Wanda’s Story: taking control of her heart health
This story is from the perspective of Wanda, a patient, who in conjunction with her healthcare professional, is using the Taking Control resource to improve her heart health.
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.
This episode is all about Diabetes – we interview Chris Higgs, a professional practice fellow from the Otago University School of Physiotherapy, who set up the free Dunedin Community Exercise Programme back in 2014. A community-based rehabilitation programme, it is for anyone who has diabetes or has risk factors for developing diabetes (prediabetes). Chris talks about how it got started, and why it is so effective.
We also review some Diabetes Podcasts in our Books on Prescription collection called “Type 2 and you: a guide to living with Type 2 Diabetes”.
Chronic Conditions and Diabetes
This episode will feature our very own WellSouth Long Terms Conditions Community Nurse Marryllyn Donaldson, who talks about her award-winning work with the DESMOND diabetes workshop, amongst much more! We also review one of our new Books on Prescription resources, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, available from all libraries across Otago and Southland.
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.
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’…
We all need to practice emotional first aid
We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.