Be kind to your mind
Self Care Kit
Self Care Kit
HOW TO MAINTAIN GOOD MENTAL WELLBEING DURING ISOLATION
How could relaxation help me?
Exploring relaxation can help you look after yourself when you’re feeling stressed or worried. Have a look at these tips and ideas to see how relaxation can fit into your daily life. Don’t worry if some ideas don’t work for you – just enjoy the ones that do:
- Read a book or a magazine, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
- Run yourself a bath, watch a film, play with a pet or try out a new recipe.
- Focus on your breathing Learning to breathe more deeply can help you feel a lot calmer.
- Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to keep your shoulders down and relaxed, and place your hand on your stomach – it should rise as you breathe in and fall as you breathe out.
- Count as you breathe. Start by counting 'one, two, three, four' as you breathe in and 'one, two, three, four' as you breathe out.
Getting in touch with your artistic side can help you feel more calm and relaxed.
- Try painting, drawing, making crafts, playing a musical instrument, dancing, baking or sewing.
- Try not to worry too much about the finished product – just focus on enjoying yourself.
Listen to music
Music can relax you, connect you to your emotions and distract you from worrying thoughts.
- Listen to your favourite songs. Turn up the volume and dance or sing along, or put your headphones on and close your eyes.
- Really listen to the music. Can you pick out different instruments? Can you hear a drum beat or a certain rhythm? Focus on the music, and let other thoughts fade away.
Try these calming sounds to help you relax. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/curations/radio-calming-sounds
Information and tips taken from https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/relaxation/relaxation-tips/