So, here we are at the end of January. I really hope it’s been a good month for you all. Today, I’m going to be talking about something that I mentioned briefly at the start of this series (read it: here) – Resources.
There’s an awful lot of stuff out there to help you in your journey to becoming more mindful. From books to CDs to websites to apps, there really is something for everyone. Below you’ll find a list of some of the ones I’ve found the most helpful.
HeadSpace is an app that helps you learn to meditate in easy 10 minute slots. Voiced by Andy Puddicombe, a meditation and mindfulness expert, each session encourages you to be more present in the here and now. The website for the app lists certain areas that can benefit from this practice (stress, focus, creativity, anxiety and relationships) as well as the science behind it.
Personally, I find it fantastic. Yes, the first time I did try it at bedtime and so promptly fell asleep but since then it’s been great. A natural born worrier, just one 10 minute session helped to release some of the stress stored across my shoulders and neck.
The app is free and available on both IPhone and Android devices.
BeMindful.co.uk is a website that helps you to understand the principles of mindfulness better. It’s filled with links to courses near you, online courses to teach yourself mindfulness and a rather extensive resource list of its own.
It’s the resource list that I’ve used most. The site provides you with a list of books and CDs you might find helpful as well as a blurb about each one and a link straight to Amazon where you can buy them yourself.
As well as MBCT, the website also looks at Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. It states that it can help in reducing stress, improving problem-solving and boosting concentration – We all need some of that!
This was the book I had recommended to me and the first one I read about Mindfulness. Filled with lots of “Yes! I do that too” moments, Ruby presents in the information in a very engaging way. With anecdotes peppered throughout, it provides an insight in to not only Ruby’s world but also that of someone trying to find a bit of peace. The book ends with a series of suggested exercises, which I found fantastic. I’d gush more about this book but instead I really do recommend that you read it for yourself.
Complete with a CD of guided mediations, this book is very much a one-stop resource for everything you ever wanted to know about MBCT.
Written by Professor Mark Williams, one of the co-developers of using MBCT, and Dr Danny Penman, award winning journalist and author, the book claims to reveal the secrets of lifelong happiness. While I can’t vouch for that, it has been invaluable for teaching me new methods of mediating and to set out an 8-week plan to help teach me how to be mindful and incorporate it in my daily life. If you’re just starting out or want to learn more about the subject, I definitely recommend this book.
Available from Amazon and most other bookshops.
If you’re after something with more of a human touch, make sure to check out the blogs below as well. They cover a range of Mental Health topics, not just MBCT.
Fine and Dandy – Stress Less
Nicki Kinicki – Life | Mindfulness and Life | What is positive thinking and mindfulness?
Beck Bedbug – Therapy Diaries
Dorkface – Practising Confidence
She & Life – On Being Brave
See you Next Week xx