Manage Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide
|Author:||Gillian Butler and Tony Hope|
|Author:||Gillian Butler and Tony Hope|
Just as simple measures - regular exercise, a sensible diet - keep your body fit, there are attitudes and skills you can develop to build a healthy mind. In this book two leaders in their fields, one a psychiatrist and one a psychologist, set out strategies that will stretch, strengthen, and tune your mind, to help you cope with the rigours of everyday life.
The mind is a powerful tool, but without the right training, your moods, thoughts, and behaviour can sabotage your goals and cause depression and anxiety. Manage your Mind shows you how to keep mentally fit - how to tap into your mind's power - so you can enjoy your life to the fullest.
Through the powerful, tested techniques they clearly outline, Gillian Butler and Tony Hope will teach you to: Build self-confidence; Overcome; anxiety and depression; Take control of your present and future; Establish and maintain fulfilling relationships with family, friends, and co-workers; Free yourself from fears and persistent worries; Break bad habits; Relieve stress; Develop your full potential; Manage your self and your time; and Clarify your goals and values.
'Manage Your Mind is well-written and contains a wealth of psycho-education and practical strategies... Highly recommended. The Psychologist It is well written, easy to read and understand - and one of the most interesting books I have read in this field.'-- Nursing Standard
'Manage Your Mind delivers up-to-date and detailed strategies on keeping mentally healthy. Healthcare counsellors may find this book a useful reference on a range of client problems. Clients may find it valuable in providing supplementary information during of after counselling, particularly in helping with a grasp of therapeutic ideas.'-- Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
Gillian Butler is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She works as a consultant clinical psychologist for the NHS and for Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. She has a special clinical interest in the use of CBT during recovery from traumatic experiences in childhood and runs training workshops on a wide variety of topics relevant to practitioners of CBT, in this country and overseas.
Tony Hope is a psychiatrist and also Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Oxford. He divides his time between clinical work, research, teaching and writing. His clinical interests focus particularly on the use of cognitive techniques both to overcome difficulties and to increase happiness. His other books include Medical Ethics: A very Short Introduction also published by Oxford.
INTRODUCTION; 1. What to expect from this guide; 2. The scientific background; PART I - TWO PRINCIPLES UNDERLYING MENTAL FITNESS; 3. Valuing yourself; 4. Recognizing that you can change; PART II - THE SEVEN BASIC SKILLS; 5. Managing yourself and your time; 6. Facing the problem; 7. Treating yourself right; 8. Problem-solving: a strategy for change; 9. Keeping things in perspective: help from cognitive therapy; 10. Building self-confidence and self-esteem; 11. Learning how to relax; PART III - HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIPS; 12. The importance of relationships; 13. The first key to good relationships: be fair to yourself and to others; 14. The second key to good relationships: recognizing voices from the past; 15. The third key to good relationships: relationships as systems; 16. Anger in relationships; 17. Sexuality and intimate relationships; PART IV - THE TWIN ENEMIES OF GOOD MOOD - ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION; 18. Getting the better of anxiety and worry, or defeating the alarmist; 19. Overcoming fears and phobias; 20. Stress: how to live with the right amount of it; 21. Dealing with panic: controlling the alarm system; 22. Depression: the common cold of the mind; 23. Digging yourself out of depression; 24. How to become less vulnerable to depression; PART V - TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE; 25. Loss and bereavement; 26. Dealing with the past; 27. Recent traumatic events and their aftermath; PART VI - MIND AND BODY; 28. Breaking habits and overcoming addictions; 29. Averting problems with alcohol; 30. Overcoming sleep problems; 31. Good eating habits; PART VII - THE WORKING MIND; 32. The fundamentals of effective study; 33. Key study skills: reading, taking notes, and using the material; 34. How to improve your memory: Part 1 - the palest ink and other external memory aids; 35. How to improve your memory: Part 2 - Internal memory aids; 36. Making decisions; 37. Thinking straight