We all experience periods of feeling low, frustrated and lacking in energy - but ignoring the problem and struggling on can start to affect all areas of your life. Help is at hand: this concise little book shows you how you can reverse negative thoughts and emotions and make yourself happier and more confident.
Dr Jessamy Hibberd and Jo Usmar draw on the very latest research in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and modern psychology to give you practical, proven techniques and exercises to combat low mood and, more importantly, increase your happiness, making you healthier and more fulfilled.
Chapters include: Positive strategies, Controlling emotions, Rewarding yourself, Combating guilt, Better rest and sleep, Mental exercises, Breaking negative thought patterns, Relaxation techniques.
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About the Author
Dr Jessamy Hibberd is a highly respected clinical psychologist who worked for the NHS before setting up her own private practice. She is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Jo Usmar is a freelance journalist and editor. She has contributed to a variety of national titles, including Stylist and Fabulous, as well as writing a regular relationship column for Cosmopolitan. She has appeared on TV and radio commenting on lifestyle and relationship issues.
Table of Contents
A note from the authors 4
Chapter 1 The Low-Down on Mood 10
Chapter 2 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 26
Chapter 3 Changing Your Behavior 40
Chapter 4 Making Time for Yourself 54
Chapter 5 Physical Education 66
Chapter 6 Emotion Overload 82
Chapter 7 Mind Games 92
Chapter 8 Who Do You Think You Are? 110
Chapter 9 Taking Charge of Your Thoughts 126
Chapter 10 The Real Meaning of Life 138
A final message 147
Further reading 152
Useful websites 153