This month’s mentions have been broken down into an app, a TV show, a book and an audiobook!
To use: Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. The Headspace App is meditation made simple. They'll teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day. I like the way that they talk you through it and you are not forced to “switch-off”, which I have also found difficult to do!
To listen: Last month I recommended the book, The Explosive Child by Dr Ross Greene. This month I am recommending the audiobook which is an abridged version of Dr Greene’s approach for understanding and parenting easily frustrated, chronically inflexible children. This version is only 2 hours and 38 minutes and runs more like a podcast or interview with role plays of conversations.
To read: In this wise and layered book, Any Ordinary Day, Leigh Sales talks intimately with people who’ve faced the unimaginable, from terrorism to natural disaster to simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Expecting broken lives, she instead finds strength, hope, even humour. Leigh brilliantly condenses the cutting-edge research on the way the human brain processes fear and grief, and poses the questions we too often ignore out of awkwardness. Along the way, she offers an unguarded account of her own challenges and what she’s learned about coping with life’s unexpected blows. I loved this book and felt both moved and uplifted by these stories!
To watch: Anxiety is the most common reason people seek counselling in Australia. If you have anxiety, it can dramatically reduce your ability to enjoy your life. So why do people get an anxiety disorder? And how can you treat it? This is an old episode of Insight on SBS On Demand however it is really informative and well worth a watch!