How to Find Stillness Within: New Health Titles in the Collection

From birth to death and everywhere in between, we have a whole host of new health titles in the collection this January.  Here are some to get you started.

How to find stillness within : the yoga therapy plan to help you find inner peace in a chaotic world / Dunsmuir, Colin
“How to Find Stillness Within is a therapeutic programme to help readers accept their flaws and discover a more fulfilling way of living, featuring a foreword by Cara Delevingne.  Whether you’d like to boost your mental and physical wellbeing, general health, or gain a supportive framework to help you to overcome difficult situations that you’re facing in life, this book can help.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Overcoming stress-induced brain fog : 10 simple ways to find focus, improve memory & feel grounded / Weber, Jill P.
“Brain fog-that feeling of being overstimulated and stressed to the point where it affects the ability to focus, concentrate, or communicate effectively-is a very real issue for many people. The prolonged stress and anxiety that lead to brain fog can decrease motivation, passion, and even one’s sense of self-worth. This book presents proven-effective skills from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and neuroscience, and offers readers ten powerful and accessible approaches for cutting through the haze and reclaiming control.” (Catalogue)

Duel without end : mankind’s battle with microbes / Frøland, Stig Sophus
“From the bubonic plague to theoretical pathogens on other worlds, a sweeping look at the past, present, and future of mass infections-and how we battle them. In this panoramic and up-to-date account, we learn how the Black Death, smallpox, the 1918 influenza pandemic, and other great epidemics have not only led to enormous suffering and mass death but have also contributed to the fall of empires and changed the course of history. Duel Without End is a fascinating journey through the long history of infection, from the dawn of life to humanity’s future exploration of deep space.” ( Adapted from Catalogue)

Healthier homes : a blueprint for creating a toxin-free living environment / Stout, Jen
“We spend 90% percent of our time indoors and consider our homes to be safe havens from the stresses and dangers of the outside world, but what most of us don’t know is that the materials used to build our homes can contribute to our ill health. Healthy Home Builder is a soup-to-nuts guide for builders and DIY-er’s starting with the design and site selection, progressing to the materials for the interior and exterior of the home, and addressing the finishing touches of interior design and furnishings – and it includes a gorgeous photo gallery of homes that have been built with health and wellness in mind.”(Adapted from Catalogue)

Rest is resistance : a manifesto / Hersey, Tricia
“Disrupt and push back against capitalism and white supremacy. In this book, Tricia Hersey, aka The Nap Bishop, encourages us to connect to the liberating power of rest, daydreaming, and naps as a foundation for healing and justice. With captivating storytelling and practical advice, all delivered in Hersey’s lyrical voice and informed by her deep experience in theology, activism, and performance art, Rest Is Resistance is a call to action, a battle cry, a field guide, and a manifesto for all of us who are sleep deprived, searching for justice, and longing to be liberated from the oppressive grip of Grind Culture.”(Adapted from Catalogue)

The myth of normal : trauma, illness & healing in a toxic culture / Maté, Gabor
“In this revolutionary book, renowned physician Gabor Maté eloquently dissects how in Western countries that pride themselves on their healthcare systems, chronic illness and general ill health are on the rise. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug; more than half take two. In Canada, every fifth person has high blood pressure. In Europe, hypertension is diagnosed in more than 30 percent of the population. And everywhere, adolescent mental illness is on the rise. So what is really “normal” when it comes to health?”(Catalogue)

Stumbling through space and time : living life with dyspraxia / Richings, Rosemary
Rosemary shares her experience of growing up dyspraxic, and how it impacts her sense of space, time and co-ordination.  Full of practical tips and insights into the strategies that gave Rosemary the confidence to succeed, this is an essential guide for other dyspraxics and those supporting them, which shows you how you too can thrive as a dyspraxic person.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

Minding your mind : understanding your mind : taking control of your mental health / Hickie, Ian
“It’s our greatest asset, but it can also be our greatest adversary, allowing in self-doubt, anxious thoughts and depression. Written with compassion and curiosity, warmth and humour, Minding Your Mind is for anyone who wants the best for their mental well-being but might not know the best way to get there. It’s a check-up for everything happening between the ears and through the body, flagging the warning signs when things get wobbly and offering a pathway to a more fulfilling life.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Shodo : the practice of mindfulness through the ancient art of Japanese calligraphy / Takeda, Rie
“The ancient Japanese art of calligraphy is more than just a decorative skill; it is a revolutionary approach to mindfulness. This is alongside spiritual guidance, including the concept of Mushin (an undisturbed mind), Qi energy, and how to discover your unique inner quality. ” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

