Frazzled? Five websites to perk you up, because sometimes you need a helping hand.

Feeling fried? Take a deep breath, slow down and look at these five sites that will help to keep you sane. From a digital life coach to a mental health podcast, there’s a wealth of online resources to help you de-stress and soothe your frantic mind.

Podcast


Happy Place


For many of us, the Christmas and the winter season leaves us battered and feeling blue. Want to feel lighter and find joy in day-to-day life? Plug into a cheering podcast for a little audio self-help whether you’re travelling, in the bath or working out. Fearne Cotton records an uplifting weekly podcast called Happy Place where she collects all the things that make her happy from joyful food to a clear mind. The broadcaster looks into issues like mental health in the public eye and discusses how we can help ourselves find our own happy place. She asks what happiness means to inspiring individuals, whether we need best friends and how to navigate daily stresses. Fearne has had intimate conversations about life, love, loss and everything in-between with big names such as Ellie Goulding, Mary Berry, Jada Pinkett Smith and Hillary Clinton. This is a podcast that gives you an in-depth look into the lives of celebrities and their quest for happiness. One to download now.

Online Shopping


Etsy


Is retail therapy an effective stress reliever? While we don’t want to (officially) endorse shopping as a coping mechanism, we are only human and sometimes a spot of retail therapy really can be therapeutic. It’s not often you scroll upon a website that sells everything you could imagine, but not in a boring bulk run-of-the-mill listing full of discounts and deals. If we want to cheer up, feel more grounded and a little more creative, look to the talents on Etsy. This stellar online marketplace sells millions of one-of-a-kind handmade, custom, vintage, one-of-a-kind items created by local UK sellers and independent makers. Users buy directly from someone who puts their heart and soul into making something special. Will it keep you sane? Maybe not, but browsing Etsy might bring a little cheer to your heart, and we are all for that.

Online Nutritionist


PH Nutrition


Feeling bloated after Christmas? Overweight and full of high hopes and promises to eat better in 2020? Aren’t we all? One of the first steps to staying sane is to look into your nutrition and create a realistic exercise plan. Digitally, you can do an awful lot to help your journey to better health. Liam Holmes, performance nutritionist and owner of pH Nutrition has built an app to track progress about how you are feeling and performing. It has recipe plans with MyFitnessPal barcodes and a customisable fat loss template. Ten years working in elite sport (footie) taught Liam the impact nutrition can have on health, performance and recovery. Curious? Fill in an online quiz about your struggles with nutrition, your diet history and - being brutally honest - declare what is your main goal. Whether you’re into counting calories religiously or just want to know what to eat for your body, Liam’s quiz will help find the programme best suited for you.

Online Yoga


Glo


New Year making you feel frantic? Brain racing round? Too much to juggle? Ommmmm… Time to slow down, clear your mind, meditate and be forced to stop. Easier said than done, but thanks to all the online yoga courses, there is no longer an excuse not to meditate in your own home and in your own time. Online yoga is especially brilliant for those who feel intimidated by a studio experience. As long as you can connect to the internet, you can do online yoga classes via YouTube or over webcam. glo.com is master of the online yoga world. All the classes are recorded live at the YogaGlo studio in Santa Monica, California. Users pay a monthly membership which gives unlimited access to new classes and their extensive archive of over 2,500 videos. Choose your style of yoga (Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, restorative and Yin) and the length of your class (from five minutes, to two hours). Time to light a candle and downward dog in the privacy of your own home. Spiritual heaven and New Year sanity, here you come.

Online Life Coach


Connie Chapman


Been crying a lot? Can a life coach help you find happiness and build a life you love? Worth a shot, we say. As 2020 kicks off, life coaches on Instagram seem as prolific as fashion influencers. They preach, with such conviction and confidence, that after a while, you may start believing in their bold and millennial declarations of life advice. The very popular (and pretty) life coach Connie Chapman runs a 21-day online workshop series Align & Eleviate to support users as they prepare to step into the new year (and decade). Connie teachers followers to shift their mindset, clarify their visions and desires for 2020 while wrapping up 2019 with gratitude. It’s all rather hippy, but if you’re feeling lost, and like you’re losing your mind, give it a go. An online life coach might help you make decisions, help your sanity… and stop you crying.

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