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Hi! These are the books and resources I am always mentioning to people to help them with their mental health! Feel free to share this list with anyone you know who might benefit from it!

 

It is the culmination of 20+ years of studying on how to improve my own mental health. I hope it can help you!

 

P.S. I am part of the Amazon Associates Affiliate Program and I receive commission off the Amazon links below.

 

- Matthew Dickson, www.MindAid.ca

 

 

"The Survivor Personality" - book by Al Siebert - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Cxaxf4

 

"Unbeatable Mind" - book by Mark Divine - gives the mental secrets of Navy SEALs - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3GJeFv8

 

"What Doesn't Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth" - book by Stephen Joseph - this book helped me in organizing my thoughts, even though I didn't have PTSD (I had schizophrenia) - it can be used for trauma from non-violent events as well - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3XfhZmX

Counselors say one of the biggest things people talk to them about is the people in their life who are causing them problems. These 3 books have dramatically changed the way I deal with people:

 

1. "Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion" - book by George Thompson - how police officers deal with people - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3jWJunh - or see my 4-minute summary of the book: https://matthewdi.medium.com/how-you-can-use-verbal-judo-to-deal-with-people-like-a-police-officer-b547e1bfd638

 

2a. "Survive the Unthinkable: A Total Guide to Women's Self-Protection" - book by Tim Larkin, foreword by Tony Robbins - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3IrJ1nf

2b. "How to Survive the Most Critical 5 Seconds of Your Life" - book by Tim Larkin - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Cwkytb

 

3. "Talk to Strangers" - book by David Topus - how to approach strangers and strike up a conversation with them - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3GJSu88

 

Listening resource:

 

How to be a good listener - my best tips: https://matthewdi.medium.com/how-you-can-tap-into-the-superpower-of-listening-a598346f52b3


 

Managing stress/emotions resources:

 

Beat stress with the "One-Second Pause" Method (I created this): https://matthewdi.medium.com/how-you-can-help-lower-your-stress-with-the-one-second-pause-method-48d00e995ac1

 

How to balance/regulate your emotions - my best tips:

  1. https://matthewdi.medium.com/how-you-can-avoid-happiness-hangovers-287153b661cb

  2. https://matthewdi.medium.com/how-flow-and-the-autotelic-personality-can-make-you-happier-and-healthier-42b46206f0e8

How to have hope:

 

Learn how to be more hopeful with "The Biggest Little Book About Hope" - book by Kathryn Goetzke: https://amzn.to/3JkzzT5

Addiction resources:

 

"Free From Addiction" - book by Morteza Khaleghi - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3IrKyK1

 

Allen Carr www.allencarr.com - his methods have been used by Sir Richard Branson and Sir Anthony Hopkins

- “Easy Way to Stop Smoking” - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3WZt1NO

- “Easy Way to Stop Drinking” - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3GLMZWk

- “Easy Way to Quit Cannabis” - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3Xbiizh

- “Easy Way to Quit Cocaine” - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3jVJjsc

- “Smart Phone Dumb Phone: Free Yourself from Digital Addiction” - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3VXlBZU

- “Eat Yourself Free from Sugar and Carb Addiction”  - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3vNJatD

- “Easy Way to Lose Weight” - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3vQNOH3

- “Easy Way to Quit Emotional Eating: Set Yourself Free from Binge-Eating and Comfort-Eating” - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3jZvedl

- “Easy Way to Quit Vaping” - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3vIzSPF


 

Music resource:

 

"The Brain Warrior's Way Music Program" by Dr. Daniel Amen - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3QkzLmA


 

Eco-anxiety resource:

 

“Hope Matters” - book by Elin Kelsey - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3VNjU0Z

 

 “Saving Us”  - book by Katharine Hayhoe - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3vHeLx4

 

- my summary of the above 2  books on eco-anxiety:

https://matthewdi.medium.com/hope-for-the-planet-how-to-feel-so-much-better-about-the-fate-of-our-future-dba94531a20f


 

Schizophrenia resources:

 

Students With Psychosis - student nonprofit - https://sws.ngo

 

“Living Well With Schizophrenia” - YouTube channel with Lauren Kennedy https://www.youtube.com/livingwellwithschizophrenia

 

Avatar therapy in Canada - https://avatar-intervention.ca/avatar-therapy

 

Anosognosia and getting people to take medication - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXxytf6kfPM,

https://leapinstitute.org


 

Improving mental health and addiction systems:

 

“It’s Not About Us: The Secret to Transforming the Mental Health and Addiction System in Canada” - book by Todd Leader - on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3k25nBG


 

Video games to improve your mental health:

 

SuperBetter - https://www.superbetter.com

eQuoo - https://www.equoogame.com


 

Physical fitness resources:

 

The Convenient Workout: Perhaps the Easiest Way to Build Muscle in the World (I semi-created this): https://matthewdi.medium.com/the-convenient-workout-perhaps-the-easiest-way-to-build-muscle-in-the-world-5da00fa1643c

 

Weight Loss - WeightWatchers: https://www.weightwatchers.com


Weight loss - Noom: https://www.noom.com

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