Stress and Relaxation for youth workers

stress and relaxation

Part of our continuing series on mental health: Stress is a serious and debilitating condition that can affect anyone at any time in life. one of the most reported effects of stress is  inability to relax and often disturbed sleep. Youth Work can be a stressful profession and to help combat some of that stress I thought pointing you in the direction of some guided relaxation audio recording and some soothing music would help.

All provided free from various sources, mostly american universities who seem to be on top of the curve when it comes to resources of this kind.


MIT health offers some print and audio downloads that can help you overcome insomnia, reduce stress, and improve sleep quality

Dartmouth Collage has some great resources including relaxation visualisation and soothing music. deep breathing, Progressive Muscle Relaxation

NYU has a bunch of interesting audio MP3s to try.

Mental health Foundation has some really good podcasts & video's on, Mindfulness, relaxation, exercise and others.

McGill University has a good collection of Audio MP3s for relaxation and meditation.


my own favourite sounds are thunder and rain. you can download free from here and another here you can buy great relaxation mp3's on amazon  if you like to have actual CDs amazon has those too


Please keep in mind that mindfulness techniques are meant to be used in conjunction with, not as a substitution for, services offered by trained health professionals


If you have any resources you think should be added to the list or any other mental health issues we should look at msg us in the comments below or tweet @youthworker