Today I’m sharing 3 free mindfulness resources that you can use to help towards you taking responsibility for creating a positive mindset for yourself.
Once your mood hits rock bottom it’s so much harder to turn your thoughts around isn’t it? There are many strategies you can do when you start to notice that falling mood which will lift you out before you get too deeply into that trough of despair. I would recommend you choose what works for you and make it a part of your regular practice.
The first on my list is The Free Mindfulness Project http://www.freemindfulness.org/
This project was established by Peter Morgan (Clinical Psychologist and Mindfulness Teacher, UK) after finding it difficult to track down mindfulness resources that could be freely used and distributed. Peter spends most of his working life in the NHS, providing individual and group-based interventions for people who experience a range of mental health issues. He has used mindfulness as part of this work for many years and in a range of settings. Surprised by the level of interest from across the world and, spurred on by the kind words of those who have benefited from the resources provided, he is keen to continue to develop this project further.
You’ll find all you need to start and continue your mindfulness practice with free downloadable guided exercises.
- Mindfulness of Breath
- Brief Mindfulness Practices
- Body Scan
- Sitting meditations
- Mindful Movement
- Guided Imagery
- Self Guided Mindfulness Exercises
Within the categories above you will find 33 downloadable exercises. And that’s not all. As part of the project you will also find free apps, a link to forums and poetry. That’s what I call awesome resources!
Next up is American resource Mindful magazine.
“Mindful is a mission-driven non-profit. We’re dedicated to inspiring, guiding, and connecting anyone who wants to explore mindfulness—to enjoy better health, more caring relationships, and a compassionate society.
There is a reasonably priced paid subscription (both print and digital). The free online articles are a goldmine.
Mindfulness is split into three areas:
- Mindfulness practice
- Mindful living
- Mindful at work
I subscribed to the newsletter a while ago and always find the articles useful. Scroll down the website and in the footer you’ll find the option to subscribe. Highly recommended.
Finally, I’m sharing the NHS Mindfulness page.
You’ll find a mood self assessment on the website (which is very useful in helping you to understand where you are on the scale).
There’s information for the following:
What is mindfulness?
How mindfulness helps mental wellbeing
How to be more mindful
Different mindfulness practices
Is mindfulness helpful for everyone?
More tips on wellbeing
You’ll also find ‘Beditation.’ (what’s that I hear you asking)
It’s a class that can get you one step closer to a good night’s rest. This class takes you step by step towards a comfortable seated practice of meditation ready for a perfect night’s sleep.
There are links to resources such as 10 stress busters, tips for coping with depression and an online mindfulness course (where you can take a free stress test) which costs £30 for a 4 week course.
These self help resources are no substitute for professional intervention and I would urge you to seek support if you need it. Don’t feel like a failure or afraid. Yes, there is still a stigma attached to mental health but thankfully, with all the recent media attention and government involvement, people’s attitudes are slowly changing.
My top tip is to find resources and strategies that work for you and don’t drop them because you’re feeling upbeat and balanced. Keep practising, keep paying attention to your thoughts and keep talking.