Sadly, the reported levels of domestic abuse have increased during the Covid-19 lockdown.
There are different kinds of abuse that can happen in different contexts. The most prevalent type of domestic abuse occurs in relationships. But the definition of domestic abuse also covers abuse between family members.
If you are affected or you are concerned for someone’s welfare you can get up to date advice on the links below.
With so much information out there, here are some that have been suggested that might help you…..
The best meditation and mindfulness apps to help you de-stress and stay calm
Mindfulness is a technique anyone can try to help calm their mind - and it can help to manage depression, anxiety and stress according to mental health charity Mind. This can be beneficial if you are working from home or dealing with furlough / lay-off.
Here's our pick of some of the best.
Calm - Meditation and Sleep
One of the most popular meditation apps on the market, Calm's library of audio content helps users to tackle stress, anxiety, insomnia and depression.
Its most popular feature is a 10-minute meditation called The Daily Calm, which explores a new mindful theme each day.
The Calm app is free to download but you'll need a paid subscription to Calm Premium (£29.99 a year) to make the most of it.
Headspace: Meditation & Sleep
There are more than 100 hours of guided practices to choose from, tailored to everything from managing stress and anxiety to improving sleep.
You can give it a try with its free Basics pack, a 10-day beginner’s course that guides you through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness.
After that, a subscription costs £9.99 a month or £49.99 a year.
Stop Breathe & Think
This app is centred around three simple principles: encouraging users to Stop and check in with what they are thinking and feeling; Breathe, in a mindful way to create space between your thoughts, emotions and reactions; and Think, with personalised meditations and activities that broaden your perspective.
Oak - Meditation & Breathing
Oak offers guided meditation practices ranging from five to 30 minutes in length.
You can choose to sit in silence or listen to a soothing background track - think bells, streams and other gentle sounds.
It also teaches you simple yogic breathing exercises that can easily be performed on-the-go, as well as ones that can help you drift off to sleep.
The app is free to download, and most features are included, but you can pay for optional courses too.
An offshoot of brain training app Lumosity, this new app promises clear and approachable mindfulness practices.
It features daily meditations based on your interests and experience that can help you relax, focus or improve your attention.
There are also guided courses like Cultivating Kindness and Inviting Sleep to explore.