Wellness podcast and app recommendations: The Happiness Podcast and the BeSafe App

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Podcasts and apps can be an excellent complement to your self-care routine. The Campus Wellness blog will be posting recommendations for podcasts and apps that might help you find motivation or cope with stress. These recommendations are made for educational purposes only. For health and wellness advice, always speak with your doctor or make an appointment with a counsellor.​

Podcast recommendation

Title: The Happiness Podcast

Favourite episodes:  Happiness – How to Overcome Fear and Happiness – The Gift of Suffering

Dr. Robert Puff, a clinical psychologist in the US, publishes a podcast on the idea of happiness and how we achieve it. He offers practical advice on how your thoughts can change how you think about your life and the events in it and how to reframe your thoughts to create a more positive story. His ideas on embracing your suffering and learning lessons from bad things are really powerful ways of remembering that a bad day doesn’t mean a bad life.

Average length: Podcasts range from 15 to 20 minutes. You can listen to a 15 minute podcast in the time it would take you to walk from University Plaza to Columbia Lake Ice Field.

App recommendation

Name: Be Safe

What it is: A safety planning app

Cost: Free

What it does: Be Safe was developed by mindyourmind, in consultation with you, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and community partners to provide location specific information about mental health and addiction resources, help you make a safety plan, and empower you to reach out for help safely. Be Safe can help you develop your own personal safety plan by helping you keep track of your personal and medical information, including what medications you are taking and your professional support contact information. There’s also a section that helps you write out your coping strategies, places and people that help you feel calm and safe, and what things have helped you in the past, so that when you are not feeling yourself you can turn to the app for a reminder of what you can do to help yourself.

The Get Help section uses location information that you provide to help you find local organizations that can help you. When you open the Get Help section you answer a series of questions that help filter the organizations to your specific situation. If you want to see all the organizations in your area, you can still visit the Resources section. The Reach Out Safely section offers tips for how to be safe when you are in crisis, as well as what to expect in certain situations like when you contact a crisis line.

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