And finally : matters of life and death / Marsh, Henry
“From the bestselling neurosurgeon and author of Do No Harm, an unflinching and deeply personal exploration of death, life and neuroscience. As a retired brain surgeon, Henry Marsh thought he understood illness, but he was unprepared for the impact of his diagnosis of advanced cancer. Elegiac, candid, luminous and poignant, And Finally is ultimately not so much a book about death, but a book about life and what matters in the end.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

For more new items in our collection, go to What’s new & Popular / January 2023 (wcl.govt.nz)

Vital signs: New health books

From physical to mental health, the experiences of health care professionals to parenting advice, fighting insomnia or coping with Long Covid, there’s something for everyone in our new health books this month.  Take a peek at some of these new books on health that have arrived in our collection!

Vital signs : heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious stories of a junior doctor’s first year / Lomax-Sawyers, Izzy
“Diagnosis and death; uncertainty and urgent laxatives; sleep deprivation and synthetic drawstring trousers: this debut work by Izzy Lomax-Sawyers characterises her first year as a tired junior doctor at Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital.” (Catalogue)

The sleep prescription : seven days to unlocking your best rest / Prather, Aric
“From renowned sleep scientist Dr. Aric Prather, a book that offers a simple yet powerful plan to improve your sleep in seven days. Going beyond the obvious solutions, Dr. Prather shares surprisingly simple yet deeply effective techniques that will help you lie back and let sleep work its magic. Over the course of seven days, this book will teach you how to get out of your own way, so that your body can do what it was built to do: sleep” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The big anxiety : taking care of mental health in times of crisis
“This book takes a creative approach in examining of the biggest crises of our time: that of mental suffering, distress and anxiety.  The book significantly advances the way we think about cultural responses to mental health and the understanding of the struggles of inner life. Featuring both theoretical and practical examples of the value of using imagination in response to trauma, anxiety, and depression, The Big Anxiety shows how creativity is not a luxury, but a means of survival.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The complete guide to POI and early menopause / Short, Hannah
“Support for every stage of your journey through early menopause and Primary Ovarian Insufficiency. Finding out in your teenage years or early twenties that you are ‘menopausal’ can be devastating, and cannot be compared to the more natural, expected hormonal transition at mid-life. With an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, and featuring numerous case studies, FAQs, guidelines and further resources, this book is the only one you will ever need if you are facing the unique challenges of menopause and POI diagnosis at a stage of life when you least expected, or wanted, it.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Developing differently : a guide for parents of young children with global developmental delay, intellectual disability, or autism / Muggleton, Joshua 
“Dr Joshua Muggleton provides a comprehensive, step-by-step parenting plan that will support you to embed good practice at home from day one. The book outlines how to provide the right environment for your child to learn and grow, how to model and encourage new skills, how to organise routines, and how to make these strategies work in family life. By getting things right for your child early on, you can help prevent emotional and behavioural challenges before they arise, and will be better able to understand and support your child when they do.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Healing through words / Kaur, Rupi
“With three to six blank pages for each exercise, these chapters contain guided writing exercises that will inspire creativity and healing as you go through cathartic self-exploration. The exercises explore themes of trauma, loss, heartache, love, healing, and celebration of self. Kaur, a poet, artist, and performer, asks only that you be vulnerable and honest, both with yourself and the page. — adapted from back cover.” (Catalogue)

