Just One Thing - with Michael Mosley

Just One Thing - with Michael Mosley

BBC Radio 4

If time is tight, what's the one thing that you should be doing to improve your health and wellbeing? Michael Mosley reveals surprisingly simple top tips that are scientifically proven to change your life.

Categories: Health

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Reading poetry can reduce stress and help give you words to express the things you're feeling. And reading a poem out loud has been shown to be a surprisingly simple way to activate your relaxation response and bring about a sense of calm. It’s all to do with the way it slows and controls your breathing rate, which in turn stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system and can lead to many beneficial effects. Michael Mosley speaks to Dietrich von Bonin from the Swiss Association of Art Therapies, who says as little as 5 minutes of rhythmic poetry read aloud can be even more effective than slow-paced breathing at relaxing your body and mind. Our volunteer Colm dives into the world of Irish poetry and incorporates reading it aloud into his bedtime routine.

Series Producer: Nija Dalal-Small Editor: Zoë Heron A BBC Studios production for BBC Sounds / BBC Radio 4.

Previous episodes

  • 107 - Read a poem 
    Mon, 20 May 2024
  • 106 - Deep Calm - Episode 5: Using Music 
    Fri, 17 May 2024
  • 105 - Deep Calm - Episode 4: Using the Power of Nature 
    Thu, 16 May 2024
  • 104 - Deep Calm - Episode 3: Using Your Imagination 
    Wed, 15 May 2024
  • 103 - Deep Calm - Episode 2: Relaxing Your Body 
    Tue, 14 May 2024
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