Well-being podcasts from the Mental Health Foundation
It's important to take some time out to relax – having a break is good for your mental health and well-being. Here are a range of podcasts you can download and listen to which can help you relax and improve your sense of well-being. Listen to them either on your computer or your personal MP3 player.
Some are designed to be quick fixes and some are the full works, so download the ones which fit into your lifestyle.
|Mindfulness - 10 Minute Practice Exercise Podcast||This relaxation exercise is narrated by mindfulness expert Professor Mark Williams, and features a series of breathing and visualisation techniques.||10 minutes|
|How to Overcome Fear and Anxiety||The How to Overcome Fear and Anxiety podcast has been released for Mental Health Action Week 2009. The podcast outlines ways to overcome fear and anxiety and is also available in written form.||10 minutes|
|Stress and the Mind - Full Works||This podcast has a series of exercises which outline how to use positive emotions and imagery to ease pressure.||17 minutes|
|Well-being and Sleep - Full Works||This podcast has a number of short breathing techniques which can help relax and reduce stress before you go to bed.||7 minutes|
|Stress and Relaxation - Quick Fix Breathing Exercise||This podcast can be listened to whenever you feel tense and is a simple and great way to calm your mind and body down.||5 minutes|
|Stress and the Mind - Quick Fix Relaxation Exercise||This podcast has some quick relaxation and breathing exercises which you can do anywhere to help clear your mind.||7 minutes|
|Well-being and Relaxation||This podcast gives the listener a short and easy form of meditation which can be effective in relaxing and reducing stress.|
|Stress and Relaxation - Full Works||This podcast gives the listener stress management techniques which can help relieve pressure from daily life.|
|What is Mindfulness?||This podcast gives you an introduction to mindfulness and its benefits. It is narrated by Dr Jonty Heaversedge, with contributions from Dr Mark Williams, a mindfulness expert, and Kathy, someone who practices mindfulness.|
|Well-being and Nutrition - Full Works||This podcast is intended to give the listener an introduction into how a good nutritious diet can help mental health.|
|Well-being and Positive Thinking - Full Works||This podcast introduces positive thinking as a way of reducing anxiety and encouraging focus and goal-setting.|
Other useful resources
- Living Life to the Full is a range of educational life skills resources based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles.
- This NHS site will tell you all about common emotional and psychological problems and give you some ideas on how best to tackle them using a CBT-based approach.
- See MoodGYM online practical help for anxiety and depression. It's based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
- Access Workbooks for Anxiety, Depression, Self Esteem, Procrastination, Perfectionism and more.