Mental Health: 9 great ways to relax

Mental Health: 9 great ways to relax

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people.

EduCare is currently working with YoungMinds to create new content for Mental Health training in schools which will be available later on this year.

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week we are sharing this content from YoungMinds: 9 great ways to relax


1. Switch off the screens 

Turn off your phone, tablet and computer and go and do something that doesn’t involve tech gadgets instead.

2. Get a hobby

A hobby away from work can help you switch your brain off from work pressures. If you love woodworking, for example, you focus on the tools and the wood rather than the presentation you’re giving next week. You’ll cope better with work after taking a break from it.

3. Aerobic Exercise

Increases your heart rate and releases endorphins that make you feel good. Going to the gym, cycling, skateboarding, surfing, horseriding, swimming or team sports such as cricket or netball are all great exercise. Choose one you love and build your exercise routine around that.

4. Walking

As moderate exercise, walking releases “feel good” endorphins. It can also help you to switch off - you have time to take in your surroundings and walk in a steady rhythm. Walking can be a less stressful way to travel than on a packed Tube or crowded bus. Fresh air helps you relax and sleep better.

5. Spend time in the natural world

An old Zen proverb says: “You should sit in nature for 20 minutes a day. Unless you’re busy, then you should sit for an hour.”

6. Yoga, tai chi and Pilates

These disciplines are designed around controlled movement and breathing techniques, which can aid relaxation.

7. Run a warm bath

Light some aromatherapy candles, run some scented bubble bath under the taps and play some chill-out music while you have a relaxing soak.

8. Watch a film or read a book

Escapism is a great way to switch off from reality and help your mind relax.

9. Meet a friend

Leave a stressful situation and spend some time with a friend. Talking things over, having some laughs and hearing a different perspective can take your mind off things and help you wind down.

This content was originally posted on the YoungMinds website. YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people. Visit their website for more information on their linking policy.

YoungMinds and EduCare: new Mental Health training course

We are currently developing a new training course in partnership with YoungMinds which will cover advice for people working with children and young people. The course is due to be released later on this year and will be included in the EduCare for Education® service.

To celebrate this new partnership and to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, EduCare will be offering a 10% discount* off EduCare for Education® throughout May.

Everyone who purchases EduCare for Education® during May will automatically receive the new course as soon as it is available, at no extra cost.

To find out more or request a quote, speak to one of our advisors today; call us on 01926 436 212 or complete an enquiry form.

*Offer applies to all new purchases of EduCare for Education® only and is valid until 31st May 2017. Discount is not available in conjunction with any other offer.

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