Just a quick note to point you in the direction of an NHS programme of bibliotherapy: Reading Well. It’s all about recommending books that might be helpful for you to read to support your mental health.
A lot of the books are available from your local library, and most libraries nowadays use the Libby app so you can download your books direct to a device without having to go anywhere. This also means that the books are returned automatically – so no more library late fines!
There’s a huge list of books on Reading Well – I hope you find something that helps you!
I’d like to suggest some podcasts that might be helpful to you. I don’t know how you choose to listen to your podcasts, I use Podcast Addict but maybe you use Spotify or iTunes, so the links here are to the actual websites, and you can then get them on your chosen app.
To help you sleep:
Tracks to Relax are guided sleep meditations read in one of the most relaxing voices I have ever heard.
Nothing Much Happens are incredibly dull stories, again read in a super soothing voice. And then repeated, a little bit more slowly.
To help with grief:
Griefcast is a series of interviews about grief, perhaps helpful evidence that grief really is different for everyone.
To help with anxiety:
Not Another Anxiety Show is about all different kinds of anxiety, some of which might be familiar to you.
To help with being human:
Brene Brown’s podcast Unlocking Us is conversations on all kinds of topics that might be interesting or helpful in some way.
To connect with nature:
Join Melissa on a daily walk in nature in The Stubborn Light of Things.
Music and Soundscapes:
BBC Sounds host some great podcasts that you might find relaxing or distracting. Calming Sounds is advertised for ‘your little one’, but adults are allowed to listen too. And the Mindful Mix includes soundscapes and music to help you sleep or relax.