Clients sometimes ask ‘what can I do outside therapy work?’ Some find the practice of mindfulness useful in looking after their mental health. Here is a couple of books I would recommend by British author Richard Gilpin who wrote a book on mindfulness and anxiety, and mindfulness and depression. They are both short enough reads but provide good depth and insight on the subjects.
Mindfulness for Unravelling Anxiety
‘Anxiety is a state many of us know only too well and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is on the global increase. This book helps loosen the knots and tangles of anxiety and explores the ways we can break their stifling bonds through better understanding of the root of the problem – the mind. Richard Gilpin shares frank personal anecdotes and therapeutic insights, revealing how mindfulness can create a path for us through anxiety. With wisdom and clarity, he guides us through the transformative practice of mindfulness meditation.’
Mindfulness for Black Dogs and Blue Days
‘This book provides insight into depression – an experience that will affect one in five of us at some point in our lives. Richard Gilpin shares his ongoing journey with his ‘ black dog’ – shedding light on this often misunderstood subject – and explores how the art and practice of mindfulness can help to train and mind that faithful companion. The book also includes short contributions from internationally recognized experts in the field of mindulfness.’
Richard is a gestalt therapist based in Brighton, UK, and can be found at: https://www.richardgilpin.co.uk/
An online read that I would recommend is anything by Fergal Brady, a psycho-analytical therapist based in Dundalk, although he also works in Dublin. Fergal writes very eloquently on his practice’s website, counselling connections. Here is a sample of his work, explaining ‘the psychology of a hangover’. http://www.counsellingconnections.ie/cc/psychotherapy/the-psychology-of-a-hangover/