Prince Harry Admits He Talks To A Coach To Help With His ‘Mental Fitness’

Prince Harry is continuing to speak on how important it is to incorporate mental health into our everyday lives.

In a new campaign film for the BetterUp, the mental health start-up, of the Duke of Sussex speaks about how he maintains his own “mental fitness” day to day.

Prince Harry Admits He Talks To A Coach To Help With His ‘Mental Fitness’

In the short clip, Harry interviews three people—including Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim—about their own mental health practices.

“We all have greatness within us,” the father of two says. “Mental fitness helps us unlock it. It’s an ongoing practice, one where you approach your mind as something to flex, not fix.”

Harry asks Kim how she would describe the relationship between the mind and the body when it comes to “operating at peak performance.”

“It would be unrealistic for me to expect to go out there and land an amazing run, learn a new trick, if I wasn’t feeling good mentally,” she responds.

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“And I can’t expect myself to perform at my peak when I am doubting myself and I’m feeling negative emotions. If I’m not feeling good mentally, then it will jeopardize my physical health, and they go hand in hand. And so, for the past couple of years, I’ve just been prioritizing that, listening to my body, and I’m in such a better place now.”

Harry also spoke about his own experiences with “trauma, loss,” and “grief” after losing his mother, Princess Diana; joining the army; as well as stepping down from his role as a senior royal after marrying Meghan Markle.

He says that in traveling the world, he has seen how other people cope with their own traumas and realized it is “absolutely critical … to build up resilience” to these emotions through mental health practices.

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So what exactly is Prince Harry’s role at BetterUp?

“The chief impact officer role for me at BetterUp is 100 percent about driving advocacy and awareness for mental fitness—99.9 percent of people on planet Earth are suffering from some form of loss, trauma, or grief,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter what age you are, but the majority of us have experienced a lot of that in our younger years; therefore, we’ve forgotten about it. Now, the body doesn’t forget, the body holds the score, as we know. And therefore, just as much as there’s a mental health aspect to it, there’s also the emotional aspect to it as well. And I think the more that we can talk about it, the more we understand it. The more we understand it, well, the more we understand each other.”

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