- This is a new wesbite combining the meditations of Chris Germer and Kristin Neff. It has different resources but this directs you straight to the meditation page, which you can download or listen to via web browser.This Beautiful Work – Joanna has recorded and made available some mini-meditations, I particularly like Presuming Okayness (scroll down page to locate.)Meditation Oasis - has all sorts of resources (most free!) so take a look!Meditation Oasis podcast is fabulous. They have many guided meditations – including anger and inner child* – you can either listen from your web browser or subscribe and listen on your mobile device.Jon Kabat-Zinn – he is one of the pioneers of mindfulness in therapy.
*Inner child work can be a very powerful emotional experience; please be mindful of your capacity to engage with this material and take care of yourself/seek support as/if necessary
Some mindfulness / meditation / anxiety resources (smart phone apps)
- Breath Ball - I love this app because you can change settings to suit your breath capacity. Simple, effective. If you are stressed, anxious, depressed, panicked, try it.
- Whats Up - I think this is a lovely, simple and free app with loads of resources to help manage emotional storms.
- Stop, Breathe, Think – free, but I think you have to register.
- Insight Timer – simple bell chimes (and background sounds if you like) to facilitate your own guided meditations.
- Meditation Oasis - they do a good sleep meditation.
- Headspace – free and paid for services.
Diet and nutrition
Another tool to add to your mood maintenance toolbox is an awareness of your diet and nutritional intake.
- Dale Pinnock – I really like Dale’s approach to food and nutrition and he has some tasty, simple (usually!) and affordable recipes.
- Jack Monroe - this wonderful woman, (at the time) a single mother on the dole and with very little money, was inspired to produce super affordable recipies. A legend!
- Food and Your Mood - A lovely leaflet produced by Nottingham University Hospitals.
- And bananas are great for mental and physical health! (as well as lots of other foods like avocado, broccoli, salmon, seeds and nuts etc etc but I really like bananas!)
It can be difficult to engage in exercise when you are not feeling well mentally. But when you feel up to it, you might like these free resources.
Feeling isolated and want to connect with others?
- Meet Up – tap in your postcode and search for stuff you like to do.
- Brene Brown - presented on the power of vulnerability (watch this first) and shame. As well as being hugely important topics, she is also a fantastic speaker.
- Also Brene Brown - a fabulous presentation on Netflix.
- Jill Bolte - this video blows my left and right brain to peices! It is such a wonderful experiential story of what it is like to be fully be in your right brain (the 'emotional" brain) when the left brain ('the thinking brain") doesn't function any more. From a brain researcher studying strokes who had a stroke. Beautiful viewing!
Self help resources
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) specific
Local support groups
Google local support groups in your area. For example:
Mind - a wonderful mental health charity that has an abundance of resources
Sane - another wonderful charity that also offers a helpline for clients and carers, family, friends
Rape Crisis England and Wales - supporting women (predominately) who have survived rape, sexual abuse, assault and/or domestic violence
The Survivors Trust - supporting male and female survivors of rape, sexual violence and/or childhood sexual abuse
Womans Trust - helping women affected by domestic violence
Safeline - support for men, women and children who have survied sexual abuse and rape
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Annabelle Kelly UKCP
Integrative Psychotherapist & Counselllor
Crewe, Cheshire, UK
Face-to-face, online and telephone
UKCP Registration: 2011168265
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