Keeping your spirits up
To say that the last year has been a tough year is an understatement. After many months of COVID-19 restrictions and its impact on our careers, relationships and other aspects of our lives, you might be finding it difficult to stay positive.
Indeed, Dr Adrian James, the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, recently said that the coronavirus crisis poses the greatest threat to mental health since the second world war.
As personal trainers, the KBPT team is here to help you feel better – both physically and emotionally – so we thought we’d share some of our favourite mood-boosting resources. Listening to uplifting podcasts, using health apps and following positive role models on social media can make a real difference.
Described by one New York Times journalist as “the app that tucks me in at night”, Calm includes music and nature scenes to help you sleep, plus video lessons on mindful movement.
Writer, artist and therapy enthusiast Tori Press shares beautiful illustrations of “what it’s like to be a human being: the good, the bad, the confusing and messy and vulnerable”.
Podcast: Mad World
Journalist Bryony Gordon hosts intimate conversations about mental health with guests such as Stephen Fry, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Daisy May Cooper.
‘Be kind to your mind’ – that’s the strapline for the Headspace app, which focuses on meditation and mindfulness.
Bestselling author Matt Haig’s Instagram feed is full of positivity (with some brutal honesty thrown in). As Matt said recently, “I think we are here to actually feel alive... We are the universe opening her eyes.”
Podcast: The Diary of a CEO
Don’t be put off by the title, it’s much more than a business podcast! Each week, entrepreneur Steven Bartlett shares his deepest thoughts and interviews inspiring guests.