The key to resolving a long term issue might be to try something different or gain a different perspective. Sound too simple? Change comes from action, action starts with thoughts… Here are a few thought provoking reads which may hold some golden nuggets of information for you:
The authors’ goal for ‘Explain Pain’ was to empower pain sufferers. In giving them knowledge about the origins and meanings of their pain, about the way their body systems cope and adapt, Butler and Moseley wanted to enable patients to make informed choices about treatments, take responsibility for their recovery and give them a means to conquer their fears and pace themselves back into normal life.
The books wide use in pain groups, clinics and homes across the globe suggests that these lofty goals have been well met. Also a great book for students.
The Stress Test
Why is it that some people react to seemingly trivial emotional upset – like failing an unimportant exam – with distress, while others power through life-changing tragedies showing barely any emotional upset whatsoever? How do some people shine brilliantly at public speaking when others stumble with their words and seem on the verge of an anxiety attack? Why do some people sink into all-consuming depression when life has dealt them a poor hand, while in others it merely increases their resilience?
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky’s acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress.
‘Mindfulness for Health: A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing’, book by Danny Penman and Vidyamal Burch
“Winner of the Best Book (Popular Medicine) at the British Medical Association’s Book Awards 2014. Pain, suffering and stress can be intolerable – but it doesn’t have to be this way. Mindfulness for Health reveals a series of simple practices that you can incorporate into your daily life to relieve chronic pain and the suffering and stress of illness. Clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers and also enhances the body’s natural healing systems. Mindfulness can also reduce the anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion and insomnia that can arise from chronic pain and illness.
This programme has helped tens of thousands of people cope with pain, illness and stress. Breathworks’ pioneering approach is praised by Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Professor Lance McCracken of King’s College London.
The eight-week programme at the heart of this book takes just 10-20 minutes per day. It is particularly effective for the biggest causes of pain – back problems, arthritis, migraine and diabetes but works equally well for cancer (and its associated chemotherapy), heart disease, fibromyalgia, celiac disease, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS, labour pain and even tinnitus. You will be surprised by how quickly your suffering melts away, leaving you able to live life to the full again.”
‘Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway’, book by Susan Jeffers
“Dynamic and inspirational… filled with concrete techniques to turn passivity into assertiveness. Dr. Susan Jeffers, teaches you how to stop negative thinking patterns and reeducate your mind to think more positively. You will learn: the vital 10-Step Positive Thinking Process; how to risk a little every day; how to turn every decision into a “No-Lose” situation, and much more.”
‘Reverse Therapy An Introduction’, ebook by Dr John Eaton
“Reverse Therapy is a simple educational process that teaches people to identify the triggers with prompt the body to create symptoms such as fatigue and unexplained pain. As soon as we understand the reasons for these alarm signals then awareness is raised and we start to ‘listen’ to Bodymind. From that point on we work towards eliminating the causes of bodily distress.” Purchase at www.reverse_therapy.com
‘Who Moved My Cheese. An amazing way to deal with change in your work and in your life”, book by Dr Spencer Johnson
You can read this book in a couple of hours and it provides an interesting and different perspective: “A motivational tale written in the style of a parable… The text describes change in one’s work and life, and four typical reactions to those changes by two mice and two “little people”, during their hunt for ‘cheese’. A New York Times best seller upon release and remained on the list for almost 5 years… It has sold more than 26 million copies worldwide in 37 languages…”
‘Lean In’, book by Cheryl Sandberg
This book is an interesting take on how women can live and progress. It doesn’t have all the answers, in fact, you may disagree with her take on some things but she also provides some interesting insights about how women got to where they are today, and how they can get further in life, not just work. “…Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world’s most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.”
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, book by Stephen R Coveyhabits-of-effective-people
“Presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, service, and human dignity — principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.”