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Headspace Meditation Series
At the start of the year Netflix announced a surprising collab with Headspace (who you may know have a popular meditation app), this is now available to watch and it has been a real breath of fresh air with simple instructions and lovely illustrations, definitely a good start to dip your toes into the meditation world.

Walking - A great stress reliever
Maybe we all know it, but if you were waiting for a sign that you need to go for a walk, this is it. The NHS agrees that walking is a great way to relieve stress and get a quick energy boost. As the days are starting to get lighter, why not get outside even just for a few minutes? Or turn a meeting into a walking meeting, hey, if Zillah does it, maybe we all should be doing it.

BBC Headroom
This is a vast resource from the BBC with loads of content from how to feel better during lockdown, music mixes, activities and articles. Mostly audio based there is some good content that you can listen to while doing other activities.

TEDx Talks - I'm Fine
In this talk, Jake shares his insights into living with depression and how connecting to and opening up to a wide online community has affected his relationship with depression. He gives a funny insight to a debilitating issue and how he deals with it.

A mindful podcast - Untangle
This is a nice one to have on in the background while you're doing other tasks, and it includes talks about living mindfully, how to get better sleep, be more calm and meditative and even if you just listen to the podcast without taking any of the advice it's pretty relaxing. Available on Apple, Spotify or Soundcloud

How are you sleeping?
Turns out, sleep is pretty important in helping us to feel better, more energised and all round giving your body time to reset. Many of us struggle to sleep and lockdown may not have helped, Sleepstation are a company with lots of articles, a great newsletter and even a program to help you sleep that can be referred by your GP. This is an area that is often overlooked but so important as part of our wellbeing.
Your mindfulness exercise
In every edition of the Mindfulness Monthly we're going to have an exercise to get you centred and feeling refreshed. Some nice relaxing ocean waves might also go well with this.

This is a simple one that you can do anywhere with a little privacy.
Sit, relax and imagine yourself melting into everything around you. With some practice, you might begin to feel at one with your surroundings.
Try this a few times today as it may take a while to master. Make sure you clear your mind while attempting this exercise and just purely relax and melt away.
Please see our wiki page for resources if you need help.
You can send us an email (or reply to this one) with suggestions, tips, chat or support.
We wish you well,
Gina, one of your Mental Health First Aiders