The sleeping beauties and other stories of the social life of illness / O’Sullivan, Suzanne
“A riveting exploration of the phenomenon of psychosomatic disorders, mass hysteria, and other culture-bound syndromes occurring around the world. In Sweden, hundreds of refugee children fall asleep for months and years at a time. In upstate New York, teenage girls develop involuntary twitches and seizures that spread like a contagion.  In attempting to understand the complexity of psychogenic illness, O’Sullivan has given us a book of both fascination and serious concern as these syndromes continue to proliferate around the globe.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The long covid handbook / Medinger, Gez
“Understand, manage, and treat Long Covid. Reports suggest that over 100m people around the world are living with Long Covid (more than 1.5m in the UK) yet reliable, clear information and guidance remains scarce. This book is the definitive guide to understanding, managing and treating the condition. Written by the world’s leading immunologist Professor Danny Altmann and expert patient Gez Medinger, The Long Covid Handbook translates cutting-edge science, patient-led research and practical guidance with clarity.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Teach yourself to sleep : an ex-insomniac’s guide / Mikhail, Kate
“Are you suffering from chronic insomnia, an erratic sleep pattern or do you simply feel that your sleep isn’t as deep and restorative as it should be? Then struggle no more. Teach Yourself to Sleep is the new, sustainable solution that you have been waiting for. Considering sleep from every angle – from the role of biology-based self-talk in reinforcing better sleep habits, to fixing your sleep-wake cycle through the right balance of light and darkness, and when, what and how to eat for the best sleep possible – this book will help you to understand your sleep better and give you the tools to take control and finally begin to get the sleep you need.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Try not to think of a pink elephant : stories about OCD / Ingle, Martin
“At times humorous, at times heartbreaking, this engaging anthology will keep you on the edge of your seat, compelling you to read on as five talented authors tell their stories about living with OCD.” (Catalogue)

What’s New in Health in the Collection: November 2022

From physical to mental health, moving your body to filling your belly, protecting from illness or coping with mental conditions, there’s something for everyone in our new health books this month.  Take a peek at some of these new books on health that have arrived in our collection!

The power of yoga for men : a beginners guide to building strength, mental clarity and emotional fitness / Packham, Caleb Jude
“This is a guide for guys who are curious about yoga (but think it’s just for women) or for those who have done a class years ago and were intimidated by their inflexibility. Now, thanks to this book, they can learn about, and experience, the central healing tenets of yoga, without having to leave their home. ” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The long Covid self-help guide : practical ways to manage symptoms
“Written by the medical experts working with Long Covid patients at one of the first specialist clinics set up, it is filled with helpful case studies and was written with the involvement of real Long Covid sufferers. The focus is on self-management with a simple, consistent message about improving symptoms. Each chapter takes a different issue in turn and offers clear, friendly guidance on key areas such as breathlessness, psychological aspects, brain fog, fatigue, returning to exercise and returning to work.” (Adapted from catalogue)

The Alzheimer’s revolution : an evidence-based lifestyle program to build cognitive resilience and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease / Keon, Joseph
“A scientific and evidence-based lifestyle program designed to build cognitive resilience to help reduce the risk and even prevent Alzheimer’s disease through 7 key lifestyle factors. The book reveals that over half the Alzheimer’s cases today could be prevented by addressing just seven lifestyle factors that are within everyone’s ability to control. The Alzheimer’s Revolution offers readers a research-based program that can dramatically reduce the risk of this devastating condition.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Different, not less : a neurodivergent’s guide to embracing your true self and finding your happily ever after / Hayden, Chloe
“Growing up, Chloe Hayden felt like she’d crash-landed on an alien planet where nothing made sense. This is a moving, at times funny story of how it feels to be neurodivergent as well as a practical guide, with advice for living with meltdowns and shutdowns, tips for finding supportive communities and much more. Whether you’re neurodivergent or supporting those who are, Different, Not Less will inspire you to create a more inclusive world where everyone feels like they belong.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Taking charge of adult ADHD : proven strategies to succeed at work, at home, and in relationships / Barkley, Russell A.
“Preeminent expert Russell A. Barkley explains what ADHD looks like in adults, how to get an accurate evaluation, and how sufferers can manage symptoms and build the life they want. Featuring the latest resources and medication facts, the second edition includes new or expanded discussions of mindfulness, emotional self-control, time management, building a successful career, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and more.” (Adapted from catalogue)

The trans guide to mental health and well-being / Lees, Katy
“This empowering self-help guide provides advice and strategies for trans and/or non-binary people on a range of common mental health issues including anxiety, depression, body image, trauma, suicidal thoughts and dissociation. It provides advice on neutralising negative thoughts, coping with transphobia, coming out, dealing with imposter syndrome, and implementing achievable self-care strategies and mindfulness techniques.” (Catalogue)

