Sometimes we just don’t stop. But it is important to find the time to sit back and relax. Reflecting on the good things around us and taking time out can help de-stress and re-charge.
At the end of the day, I like to take a cup of tea and sit at the bottom of the garden. I catch the last rays of sun and look at my flowers to see how they are doing. I might only have those 15 minutes, but it’s really important – it helps me unwind.
Relaxation and meditation
Relaxation techniques can help to relieve the symptoms of stress. It can help you calm down and take a step back from a stressful situation. Meditation can have a positive impact on people’s mental and physical health. NHS Choices reports that a study in 2008 found that Buddhist meditation techniques can be just as effective at combating depression as medication.
Tips and techniques
NHS Choices has tips on how to relax.
Mind’s guide to relaxation explains how to introduce more relaxation into your everyday life, and how to take it further.
Mental Health Foundation has created a range of podcasts which you can download and listen to which can help you relax and improve your sense of wellbeing. Listen to them either on your computer or your personal MP3 player.
Transcendental meditation is a simple technique which gives a unique quality of rest to mind and body. It allows stress and tiredness to be released in a natural way, resulting in greater energy, clarity and enjoyment of life. Transcendental Meditation is the UK’s official transcendental meditation website. It lists teaching centres in the UK.
Kent Adult Education
Kent Adult Education runs courses in relaxation and meditation.
Tai Chi Chuan is accessible to all ages and physical abilities and can be practised on many levels, from a simple 'meditative' exercise to a realistic martial art.
Medway gets active has a searchable directory of local Tai Chi classes, along with other activities to help you to relax.
Tai Chi Union
The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain is the largest collective of independent Tai Chi Chuan Instructors in the British Isles. It’s website contains a directory or registered instructors.
Yoga offers a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit, which can provide the tools to cope with the challenges of daily life. Yoga can also complement medical science and therapy for specific conditions.
The British Wheel of Yoga
The British Wheel of Yoga is the UK’s national governing body for yoga. You can search its database to find a yoga teacher near you.
Kent Adult Education
Kent Adult Education runs a range of yoga courses.
Medway Gets Active
Medway gets active has a searchable directory of local Yoga classes and other activities that can help you to relax.
MOLE is Medway libraries online list of clubs,societies and organisations that offer meditation and relaxion groups.