My Go To Mental Health Tools


Meditation

Meditation is one thing I find that really grounds me and gives me a bit of normality when I am feeling off. Some of the resources I use are:

Apps

  • Headspace

  • The Tapping Solution

  • Happy Not Perfect

Tracks

  • Mindfulness - Finding Peace in a Frantic World - Guided Meditation (Available through Soundcloud and YouTube)


Mindfulness

I try to incorporate mindfulness exercises in my daily routine. The main resource I use is:

  • Happy Not Perfect - This is an app, available on android or ios, that gives you a daily mindfulness routine that includes a mix of breathing exercises, mindful games, compassion sharing and filling out a grateful diary.

 


Worry

Worry is a huge aspect of mental illness, be it worrying about work, school, relationships or worrying about worry itself. One activity I have found really helpful for my own anxiety is ‘Worry Time’. Worry time is giving yourself time to worry, but at a time that you choose and are more in control of during the day. An app that you can use for this is:

  • WorryTime (When you are done with a worry, you get to scrunch it up into a ball and throw it away!)


Talk Therapies

Talk therapies have been extremely helpful for me. Choosing the type and the specific counselor for you is a very personal decision but the therapies I have done are:

  • Psychotherapy - Great for self discovery and sharing the load

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - Especially good for worry and anxiety


The author I found most helpful to read was Dr. Harry Barry. Dr. Barry has a great range of books on mental health and emotional resilience. The ones that I have read and would recommend are:

  • Flagging the Problem

  • Flagging Anxiety and Panic

  • Depression - A Practical Guide

  • Emotional Resilience

BOOKS


I find that listening to a podcast helps me to relax in general. Usually, I listen to sports podcasts but I have also found some good mental health podcasts. Listening to others tell their stories is always nice because it helps you feel a little bit more normal, or it does for me anyway. A couple of mental health podcasts that I listen to are:

  • Owning It: The Anxiety Podcast with Caroline Foran

  • The Blindboy Podcast

  • 10% Happier with Dan Harris

Podcasts


Due to injury, I have been restricted to low impact exercise but find that I feel a lot better when I build it into my routine than when I just let myself off due to being tired and rundown. What has helped me is:

  • Walking - Incorporating more walking in my day to day life e.g. getting off the bus a few stops early and walking the rest of the way to work

  • Swimming - I find that water has a special way of waking me up and making me feel more switched on

  • Yoga - Classes can be expensive but they are a great way to be mindful and exercise at the same time

  • Frisbee - Low impact and social with that right mix of challenging but fun

Exercise