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.
Favourite episodes: “Greatest Advice and Words to Live By” and “Stress and Staying Grounded”
The mindyourmind podcast is created by a youth mental health non-profit organization and is hosted by Chelsey Hallihan, a Speech Communication and Business student at University of Waterloo. The mindyourmind podcast features interviews with musicians such as Our Lady Peace, FeFe Dobson, and Doc Walker, with a focus on mental health. The parallels between university student life and the life of a touring musician are actually not too dissimilar, where you’re temporarily living outside of your home and away from your family. In the episode “Stress and Staying Grounded” many of the musicians expressed that connection between themselves and home was key to managing their stress. That connection is important at university too, where keeping in touch with your supports from home (friends, family, or mentors) can be so vital to helping you get through any stressful times that pop up along the way. The mindyourmind website itself is also very useful, with information and perspectives from other young adults on mental health.
Average length: Episodes are 10 to 20 minutes long. You could listen to a 15-minute episode on the walk from REV to the Physics building.
What it is: A guided meditation and mindfulness app.
Cost: Free – with in-app purchases for additional packs of meditations.
What it does: Headspace helps you get started with guided meditation and mindfulness by presenting their meditation in packs of themed meditations for specific topics. In the free version of the app, you can do the Basics packs, additional packs require a subscription. In the basic packs, you get ten meditations that are ten minutes long and a soothing voice helps you through guided meditations that introduce you to the practice of mindfulness. The Basics packs also include instructional videos to help you understand some of the key concepts of guided meditations and mindfulness.