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1st Edition

Help Yourself To Positive Mental Health

ISBN 9781559590693
Published July 1, 1994 by Routledge
115 Pages

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Book Description

This work reveals 50 simple ideas and concrete actitivities to improve anyone's mental well-being. Written in a conversational style, this resource provides techniques and specific suggestions to combat depression, fear, loneliness, anger, a poor self-image, undesirable habits, poor communication, relationship difficulties and other problems. Step-by-step, the authors show the reader the way to positive mental health. All 50 ideas are introduced in the same straightforward format: a basic idea is presented on the right-hand page and a concise, one-page explanation that defines the concept and how to implement it is shown on the left.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Help Yourself; Chapter 1 Reward Yourself for doing the right thing; Chapter 2 Reward Yourself with the Thing You Like … So You'll do the Thing You don't Like; Chapter 3 Do Some Moderate Exercise (Nature's Own Antidepresant); Chapter 4 Keep a Journal; Chapter 5 Role-Play Difficult Situations with a Friend; Chapter 6 Use a Behavioral Contract to Help Yourself or Others; Chapter 7 Be Optimistic; Chapter 8 Stop Describing Yourself with Negative Labels; Chapter 9 Stop Blaming Others for Your Difficulties; Chapter 10 When Everything Else Fails, Give Reverse Psychology a Try; Chapter 11 Follow Through When you Make Promises to Others; Chapter 12 To Reach Your Big Goals, Always Set Smaller Ones; Chapter 13 Give Someone a Compliment; Chapter 14 Act Successful; Chapter 15 Use Negative Practice to rid Yourself of Common Mistakes; Chapter 16 Take Time to Relax; Chapter 17 Choose Present Moment Happiness; Chapter 18 Make a List of Your Successes; Chapter 19 Turn “You Statements” into “I Statements”; Chapter 20 Stop Mind Reading and Start Asking People What They are Experiencing; Chapter 21 Make a Chart to Reduce or Eliminate Unwanted Behaviors; Chapter 22 Use Cost to Reduce or Eliminate Unwanted Behaviors; Chapter 23 Relabel Difficulties; Chapter 24 Help Yourself by Helping Others; Chapter 25 Make Life More Exciting by doing Something Different; Chapter 26 When You Believe You Can, You Can; Chapter 27 Shake the Clay off Your Feet So You Can be Open to New Experiences; Chapter 28 Identify One Thing You Can do Today That Will Boost Your Morale; Chapter 29 Just Say “NO“ to Black-and-White Thinking; Chapter 30 Risk Enough to let Someone Know How You Feel; Chapter 31 Look in the Mirror and Smile; Chapter 32 Acknowledge Your Feelings; Chapter 33 Try Expressing Feelings Constructively; Chapter 34 Complete a Task; Then Pause Long Enough to Feel the Satisfaction of Completion; Chapter 35 Before You Judge Someone Else, Take a Walk in his or Her Shoes; Chapter 36 Close Your Eyes, Pause for a Moment, and Look Deep Inside to See the “Real Me“; Chapter 37 Tackle Fear by Taking Action; Chapter 38 Share a Smile with Someone You Don't Know; Chapter 39 Help Yourself and Others by Being a Good Role Model; Chapter 40 Write a Letter to Help Yourself Cope with Difficult Emotions; Chapter 41 Look for the Good in Someone; Chapter 42 Recognize That the Outside will Change When the Inside Does; Chapter 43 To Change Your Feelings, do Something Different; Chapter 44 Confront Difficult Situations by Use of the Five-Step Problem-Solving Method; Chapter 45 Use Role Reversal to Take the Sting Out of a Nasty Argument; Chapter 46 Tell Someone How Much You Like him or her; Chapter 47 Spend Time Alone to Become More Comfortable with Yourself; Chapter 48 Plug into the ABC System of Mental Health; Chapter 49 Make a Decision to Change Even if You Don't Know the Secret Reasons Behind Your Behavior; Chapter 50 Accept and Follow Your Intuition;

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