Take Notice

Be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you.

Enjoy the simple things in life.

Be mindful: Paying attention to our thoughts and feelings is proven to help reduce the effects of stress.

By practising mindfulness, you can learn to manage in stressful situations far better than without mindfulness techniques. .

To learn about Mindfulness we recommend this article discovered on LinkedIn called What's on your bucket List for Mindfulness

It includes a 5 minute Tedx Talk video “What Cancer Taught Me About Happiness."

Apps for Mindfulness

These are some resources for mindfulness, and more generally, managing stress and anxiety, kindly recommended by Claire Canavan our contact at Healthwatch North Yorkshire:

First off, there's one from the NHS Apps library. It's free, but with some in-app purchases https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/stress-anxiety-companion/

I've had other people recommend the Clear Fear App to me. The same developer also does an app for managing thoughts about self-harm, which is called Calm Harm.

Outside of apps, UCLA mindfulness research centre has some guided meditations here :

https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/audio. They also have an app which contains these mediations (it's in the link) but the reviews indicate that the app is a bit glitchy.

And then there's several relevant podcasts on the Mental Health Foundation website here : https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/podcasts-for-your-wellbeing.

We hope this information helps. Claire would be really interested to know what any of our network members thinks of them, so please do let us know and we'll pass your comments on.

If anyone has any recommendations for Apps or resources for Mindfulness we would be delighted to post and share those too!