Making Peace, Choosing Happiness, and Turning Off the Inner Critic with Zara King

Zara King is a News Correspondent with Virgin Media Television, Ireland. The 33-year-old has been at the forefront of the channel’s coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic for the past two years, with thousands of viewers welcoming Zara into their home every evening as she reports live from the Department of Health. Her style of storytelling is focused on how Government policy affects people’s lives. For that reason, Zara has become a trusted voice during an uncertain time, probing key decision-makers on issues that matter most to individuals and families nationwide. With more than a hundred thousand online followers, Zara is among a new generation of News Journalists who are readily available and easily accessible to viewers to hear their questions and find them answers. Her journalism expands beyond the evening news, with two documentaries and a no.1 podcast series released in the last twelve months. Born in Cork and raised in Waterford, Zara now lives in Dublin, Ireland.

Today, Zara joins me to talk about what drew her into journalism. She explains how she makes peace with the things that don’t work out for her and shares what makes her happy. She speaks about turning off the inner critic, noting that, if you spoke to others the way you speak to yourself, you probably wouldn’t have many friends. She shares how she sees leadership and explains why she avoids putting anyone on a pedestal. She talks about how she performs best under pressure, and she notes the power of taking Sundays off. We talk about the difference between acute and chronic stress, discuss sleep hygiene, and emphasize the power of 5-minute walking breaks. She shares advice for aspiring journalists, urges you to choose happiness right now, and notes that, when you create positivity, you get it back.

“Say yes to opportunities and figure out later how you’re actually gonna do them.”
– Zara King

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair

  • Accepting things that don’t work out
  • Turning down the inner critic
  • How Zara sees leadership
  • Why it’s not fair to put people on pedestals
  • Using Sunday to relax
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Advice for aspiring young journalists
  • The power of phone calls over messaging
  • Optimism as the oxygen of opportunity

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