We are currently living through a time where our usual sources of stress management are no longer available. We can’t get to the gym, to class or to see our health professionals in person. Self-care is key stone to getting through a rough patch.
Some self-care activities can be really expensive – even when they’re online. However, there are so many free resources available too. But it can be hard to know where to start if this is all new. Or maybe what ticked all your boxes before is no longer serving you.
So, I’m delighted to say that if you need a point in the right direction, I have some great recommendations to make…
- Yoga on YouTube:
- SarahBethYoga – I am a long-time fan of the free weekly yoga videos from SYB. No ‘airy-fairy’ business, incredibly simple to follow with variety of durations ( 5-30 minutes) and goals. Suitable for all levels including: beginner yoga and prenatal yoga.
- Yoga With Adriene – Another yoga channel I know! Much like SBY, but with some longer classes, 30-day programmes and a good selection of meditations, if that’s your thing. I also love the fact that these videos are recorded in Adriene’s living room, often with her dog Benji. The banter is also top Texan dollar! The mission of Adriene’s channel is to bring free yoga to as many people as possible. Only 10% of her content is revenue generating… who doesn’t love an ethical and sustainable business model.
- Yoga with Kassandra ’30 day Morning Yoga Movement’ – I love Kassandra’s instructional videos. She offers some longer classes that the options above. She has just start this free 30 day challenge where you can practice 10 minutes of yoga every day, including gentle yoga classes and affirmations for positivity. This is a free all-levels yoga challenge to help you get consistent with your yoga practice.
- Meditation on Youtube:
- RELAX AND BREATHE: Do Nothing for 10 Minutes – this is a great ‘breath-focused’ meditation to get started with if meditation is new to you. Controlled breathing is a great way to regulate your nervous responses.
- Tibetan Bowl – Every 5 Minutes – if you already have a bit of experience practicing meditation it can be nice to use a timer. This timer rings out every 5 minutes (there are other intervals available). It means you can avoid fiddling with your phone and can keep track of the duration of your meditation without needing to open your eyes.
- FutureLearn Courses:
- Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance – this four-week evidence-based course was my first with FutureLearn. I took the course when I was living in Taiwan. I ended with a very diligent mindfulness and (twice daily!) meditation practice. It has completely changed the way I view my ability to control and manage my stress levels. I couldn’t recommend this enough. This is perfect if you are struggling to cope with overwhelm and looking for solid and reliable information on a scientifically-researched mindfulness practice.
- Work-Life Balance and the Impact of Remote Working – currently on my ‘to-do list’, this two-week course by Coventry University really meets our needs as we try to adjust to social distancing and working from home. If you finish it before me, please let me know what you make of it!
- Slow TV YouTube – Slow TV is a growing trend that started in Scandinavia. In essence, an entire train journey was filmed from the driver’s seat of a train travelling through Norway and then broadcast in it’s entirety on a local TV station. Since then it has grown on a global scale. In 2016 BBC Four broadcast slow TV films. Now if you search on YouTube for Slow TV you can enjoy hours of footage of sunrises, sunsets, boat journeys, flights, road trips, skylines and more in realtime from the comfort of your own home. Can’t get outside – bring the outdoors in!
- Move Well ‘Gentle Movement – Wake-up Sessions’ – I am delighted to announce that I am now offering classes every Monday at 7am for anyone who needs a bit of a routine, accountability and movement to start the week. Best of all, you can choose what to pay – even free for those who are on the tightest budget. If you’d like to book in then follow the instructions in the link below and I will send you a ZOOM invitation! (Available to UK, USA and Canadian citizens only). In association with Movement Therapy Clinics: http://bit.ly/MTCStrongerTogether
Got any suggestions to add to this list? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