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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Positive social circle: Surround yourself with positive and supportive individuals who uplift your spirits. I imagine young people leaving home for uni or heading out into the world of their first job will really benefit from the lessons in this book. Empathetic listening: Practice active listening when others share their thoughts and feelings with you. Conflict resolution: Address conflicts openly and constructively, aiming to understand each other's perspectives and find common ground. The audiobook is narrated by the author, who has a very soothing but rational sounding voice, which is also the tone of the book itself.

Values exploration: Reflect on your core values and how they align with your daily actions and decisions.

Take it one step at a time, and don't forget to be compassionate towards yourself throughout the journey. Stress-reducing activities: Develop a list of activities that help you unwind and relax, such as reading, taking a bath, or spending time in nature.

If you feel a bit off-kilter but not quite bad enough to spend hundreds of pounds on therapy, Maddox’s tips and tricks from the consulting room could be for you. 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. Compassion for self and others: Extend compassion to yourself and others, recognizing that everyone makes mistakes and deserves understanding. Helpful strategies from therapy are presented as ways to cope with every-day issues or to improve life in general, and examples are given to better understand how these strategies can help us.The guiding principle is that clinical psychology isn’t just for fixing dysfunctional situations; you can also use it to improve functional ones. Psychology underpins everything we do, determining the decisions we make, the relationships we build, the roles we play and the places we live, and our behaviour is further influenced by the changing seasons, encouraging many of us to fall into unhelpful patterns again and again each year.

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. Resilient role models: Seek inspiration from individuals who have overcome adversity and learn from their experiences. Foster a supportive environment: Surround yourself with individuals who are understanding and empathetic towards mental health struggles. Healthy lifestyle: Prioritize a balanced diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep to build resilience against stress. Breathing exercises: Practice deep breathing techniques to calm your nervous system during moments of stress.Some interesting learnings and cool facts eg (“ruminating” comes from cows chewing grass) in this comforting book, but I wasn’t particularly blown away by anything. Empathy and understanding: Put yourself in the shoes of others to cultivate empathy and understanding, facilitating forgiveness.

Flexibility exercises: Practice adapting to changes in your daily routine to enhance cognitive flexibility. Professional support: Consult a mental health professional to learn personalized coping strategies for managing stress and anxiety. It felt very repetitive and some chapters were way too long as some ideas and suggestions needed only one or two pages instead of 20 which there was generally one idea per month/chapter. Gratitude rituals: Develop gratitude rituals, such as saying grace before meals or expressing gratitude before bedtime. In A YEAR TO CHANGE YOUR MIND, 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.Enjoyable activities: Engage in activities that bring you joy and a sense of accomplishment regularly. She self-discloses, but not too much – just enough to let you know that the person behind all the sensible advice has had a hard time too. Consistent sleep schedule: Establish a regular sleep-wake cycle by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. Volunteer work: Participate in community service or volunteer work to foster compassion and a sense of purpose. 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.

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