Prince Harry is facing mixed reactions after describing the ways he prioritizes his own mental health each day after suffering from “burnout”, with some questioning the difficulty of the royal workload.
The Duke of Sussex shared his thoughts on mental health during a virtual appearance hosted by personal training company BetterUp on Thursday, when he spoke with BetterUp CEO Alexi Robichaux and Serena Williams.
Reflecting on his own experience, Harry, 37, who was appointed BetterUp’s director of impact last year, said he had experienced “burnout”, which he described as a feeling of “coming to the end of everything I had, anything”. fuel, any vapor in the engine,” and that he now prioritizes personal care every day as a result.
“Now I put in about a half hour, 45 minutes, in the morning when it’s like, ‘Okay, one of the kids is off to school, the other is taking a nap, there’s a break in our show,'” he said. The royal spoke about daily life with his wife Meghan Markle and the couple’s two children, Archie, two, and Lilibet, eight months, adding that he needs to “meditate every day”.
During the conversation, Harry also acknowledged the role employers play in employees’ ability to take care of themselves, with the Duke explaining, “From an employer perspective, you can’t expect people to push themselves if they don’t you do”. We don’t give them time to do it.”
“When people focus on the inner work, these people are better at work and they are better at home,” he continued, adding that he knows from work experience and “as a husband [and] like dad”, that “self-care is the first thing that falls”.
Harry also acknowledged that for some, the idea of devoting energy and time to “inner work” can be off-putting, as people may think more work is necessary.
However, according to Harry, who wants to provide mental health coaches to people all over the world, “outside work” becomes “a lot easier” when you start working inside.
However, on social media, the royals’ comments sparked mixed reactions, with some questioning whether Prince Harry has the authority to speak about his own experience working to “burnout”, despite the Duke’s launched the Invictus Games, working as the main impact. officer of BetterUp, running his and Meghan’s Archewell Foundation, and working on a number of other projects, including a Spotify and Netflix deal.
“Prince Harry’s workload is wearing him out, just think of those who have worked long hours and still can’t make ends meet, it must be very hard being a millionaire for him and his family,” one person tweeted.
Another said: “Prince Harry has never had to do an honest day’s work in his life. Any work he has done has been little more than a hobby. Can he stop pontificating about real work and workers? He is embarrassing.”
Others criticized the duke’s suggestion that everyone spend up to an hour each morning focusing on self-care, with someone else writing: “So Prince Harry thinks everyone can fit 45 minutes of self-care into their morning routine. With this advice in mind, I’ll be setting my alarm for 4:30am instead of the usual 5:15am next week. Because, Harry, some of us have to go to work while our kids are at school, not yoga…”
However, in response to criticism, many praised Prince Harry for consistently advocating for mental health awareness.
“The people who attack Prince Harry for his @BetterUp Inner Work comments are the very people who could do with taking your advice, maybe they wouldn’t be so bitter and twisted if they did,” one person wrote, while another said, “I love that Prince Harry is consistent. , he has been talking about mental fitness since the implementation of the Invictus Games.”
Someone else revealed that they too have taken some time in the morning to take care of themselves and that has had a big impact on their mental health.
“I started getting up an hour earlier than I needed to so I have time to exercise, meditate, read, whatever I feel is going to be the best thing to do that day. It has helped a lot,” they wrote.
According to another person, the interview served as a reminder of the importance of boundaries and work/life balance, with one viewer tweeting: “Fantastic interview! I totally agree with Harry and Serena, balance is of the utmost importance and making sure you take time for yourself is paramount! Limits are needed!”