A Year to Change Your Mind: Ideas from the Therapy Room to Help You Live Better

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A Year to Change Your Mind: Ideas from the Therapy Room to Help You Live Better

A Year to Change Your Mind: Ideas from the Therapy Room to Help You Live Better

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Empathetic listening: Practice active listening when others share their thoughts and feelings with you.

Grove Press An imprint of Grove Atlantic, an American independent publisher, who publish in the UK through Atlantic Books.

Mindfulness and meditation: Practice mindfulness exercises and meditation regularly to reduce stress and improve emotional regulation. If I have a criticism of the book, it’s that it contains little of the counterintuitive thinking that makes psychology not only exciting but potentially more useful than a chat with a sensible friend.

Forgiving imperfections: Embrace mistakes as opportunities for growth and practice self-forgiveness. From the tendency to lack motivation in January and to experience red-hot anger in the heat of August, to the weight of expectation associated with that back-to-school feeling in September and the pressure to enjoy the December holiday season, we're shown recognisable features of behaviour over the course of the year. Seek support: Reach out to friends, family, or support groups during times of uncertainty to gain perspective and encouragement.Savoring moments: Take a moment to appreciate and savor positive experiences to enhance positive emotions. Filled with practical advice gained from years of offering therapy as a clinical psychologist, Lucy offers insights into how we think, experience the world and other people in it, and make decisions – and some tools to help with those moments when life feels hard. Cognitive reframing: Whenever you encounter a negative thought, consciously challenge and reframe it into a more positive or balanced perspective. Empathy and understanding: Put yourself in the shoes of others to cultivate empathy and understanding, facilitating forgiveness. Having said that, sometimes it’s extremely helpful to be reminded what a “sensible person” might make of any given question.

Sleep-friendly environment: Ensure your bedroom is conducive to sleep by keeping it cool, dark, and quiet.I liked the way that this book was set out- a different theme for each month of the year, with strategies to help with a variety of things like lack of sleep, anxiety, fears etc. Flexibility exercises: Practice adapting to changes in your daily routine to enhance cognitive flexibility. Those who count themselves among the “worried well” probably already have the odd wise confidant to process ideas and feelings with, and are well versed in the notion that life inevitably has its ups and downs.

Consultant clinical psychologist Dr Lucy Maddox explains how psychological processes thread through our lives, pinpointing those issues most frequently encountered in each month, and shows us how by reflecting upon past experiences, both joyful and painful, and considering evidence-based ideas from the realm of psychology, we can learn to live a more thoughtful, positive life that better prepares us for the future.But the message we might also take away is that, while circumstances afford us at least the possibility of feeling good, we should be thankful – and not waste the opportunity. A Year to Change Your Mind was written during the pandemic and is suffused with an air of staying calm while the world is having a freakout. Take it one step at a time, and don't forget to be compassionate towards yourself throughout the journey. Normalize mental health conversations: Challenge stigmas by openly discussing mental health with friends, family, and colleagues.

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