My favourite resources: October – December 2022
I can’t believe I’m writing this, my last blog of 2022, a week out from Christmas – I know I say it every year, but this one feels like it’s flown by especially quickly. This time next week it will be Christmas Day and I will be taking a couple of weeks off not only working in the practice, but also social media and blog-writing. It’s been two years that I have consistently written weekly blogs and tried to share some hopefully useful insights into mental health, trauma and some of the approaches that help support recovery.
And as ever, a reminder about the purpose of this blog: I really want it to be a useful space where people can find all sorts of therapeutically relevant information, mixed up with a good dollop of personal reflections and ramblings with a sprinkling of humour for good measure. I also want it to be a place where you can find links to all the resources that I share with clients, things that I think have strong therapeutic merit or that are innovative and really want people to see. It also gives you an insight into me, what I believe in, how I practice, and I hope it helps to provide some tangible illustrations of my core values: authenticity, curiosity, integrity, openness and respect.
Therapy isn’t just about what happens in session. I’m all about being creative with therapy – that’s what the whole ‘therapy. done differently’ is about. I believe that therapy can also come in the form of blogs, podcasts, books and conversations with other people who are important to your healing.
This is the last week of the quarter and I’m again sharing some of my favourite blogs, websites, books, apps etc. with you all – these are the things I’ve been devouring – would love to hear what you think of them.
Podcasts / YouTube interviews:
Here’s some of the latest podcasts that I’ve had space for:
- The Huberman Lab: episode #96 – How meditation works and science-based effective meditations: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1UXq7saUfhYLwCcDB1g7wO?si=67e32dca527b4c5a
- The Huberman Lab: episode #83 – Tools for setting and achieving goal: https://open.spotify.com/episode/48MPVWYPFPotre4zt28RD4?si=fda6ef98ed484ccc
- Feel better, live more with Dr Rangan Chatterjee: episode #318 – How to break subconscious habits and heal from with from Dr Nicole Le Pera: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1c2jf3CHfBJYIysryoVkci?si=d942b027d0de44be
- Feel better, live more with Dr Rangan Chatterjee: episode #314 – Emily Gordon on OCD, overcoming addiction and building mental resilience
Loss: Poems to better weather the many waves of grief by Donna Ashworth
- Nothing bad ever happens here by Heather Rose
- Finding our way home: Women’s accounts of being sent to boarding school by Nikki Simpson
- Building a second brain: A proven method to organise your digital life and unlock your creative potential by Tiago Forte
- The She Book by Tanya Markul
Cove journal – a music journal for when you can’t find words
- Stoic – mood / sleep / overall wellbeing app
- Nike run club – because I used to run a bit
Lastly, because it’s the end of the year and the Christmas period can be extra challenging, just a reminder about the crisis support that is available at this time:
- Beyond Blue – 1300 22 46 36
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- Kids Helpline – 1800 55 18 00
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
- MensLine – 1300 78 99 78
- QLife – 1800 184 527
- Find your local CAT Team (Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team) https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/crisis-management
The Thea Baker Wellbeing team are all looking forward to some down-time over the Christmas period. Our Administration Team will be on leave from 23rd December – 3rd January so we will not be taking calls during that time. The clinicians and I are all taking leave at some point between 23rd December – 15th January.
Wishing you all a very peaceful holiday season, however you may celebrate it.