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Mindfulness and emotional first aid

Links to helpful mindfulness and emotional first aid resources.

By Chloe French · Published: March 8, 2021

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As the UK starts continues to relax coronavirus resetrictions, the worry and anxiety caused by the shift back to ‘normal’ might be difficult to deal with.

Don’t feel your new normal has to be the same normal as it was pre-pandemic. Take some time to think about the last year, how you have changed, what you have discovered and what you would like to do differently moving forward. Everyone is different now and your routines, behaviour and priorities may well have changed to reflect this.

Remember to be kind to yourself; take some time to think about what you want this new chapter to look like, how you and your family are moving forward and how you can achieve this.

To help you with this, the below links can offer some support:

 

Do you practice Mindfulness?

Mindful.org is a great place to start and the practice can help reduce feelings of anxiety and round you in the present.

“Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodelling the physical structure of your brain.” visit mindful.org here >>

You can also take 5 minutes to relax with a guided meditation from Headspace. If you’re new to the practice, try just before bed to see if taking 5 minutes for yourself can improve your quality of sleep, setting you up for a calm and restful night. Visit Headspace here >>

 

Emotional First Aid

These TED Talks can be handy for when you or a loved one need help recovering from an emotional hit. Explore topics like emotional resilience, truth over positivity and the stigma that misreads depression as weakness. Videos include ‘The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage,’ ‘The Best Way to Help is Often Just to Listen,’ and ‘A Better Way To Talk About Love.’  You can find a playlist of these videos and others on the TED website here >>

by Chloe French, WellChild Family Membership and Engagement

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First published 8 March 2021

Last reviewed 11 April 2022

Next review due April 2023