Smiling Mind is a modern mindfulness meditation website and free app for young people. It’s meditation made easy! It was developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy, mindfulness meditation and web-based wellness programs. The programs are designed to incorporate easily into the daily life of young people. Age-specific programs outline the key aspects of mindfulness meditation in the form of guided meditations with the objective of managing stress and increasing resilience. You can practice the programs anywhere and anytime. Even as little as five minutes per day could have your mind feeling clearer and calmer! Give it a try! Download it free from the app store or check out the Smiling Mind website.
The start of a new year can be tough – everything is unfamiliar, getting organised and orientated is all so hectic, you’ll feel like you’re juggling a thousand different things and you’ll be hard on yourself when you drop the ball and the stress gets to you. Check out this article by Guy Winch on how to deal with these negative emotions and look after yourself!
A recent article in the Guardian really highlights the importance of mental health in the medical health profession. Why don’t doctors seek out help when they know too well the signs of mental health issues? Why don’t we try to help ourselves even though we are helping others?
Have a read through this article if you haven’t had the chance – it’ll get you thinking.
What is like depression like? Is it like a black dog? View this simple animation if you like to know:
If you want further information about Depression, check out the black dog institute website:
Don’t be afraid to seek help or to speak out and talk to friends/family about their mental health. The best thing to do can be just to say: “How are you going? Do you want to talk about anything?” and just be there for your loved ones.
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” – Brené Brown
Here is some food for thought by an amazing TedTalk – we can all learn something from this:
- Connection is why we are here
- Shame is the fear of disconnection: “Is there something about me that, if other people know it or see it, that I won’t be worthy of connection? I’m not __________ enough”
- Vulnerability is the idea that in order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen
- Whole-hearted people, living from a deep sense of worthiness have:
- courage to be imperfect (to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart) – fully embrace vulnerability
- compassion to be kind to themselves first and then to others, because, as it turns out, we can’t practice compassion with other people if we can’t treat ourselves kindly
- connection – the thing that gives purpose and meaning to our lives