This episode of Listen Yourself Well is all about grief.
We review the book ‘What Abi Taught Us’, by Dr Lucy Hone, who is a Christchurch-based research academic in the field of resilience/ wellbeing psychology at Auckland University of Technology. It is an inspiring story about how Lucy dealt with the death of her daughter.
Then we have Janine Winters, a paediatric palliative care specialist from the USA working for the Otago Hospice with us in the studio. The hospice is quite a unique setting for grief, death and dying. It’s more of a ‘slow death’, with time for the person and family to prepare a bit more for the loss to come – as compared to a car accident that’s more of a shock. Janine talks to us about the struggles she has seen in people and gives us some thoughts on what might help us in the grieving process.
How happy are you? In this episode of Listen Yourself Well we look at the concept of ‘happiness’ and why many of us come up searching for something more in life, despite having what looks from the outside as ‘the good life’. We review the book ‘When Happiness is Not Enough’ by psychologist Chris Skellett and then we interview the man himself.
Health Promotion & Mood-Boosting Fiction
Health is much more than what you do alone as an individual – it’s about your family, environment and wider social networks. Rebecca and Sophie from the WellSouth's health promotion team help you access reliable, evidence-based self-help information so that the healthier choice is the easier choice.
In this episode we introduce the Books on Prescription Programme, talk about what health promotion is and review The Little Book of Resilience.
These podcasts are supported by Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and Radio Southland 96.4FM.
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We review a great resource available from the Books on Prescription audio section – a 15-minute video “What’s the best Diet? Healthy eating 101” by Dr Mike Evans, Associate Professor or Family Medicine at the University of Toronto.
WellSouth dietitian, Amy Lowry, then joins us to debunk a bit of the misconceptions about ‘healthy eating.’
We explore what the loaded term ‘healthy eating’ actually means in practice, how to make dietary changes that last the test of time, and how to bring our families along with us on changes that we make, if they’re not quite so keen…
Amy also shares with us how to access the various community workshops she runs across the region.
This episode is all about Heart Disease. We have Jo Arthur from the Heart Foundation with us in studio to talk to us about what heart disease is and how to stay well if you have had a heart disease. We also chat about the Heart Foundation’s great resource ‘Taking Control: My plan for heart health’, and most importantly discuss how we can prevent heart disease.
How to make stress your friend
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
How to overcome fear and anxiety
This podcast was produced by the UK Mental Health Foundation as part of Mental Health Action Week 2009. – See more at: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/how-overcome-fear-and-anxiety#sthash.y0ooELTj.dpuf
I had a black dog, his name was depression
YouTube video based on the book by Matthew Johnstone. At its worst, depression can be a frightening, debilitating condition. Millions of people around the world live with depression. Many of these individuals and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don't know where to turn for help. However, depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognizing depression and seeking help is the first and most critical towards recovery.
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