Louise Minchin details where ‘mind went’ while reporting Boris Johnson’s hospitalisation

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Louise Minchin, 52, shared that she often recalls a certain memory when the atmosphere feels “stressful” in daily life, such as when there is a breaking news story to cover. The BBC Breakfast host detailed feeling “nervous” when Boris Johnson was diagnosed with coronavirus back in April and used the technique of memory recollection to keep her feeling calm while on air.

The atmosphere was stressful

Louise Minchin

Louise explained: “There’s a memory I call to mind when I need to slow down. 

“I was doing a triathlon around the Liverpool docks, and the atmosphere was stressful. 

“But when I looked down at the view below, it was so calm and peaceful. It was a moment of real serenity. 

“Now, whenever I feel nervous about a breaking news story, I close my eyes and think of that moment,” she added to Women’s Health.

Earlier this year during the first lockdown, the PM was diagnosed with nearly fatal coronavirus, that saw him be hospitalised.

Louise continued: “That’s where my mind went when I heard the news, through a headset, that the Prime Minister had been hospitalised with Covid-19.”

The news sent shockwaves throughout the UK and Louise was on hand to first report the story as a longstanding host of BBC Breakfast.

The 52-year-old first joined the programme in 2006 and co-hosts the programme alongside Dan Walker.

Her daily routine will see her waking up to begin the day at 3.40am ready to film for the early morning TV show.

To ensure she gets up on time, Louise uses a particular motivational method she divulged: “When I wake up at 3.40am for work, it’s the image of jumping into ice-cold water mid-triathlon that propels me out of bed.

 I tell myself: ‘You think this is bad? That is worse’.”

It comes as Louise recently took to social media to congratulate Nina Warhurst for landing a role on the BBC Breakfast team. 

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The 52-year-old presenter addressed the news after Editor Richard Frediani revealed the journalist had been appointed the new business presenter on the show.

She tweeted in view of her 193,900 Twitter followers: “Great news and congratulations to the brilliant @NinaWarhurst fantastic to have you permanently on the team.”  

Her post included the original tweet from Richard, who announced the news.

It read: “Delighted to permanently appoint @NinaWarhurst to the team at @BBCBreakfast.

“A talented, award-winning journalist adding to our growing reputation for original and exclusive stories.”

Nina has made regular appearances on BBC Breakfast since 2018.

The new presenter admitted she was “so excited” to formally join the BBC Breakfast team, as it was a programme she had grown up watching.

She typed: “This is an incredibly challenging period for our audiences and I look forward to delivering news on our economy in a way that is clear and inclusive.”

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