Saturday 10th October 2020 marks World Mental Health Day. I thought I’d do something a little different and make it a Frugal Friday post to share a few mental health-related finds.
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Balance Meditation App – 1 Year FREE Subscription
Balance is an app for improving “stress, sleep, mood and more” with meditations and other tools. They’re currently offering one year’s membership of the app for free in honour of World Mental Health Day. A Balance Yearly 1 year trial is usually £67.99!
You can download the Balance app on the Apple App Store here.
Free Calming Music Downloads
Music can have a profound effect on our mood. The Salt Of The Sound website is currently hosting a range of soothing, calming tracks to download for free to help during these stressful times.
Take a listen & download the calming music here.
Free Living With Uncertainty Guide
The Psychology Tools websites has a few resources available for free download. For example, ‘Living With Worry And Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty’ was produced in March 2020 to provide support during the Coronavirus pandemic. Check out the free PDF download for the global uncertainty guide here.
Future Learn Mental Health Day Courses
Future Learn, from the Open University, offer a range of fab free online courses. I’ve done a few with them myself. For World Mental Health Day, they’ve put together a catalogue of free courses around mental health, such as:
- Understanding Anxiety, Depression & CBT
- Nutrition & Wellbeing
- Understanding Depression & Low Mood In Young People
- Professional Resilience : Building Skills To Thrive At Work
- Social Wellbeing
- Digital Wellbeing
- Sleep Deprivation : Habits, Solutions & Strategies
Browse the selected Future Learn mental health courses here.
Free NHS Mental Health Apps
Did you know the NHS website offer their own apps. There are free and paid apps on lots of topics within physical and mental health. In terms of mental health, there are the likes of distrACT for information & advice on suicidal feelings & self harm, eQuoo emotional fitness game, and Chill Panda for breathing exercises, plus lots more.
*NHS Apps library has closed*
Arts, crafts & adult colouring are all beneficial for a lot of people in encouraging us to slow down, calm our frazzled nerves and become more mindful. It’s also a way to express ourselves and find a small slice of joy in the day.
You can find a list of recommended adult colouring books here.
There are also plenty of free templates you can download and print if you have a printer at home. For example:
Free Mindfulness MP3 Downloads
Soothe your soul with some mindfulness practice. As part of the Free Mindfulness Project, this site is making a range of meditations available for free download.
Click the ‘Download’ button in the right hand column, or right click the file and select ‘Save as…’ to download it to your computer so you can listen to it anywhere, any time.
CBD For Wellbeing
The world of CBD is continually growing, as is the list of happy customers who’ve found it to be of benefit in some way. Always speak to your doctor before starting a new supplement, especially if you’re taking other medications. CBD, like all treatments, works differently for everyone but some people find it can be helpful for pain management, helping to keep low-level anxiety level, and helping with sleep.
If you’re interested in trying it but don’t know where to start, you can learn more about navigating the world of CBD here.
I’ve previously collaborated with CBDiablo and would recommend them as a company that’s put their heart and soul into their top-quality products. You can check out CBDiablo here.
List Of Mental Health Crisis Helpline Numbers
A general Google search should bring up charities and resources in your home country. For convenience, I’ve listed a few here you might want to check out.
At Mind, you can find a list of mostly freephone numbers for mental health crisis helplines to call if you’re struggling. If you need a non-judgemental person to listen, they’re there for you. The Mind website has lots of other advice and support, too.
Mental Health America lists various contacts and resources for mental health support.
HealthDirect provides information on who to call if you need support in Australia.
F*ck It – Refreshing Self-Help
I’ve posted before about my love and recommendation for books that take the f*ck it approach. As someone with high anxiety that stresses too much about anything and everything, learning to care a little less can be helpful. The books here are like a breath of fresh air to read. They may or may not be life-changing, but they might just help to spark some changes in your perspective.
- The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson – Subtle Art @ Amazon UK / Subtle Art @ Amazon US / The Book Depository (free worldwide delivery)
- F**k It : The Ultimate Spiritual Way by John C. Parkin – F**ck It @ Amazon UK / F**k It @ Amazon US / The Book Depository
- The Art Of Happiness : A Handbook For Living by The Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler – Happiness Handbook @ Amazon UK / Happiness Handbook @ Amazon US / The Book Depository
- You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay – Heal @ Amazon UK / Health @ Amazon US / Book Depository (free worldwide delivery)
Check out the full list of life-changing reads & self-help books here.
Other Frugal Finds
Money Off Medichecks Blood Tests
Medichecks offer UK home blood fingerprick tests, but you can also choose a clinic test or nurse home visit if you prefer. You can learn more in my Medichecks review here. There’s currently money off the Thyroid Check UltraVit Blood Test, Lyme disease Home Blood Test, Nutrition Home Blood Test, PCOS Home Blood Tests, and Diabetes Tests.
Amazon Prime Day
Love it or hate it, Prime Day is around the corner and Black Friday will approach soon after. Some deals are starting early, like 20% off Home & Electronics, up to 50% off Prime entertainment and 20% off Amazon brand essentials.
Are there any apps, self-help books or other tools you’d recommend when it comes to mental health?
The deals here are for general mental health support. If you are struggling, please speak to your doctor and get professional support.
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