Weeks of lockdown might have you feeling a little anxious or desperate for motivation. If that's the case, the new calming service from Recovery College Online could be for you.
The series, which can be found on , is a joint piece of work from Northumbria University, Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, the Calm Foundation and music technology company X-System. It offers free music and videos for relaxation and mood-boosting.
This service is usually only made available to patients who have been referred to Recovery College. But with the UK currently in lockdown, it has been opened up this week to anybody who needs a musical treat during these unprecedented times.
On the Recovery College Online website, you have access to a range of playlists aiming to lead you from one state of mind to another.
The playlists on offer include relaxation mixes featuring Adele, Wagner, Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett, along with enlivening sets starring Coldplay, Frank Sinatra and Kylie Minogue.
Users have the option of keeping track of their mood using an online diary to help log their thoughts and feelings in a more structured format.
Angela Kennedy, trauma informed care lead at Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, said in a press release: 'Recent medical research has shown that music may have significant effects on the state of our minds and bodies.
'Music can help us change the way we feel by helping to lift our mood or helping us to relax. This resource might be particularly useful for all of us at this time.
'We believe that this new platform for self-care through music could give valuable support to our service users, staff and the general public, particularly while we all need to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By creating a variety of playlists, the platform allows you to choose a particular type or genre of music that you prefer.'
And even if it doesn't work, it's free music streaming whenever you want.
The Music for Wellbeing playlists can be accessed via the Recovery College website on your computer, smartphone or tablet. There are a variety of scenarios to choose from, so you can pick a playlist that has been engineered for your state of mind.
If you already have a music streaming service that you enjoy, such as Spotify, Apple Music or Amazon Music, note that each of these services offers tailor-made playlists for every different mood. They may not have academic, medical backing, but if you just need something to help you chill out, there should be something for everybody.
If you have a voice assistant, such as Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, you can also try some voice commands to put you into a calmer mood. See below for the details.
Try these voice commands on your Google Assistant speaker:
Try these voice commands on your Amazon Alexa speaker: