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An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin
Educating yourself psychologically can facilitate your own repair and recovery process, and the resources below may help with this. Additional resources are added over time...so please come back again soon!
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Read Terry Real's blog, and when you are done, step up to one of his books - he doesn't pull any punches and his ideas are really powerful.
Read up on Gottman's Relationship Blog - lots of good information to help couples improve their relationships, all fully grounded in gold-star research. Then try one of his books too.
Listen to Dr. John Gottman talking about his ideas on Making Relationships Work. Here he talks about his model, The Sound Relationship House, which describes the elements present in couples he refers to as relationship 'masters' and absent in couples he refers to as relationship 'disasters.' This recorded presentation is in four, 10 minute parts. The link here takes you to the first part and you will find the three parts that follow shown to the right of the YouTube player.
Following on from the point above...read some of Irvin Yalom's books while you are at it, such as Staring at the Sun, and Lying on the Couch (a 'teaching' novel). He is considered one of the most revered therapists of our time. A truly amazing therapist and educator.
Next, read these fascinating books by Louann Brizendine about the female and separately, male brains - really interesting!!
Maintain perspective by doing Dr. Martin Seligman's Three Blessings Exercise. This exercise has been scientifically shown to bring significantly improved positive perspective into people's lives as quickly as within one week of starting the practice. Look here to understand how to judge if it is working for you.
Learn about Trauma and the Nervous System: A Polyvagal Perspective - YouTube Clip. This is an excellent, basic introduction and overview of how trauma and chronic stress affects our nervous system and how those effects impact our health and well-being. Much of the content is based on the groundbreaking work of Stephen Porges and his Polyvagal Theory. To learn more about trauma recovery and nervous system health resources, please visit The Trauma Foundation (www.thetraumafoundation.org), the Polyvagal Institute (www.polyvagalinstitute.org), or Dan Dana's website https://www.rhythmofregulation.com.
Practice Stanley Rosenberg's Basic Exercise to calm yourself if anxious or bring you back online if you feel immobilised. It's simple and quick (1-2 mins), and helps you stay out of fight/flight and instead feel regulated. Better still - try this every day.
Bring happiness and positive structure into your life by linking to Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center monthly Happiness Calendar.
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Take a look at this online opinion piece from The Guardian which talks about how society’s understanding of mental health issues locates the problem inside the person and ignores the politics of their distress.
Read my own and others' advice on reconnecting with colleagues for the festive season in an article featured in both The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.
COVIBOOK, a PDF book aimed at helping children under the age of 7 years, to understand what is happening. It is available in 21 languages.
Get help engaging your kids (or even you) to exercise indoors by tuning in each day to P.E. with Joe on his Body Coach TV channel on YouTube. Read more about what it's been like to join in with this online kids exercise sensation here.
Sharing custody is hard enough without coronavirus. Here are some tips for co-parenting during the pandemic.