Concussion / Lipman, Michael
“Concussion has become one of the biggest issues in contact sports. But with the discovery of CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, in the brains of deceased footballers, it is now known that the onset of a form of dementia, caused by repeated concussions, can strike people as young as their thirties and forties. This is what happened to Michael Lipman, a former rugby international, who came out in public in 2020 as having had a diagnosis of early-onset dementia and probable CTE. In Concussion, Michael and his wife Frankie Lipman tell their story with courage and candour.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Good food made simple : healthy recipes to eat well and feel incredible / Itsines, Leah
“Leah Itsines comes from a big Greek family where food is always at the forefront of every gathering. But it’s no secret she also lives and breathes healthy eating and a lifestyle that supports wellbeing. How do you combine a love of food with a healthy lifestyle? You make Good Food Made Simple. Good Food Made Simple is your gateway to getting comfortable in the kitchen, being kind to your body and having some fun. Food wasn’t meant to be hard” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Feeding littles & beyond : 100 baby-led-weaning-friendly recipes the whole family will love / Maffucci, Ali
“As babies feed themselves, they explore a variety of aromas, shapes, and colors while developing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and healthy eating habits. Maffucci, McNamee and Delaware show you how to skip spoon-feeding altogether so babies can eat what the family eats. They’ll help you navigate picky eating at all ages, so you can raise intuitive eaters who listen to their bodies and love a variety of food.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Quick + easy gluten free : over 100 fuss-free recipes for lazy cooking and 30-minutes meals / Excell, Becky
“Quick & Easy Gluten Free will show you just how simple it is to recreate all the foods you miss as well as introduce you to a few new dishes too – but best of all, nothing tastes or looks “gluten-free”. Packed with over 100 recipes for everything from 30-minute fakeouts, quick dinners, easy breakfast and lunch dishes to speedy sides, party food, 30-minute sweet treats, classic bakes and simple no-bake desserts, this book instantly brings back the thing that a gluten-free diet takes from us all: convenience.” (Addapted from catalogue)

For more new books in our collection, go to our New and Recommended pages on the catalogue.

Practical guides: New books on health

Take a peek at some of these new books on health that have arrived in our collection!

For more new books on health and other topics, go to https://www.wcl.govt.nz/whatsnew/

The big book of the human body “The human body is truly an amazing thing. Capable of awe- inspiring feats of speed and agility, while being mind-blowing in complexity, our bodies are unmatched by any other species on Earth. In The Big Book of the Human Body, we explore our amazing anatomy in fine detail before delving into the intricacies of the complex processes, functions and systems that keep us going. For instance, did you know you really have 16 senses? We also explain the weirdest and most wonderful bodily phenomena, from blushing to hiccuping, cramps to jaundice. We will tour the human body from skull to metatarsal, using anatomical illustrations, amazing photography and authoritative explanations to teach you more. This book will help you understand the wonder that is the human body and in no time you will begin to see yourself in a whole new light!” (Catalogue)

The complete family guide to dementia : everything you need to know to help your parent and yourself / Harrison, Thomas F.“If you are facing the unique challenges of caring for a parent with dementia, you are not alone. What do you do when your loved one so plainly needs assistance, but is confused, angry, or resistant to your help? Where can you find the vital information you need, when you need it? Journalist Thomas Harrison and leading geriatric psychiatrist Brent Forester show that you don’t have to be a medical expert to be a good care provider in this authoritative guide. They explain the basics of dementia and offer effective strategies for coping with the medical, emotional, and financial toll.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Coward : why we get anxious and what we can do about it / Clare, Tim“Tim Clare has suffered from anxiety and panic attacks for over a decade. At their worst, his attacks would see him curled on the floor, screaming to his wife for help. When they became more than he and his family could manage, Tim made a promise to himself – he would try everything he could to get better, every method and medicine. In Coward, Tim Clare explores all the possible treatments for anxiety, from SSRIs to hypnosis, running to extreme diets. He interviews experts and becomes a guinea pig, testing their methods on himself. At the end of a year of many ups and downs, Tim discovers what helps him (and what doesn’t), and what might help others. Most of all, he comes to rethink anxiety and encourages all of us to do the same.” (Catalogue)

