Here at the HBC, we are massive geeks. We love to explore new ideas and concepts to support our growth and personal development. This is why we partnered with Audible to explore some of our favourite listens and audiobooks.
Launched for World Mental Health day last month, the Audible Original from Ruby Wax, called Ruby Wax’s No-Brainer, has been a clear hit all over the internet.
In this Audible Original, Ruby Wax hunts down her heroes – brain scientists – in the UK and across America, to learn more about what makes us tick: why we get stressed, how we feel pain, what makes us addicted – and has a lot of fun along the way.
Making No-Brainer made Ruby Wax, in her own words, ‘the happiest woman alive’. But then Ruby’s take on happiness might be a little different from others. The same goes for her take on longevity, stress, death, compassion, attention, teenagers and the eternal nature vs. nurture debate. In her own inimitable style, she uncovers the cerebral forces driving each of these human phenomena by talking to experts in a wide range of fields, from neurologists to Buddhist monks.
She faces death with Past Mortems author Carla Valentine, explores how video games affect our attention with gamification expert Gabe Zichermann, and discovers the benefits of vaginal smearing with Professor Tim Spector. Natural Born Learners author Alex Beard reveals what teenagers really need to know for a good education and visitors to a New York soup kitchen help Ruby confront her fear of compassion.
Meditation against anxiety
Meditation meets science, on a conscious journey to support us through our mental health issues and anxiety.
In his book Aware, Dr. Siegel reveals in this fascinating audiobook how mindfulness practices such as meditation have the capacity to quite literally rewire our brains, as ‘neurons that fire together wire together’. According to Siegel, fear, anxiety, and stress in our lives can tend to send our thoughts travelling down the same neural pathways.
Our thinking can become rigid or disjointed. Through developing a Wheel of Awareness practice, however, we strengthen our minds by expanding our awareness of how our mind is actually functioning and – in turn – we are able to gently coax our thoughts to travel in healthier, more productive directions.
What is mental health anyway?
Psychiatrist Dr Steve Ellen and comedian Catherine Deveny combine forces to demystify the world of mental health. Providing an insider perspective, they share their personal experiences of mental illness and unpack the current knowledge about conditions and treatments.
Punctuated with anecdotes, real-life stories, and reflections on the cultural and historical context, Mental is an irreverent and entertaining guide to the full spectrum of mental health issues – from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia, personality disorders and substance abuse.
Whether you have a mental illness or support someone who does, Mental offers clear practical help, empowering you with an arsenal of tips and techniques to help build your resilience.
Another great book is Notes on a Nervous Planet, which pretty extensively answers the question: “How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad?”
After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Haig puts himself and us in the context of the wider world, society, the universe itself as he has us contemplate the meaning we give our modern lives, our obsessions with technology and social media, how we allow the influence of others to affect our own self-esteem and value.
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