We all have different ways of coping with our mental health and wellbeing that are unique to us. The Listening Line collects contributed methods of coping, building an archive of tips, ideas and resources that can be used by others. These methods might be able to help you too.
Turn on the kettle and make yourself a hot cup of tea. Take time to just sit with the warm mug in your hands, breath in the steam and relax. Just focus on resting your body, and slowly drinking the hot liquid. Imagine it is just you and the tea, nothing else. No outside concerns, or worries. Find 5 minutes just for you.
Turn on the shower so it is hot and steamy. Stand under it and just let your body and mind relax. Allow yourself to rest. Close your eyes and let the water flow over your face, breathe in the steam, then exhale. This space and time is just for you.
I have to bake, it distracts my mind, and keeps my hands busy. I turn to the next page in the recipe book and follow the instructions. The precision in the methods and rules give me structure.
Get a copy of Holst, The Planets. Play it as loud as you can so you are surrounded by music. Close your eyes and let every bit of your body feel it. The loud music quietens the other voices and sounds.