Here's a quick list of some of the best *free* therapy resources I've been recommending to clients this week. Whether you're interested in enriching your self care routine, learning more about mental health, or simply spending 30 minutes on something fun, the links in this list will help!
This week, one of my clients shared that she feels so daunted by all the things on her to-do list, even the self care items she included have started to feel like a chore. I totally understand how this can happen; if we list meditation alongside running to the grocery store in our calendar, both items may end up stressing us out. For me, the app Aloe Bud: self-care pocket companion, has been really helpful with this. Aesthetically, it's adorable and it delivers gentle reminders, affirmations, and self care tips at whatever frequency you wish.
No spoilers, I promise. I'll just say that the premise of this science fiction audiodrama podcast is: therapy for people with supernatural abilities. Throughout the series, the therapy becomes more and more complicated, and it's definitely not perfect, but overall the tools, skills, and validations that happen in each episode are SO GOOD. At times it feels like the mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright, is leading the listener through meditation practices alongside her supernatural patients.
This free personality test, based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), is a resource I recommend or reference to various clients at least twice a week. The test takes about 10 minutes to complete, and provides you with pages and pages of information on your specific personality type. Understanding your personality type can help you understand your emotions, your connections with others, and the types of activities that are most likely to bring you joy.
4. album: santigold - i don't want
This mixtape was released on July 27th, and I have been listening to it non-stop since then. Many of my clients count listening to music among their most important self care habits, and if that's true for you as well you've got to give this a listen.
Currently, I have 3 of my clients reading this book, and honestly I think everyone on earth would benefit from the amazing insights and tools it shares. It's $10 on Amazon, but there are some free excerpts available on the website. Dr. Rick Hanson is a wonderful writer; he combines neuroscience and ancient wisdom from Buddhism to show how engaging in mindfulness practices truly can help us rewire our brain for happiness.