Just for a few minutes.
In most circumstances we could do this..... at the very least a visit to the privacy of the nearest loo where no one will disturb you. At home or at work.
I can hear those of you with responsibilities challenging - a) that our self is most important, and - b) that we could find a few minutes.
But remember the aeroplane story.... always put your own oxygen mask on first or you'll be no good whatsoever to others.
It's hard. And its usually needed most at the times when its the last thing we want to do. When we feel overwhelmed its so easy to allow our emotions to snowball down Negative Street, gaining momentum as they go.
In my blog on 18/2/18 I highlight the benefits of short meditation spaces and calming our body and mind back to a good vibrational level. You can find links to meditation apps there.
And my blog on 6/1/18 contained a wonderful list of Mental Health Apps collated by Brighton & Hove Mind.
Today I post links from the equally wonderful collection of podcasts created by the Mental Health Foundation. The podcasts offer breathing exercises and health advice .... with one breathing exercise taking as little as three minutes.
Podcasts for your wellbeing
Breathing yourself calm...
*Three-minute mindfulness breathing spaceA three-minute mindfulness breathing space podcast, narrated by world-leading mindfulness teacher Ed Halliwell.
*Mindfulness: 10 minute practice exercisePODCAST: This relaxation exercise is narrated by Mindfulness expert, Professor Mark Williams, and features a series of breathing and visualisation techniques.
*Stress and relaxation: quick-fix breathing exercisePODCAST To be listened to whenever you feel tense and is a simple and great way to calm your mind and body down.
*Stress and the mind: quick-fix relaxation exercisePODCAST Quick relaxation and breathing exercises which you can do anywhere to help clear your mind.
*Wellbeing and relaxationPODCAST A short and easy form of meditation which can be effective in relaxing and reducing stress.
*Stress and the mind: full worksPODCAST This podcast is presented by Dr David Peters and has a series of exercises which outline how to use positive emotions and imagery to ease pressure.
*Stress and relaxation: full worksPODCAST Stress management techniques which can help relieve pressure from daily life.
Eat well for good mental health ....
*New Year's resolutions: a healthy dietPODCAST Exploring how diet affects our mental health and introducing some techniques to help make small changes to eating habits.
*Wellbeing and nutritionPODCAST Presented by Dr David Peters, this podcast is intended to give the listener an introduction into how a good nutritious diet can help mental health.
Exercise for mental health....
*New Year's resolutions: exercisePODCAST How exactly does exercise benefit both your mental health and physical health? We look at this, and some techniques to help you stick to a programme of regular exercise.
*Exercise and mental healthPODCAST Find out how everyone can look after their mental health using exercise.
Relax for sleep....
*Wellbeing and sleep: full worksPODCAST Helping you relax and get ready to go to sleep.
Reducing anxiety ....
*Wellbeing and positive thinkingPODCAST: Presented by Dr David Peters, this podcast introduces positive thinking as a way of reducing anxiety and encouraging focus and goal setting.
*How to overcome fear and anxietyPODCAST Tips and advice for overcoming fear and anxiety.
*What is mindfulness?PODCAST An introduction to mindfulness and its benefits.