Updated: Oct 18, 2021
Lindsay Recknell has made hope her business.
A “multi-passionate entrepreneur,” she is the founder, president, and CEO of Mental Health in Minutes, an organization dedicated to workplace mental health. A certified psychological health and safety advisor, Lindsayl also describes herself as “a self-proclaimed expert in hope,” adding that “hope has a PR problem and I aim to solve it.”
Lindsay’s work in hope and mental health comes from a personal place, something she shares readily. Struggles with mental health and addiction at home led to a surprising discovery one day: that a hope she hadn’t even realized was lost had come back. This proved to be a catalyst, and she began researching hope, finding that there was more to the concept than simple feeling.
“Intuitively, we know that feeling, we know that language, we know that word,” she says.
“But what I didn’t know is that it’s actually processes that work in our brains. There’s neurobiology that supports the science of hope.”
Positive psychology, a field which has existed since the 1980s, forms the basis of her work. She describes it as the antithesis of traditional psychology, which often focuses on decreasing sadness. By contrast, positive psychology is focused on increasing wellness. Accoirding to Lindsay, hope is contagious, and part of her goal to solve hope’s PR problem is helping people learn about and leverage it.
Lindsay’s own definition of hope is “that the future will be better than today by taking action over the things we can control.” These actions may be baby steps, big steps, or anything in between, but the important thing is the action.
Decisions and transitions
Her work in mental health began four years ago, but she founded Mental Health in Minutes in December 2020, saying that “the decision to start was an easy decision to make, but the transition has been hard” and required “a crap ton of work.”
One thing that has helped this transition is Focus Bubbles. Lindsay starts her day at 4 a.m. and spends much of her long workdays in meetings. Blocking Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons to attend Bubbles and focus on work has helped her set boundaries and get things done. What started as a habit has become a foundational part of her week.
“These Bubbles have been transformational,” she says. “I crave that time to just get work done. It has been a habit that my brain craves now.”
Although she says that she feels strongly aligned with her work and finds it incredibly rewarding, Lindsay is most proud of her own personal growth.
“Before I started this work, my sisters would tell you that I was the least open, least vulnerable, most shallow, least intuitive kind of person around,” she says. “And now, through this work, getting to meet these people, seeing the transformative power of sharing stories, I’m very proud of my compassion. I am proud of my openness.”
Get in contact with Lindsay
I’m a full-time university student, part-time Focus Bubbles host, and part-time D&D dungeon master. When I’m not interviewing people, I love meeting new people, hearing their stories, and getting new perspectives on life. I love Focus Bubbles because they help me protect my time and do deep work. I can’t wait to see you in a Bubble!