Isolation is a perfect opportunity to take time for yourself. Try to make some of it a holiday at home, some much deserved time off from the demands of everyday life. Remembering that we will get through this we can take some time to be patient, kind and gentle with ourselves . One of the most kind and beneficial things one can do for oneself is to learn to relax more easily and more deeply. Luckily there are infinite resources online which can help one learn this skill. In fact we’re spoilt for choice, so here are a few short videos which we’ve found to be the greatest introduction to the practice. Even done once, these practices can have a radical effect on your mental and physical health and well-being. Enjoy!
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- Freemind mediation app
- Awarded winner of best meditation/mindfulness app 2019 by Health & Wellbeing magazine, FreeMind is not an ordinary meditation app. FreeMind helps you to manage your mindset, through powerful and inspirational guided meditations that are built on the three key pillars of all success and happiness: Peace, Power and Purpose.
- Mindfulness based stress reduction body scan
- This short video walks you through awareness of your body, it can be done laying in bed, or on the floor and only takes 30 minutes.
- Mindfulness based stress reduction yoga 1
- Mindfulness based stress reduction yoga 2
- These two very gentle and very easy yoga classes can be done by anyone, on the floor or seated, each one is only 30 minutes and provides enough movement to feel yourself in your body and reconnect with what matters in the present.
- Kelsang Jampa Guided Meditation
- A 15 minute minimally guided meditation which can be done sat down or laid on your back.
- Free yoga nidra app
- This app is very simple, it has a single button you can push for a ten minute body scan meditation that can be done laying down in bed or on the floor. I recommend doing this just before you sleep and/or when you first wake up. Even one use is enough to feel deeply relaxed but daily practice is where the lasting benefits are found.
- 10% Happier
- (normally a subscription platform) is offering free daily meditation sessions
OTHER MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION APPS
- Headspace – one of the first mainstream meditation apps to hit the market, and one of the most enduringly successful, with routines you can do anytime, anywhere.
- Calm – Headspace’s slightly more expensive cousin, with this app you can have celebrities read you stories to help you sleep, or take advantage of over 100 guided meditations, from Never Meditated In My Life level exercises, right the way up to more advanced stuff.
- Muse – Muse, the brain-sensing headband has a free app that you can use on its own if you don’t have the headband.
- Sanvello – based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) this app tracks your mood, and helps you reframe the way you think about things and alter your behaviour accordingly.
- Sleep Cycle – put your phone on your bedside table before bed and this app detects motion in the room during the night, which it uses to determine when you’re enjoying a lighter sleep cycle, waking you up at the most pleasant time.
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