Dad’s guide to pregnancy / Coulson, Justin“A practical, hands-on guide for all dads-to-be. Being a dad has changed so much since you were born that you’d be forgiven for feeling a bit lost! This useful guide is filled with all the info that fathers-to-be need, covering the logistical, physical and emotional aspects of your journey into parenthood. Find out how you can get involved and support your partner!” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Managing IBS / Das, Lisa“Irritable bowel syndrome is a complex and frustrating condition that is not yet fully understood but affects an astounding ten per cent of the global population. The troubling conundrum is that the most common IBS symptoms are also manifestations of several other gastrointestinal disorders, and IBS is also closely associated with many physical and mental health conditions. Unfortunately, IBS patients don’t often get the right advice or the support they need. In Managing IBS, Dr Lisa Das, UK-leading gastroenterologist and IBS specialist, offers practical, empowering and evidence-based advice on how to manage and treat the condition successfully” (Catalogue)

Move more at your desk : increase your energy at work & reduce back, shoulder & neck pain / Bradley, Kerrie-Anne“Outlines simple exercises to counter physical issues caused by sitting still for too long, with movements that can be done easily throughout the day to improve sitting posture, strength, and flexibility.” (Catalogue)

On agoraphobia / Caveney, Graham“If we’re talking agoraphobia, we’re talking books. I slip between their covers, lose myself in the turn of one page, re-discover myself on the next. Reading is a game of hide-and-seek. Narrative and neurosis, uneasy bedfellows sleeping top to toe. When Graham Caveney was in his early twenties he began to suffer from what was eventually diagnosed as agoraphobia. What followed were decades of managing his condition and learning to live within the narrow limits it imposed on his life: no motorways, no dual carriageways, no shopping centres, limited time outdoors.” ( Adapted from Catalogue)

On mental illness “This is a guide to coping with a wide variety of mental unwellness, from the very mild to the severe. It explains how and why we become mentally ill, how we can explain our experiences to friends and family, and how we can reframe our view of ourselves and our future in order to thrive. With a humane, encouraging tone, the book teaches us to dismantle stigmas around mental health, arguing that no one should suffer alone. By normalizing mental illness and seeking out shared experiences and supportive friendships, we feel less alone on our journeys. Written with kindness, knowledge and sympathy, and drawing upon the experience of The School of Life therapists, this book is an essential tool to help us on the way to our recovery” (Catalogue)

Prostrate cancer : the misunderstood male killer / Sharpe, Graham“1 in 8 UK males will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, more than 130 new cases are discovered each day and, on average, one man dies from the disease every 45 minutes. Despite these statistics, and the fact that there are getting on for half a million men living with, or in remission from, prostate cancer in the UK, the condition is rarely discussed publicly and most men ignore the warning signs. Graham Sharpe wants to help change that. Faced with a sudden and unexpected diagnosis, Graham managed – just – to overcome a desire to punch the medic charged with the task of telling him he had prostate cancer but who was keener to answer his mobile phone, and set about trying to catalogue what he went through en route to acquiring the condition and how he dealt with the grinding process of his treatment, despite having no idea of the ultimate outcome.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The real food table : 100 easy and delicious mostly gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free recipes for every day / Beacom, Jessica“As busy moms, authors Jessica Beacom and Stacie Hassing know how challenging it can be to get dinner on the table on a busy weeknight, much less a meal that helps you feel better inside and out by accommodating food allergies, sensitivities and fighting inflammation. Enjoy healthy and delicious food every night of the week with these 100+ approachable comfort food recipes perfect for any budget or dietary restriction.” (Catalogue)

You can have a better period : a practical guide to calmer and less painful periods / Brothers, Le’Nise“You Can Have A Better Period is a straight-talking resource to help women understand their menstrual cycles and finally get answers to questions such as: “why am I so moody right before my period?,” “are periods supposed to be so painful?,” “why is my period so heavy?,” “is it normal to get headaches right before my period?” Le’Nise Brothers takes us through each phase of our cycle, including a clear programme of nutrition and lifestyle changes. The book explains which supplements work and the key stress management habits we can implement, to bring long-lasting and sustainable changes to our hormonal balance and menstrual health” (Catalogue)

New Books on Health This September

Take a peek at some of these new books on health that have arrived in our collection!

