COVID-19: Resources to help you cope.
Psychology Tools: Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty.
Psychology Tools is an excellent website which provides information and worksheets about a range of mental health issues. They have released a free guide for managing anxiety in the current situation.
Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap, has released a useful brief e-book called FACE COVID. It outlines some skills from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which we can use to manage our distress in this uncertain time. You can download FACE COVID here. Russ has also released a short video explaining the steps of FACE COVID. This YouTube video is available here.
Headspace: Guided Mindfulness Meditation
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, it is utterly expected that we will feel a wide range of big emotions. There is lots we can do help ourselves and those around us “Keep Calm”. Headspace is one. Headspace have announced additional free resources in the wake of COVID-19 designed to help you “Weather the storm”.
Resources for Mental Health
The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris, 2007
This is one of the books I recommend most often. It is an easy to read and digest book using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to assist people with almost anything they may face. Read my full review at The Happiness Trap
Books for Kids and Youth Mental Health
Stuff that Sucks by Ben Sedley, 2017
This highly accessible book by New Zealand Clinical Psychologist Ben Sedley explores how Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can help adolescents accept painful things while living a life filled with what’s most important.
Hey Warrior by Karen Young, 2017
This delightful picture book explains anxiety to kids aged about 7 to 12 and provides some helpful coping strategies.
Supernormal: Childhood adversity and the untold story of resilience by Meg Jay, 2018.
Meg Jay’s beautifully written book takes the form of a series of short stories describing people living with, and coping with adversity. A fuller book review is available at Supernormal
Smart Mothering: What science says about caring for your baby and yourself by Dr Natalie Flynn 2019
Natalie Flynn gives power and autonomy back to parents by outlining the relevant research and allowing them to make decisions which work for their families. Read my full review at Smart Mothering
Quiet but Susan Cain, 2012
This book reminds us that the world needs people at the introvert end of the spectrum every bit as much as people at the other end. Read my full review at Quiet
Enough as She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives by Rachel Simmons, 2018
Enough as She Is shines a spotlight on the pressures facing adolescent girls and young women today and encourages those young women, their families, friends and communities, to see them as “enough as she is”. My full book review is available at Enough as She Is.