ACTAS WELLBEING SERVICE
Managed by SupportLink

Recommended Reading List

Recommended Reading List

Picture1.png

Simple Abundance: A daybook of comfort and joy

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Sarah Ban Breathnach believes that people are scaling down their expectations of what constitutes the good life. And they should be! A more slender purse doesn't mean we can't still live a rich, rewarding life. We can reclaim our futures by rediscovering what it is that truly makes us happy.

By providing a meditation for each day of the year, Sarah illuminates our journey of self-discovery and shows us that simplicity does not imply doing without - true simplicity illuminates our lives from within. She teaches us how to reorder our priorities. Carve out time for the personal pursuits that bring contentment. Savour the joy of simple pleasures. Restore serenity to daily endeavours. Delight in the everyday elegies of home and garden. Between the pages of this book, readers will learn how to nurture their own creativity, nourish their imaginations and celebrate their own styles. 

images.jpeg

Sleep Secrets for Shiftworkers & People with Off-beat Schedules

David Morgan

Twenty-five million people in the United States work shifts, and half of them report sleep problems. Sleep Secrets for Shift Workers & People with Off-Beat Schedules-the first book to address the unique problems shift workers face-helps people improve the quality of their sleep so they can lead happier, healthier, more productive lives. This book's seven steps to sleep management will help you recognise the mental and physical dangers of sleep problems; identify sleep problems and determine if they require a doctor's attention; banish some of the worst enemies of sleep: worry, fear, and regret; and conquer problems unique to evening, night, and irregular shift work by learning how to reprogram your body's clock.


Picture1.png

the art of stopping time

Pegram Shojai

A frantic world . . . or a frantic mind?  The New York Times bestselling author Pedram Shojai reveals what it takes to stop time . . .

Discover the deepest secrets of time and take control of your life. By following the 100-day Gong ritual - allocating a set amount of time each day, a 'Gong', to everyday tasks - you will not only find your mind is calmer and clearer but also that you have the space to accomplish what you want in life.

Taoist Minister and New York Times bestselling author Pedram Shojai shows how the ancient spiritual practice of stopping time can be turned into a simple and effective life skill to help you feel less stressed, more rested and able to focus on what matters most.

 

Picture12.png

THE MOOD CURE: Take Charge of Your Emotions in 24 Hours Using Food and Supplements

Julia Ross

This is the food and nutritional answer to mood disorders – Patrick Holford, the founder of the Institute of Optimum Nutrition, praised it as 'working better than any anti-depressant'. Written by one of the most successful names in nutrient therapy, The Mood Cure shows you how you can permanently lift dark moods and emotions in less than 24 hours.

Julia Ross has been working with natural nutritional solutions at her clinic in California for over 15 years – and with dramatic results. She has developed an extremely successful nutritional plan using specific foods and supplements that can lift dark moods and emotions in less than 24 hours. It works by restoring the body's natural chemical balance, thereby relieving mood-related symptoms, such as depression, PMS, stress, low self-esteem, irritability or SAD.


Picture123.png

UnF*ck yourself: get out of your head and into your life

Gary John Bishop

This is not the usual self-help book. Make your life one you actually want to live.

This is blunt force trauma to the way you think life has to be for you. Most importantly, it is designed to give you an authentic leg up - one that feels genuine and right for you, and can propel you to new levels of greatness. Learn how to:

Combat self-doubt
Deal with your inner critic
Stop comparing yourself to others
Break out of your rut

It will teach you not to look to the outside world for answers, but inside yourself. You will learn how to take full responsibility of your life, the highs and the lows, and you'll actually feel good about it - no, in fact, you'll feel f*cking great about it!

happiness Trap.jpg

the happiness trap

Russ Harris

Do you ever feel stressed, worried, miserable or unfulfilled yet put on a happy face and pretend everything's fine? If so, you are not alone. Stress, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem are very common. In one way or another, it seems almost everyone is struggling.

We are all caught in a hidden psychological trap: the more we strive for happiness the more we suffer in the long term. Fortunately, we can all escape from the 'Happiness Trap' using ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), a groundbreaking program based on mindfulness skills.

This empowering book is for everyone-from CEOs to sales staff, young professionals to housewives. Whether you're lacking in confidence, facing illness, coping with loss, working in a high-stress job or preparing for the performance of your life, this book will teach you scientifically proven techniques to:
reduce stress and worry
rise above fear, doubt and insecurity
handle painful thoughts and feelings effectively
break self-defeating habits
improve performance and find fulfilment
build satisfying relationships and, above all,
create a rich and meaningful life.


9780143127741.jpg

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Bessel Van Der Kolk

A pioneering researcher and one of the world's foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Such experiences inevitably leave traces on minds, emotions, and even on biology. Sadly, trauma sufferers frequently pass on their stress to their partners and children. Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain's wiring-specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk's own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy-and a way to reclaim lives.

51zRi5t2YdL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

The subtle art of not giving a f*ck

Mark Manson

EVERYTHING WE'VE BEEN TOLD ABOUT HOW TO IMPROVE OUR LIVES IS WRONG. NOW SUPERSTAR BLOGGER MARK MANSON TELLS US WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO GET IT RIGHT.

For decades, we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. Drawing on academic research and the life experience that comes from breaking the rules, Mark Manson is ready to explode that myth. The key to a good life, according to Manson, is the understanding that 'sometimes shit is f*cked up and we have to live with it.'

Manson says that instead of trying to turn lemons into lemonade, we should learn to stomach lemons better, and stop distracting ourselves from life's inevitable disappointments chasing 'shit' like money, success and possessions. It's time to re-calibrate our values and what it means to be happy: there are only so many things we can give a f*ck about, he says, so we need to figure out which ones really matter.


Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma

Peter A. Levine

Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question: why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatised? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed.

Waking the Tiger normalises the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them. People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences. The reader is taken on a guided tour of the subtle, yet powerful impulses that govern our responses to overwhelming life events. To do this, it employs a series of exercises that help us focus on bodily sensations. Through heightened awareness of these sensations trauma can be healed.

51wS0PIKb-L._SX366_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

The Art of wellbeing: Joyous living inspired by naturE

Meredith Gaston

The Art of Wellbeing explores how nature inspires us to good health and happiness through Meredith Gaston's warm, unique illustrations and her restorative recipes, meditations and healthful ideas. Building on her philosophy of thankfulness and gratitude for what we have and enjoy, Meredith shows us how to live well and be healthy, with wellness the key theme of this new book. This book contain beautiful, simple, plant based recipes, as well as meditations, yoga and plant-based cosmetics all in Meredith's unique illustrative style that is so filled with personality and playfulness.