49 Ways to Think Yourself Well
Mind science practice, one step at a time.
49 Ways to Think Yourself Well is a unique, dip-in guide to help you to enhance and sustain well-being. Written by two experienced therapists and trainers in brief psychotherapy and hypnotherapy, it offers readers a compendium of insightful information and a host of positive and practical ways for boosting well-being on all levels, using the powerful tools within your mind.
Drawing on a wide range of tried and tested approaches to improving resilience and well-being, the book makes clear links between the science of the mind and how to feel better – physically, emotionally and mentally. It will help you to challenge and overcome unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour in order to reduce stress, anxiety and negative thoughts, boost your self-confidence and motivation, recover from illness, improve your relationships, reach your personal goals and much more.
49 Ways to Write Yourself Well
49 Ways to Write Yourself Well is an inspirational guide to improving your confidence and general well-being through writing. Written by a leading creative-writing trainer and life coach, this book is a compendium of tools, techniques and activities which you can draw on to help you take control of your emotions, relationships and personal goals, and find a greater sense of self. The book is structured into 49 different and complementary approaches to using writing in creative and transformational ways for enhancing well-being.
The information and exercises will help you to build and maintain a regular writing practice, as well as set up and maintain a journal. Learn how to use creative writing to identify and manage your emotions, release emotional and mental blocks, practise coaching models on the page to discover solutions to work or personal challenges, and reframe relationships with oneself and others. With recent research showing the positive and health-improving benefits that can come through writing, this guide will help you express yourself and achieve a greater sense of personal well-being.
8 Minute Meditation
Quiet Your Mind, Change your Life.
In recent years, meditation has become hugely popular and scientific studies are suggesting that the physical and mental benefits are solid and real. But to many, it remains something mystical and inaccessible…and spiritually-oriented tomes on the market don't do much to make it easier.
As interest in meditation continues to grow, this book offers a simple, no-nonsense program to help beginners experience reduced stress and increased focus in only eight minutes a day. Designed by meditation expert and bestselling author Victor Davich, this program teaches the basic principles of meditation while clearing up the misconceptions and myths that too often get in the way.
After the Suicide of Someone you know (secondary age)
This newly updated and revised edition has been specifically written for NZ young people affected by the suicide of someone they know. Simply written, in a youth friendly style and featuring colour and photos, this helps teens to process and handle what’s happened. Ideal for schools, youth service providers and youth groups. It has also proved popular with young adults and adults. It is a skylight/SPINZ partnership publication and is now used widely around NZ after a suicide.
All Blacks Don’t Cry
A Story of Hope
All Blacks Don't Cry is John Kirwan's story of hope, of working through the pain and living a full life. It is a poignant, inspirational and helpful example for anybody battling depression.
Because Everything Is Right But Everything Is Wrong (secondary age)
An accessible and thought-provoking debut novel following Caleb in his last year of high school, and his experiences going through and coming to terms with mental illness. It’s a raw and at times unexpected journey, yet it manages to connect on a level that feels incredibly relatable and authentic. Set mostly at his high school, there’s an early sense of familiarity to Caleb’s world and the fears and challenges he faces.
Coping with Grief and Loss
A pamphlet giving information about grief and loss. It suggests ways to cope or to help others to cope.
Crave: Why you Binge Eat and How to Stop
Cynthia Bulik, director of the UNC Eating Disorders Progamme, is a foremost authority on binge eating(BED). BED can affect anyone, and can be caused by brain chemistry, genetic predisposition, psychology, and cultural pressures–but none of those triggers make giving in to food cravings inevitable. Crave helps readers understand why they crave specific foods, recognize their individual triggers, and modify their responses to those triggers. Binge eating disorder is highly treatable; 70% to 80% of patients at the UNC Eating Disorders Program triumph over their binge eating by using techniques to “curb the crave”. Through the stories of some of these patients–men and women, young and old–and with the guidance of Bulik, readers will develop a variety of strategies to use in conquering their cravings and establishing healthy eating habits.
Diabetes and Healthy Food Choices
Eating healthy food is an important part of managing your diabetes. Check out this great resource by Diabetes NZ.
Diabetes and Wellbeing
Managing the psychological and emotional challenges of Diabetes Type 1 and 2
“Diabetes and Wellbeing” presents a range of effective psychological principles proven to positively impact the emotional wellbeing of individuals with type 1 and 2 diabetes. The guide takes an explicitly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach to motivate sufferers in essential self-care tasks. Written in a practical style, for those newly diagnosed with diabetes, individuals managing its challenges for many years, and healthcare professionals Reveals how the stress of daily diabetes management can affect an individual's ability to stay motivated and engaged in essential self-care tasks that are vital for good health. Presents proven techniques for improving emotional well being. First book to take an explicitly CBT approach to diabetes, simultaneously drawing on solution-focused behavioural therapy and mindfulness approaches. Fills the gap information of this kind among healthcare professionals and individuals with diabetes.
Don’t let your emotions run your life for teens (secondary age)
This self-help book is suitable for teenagers of any age (and adults) regarding learning self-awareness, managing emotions, improving moods and healthy relationships. The author explores what is, and how do teenagers manage emotions by using, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills – in a language that teenage readers can understand. Simple yet useful explanations, self-assessments, examples and strategies are provided that can be tried in everyday situations. If a teenager you know is struggling to find a peaceful connection with their self and their emotions, this book may provide them with an easy to use approach to finding inner calm during difficult times.
The format, style and font used makes this book easy to read and understand, and is written in a way that readers can spend time practising the content of each paragraph before moving on. Examples used are relatable, and the paragraphs can be read in any order. While this book can be used by any teenager, those under the age of 15 may benefit from having someone they trust working through sections with them.
Dream new dreams: reimagining my life after loss
Recommended by Keitha Ross, Education Coordinator at Otago Community Hospice.
Dream New Dreams is a powerful story of grief, healing, and newfound independence. With advice artfully woven into an intimate, beautifully written narrative, Jai’s story will inspire not only the legions of readers who made The Last Lecture a bestseller, but also those who are embarking on a journey of loss and renewal themselves.
Fighting Invisible Tigers (secondary age)
Fighting Invisible Tigers uses the metaphor of a tiger to explain what stress is and the effects that it can have. It is aimed at young people and covers common stressful situations that they have to deal with, and includes tips and strategies to help manage these. Strategies include healthy eating, exercise, self-care, relaxation exercises, healthy relationships, time management, goal setting, assertiveness skills, positive self-talk and decision making. The valuable information in this book is conveyed using language that is straight forward, simple and easy to understand. Additionally, quotes from teenagers about their own struggles and successes are included, making it more relatable for young readers.
From Worrier to Warrior: A guide to conquering your fears (all ages)
From Worrier to Warrior, a companion book to Make Your Worrier a Warrior (for parents), is designed to teach you how to conquer the Worry Monster. This book shows you how to overcome worry and fear using several easy-to-follow strategies. Read the book and learn the strategies yourself, or read along with a parent or other adult. From Worrier to Warrior will teach you how to create your very own “toolbox” of ways to combat fear and anxiety to carry with you and conquer the Worry Monster at any time. With these tools, you will be able to overcome whatever challenges come your way!
Healthy Eating & Active Living
Food and activity advice for adults aged 19 to 64 years.