Welcome to our on-demand library of self–care videos and online external courses. You can access these at any time when you feel you could do with a bit of extra help.
These short videos and online courses are designed to give you a short break away from your caring role and to help you cope better with life as a carer. These are particularly helpful when you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Make sure you take the time to look after yourself.
We hope that you find the videos beneficial and enjoy them regularly.
We also have live online training courses in these subjects as well which you can book by clicking here.
On-Demand Wellbeing Library
Guided Meditation (5 Mins Audio)
This audio will give you 5 minutes of uninterrupted relaxation time to quiet a busy mind.
Guided Meditation (10 Mins Audio)
This audio will give you 10 minutes of uninterrupted relaxation time to quiet a busy mind.
Samaritans - Muscle Relaxation Exercise
Progressive muscle relaxation involves tensing and releasing pairs of muscles in sequence. It can help if you imagine tension leaving your body as you release your muscles.
Samaritans - Controlled Breathing Exercise
It might sound simple, but controlled breathing can be a useful tool for feeling calmer quickly and reducing feelings of stress and anxiety. This technique is easy to memorise and can be practised almost anywhere. Practise this for as long as you need to to feel the benefits. To practise this technique, all you need to do is this:
- Breathe in for four seconds
- Hold your breath for four seconds
- Breathe out for four seconds
- Wait four seconds before repeating
Keep repeating this until you start to feel calmer. Look for both mental and physical signs, like your thoughts and your heartbeat slowing down. You may already know what triggers your negative thoughts and feelings.
If you do, try using this breathing technique if you know you will encounter a certain trigger, or immediately after.
Mindfulness – Carer’s General Session
This video will give you 5 minutes of general mindfulness techniques to help slow you down and begin to live in the moment.
Mindfulness – For Anxiety and Stress
This session will take you through mindfulness for anxiety and stress to help calm you down and feel more in control.
Back Care - Tips for a Healthy Back
This video will give you simple tips on how to prevent back pain and help you to keep your back healthy
Self Massage – Facial Massage
An, easy to follow, video to help you to be able to do a home Facial Massage as part of your self- care routine. It would be helpful if you have the following items to hand- Cleanser/Toner/Face cream or oil/tissues/cotton pads and a bowl of warm water.
Self Massage – Hand Massage
A calming video of simple steps on how to carry out a hand an arm massage at home. It would be helpful to have the following items to hand – Bowl of warm water/Soap or hand wash/towel and oil or cream
Introduction to Living Life to the Full
A highly beneficial video to watch in times of high stress and anxiety to give you instant help and get you back to feeling calm again
Introduction to Yoga
This video is a short introduction video to Yoga for Carers and what is involved in a yoga session.
Yoga for Everybody
This video will give you a lovely 30 minutes yoga session which is suitable for all levels. You can work to your own ability. Have a mat or towel ready to practice on.
Creating a Wellness Plan
This video will give you tips on how to improve your mental and physical health when you are feeling overwhelmed and will help you turn around your mind-set instantly.
Beginners Guide to Air Dry Clay
A beginners guide on using Air dry clay.
How to look after your Feet at Home
A short video, produced by Scottish Allied Health Professionals, to give you advice on personal foot care. This video will give you helpful tips on general foot grooming , allowing you to take good care of your precious feet at home
MorphFit Gentle Movement
This video will give you an introduction to the wonderful benefits of the Morphfit Gentle Movement class. These are gentle exercises that help with your mobility and general wellbeing. You will be able to join a class online by accessing our training program.
Introduction to Soul Success
An Introduction to personal development and life coaching and how it can help improve your outlook on life.
NHS Mind Matters Online Courses
A new online course from NHS Lanarkshire Psychological Services all about emotions, coping and wellbeing. This course is made up of five videos, each one lasting about 20 minutes, giving you lots of useful information. There are booklets to go alongside the videos, which can be downloaded to dip into further and keep track of progress.
Daylight is a new online course from NHS Lanarkshire Psychological Services about anxiety and worry.
Designed specifically for your smartphone, it provides a tailored program for managing anxiety, based on your own needs, and keeps you on track with bite-size suggestions and check-ins. Written by psychologists and researchers, it has been shown in clinical trials to help with worry, depressive symptoms, wellbeing and quality of life.
Sleepio is a new online course from NHS Lanarkshire Psychological Services is about getting a better night’s sleep.
Designed to be used on a computer, a tablet or a phone, it offers a personalised program to help overcome insomnia. Produced by an expert team with decades of experience in sleep research, it brings tried-and-tested techniques directly to you in a friendly, step-by-step way.
This online course from NHS Lanarkshire Psychological Services is designed for parents and carers of young people aged 12 to 18.
Teenage years are a time of changes and challenges, and as adults it can feel hard to help. This comprehensive, easy-to-follow course is for parents and carers of young people aged 12 to 18. It is designed to give you the skills and confidence you need to support them through the difficulties they might be facing — while at the same time exploring valuable new strategies they can use themselves.
The course has eight parts, which you can work through any time, going at your own pace. You will learn about different ways of looking at anxiety; about how to help young people understand their complex feelings; and about how to support and empower them to deal with common difficulties such as worry and low self-esteem. This includes exploring new ways to talk to your teens about what they are going through — and to help them learn valuable problem-solving skills they can use now and in future.
This online course from NHS Lanarkshire Psychological Services is designed for parents and carers of children aged 4 to 11.
It will help you support young children to deal with anxious thoughts and feelings, and to help them face their fears — perhaps the most important thing any of us can do in terms of tackling anxiety.
You can access the course any time, and work through it at your own pace. As you progress, you will learn lots more about the unhelpful patterns we can all fall into — wee ones and adults alike! At the same time, you will be helping your children learn new skills they can put into practice day by day.
There are eight parts to the online course, including activities, quizzes and lots of helpful things to try with your children, including relaxation and building self-esteem. All of this is rooted in high-quality psychological approaches which are powerful yet kind.