This is just a quick post to mention the latest research on the value of nature for our physical and mental health. The research shows that getting out into nature can positively affect our immune system – among others things – and protect us from a number of different diseases, such as: depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, ADHD and more. The research reminded me of my own article, Life In The Fast Lane: Do You Take Time To Stand And Stare? Here is a quote from it:
It’s great to see more research – pulling together the academic work already available – which further confirms the value of getting out into nature, and the benefits of doing this for our health.
You’ll find my article – Life In The Fast Lane – on page 41 of your free ebook resource. (If you don’t have a copy of the free ebook yet, please sign-up below.)
Here is a useful summary of Kuo’s research.
And you’ll find a link to Ming Kuo’s original research article here.
That’s it – I did say it would be a short post!
Those who have experienced trauma often need a great deal of help to cope with it. Thankfully, the understanding of trauma, and how we need to deal with it, has expanded greatly over the last few years. We now know that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can follow any trauma that a person experiences – directly or indirectly. It could be an assault, rape, a terrifying house burglary, or it could be watching or dealing with others experiencing trauma. We know that many paramedics, or first responders to scenes of accidents and crimes, often suffer from PTSD. There is a greater understanding now around soldiers who see and experience horrific things and struggle to cope with this. There are the ongoing traumatic effects of living in war ravaged countries and people experience acute stress following natural disasters. These are just a few areas where trauma occurs. The number of people who experience trauma is wide and its effects are life-changing.
Let’s take a brief look at the symptoms of PTSD and how Glenn Schiraldi’s The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook – A Guide to Healing, Recovery, and Growth, can help.
The symptoms experienced because of PTSD are varied and frightening. Nightmares; depression; mood changes; profound sadness; acute anxiety; avoidance of activities, things and places; feelings of dissociation; anger; sexual problems and much more. A person is often overtaken by their PTSD and their life is unrecognisable from before the traumatic event. Life can feel desperately unmanageable.
Those who have experienced trauma, and are trying their best to deal with it, need help, compassion and understanding. People also need access to appropriate therapies which are now known to help their recovery. It’s often hard to get access to these services, or the wait for help can seem endless. This is where Schiraldi’s book can be a valuable asset.
His tone is warm and gentle as he looks at the crucial area of managing the distressing symptoms which occur with PTSD. He explores the various treatments which can help and he offers guidance to embark on some of these things ourselves. He looks unflinchingly at the grief and loss which occurs and the effect trauma has on a person’s self-esteem, how soul-shattering it all can be. But he also looks at how to rebuild such a troubled mind.
It’s an ambitious book – just recently updated in 2016 with all of the latest research. It holds a wealth of knowledge and insight. This is one of the best books I have encountered in its comprehensive look at coping with the aftermath of traumatic events.
In Glenn Schiraldi’s words: “If you are a survivor, the book will involve you in your own healing and help you take control of your recovery process.”
If you are experiencing the effects of trauma and need some extra support, I think this book could be helpful for you. It could also be useful for those family members around you who are struggling to deal with the changes trauma has brought into their lives too.
If you are reading this and are experiencing the aftermath of trauma, I wish you courage and strength for your own recovery.
It can happen to any of us when we’re in a relationship. We start losing our own identity, our individuality, our very self – we start disappearing. Loving Him Without Losing You looks closely at this issue, with compassion and understanding. Most importantly, it offers some wise and useful advice. Although aimed at women, the book can be beneficial for anyone who is losing themselves in any kind of relationship – male or female.
There are certain things to look out for which indicate we could be disappearing in our relationship:
If any of these things strike a chord with you, do investigate the book. Engel offers concrete things – through a discussion of seven commitments – which we can do to begin to claim and reclaim our identity.
Being authentic – true to your self – is such a crucial part of stopping yourself disappearing. Along with the book, please also check out the free self-help resource you received, when signing up, as there are a couple of essays in there which are dedicated to the importance of authenticity and finding your voice.
As the famous psychiatrist Carl Jung said:
“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”
And as an extra, follow-on thought,
Is anyone stopping you from being true to yourself?
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This is just a quick post to let you know that I’m changing a few things with the site. To do this, and to send emails the way I need to, I’m changing who delivers your emails. I could automatically add all of my current subscribers to my new provider but I don’t like to do that. I want you to have a choice.
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I’m also giving away a free EBOOK when anyone signs up. It downloads easily as a PDF. It’s a collection of some of my most popular articles and blog posts, so it contains some great self-help tips. There are also a couple of extra articles which are not available anywhere else.
I hope you enjoy the free self-help resource and want to carry on receiving posts and newsletters from me. I will continue to pick out and review the best self-help books which are being published. I’ll also post articles on various self-help and wellbeing topics. I hope my information and guidance will help you on your own journey through this crazy thing we call life.
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I’ve read a lot of books on habits – understanding, making and breaking them – but this is the most useful and effective one I’ve read so far. Gretchen Rubin, following on from her extensive research into happiness, tackles the vexed subject of habits in her latest book, Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits – to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life.
We all know how treacherously difficult it is to break a bad habit and form a good new habit. Rubin helps us to understand why this is and also offers us advice on how to work around these problems. She helps us to understand how vital it is to realise the kind of person we are as this directly effects how we develop and maintain habits – there is a lot of help and advice in this area in particular. You will never see yourself in quite the same way again after you’ve read this book.
All in all it is an excellent and unique contribution to the study of habits. And very useful.
It’s well worth a look if you have the time.
On another note, I hope you like the new site – I’ve been making changes and more are coming soon. I’ll be in touch!
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