We spoke to Tammy, a mental health therapist, to share a range of techniques to support your mental health and emotional wellbeing. If you are managing anxiety, feeling stressed or just need to focus, try giving these four techniques a go!
In this video, Tammy shares an easy technique to help you clear your head before you go to bed. This technique can help so that your brain is not racing with too many thoughts before bed and hopefully it might help you sleep slightly quicker and a little bit better.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
In this second video, Tammy shares a top tip for relaxing and getting a good nights sleep. This is a great technique to try if you are still struggling to sleep after using the brain dump method. The aim of Progressive Muscle Relaxation is to try and reduce tension in your body, leaving you feeling more relaxed and overall less stressed and anxious.
Grounding Technique for Anxiety
In this third video, Tammy shares a great technique to help with anxiety. The idea of this technique is that it grounds you to the present situation you are in and stops your mind and anxiety spiralling out of control about something in the future.
In this final video, Tammy shares a technique that relates to negative thoughts. This technique helps reframe your thoughts a little and almost trains your mind to get used to focusing on the smaller, positive aspects of your day that you might usually overlook and perhaps not even consciously think about.
If you want to talk to someone about your mental health, there are lots of organisations that you can reach out to, including:
- Samaritans – Call 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Childline (for under 18s) – Call 0800 1111
- Give Us A Shout – text ‘Shout’ to 85258
- Place2Be – text ‘Connect’ to 85258
- Visit our ‘Who to Contact for Mental Health Support’ page for more organisations you can reach out to.
Remember to look after yourself and think about your own self-care, all of the organisations on this page are there to support you too.
Take a look at our Mindfulness Monday videos if you’re looking for some mindfulness activities.
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