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49 Ways to Think Yourself Well

Quick Overview

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.

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Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Liz Maluschnig, Counsellor, MNZCCA. Reviewed 23 October 2015.

Book Title: 49 Ways to Think Yourself Well – Mind science I practice, one step at a time.

Author(s):

Jan Alcoe BSSc Hons and ShypPsych is a registered hypnotherapist who uses solution-focused approach with people with chronic illness, depression and anxiety problems. She speaks and runs workshops on well-being, and has written many health care publications.

Emily Gajewski BSc, OT, HG Dip, Occupational Therapist and Human Givens Therapist. Emily lectures on self-harm, psychosis and counselling skills and has contributed to various publications.

 Date published: 2015

Suitable for: This is an excellent practical Self Help book for anyone wanting to increase their personal awareness and take more control over their thoughts!

Problems addressed: Wellness.

Book Summary: 

  • This book is a collection of excellent ideas and techniques for personal development all presented in an easy to follow format.
  • The Tools or ‘Ways’ include dealing with stress, and anxiety, controlling negative thinking and releasing anger, improving your physical health and sleep, enhancing your self-esteem and confidence, improving communication within relationships and tools on reaching your full potential and well-being.
  • It covers a wide range of psychological techniques including mindfulness, hypnotherapy, positive psychology, Human Givens therapy and NLP – neuro-linguistic programming.
  • Everything is described in simple easy to action paragraphs with excellent ‘try this’ segments to immediately put each tool into practice.

 Strengths and Weaknesses:

Excellent presentation and easy to use format and practice. You can turn to any 2 page spread for a synopsis of that particular ‘Way’ or writing practice and each page offers a concise explanation and practical exercise to do.

Very easy explanations all well supported with scientific research and great application exercises. The book is very colourful and A5 size with glossy pages making it easy to hold and enjoyable to read and is the second in a series, the other book is called 49 Ways to Write yourself Well.

 Recommendations:

  • I recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn to control their mind, decrease the stress in their lives, improve their emotional wellness and develop healthier patterns in relationships – so really anyone in the general public with good literacy skills and motivation to increase their emotional and relational well-being,
  • Way 18 – 20 has some excellent ideas of releasing anger.
  • Way 23 – Mindfulness techniques for dealing with pain.
  • Way 37 an interesting technique for improving communication in a situation of conflict.

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