Healthy heart, healthy brain : the proven personalized path to protect your memory, prevent heart attacks and strokes, and avoid chronic illness / Bale, Bradley
“Every forty seconds, someone in the US suffers a heart attack or a stroke. Every sixty-five seconds someone develops dementia. The culprit is cardiovascular disease– and rates are going up in younger people. Bale and Doneen present a comprehensive program that offers a road map to lifelong arterial wellness. They will equip readers with the knowledge needed to approach your health-care as an empowered and informed patient.” (Catalogue)

Yoga with your child : 150 yoga moves to enjoy together / Lageat, Alice
“Are you ready to try the cat, koala, monkey, elephant or even the grasshopper? Written by two respected yoga professionals and featuring more than 150 moves, Yoga With Your Child provides everything you need to introduce your offspring to yoga. As well as the physical and relaxation benefit of learning and enjoying yoga together, this book, for children four and up, will help any parent show and pass on qualities such as humility, perseverance and patience. Whether you are looking to wake up your body, strengthen your concentration or relax before going to sleep, Yoga With Your Child has the practices and techniques that the whole family can enjoy.” (Catalogue)


Hear & beyond : live skillfully with hearing loss / Eberts, Shari
“…Hearing-health advocates, consultants, and speakers Shari Eberts and Gael Hannan offer a new skills-based approach to hearing loss that is centered not on hearing better, but on communicating better. With honesty and humor, they share their own hearing loss journeys, and outline invaluable insights, strategies, and workarounds to help you engage with the world and be heard. Hearing loss is just one aspect of who you are, among many others. You may have hearing loss, but it doesn’t have to have you.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Love to sleep : good nights and happy days for your child and you / Squires, Eve
“In their ground-breaking book Love to Sleep: Good Nights and Happy Days for Your Child and You, Eve and Gem reveal the pivotal role of the parent in their child’s sleep. Using their unique, love-led approach, they encourage parents to cast aside restrictive beliefs and behaviours that contribute directly to broken sleep cycles. They gently explore the impact of sleep deprivation on both parent and child and the startling physical and mental repercussions when lack of sleep continues unchallenged. This liberating, judgement-free book will be a must-read for every tired parent who wants to live a present and connected family life” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Raising body positive teens : a parent’s guide to diet-free living, exercise, and body image / Darpinian, Signe
“In a world fraught with diet-culture and weight stigma, many parents worry about their child’s relationship with their body and food. This down-to-earth guide is an invaluable resource allowing parents to take proactive actions in promoting a friendship with food, and preventative actions to minimize the risk factors for the development of eating disorders, particularly when early signs of disordered eating, excessive exercise, or body dissatisfaction have been noticed. It provides clear strategies and tools with a practical focus to gently encourage parents and teens to have a healthy relationship with food and exercise by centralizing joy and health. Coming from a therapist, a dietician, and an adolescent medicine physician, with insightful case studies from an array of young people from different backgrounds, this multidisciplinary author team delivers friendly, strategic guidance based in a wealth of expertise.” (Catalogue)

Next level : your guide to kicking ass, feeling great, and crushing goals through menopause and beyond / Sims, Stacy T
“A renowned exercise and nutrition scientist provides active women approaching or experiencing menopause with all the training and nutrition advice they need to build a strong fitness foundation to keep them strong and capable as they age.” (Catalogue)


Sit up straight : future-proof your body against chronic pain with 12 simple movements / Phạm, Vinh
“Future-proof your body and relieve chronic pain resulting from sitting, slouching, and other bad lifestyle habits with this easy-to-perform set of daily stretching and exercise routines – from an innovative physical therapist who coaches dozens of celebrity clients. Vinh Pham is a world-class physical therapist – a member of a new breed that dissects how people really move.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Stressilient : how to beat stress and build resilience / Akbar, Sam
“Manage your mind. Handle your emotions. Concentrate on what matters in life. So many of us feel stressed in our daily lives but lack the ability to respond to life’s hurdles effectively and overcome these challenges. We can build resilience to stress by taking action to live our lives in a more meaningful way. The answer is to become stressilient. Dr Sam Akbar will show you how. As a clinical psychologist with over ten years of experience, Dr Sam draws from her own professional expertise to provide sensitive and realistic guidance to feel calmer, less stressed, and more resilient to life’s challenges. From understanding how your brain works, managing your emotions and challenging your thought-processes, to opening up your perspective and having more self-compassion, Stressilient offers an indispensable, easy and effective go-to guide to help you get from surviving to thriving.” (Catalogue)

For more new books on health and other topics, go to https://www.wcl.govt.nz/whatsnew/

From yoga to menopause: New books about health

From yoga to menopause, stress reduction to parenting healthy kids, we have a whole host of new books to help you and your whānau live healthier lives.

