Subject spotlight: Mental health

We live in a fast paced world that can sometimes make us feel overwhelmed and anxious. We all need a bit of a mental health tune-up in these times, but often it can be difficult to know just what might work for you. This is where the beauty of a library membership comes into its own; we buy lots of different books and you can try them out without having to spend money on something that might not work for you.

Here are some suggestions from our new book list that might be useful to you. Remember, this list is just a handful of new titles.  For more help with finding resources you can always talk to your friendly librarian!

The well gardened mind : rediscovering nature in the modern world / Stuart-Smith, Sue
“How can getting outdoors help us to look after our mental health? In a powerful combination of contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and brilliant storytelling, The Well Gardened Mind investigates the magic that many gardeners have known for years, working with nature can radically transform our health, wellbeing and confidence.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

52 ways to walk : the surprising science of walking for wellness and joy, one week at a time / Streets, Annabel
“52 Ways to Walk is a short, user-friendly guide to attaining the full range of benefits that walking has to offer–physical, spiritual, and emotional–backed by the latest scientific research to inspire readers to develop a fulfilling walking lifestyle” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The sleep fix : practical, proven, and surprising solutions for insomnia, snoring, shift work, and more / Macedo, Diane
“Roughly thirty percent of the population is estimated to be living with insomnia, while many more unknowingly suffer from other sleep disorders. Macedo learned the hard way how valuable sleep is, and how it affects everything from our heart to our brain to our immune system. She had tried sleep tip after sleep tip, but nothing worked. Attacking the problem as a journalist, she got to the bottom of what really keeps us from sleeping–and the various ways to fix it. Here she helps readers understand sleep biology, identify sleep obstacles, and shift their mindset–and maybe find a good night’s sleep.” (Catalogue)

Your head is a houseboat / Walker, Campbell
“In Your Head is a Houseboat, illustration sensation Campbell Walker demystifies brain functions, mental health, emotions, mindfulness and psychology – but with less complex terminology and more bizarre metaphors. This is a book filled with hilarious illustrations, simple journal exercises and words that will probably hit too close to home. It will help you to understand your own houseboat (or head) and ultimately make it a nicer place to live.” (Catalogue)

You, happier : the 7 neuroscience secrets of feeling good based on your brain type / Amen, Daniel G
“Reveals the seven neuroscience secrets to becoming more than 30 percent happier in just 30 days–regardless of your age, upbringing, genetics, or current situation.” (Catalogue)

The no worries guide to raising your anxious child : a handbook to help you and your anxious child thrive / Cassiday, Karen
“This two-in-one handbook will help you to understand your child’s anxiety and how to ease it, while also showing you how to reconcile your own fears and worries that come with raising an anxious child.” – back cover.” (Catalogue)

Seven and a half lessons about the brain / Barrett, Lisa Feldman
“Have you ever wondered why you have a brain? In seven short essays, neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett reveals mind-expanding lessons from the front lines of neuroscience research.” (Catalogue)

Rest + calm : gentle yoga and mindful practices to nurture and restore yourself / Hines, Paula
“A beautiful, practical guide to finding rest and calm even when it feels impossible. Are you tired and wired? Stressed? Overwhelmed? Here’s a radical idea – you deserve rest. In a world that often wants us to keep going no matter what, Rest + Calm is your gentle, nurturing and accessible guide to making space and time to come back home to yourself.” (Catalogue)