In this episode we interview Cathrine Meek, a Clinical Nurse Consultant from Plunket, who joins us to talk about infant safety, such as safe sleep, alcohol consumption and sun safety, which are especially important during the holiday season.
Keeping Emotionally Well
In this episode we review the book “Mind Over Mood: Change How You Fell by Changing the Way You Think”.
We then chat to Jodie Black, from Otago University's Student Health who talks to us about how we can stay emotionally well and on top of our game.
Making Stress Your Friend
Monique Lammers, part of WellSouth’s Brief Intervention Team, joins us to talk about stress, with a special focus on the holiday season.
We explore how stress is something we can’t avoid or expect to eliminate from our lives – but we can change how we respond to it, or manage the ways it can manifest in our lives. Monique shares some tips for looking after yourself during the festive season, and just in general in day-to-day life.
We also review a Books on Prescription resource – a short 15 minute video, a TED Talk, by health Psychologist Kelly McGonigal aptly called ‘how to make stress your friend’…
In this episode we talk about Māori Health, and their holistic view which could benefit everybody. Jake Matheson, from Tumai Ora Whānau Services in Otago, joins us to talk about his role and how Tumai Ora’s service works a little bit differently to improve the health of our community. Jake tells us about the importance with connecting with the environment and a cultural past for Māori. He goes on to tell us some of the great ways that Tumai Ora’s health services do this.
This episode we talk about Men’s Health to coincide with Movember. We interview Lindsay Wright from the Rural Support Trust and WellSouth’s GoodYarn programme. Lindsay helped develop WellSouth’s mental health workshop ‘GoodYarn: helping rural communities talk about mental health.’ Lindsay has had 24 years of experience as a fourth generation farmer from Wendonside and has personally experienced – and beaten – the “down side” of stress. Lindsay joins us to talk about how GoodYarn evolved, his own mental health journey, and what you can to do crack open the topic of mental health.
We also review one of the most popular books in our Books on Prescription programme, which is John Kirwan’s “All Black’s Don’t Cry: A Story of Hope”.
Interested in journalling but worried about people reading it? We review the smartphone app MyPsyDiary – a secure electronic diary which helps you to keep track of your emotions and general health.
We then chat to the Otago Mental Health Support Trust which helps connect people who have experienced emotional hardship.
In this episode we review the CD – the 8 week meditation programme for living in a frantic world. Then we have a chat to meditation and mindfulness practitioner, Kovido Maddick, to bring the topic of meditation to life.
Kovido spent 10 years as a Buddhist Monk and has been teaching meditation classes, retreats and workshops for the past 20 years. Specifically, he has been teaching the highly-acclaimed evidence-based Mindfullness Based Stress-Reduction Programme since 1996. Kovido shares about
Changes in mood pre- and post-pregnancy is extremely common. In this episode of Listen Yourself Well Plunket Nurse, Joy Pringle, joins us to talk about one of the most common complications in childbirth – postnatal depression.
We discuss whether we talk enough about postnatal depression in New Zealand, and whether mums – and their whanau – really understand how common it is, and what it is. Joy shares her professional experience of what postnatal depression looks like, and how you can access help if you see the warning signs in yourself, or others.
We also review the book Mothers Cry Too – a book which has some great strategies for addressing mood issues pre- and post-pregnancy.
This episode of Listen Yourself Well is all about relationships. We review a popular book from our Books on Prescription collection, The Relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships. This book has been written by John Gottman, a world-renowned researcher and relationship expert who’s spent over 40 years studying marital and intimate relationships.
All going well, sexuality is just one part of a happy and healthy relationship. However, when problems arise, it can become all-consuming. Clare Greensmith, a local psychotherapist, occupational therapist and sex therapist joins us to talk about common concerns people have about sexuality and intimacy. We discuss the most common pitfalls, how we can strengthen our relationships in simple ways, and how the aging process can affect how sexuality is experienced and expressed.
Often we have a tendency to focus on what the individual can do to keep themselves happy and well – but we’re not isolated entities, we’re all part of families, communities and other social networks.
The Mental Health Foundation suggests we think of relationships as the ‘cornerstone of your life’ and invest time developing them. So tune into Listen Yourself Well hear about how we can connect more with those around us, and we have a chat to Amanda and Leanne who do great work to connect the Greater Green Island community.
Stand up to Falls
In honour of Falls Month we have WellSouth Falls Prevention nurse, Stacey Porter, with us in studio. Stacey explains why WellSouth has specifically created a position around falls and related fractures, and how this relates to aging. We explore what ‘osteoporosis’ is, why it happens, and how we can prevent it. Stacey shares some practical and easy tips about how to ensure quality and quantity of life heading into older age.
For more information on April Falls 2017 visit: http://www.hqsc.govt.nz/…/red…/april-falls/april-falls-2017/
In this episode we review the Stroke Riskometer app, the top health app in 2014. Then, Judith Hyslop, Community Stroke Advisor for the Stroke Foundation, talks to us about this chronic condition that is the third most prevalent cause of death in New Zealand, and a major source of serious adult disability. We discuss the FAST campaign, the most common signs of stroke and what to do if you notice them, the importance of taking a preventative approach, as well as some heart-warming stories of success when people have acted fast and sought medical help quickly.