I’m a big believer in each individual finding their own resources to help them feel more in control of their mental health. For me, nothing beats lying in a grassy spot in the sun but unfortunately, that is not always possible! Having a selection of resources that help you feel more relaxed and quieten the mind aren’t just pleasant things to do, they are helping put you in charge of calming your nervous system.
- Try the following breathing technique. The video provides the rationale and instructions but you can take it with you and use it on the bus, when you’re stuck in traffic, trying to get to sleep, or waiting to go into an important meeting or exam. Five minutes gives it a proper chance to have an effect but even a few breaths can come in handy!
- This is a link to my favourite secular mindfulness podcast. It’s very accessible and there are a selection of people giving 30 minute guided meditations so you can find a voice you like. It’s from the Mindful Awareness Research Centre connected to UCLA : http://marc.ucla.edu/meditation-at-the-hammer
- Yoga has many benefits for the nervous system especially when combined with controlled breathing. Click here to visit my favourite online yoga teacher: “Yoga with Adriene.”
- This is a guided relaxation I like by hypnotherapist, Chloe Brotheridge: