena Williams in a panel titled Boldly Committing to Inner Work.
During the discussion, Harry stressed the importance of finding the time for self care to avoid experiencing burnout.
And he revealed to have gone through burnout himself, saying: “I, similar to you Alexi, experienced burnout and throughout that burnout literally getting to the very end of everything I had, any fuel, any steam in the engine, just was like I am burning candles at both ends, it was like, boom.
“That is when you’re forced to look inside yourself, because with everything else around you you feel is working against you, the only way you can really combat it and build resilience to your entire environment is the inner work.
“Once you start to understand how and why you react to certain people, certain situations, then you can actually gain control of those situations.
Prince Harry said he experienced burnout
Prince Harry spoke about the importance of self care during a virtual panel
“It doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen, it means your reaction to them is more in your control.”
Prince Harry’s candid confession was received with mixed opinions on social media.
Taking to Twitter, commentator Dominique Samuels wrote: “Does Prince Harry realise how deluded and privileged he sounds?
“The more he talks, the more I just want him to go and find that ‘privacy’ he said he wanted. Leave us alone!!”
One Twitter user, MikeAtwood12, said: “The Prince of woke is on one again is he.”
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Prince Harry is chief impact officer at BetterUp
Another, JulieSparkles88, added: “Bloody hell, he wants to try working 60 or more hours in a factory. And paying the new fuel bill.”
A third, PeddleIan, wrote: “He really needs to read the room.
“Millions are facing fuel rises, heat or eat dilemmas, mortgage payments, inflation, tax rises, job insecurities and he truly believes finding inner self is any ordinary person’s biggest need? Dear god he is SO removed from reality it’s pitiful”.
Others online users, however, supported Prince Harry’s message, with one, Endy4mi writing: “Great conversation by the trio.
“Harry keep living your best life unapologetically. Let the haters stew.”
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Another, lc87norwich, addressing the criticism against the Duke, said: “People commenting when they have zero insight into Harry’s day to day life”.
And a third, KannoEmma, added: “As usual..Haters will gonna hates..Hahahaha”.
During the panel, Prince Harry urged bosses to give time to their employees for inner work.
He also revealed he sees a BetterUp coach, who acts as a mental health mentor for individuals and businesses, every week.
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Speaking about the work he puts in for his own self care, the Duke said to have carved out from his routine at least half an hour every day.
With a brief mention to his children Archie Harrison and Lilibet Diana, the Duke said: “I have now put in about half an hour, 45 minutes in the morning when one kid has gone to school and the other is having a nap, there’s a break in our programme.
“It’s like, right, it’s either for a workout, take the dog for a walk, get out in nature, maybe meditate.”
Harry acknowledged that self care is “the first thing to drop away” when people are busy or have to “show up for other people”.
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Prince Harry, it also emerged during the panel, has become a problem-solving mentor for Williams.
The Duke joined BetterUp early last year.
As it was announced in March, he was given the role of Chief Impact Officer and, as such, among his duties there are product strategy, philanthropy, and public advocacy related to mental health.
The Duke is a paid employee of BetterUp – but the company has remained tight-lipped on his salary and whether he owns shares or stock options.