Information Sheets, Frontline Yoga, Mini Mindful Meditations, Posters, Audios for Relaxation, Books & TED Talks
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Mini Mindful Meditations
Quick strategies to relax....when you have little time
Progressive Muscle Relaxation teaches you how to relax your muscles through a two-step process. First, you systematically tense particular muscle groups in your body, such as your neck and shoulders. Next, you release the tension and notice how your muscles feel when you relax them. This exercise will help you to lower your overall tension and stress levels, and help you relax when you are feeling anxious. It can also help reduce physical problems such as stomachaches and headaches, as well as improve your sleep. (Audio Source: Western Sydney University)
Diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing or deep breathing is breathing that is done by contracting the diaphragm. Air enters the lungs and the belly expands during this type of breathing. (Audio Source: Living Well)
The diaphragm is the most efficient muscle of breathing. Your abdominal muscles help move the diaphragm and give you more power to empty your lungs. Diaphragmatic breathing is intended to help you use the diaphragm correctly while breathing to:
- Strengthen the diaphragm
- Decrease the work of breathing by slowing your breathing rate
- Decrease oxygen demand
- Use less effort and energy to breathe
We have a variety of publications you may find useful. Contact us for a copy.
TED is a media organisation which posts talks online for free distribution, under the slogan "ideas worth spreading", usually in the form of short, powerful talks (20 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers a wide variety of topics.
Below are some short talks we have selected to share.
(Shawn Achor) 12 mins
We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.
(Julian Treasure) 10 mins
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
(Brene Brown) 20 mins
Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
(Kelly McGonigal) 14 mins
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
(Amy Cunningham) 12 mins
Caregivers and emergency responders are empathetic individuals who risk suffering from Compassion Fatigue, a form of PTSD that is treatable using the steps described in Amy’s presentation.