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Natalie’s Resources

Books:

‘Modern Mindfulness’ by Rohan Gunatillake – my favourite and a big influence on my practice

‘Mindfulness; a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world’ by Mark Williams and Danny Penman. This is the text that most 8 week courses are based on. It comes with guided meditations too.

‘Mindful Thoughts for City Dwellers’ by Lucy Anna Scott – a lovely little book with great content, ideal for those who live in urban environments

Websites:

bemindful.co.uk

www.mindful.org/how-to-practice-mindfulness/

Social media:

Me! Instagram: @riseabovemcr or Facebook: Rise Above Counselling

Laura Harwood’s Instagram is an excellent resource @life_mindfully

Brook McAlary, various platforms

There’s loads – follow accounts that are genuinely useful or inspiring and that
connect with you personally, perhaps have a hunt around using #mindfulness to find what you want

Apps:

Headspace – has a free 10 day trial then a monthly fee. Not my personal favourite but a lot of people rate it.

Buddhify – my favourite! Lots of short, useful mediations in a good layout. Includes
meditations for sleep, using your phone and difficult emotions. By the author of
‘Modern Mindfulness’.

Calm (free version)

Stop, Breathe & Think (free)

Insight Timer (free) – loads of content here, can be overwhelming, but once you find a few teachers/specific meditations you like it can be great. Try ‘Just for today’ by Tom

Evans and anything by John Siddique

Courses/workshops:

Check my website for upcoming Mindfulness events

Manchester Buddhist centre (in the Northern Quarter) do great, low cost meditation classes, I like the lunchtime drop in one:

Kadampa Buddhist centre (Chorlton) talks/workshops: https://kmcmanchester.org/

RISE ABOVE

Counselling, Mindfulness & Wellbeing Workshops

Natalie Rossiter Dip Couns MBACP Accred
riseabovecounselling@gmail.com Tel. 07986023173 www.riseabovecounselling.com

Free 6 week course with Self Help Services (must have Manchester GP):https://www.selfhelpservices.org.uk/finding-mindfulness-in-manchester-with-self-help/

Free course with Mind: https://www.mindinsalford.org.uk/mindfulness/mindfulness-
courses/

Various courses with Breathworks: http://www.mindfulnessmanchester.com/
Various events including Mindful Art with The Owl and The Coconut (based in
Levenshulme): https://theowlandthecoconut.com/

Mindfulness for children:

Ideas/info on Mindful activities: http://leftbrainbuddha.com/10-ways-teach-
mindfulness-to-kids/

Buddhify app ‘kids wheel’
Headspace for kids: https://www.headspace.com/meditation/kids

Mindfulness for pain/illness

Buddhify app has a section on this

Book: ‘Mindfulness for Health – a practical guide for relieving pain, reducing stress
and restoring wellbeing’ by Danny Penman and Vidyamala Burch

Mindfulness for health online course: http://www.breathworks-
mindfulness.org.uk/mindfulness-for-health

James & Graham’s Resources

Extra wellness tips:

These are a few extra wellness tips which worked for us when we really felt at breaking point when it came to our stress and anxieties. Some of these may work for you!

Write a diary on your experiences

I try and write a diary entry for any kind of profound moment that I have had in my day. This is totally private, and personally, I do not expect anyone else to read this but myself. I feel it really helps me with self-reflection, especially with venting about a stressful moment in my general life or at work.

Meditation

I friend asked me to come along to the Buddhist Centre in Manchester to give the regular short meditation class a try. One of the best, most relaxing things I have ever done. I tend to meditate whenever I have time spare, and it truly is a calming, de-stressful experience!

Take a holiday / take time off

When the pressures of work got too much for me, I took some paid leave and had a break for a few days. This is an obvious one, but it honestly does help. Do not feel like you cannot take time off or even ring in sick just because you are feeling stressed or low. Remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health!

Improve your overall diet

I am a sucker like anyone else when it comes to Haribo and biscuits, but I realised I had to get control of my diet when I became very lethargic and overly tired after I came home from even a regular day’s work. I swapped Haribo for Blueberries, prepared healthy meals in advance instead of blasting my Deliveroo account. It even improved the smell of my living room since it didn’t have the odour of rotting Bananas in the fruit bowl.

My overall health and stress levels do feel much improved, and I’ve got a few extra quid to show for it.

I mention this ridiculously obvious point because not many people stick to it, and create a healthy routine from it.

Articles & videos which really made a difference to us: