As Part of our continuing series on mental health i wanted to introduce the issue of Stress which 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 that pointing you in the direction of some guided relaxation audio recording and some soothing music would help some of you
almost all the content of the pages I’ve linked to is provided free, I have linked to a couple of audio resources that i personally use. I have compiled the list from various sources, mostly american universities who seem to be on top of the curve when it comes to resources of this kind.
I would be more than happy to add to this list and if you know of anything that would fit in this section please send me a message and I will add it as soon as I can, or if you have a particular interest in relaxation or mental health and want to join the volunteer team that would be great.
This list is in no particular order i have tried many of the resources but not all of them and i do have some favorites that help me sleep, why dont you try some out for yourself?
MIT health offers some really good quality 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 and a good Progressive Muscle Relaxation which is about 30mins it is one of the tracks i have found helpful
NYU has a bunch of interesting audio MP3s to try.
Mental health Foundation has some really good podcasts & video’s on, Mindfulness, relaxation, exercise. mindfulness is very on trend but thats because it is very useful. I’ve had some faith based youth workers ask if mindfulness is OK! my simple answer is that its about you and your path, lots of faiths pray but you do not worry if prayer is from the wrong root, mindfulness is just a tool don’t get hung up about who made the tool just focus on how you use it.
McGill University has a good collection of Audio MP3s for relaxation and meditation.
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 find you cant cope talk to someone!
If you have any resources you think should be added to the list or any other mental health issues we should look at message me or tweet @youthworker or facebook ( i do not check FB very often)