Year of Yoga : rituals for every day and every season / Reinhardt, Kassandra
“Align your yoga practice to the natural world with a holistic approach to movement, breath, and meditation for winter, spring, summer, and fall. Incorporate the mindful practice of yoga into your daily life with ten-minute morning sequences, affirmations, and evening meditations. Learn how to awaken your body and how to give it the rest it needs with yoga sequences, meditations, and breathing exercises designed specifically for the different cadences of the year. ” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The song of our scars : the untold story of pain / Warraich, Haider
“In The Song of Our Scars, Haider Warraich offers a history of pain, both as a personal experience and as a medical ailment. We have only recently begun to treat pain as a purely physical sensation, and while the goal was to be able to offer safer, more reliable treatments, Warraich finds that it has actually had the opposite effect.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Queen menopause : finding your majesty in the mayhem / Daddo, Alison
“After going through her own ‘change’, Ali Daddo wanted to explore all the feelings around menopause and especially the post-menopausal years that so many women talk about as being ‘the best years of their life’. Through sharing her own experience in a very real way, Ali hopes that women won’t feel so alone in what can be a very lonely time. Alongside stories from some very well known Australian women, including Georgie Parker, Anita Heiss and Rhonda Burchmore, Queen Menopause is the book Ali wishes she’d had when she was approaching menopause – so she could have been better prepared for what was coming, embraced the process and felt supported. This is for all women.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Frontline midwife : my story of survival and keeping others safe / Kent, Anna
“Anna Kent has delivered babies in war zones, caring for the most vulnerable women in the most vulnerable places in the world. At twenty-six years old, not yet a fully-trained midwife, she delivered a baby in a tropical storm by the light of a headtorch; the following year, she would be responsible for the female health of 30,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. But returning to the UK to work for the NHS, she soon learned that even at home the right to a safe birth was impossible to take for granted. In Frontline Midwife, Kent shares her extraordinary experiences as a nurse, midwife and mother, illuminating the lives of women that are irreparably affected by compromised access to healthcare.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Stress-free productivity : a personalized toolkit to become your most efficient and creative self / Boyes, Alice
“From the author of The Anxiety Toolkit. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all productivity plan. The tricks that work for your colleague may not work as well for you. Or perhaps they don’t work at all. The fact is that everyone has their own productivity quirks to make them work efficiently and effectively. They just don’t know how to crack them. Enter former clinical psychologist Alice Boyes. In this innovative guide, she will help you diagnose your unique productivity profile and give you the framework to formulate a powerhouse personalized system.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The gluten-free cookbook / Broglia, Cristian
“The most comprehensive guide ever published on preparing, eating, and enjoying gluten-free recipes from around the world. With 350 naturally gluten-free recipes drawing from food cultures around the globe, The Gluten-Free Cookbook brings home healthy cooking to a global audience that is growing exponentially every day. This gorgeous book spotlights everyday dishes from more than 80 countries – showcasing the diversity of recipes that are deliciously gluten-free by design, rather than being reliant on ingredient substitutions. From breakfast to dinner and dessert (and everything in between), these are easy-to-use recipes for any time of day.” (Catalogue)

Screen-free family activities : things to do together at home, around town, and in nature / Navarro, Zazu
“Children spend a lot of time with their screens, and while it’s true that there are many alternatives to screen-time, many modern parents don’t know where to look for these opportunities. In the absence of inspiration, this book proposes 365 activities to play without screens for the whole family. Activities are designed to be enjoyed in different spaces such as at home, in the city or town, and in nature. Completing them as a family will create positive emotional bonds, reduce stress, and teach children empathy, love, and respect.” (Catalogue)

To find more new items in our collection, go to our What’s New & Popular page.