The University Counselling Service



The University Counselling Service has created the following podcasts for download, each of which covers an important topic.

Being Outdoors meditation

This is a 15 minute guided nature meditation practice focusing on sensory grounding. 

This practice can be done inside or outside. 

This is a specific offering recorded during Covid 19 when we are not able to offer face to face 'Being Outdoors' workshops that would usually take place at University Park

Fight or Flight Response

A podcast talking about the physiological response triggered when we feel strong emotions.

Relaxation Breathing

A podcast of a guided relaxation exercise using breathing techniques to improve health and wellbeing.




A podcast about practical mindfulness techniques to enhance relationships and health.


Safe place visualisation

This is a ten-minute guided visualization that uses imagery to support you to develop your sense of safety and can be used when you're feeling fearful. 


Progressive muscle relaxation

A podcast of a guided exercise to help manage anxiety and relax through breathing techniques.


Lake meditation

This fifteen-minute meditation uses guided imagery of a lake to support you to connect and accept your present moment experiences. 




Recharge your mind

We can  rush through life without stopping to notice much.

This short mindfulness practice focuses on switching off from auto-pilot and allowing yourself to let go of the busyness of life.

To unplug briefly so that you can be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings and sensations your body.

Enjoy stopping for a few minutes and pressing PAUSE with me.

Be kind to yourself

It’s all too easy to be tougher on ourselves than we are on anyone else.

At times of stress we can give ourselves a hard time and judge ourselves negatively.

This mindfulness practice helps you to become a better friend to yourself, through self-kindness and compassion. 




The Velveteen Rabbit

If you are struggling to get to sleep or just want to hear a story being read to you, then this podcast might be for you.

A reading of the story ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ written by Margery Williams.  

Self compassion meditation

A short 5 minute meditation in which we practise offering compassion and kindness to ourselves when we are struggling with difficult or upsetting feelings or situations.




Self-compassion visualisation

This is a short 5 minute self-compassion meditation practice.

A good one if you are just starting your mindfulness practice journey or in need of some time for self-compassion






University Counselling Service

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University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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